SPRINGFIELD – The recession is making Illinois hospitals sick, and the medicine they need is cash.
Three-quarters of the state's hospitals are treating increasing numbers of uninsured patients, and just more than half are seeing decreases in admissions, particularly for elective procedures people can delay, according to the Illinois State Hospital Association.
Nutritional gel. Bananas. Maybe a new sweat-wicking shirt.
What's on your last-minute shopping list?
For long-distance runners, apparently sports gels, which provide calories and nutrition to runners during races, are hot commodities. Body n' Sole Sports has sold a month's worth of gel in a week.
CHAMPAIGN – The recession may be having an unhealthy effect on more than your bank account.
It's making a lot of people sick, too. Doctors are seeing more stress-related illnesses these days, and from what many patients are telling them, a lot of the stress is coming from lost jobs and money worries.
CHAMPAIGN – On Monday, Mark Knutson was in a bind.
The Fargo, N.D., resident is executive director of the company that is organizing the first-ever Illinois Marathon. Scheduled for April 11, the event has drawn strong interest, with more 7,600 registered entrants in three different races: a marathon, a half marathon and a 5K.
CHAMPAIGN – Have you been turned down for a job or denied health insurance recently, and can't figure out why?
The reason might be tucked away in your private medical records.
And, thanks to an identity thief, the reason might be 100 percent false.
A dangerous twist on an old scam, medical identity theft happens when someone steals your identity to receive medical care or buy drugs in your name.
ARMSTRONG – Coach Jerry Kuchenbrod gets a kick out of watching his team members' reactions when he takes them to compete in the Chicago area.
"You ought to see their faces," Kuchenbrod said. "It's a real culture shock to go from small-school Armstrong to big-school Chicago."
But when it comes to competing, it doesn't matter how big or small a school you come from, or what your ethnic background, age or gender is, he said. Each competitor stands on his or her own, relying on the work he or she has put into practicing, contributing individual talents to the team. That's how archery works, he said.
CHAMPAIGN – Classic Hollywood glamour is the theme for the ninth annual Champaign County Heart & Stroke Ball.
The black-tie gala offers dancing to big band and jazz music, gourmet food plus live and silent auctions.
CHAMPAIGN – Some Parkland health professions students began learning this month in a brightly lit, newly remodeled space on North Mattis Avenue.
The building has comfortable classrooms, spacious labs, a kitchen, space for equipment used by occupational therapists, a room full of massage tables separated by curtains, and a hospital bed with an eerily realistic-looking patient.
CHAMPAIGN – Lynda Umbarger gets plenty of exercise on the job, running up and down three flights of stairs every day.
And she aims to log every one of those steps for Moon Walk this spring.
"It's healthy exercise," she says. "It's fun. It challenges you to get your heart rate up, and that's what it's all about."
DANVILLE – Northeast Elementary Magnet School students are getting fit this year with da help of Staley Da Bear.
On Monday, the Chicago Bears mascot brought his "First and Goal" wellness program to the school, and challenged the 276 K-5 students to take his six-week fitness challenge.