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Health Care

UI freshman honors society's 5K run to benefit SmileHealthy

URBANA — Phi Eta Sigma, a freshman honors society on the University of Illinois campus, will hold a 5K run Saturday to benefit the not-for-profit Champaign County oral health organization SmileHealthy.

It will be held at 8 a.m., starting south of the Illini Union on the UI Quad, and the cost to enter is $15. All proceeds will go directly to SmileHealthy.

Only Cook County provider received steroid linked to meningitis

SPRINGFIELD — The only Illinois health provider identified to have received a shipment of the epidural steroid associated with the meningitis outbreak is in Cook County, according to the state Department of Public Health.

The health provider was identified as APAC Centers for Pain Management, which has six locations in Chicago and Cook County.

New flu shot option: less needle, more money

CHAMPAIGN — When you get your flu shot this fall, you may be asked if you'd like the long needle or the short needle.

And before you say — SHORT NEEDLE, YOU BET! — here are a few things to know about the new Fluzone Intradermal flu shot being offered as an option at some local flu shot clinics this year.

Medical devices that dissolve in water nearer to tests on humans

URBANA — Safe, implantable medical devices that will dissolve rather than be cut out could begin human trials in as little as two years, a University of Illinois professor said Thursday.

The materials could also create compostable electronics such as cellphones, and noncontaminating sensors for water systems.

Updated: Flu shot clinics to start soon

Editor's note: the times and places for Carle clinics in Monticello and Tuscola have changed. This story was updated at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, to reflect the changes.

CHAMPAIGN — Community flu shot clinics will be starting soon, and both walk-in and drive-through opportunities will be available without appointments.

VA to hold breast cancer awareness walk

DANVILLE — The Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System is sponsoring a breast cancer awareness walk on Oct. 6.

The walk, also sponsored by the VA's Employee Association and the Federal Women's Program will begin at 10 a.m., on the veterans hospital's main campus, 1900 E. Main St., Danville.

Doctor tries treating her patients in group sessions

CHAMPAIGN — Sometimes, a doctor just can't do everything she wants to do for her patients in 15 minutes.

So Dr. Ona Uzodike found a way to get some big chunks of time with her patients with chronic health conditions. She's offering the option of two-hour group appointments.

AT&T's intention to light cell tower satisfies pilots' concerns at fly-in

DANVILLE — After weeks of debate over whether a proposed AT&T communications tower would compromise the safety of emergency helicopter flights at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, local officials heard input directly from the pilots following a fly-in Thursday morning.

Classes on diabetes offered this fall

URBANA — People with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes will get a chance to take a free series of classes to better manage the disease, starting this fall.

Report foresees half of Illinoisans becoming obese

UPDATED 9:20 p.m. Tuesday

CHAMPAIGN — More than half of Illinois residents could be obese by 2030 if current trends continue, a new report Tuesday projects.