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Nursing home board gets one proposal for dialysis

URBANA — A respiratory therapy program aimed at boosting admissions to the Champaign County Nursing Home could begin as soon as mid-October, but a planned renal dialysis program may be delayed.

Only one vendor submitted a proposal last week to provide renal dialysis services at the facility, nursing home manager Scott Gima told the county's nursing home advisory board Monday.


Meeting to inform about warning signs of Alzheimer's disease

URBANA — The public is invited to learn about the warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and current Alzheimer's legislation at "A Meeting of the Minds" scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Lincoln Square, Urbana.

State elected officials, the Alzheimer's Association's Greater Illinois Chapter and Family Service of Champaign County will participate.


Moms to rally on Labor Day

URBANA — When Anne DeAtley's first son was born, her long labor ended in a delivery method she'd rather have avoided: cesarean section.

Three years later, she'll be among the moms and others standing outside hospitals across the nation on Labor Day to take part in Improving Birth's National Rally for Change.


Three health initiatives aided by grant

CHAMPAIGN — Schools, workplaces and the University of Illinois campus will be pulled into a community-wide plan to help more kids and adults in Champaign County slim down, pick up their physical activity levels and otherwise improve their health.


C-U Public Health wins grant to encourage healthier living

CHAMPAIGN — Local health leaders are launching a Champaign County-wide initiative with the help of a state grant to reduce obesity and smoking and teach school kids how to live healthier lives.


Mental illness alliance offers course for family members

CHAMPAIGN — If you're living with a mentally ill family member, you're invited to take a free 13-week class provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The Family-to-Family program for caregivers of mentally ill family members will begin Sept. 4, with classes held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the clubhouse at 31 W. Colony West Drive, Champaign.


Provena CEO concerned about Danville cell tower

DANVILLE — The CEO of Provena hospitals told aldermen Tuesday night that he has concerns with AT&T Wireless' plan to build a cellular tower near the flight path for Provena United Samaritan Medical Center's emergency helicopter landing pad.


Champaign health center to begin offering vasectomies

CHAMPAIGN — Planned Parenthood of Illinois, more commonly known for serving women, will expand its services for men this fall by offering vasectomies at its new health center in Champaign.

Planned Parenthood plans to offer "no-scalpel" vasectomies, which involve a puncture rather than incisions, said Kai Tao, the organization's vice president of clinical operations.


Mental health court: Trading treatment for shot at forgiveness

URBANA — An open bag of potato chips was her undoing. Or her lifeline, depending on your perspective.

The 28-year-old Champaign woman went in a local grocery store last summer during a psychotic episode, opened a bag of chips and began eating them. Her arrest for misdemeanor theft was her ticket into Champaign County Mental Health Court.


Mom of girl with genetic disorder starts group to aid families affected by rare diseases

CLINTON — Some people live long lives, but don't leave much behind to remember them.

With 2-year-old Mabel Larson, it stands to be the other way around.

The youngest child of Ramee and Daniel Larson of Clinton, Mabel has a heart-grabbing smile and a heart-breaking genetic disorder.