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Illinois marijuana patients may be jumping the gun by submitting applications for diseases that aren’t approved yet. 

The state Public Health department says such applications will be rejected and fees will be refunded.

Health officials say a handful of applications came in from patients with health conditions recommended by an advisory board last week, including migraines, osteoarthritis and PTSD.

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Tornado sirens are for people who are outdoors. For everyone else, there are a lot of options these days when it comes to staying on top of weather emergencies. Northern Illinois University meteorologist Gilbert Sebenste says the key word is “redundancy.”

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Agriculture officials in Iowa say bird flu will claim an additional four-million chickens on two more farms in a county already hit hard by the disease.

Officials say the latest outbreak of avian influenza has hit chickens at two farms in Iowa’s Wright County, although tests for the disease still need final confirmation. 

The county earlier reported a farm with almost three-million chickens affected.

Iowa's chicken loss is approaching 25 million.  That’s more than 40 percent of the state's egg-laying flock.

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The upcoming season could make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

A spring allergy outlook from Accuweather says a slow climb out of winter weather will delay the spring season. But when it hits early next month, it’ll be “intense.” 

The Illinois state climatologist says March was colder than normal and unusually snowy.

The statewide average temperature for the month was 38 degrees. That's three degrees colder than average.

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The amount of time parents spend with their kids has virtually no relationship to how children turn out.

That’s according to a study that will be published in the Journal of Marriage and Family. 

Women: A Broken Heart Can Kill You

Mar 19, 2015
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A broken heart can actually kill you…especially if you are a woman.

That’s according to a study published in the American Journal of Medicine. 

Stress cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome, mimics heart attack symptoms and is often triggered by a tragic event, such as receiving news of a death.

Ebola-hit countries in West Africa are at risk for a measles outbreak, which could infect hundreds of thousands of people.

That’s according to a study in the journal Science

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Wednesday was “change the world” day at Northern Illinois University. And since the students were away on Spring Break, it was a good opportunity to invite local high schoolers interested in medical careers to meet one of their own.  

HRT Pill Takers May Face Increased Blood Clot Risk

Mar 10, 2015

Women on HRT pills may face an increased risk of blood clots and stroke.

That’s according to a study from the international Cochrane group.

While the pills can ease menopausal symptoms and could help prevent heart disease, officials say the benefits must be weighed against other possible harms.

NIU Today

A fish found under a half-mile thick ice sheet in Antarctica could imply so much for Northern Illinois University scientists...including extraterrestrial life.