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Nursing home may not make it to fall ballot

URBANA — A plan to ask voters to help decide the future of the Champaign County Nursing Home may not make it to the fall ballot, say supporters of the referendum questions.

The proposal may be discussed at tonight's meeting (Tuesday, Aug. 7) of the county board — or it may be tabled for lack of support, said board members Brendan McGinty and Ron Bensyl.


State OKs United Samaritans purchase of surgery center

DANVILLE - Provena United Samaritans Medical Center officials expect to close next week on the purchase of the outpatient surgery center known as Danville HealthCare.

The Illinois Health and Facilities Planning Board this week approved Provena's application to transfer ownership of the surgery center in north Danville to Provena.


Christie seeks volunteers for clinical trial

CHAMPAIGN — It's a painful affliction, and not a pretty one.

But there may be some relief on the horizon for people suffering from a chronic, inflammatory skin disease with a long name, hidradenitis suppurativa.

Christie Clinic is enrolling 12 people in a late-stage clinical trial that uses the rheumatoid arthritis drug, Humira, to treat this condition.


Support from family, workplace determines breastfeeding success

CHAMPAIGN — Linda Steinberg knows it can be a challenge for new moms to continue breastfeeding when they go back to work.

She also knows it's worth the effort, she says.


State OKs Carle acquisition of Hoopeston facilities

BOLINGBROOK — The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Monday approved the Carle Foundation's plans to acquire Hoopeston Regional Health Center and integrate it into the Carle health system starting Oct. 1.


Six local nonprofits to share financial aid from Provena

URBANA — Six local programs, including three aimed at better family nutrition, will share $65,714 in grant money from the Provena Covenant Medical Center Foundation.

The grants, the first being awarded in a new program called "Faith Squared," are set to be awarded later this morning, foundation officials said.


More mosquitoes in C-U test positive for West Nile

CHAMPAIGN — Local health officials are stepping up their warning to protect against mosquito bites, after several more mosquito samples in Champaign-Urbana have tested positive for West Nile virus.


Proton beam therapy appears to be dad's last chance to beat recurring tumor

BONDVILLE — It's been 24 years since the benign, aggressive tumor giving Randy Davis constant headaches first appeared.

Surgery and radiation beat this tumor twice, but early in 2011 Davis' intense headaches returned. And his vision grew so blurred he could barely see.


Cancer kicked him, but he kicked back

RANTOUL — Tim Rivest felt like he'd been socked in the stomach.

He'd hardly been sick a day in his life, but he knew he'd better get to the hospital after coughing up blood for two days and experiencing lower back pain.

Tests done last October at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, revealed what no one wants to hear: cancer. In this case, testicular cancer.


New technique minimizes scar from gallbladder surgery

URBANA — If that pain and indigestion mean your gallbladder has got to go, you may be able to have the surgery and skip the scar.

Provena Covenant Medical Center and Christie Clinic have teamed up to offer what they call virtually scarless gallbladder removal with a single incision in the belly button, using Covenant's da Vinci robotic-controlled surgical system.