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Health Care

Free dental services offered for children

URBANA — Free dental exams, cleanings and fluoride treatments will be available for kids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 20 at Lincoln Square, Urbana.

The free dental services are being provided as part of Give Kids a Smile Day, sponsored by the Illini District Dental Society.

Champaign County United Way short of goal by 9 percent

CHAMPAIGN — Contributions to the United Way of Champaign County are running behind, with less than three months left to meet the agency’s $3.3 million goal.

As of Tuesday, the United Way had raised a bit over $3.03 million, about 9 percent behind where fundraising was at this time last year, says United Way President and CEO Sue Grey.

County nursing home census dips

URBANA — The average daily census at the Champaign County Nursing Home dropped to its lowest level in more than three years last month, but the facility's manager said he did not believe it was because of reports of an increase in deaths there over the winter.

Pet Talk: Vets have more than one way to spay today

In veterinary medicine, one very common surgical procedure is the ovariohysterectomy, more commonly known as a spay. This procedure involves removing the ovaries and uterus down to the cervix to prevent a female pet from reproducing.

Danville dentist to offer free oral-health procedures April 26

DANVILLE — Danville area residents have a chance to receive free dentistry services on April 26 as part of Free Dentistry Day.

Dr. Jameson Baumgarten and his team will provide either one free cleaning, extraction or filling from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at North Vermilion Family Dental, at 3607 North Vermilion, Suite 4, in Danville.

Relay for Life of Champaign County surfing for fundraisers

CHAMPAIGN — There's no place to go surfing around here, except on the Web.

But you may be seeing surfboards at some local businesses for the next couple of months.

It's part of an American Cancer Society fundraiser for the upcoming Relay for Life of Champaign County, for which this year's theme is Surfing for a Cure.

Report: 957,000 in Illinois eligible for health care credit

CHAMPAIGN — More than 957,000 people in Illinois will be eligible for tax credits to help pay for health coverage next year, according to a national health care consumers organization.

Danville VA center restricting visitors because of flu concerns

DANVILLE — Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System is restricting visitors because six patients at the hospital have influenza symptoms, according to a news release the facility sent Monday.

Although cases of flu and flu-like symptoms are on the decline across Illinois, according to weekly reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the VA is not taking chances.

Program teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness

As the resident director of St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Mary Kate Norton sees people during one of the most stressful times in their lives.

Almost all hospital workers in area got flu shots

URBANA — More than 90 percent of the employees at three regional hospitals in Urbana and Danville were immunized for the flu this season.

With flu season nearing an end, Quality Quest for Health of Illinois released data this week showing 92 percent of employees at Carle Foundation Hospital got flu shots between October 2012 and February 2013.