Health Care

For local druggists, customer service is a personal thing

CHAMPAIGN — There are creams, ointments, liquids and lollypops being prepared in the compounding lab at Tony Jones' pharmacy.

They're all medicines customized to individual patients, and those patients generally live locally.


Some compounding pharmacies fill needs Big Pharma passes over

CHAMPAIGN — Compounding pharmacists don't just customize drugs for individual patients with special needs.

As pharmaceutical companies have stopped making some products, compounding pharmacists have played an increasingly important role helping fill in drug gaps.


Diabetes group looks for more awareness

CHAMPAIGN — Diabetes has been gaining on America, but a local coalition hopes more education and early detection will help reduce the ill effects of this disease in Champaign County.


COPD event scheduled

URBANA — Two medical providers will be featured speakers at an event Tuesday evening called "Breath of Life" in connection with National COPD Awareness Month.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, or COPD, is one of the most common lung diseases.


Carle entry wins third place in Pink Glove Dance contest

Updated 5:50 p.m. Friday

URBANA — Those twinkle-toed Carle medical folks have won third place in the national Pink Glove Dance competition, and the money they won is being donated to the American Cancer Society.


Ingrum: Obamacare will stay intact

With the re-election of President Barack Obama, the head of an Urbana-based health insurance agency says the Affordable Care Act will stay intact, and if everything goes as planned, it will be implemented in January 2014.


Frances Nelson Health Center now under local control

CHAMPAIGN — Frances Nelson Health Center is back under local leadership.

A local community group negotiating to buy the Champaign clinic from its Decatur parent organization completed the deal Nov. 1 but kept it quiet until Tuesday, after letters went out to patients, said Nancy Greenwalt, executive director of Promise Healthcare, the new organization operating Frances Nelson.


Second case of meningitis reported in Illinois

CHICAGO — A second probable case of fungal meningitis associated with the use of an injected steroid medication has been reported in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.


Hoopeston health facilities now part of Carle

HOOPESTON — The Hoopeston Regional Health Center and its branch clinics are now part of the Carle health system.

State regulators approved Carle's $2.7 million acquisition of the 24-bed hospital in Hoopeston and clinics in Cissna Park, Hoopeston, Rossville and Watseka in July, and the facilities were integrated into the Carle system Thursday.


Health Care Consumers issue voter guides

CHAMPAIGN — It's less than a week before the election, and your future health care could be at stake: Do you know where your candidates stand on the issues that matter?

Champaign County Health Care Consumers asked area U.S. congressional candidates and state legislative candidates what they think about some key health care issues.


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