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UI student initiates effort to get kids ready for fall

CHAMPAIGN – Each fall, the staff at Garden Hills scrambles to ensure that all its kindergarten and fifth-grade students have their required physicals and immunizations.

Often, about 30 percent of the fifth-grade class at Garden Hills starts the school year without the required medical care, said Principal Cheryl O'Leary. More than 900 children throughout the district were out of compliance at the beginning of this school year, she said.

Local women took part in breast cancer test

URBANA – With a family history of breast cancer, Clarette Ritz of Urbana has always had a bit of fear that she could wind up with the disease herself.

So when she learned about a clinical trial going on at Carle Clinic for a medication that might help prevent breast cancer, she was more than willing to sign up and give it a try.

Lab tests rule out suspected case of mumps in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – Vermilion County Health Department officials have ruled out a possible mumps case, but the state has gained nearly 20 more cases over the past two days.

Laboratory tests proved that a third suspected case in Vermilion County was not mumps, said Stephen Laker, public health administrator for the county's health department.

St. Joseph school dealing with outbreak of chickenpox

ST. JOSEPH – When eight students at St. Joseph Grade School were sent home with chickenpox before spring break last week, Superintendent Todd Pence hoped he was seeing the last of the outbreak.

No such luck.

Champaign County has one confirmed case of mumps

URBANA – Champaign County now has had one confirmed case of mumps, plus two other cases in which patients were diagnosed with mumps by doctors but the disease wasn't confirmed by lab tests, public health officials say.

Vermilion County also has two confirmed cases of mumps and a possible third one.

Experts: Disease threat is real

Mosquitos that spread West Nile virus in the U.S. flew here to get the job done – and they might have flown first class.

Scientists have determined that West Nile probably entered New York from Israel by way of a mosquito and Kennedy Airport. The first human case of the virus reported in Los Angeles was a baggage handler, researcher Paul Gibbs said at the University of Illinois on Friday.

Officials hope new law, donor registry will save lives

URBANA – For Belinda Jones, life has become a race against the clock.

And, she wonders, will her ailing heart go the distance until a donor becomes available?

More community help needed to relocate health center

CHAMPAIGN – Donations to help relocate and expand the overburdened Frances Nelson Health Center are falling about $500,000 short.

And you can expect to hear more about this in the weeks ahead, because a major community fundraising push is being planned.

A skirmish in the war against disease

CHAMPAIGN – Christie Clinic's new cancer center is set to open Monday in downtown Champaign, but a nearby hospital with a cancer center of its own says it's going to be hurt substantially by the new competition.

David Bertauski, chief executive of Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, said Covenant will lose $1.5 million in annual revenue to Christie because the clinic won't send radiation therapy patients to the hospital for treatments.

New general manager hired

URBANA – A manager with long ties to public broadcasting has been hired as general manager of WILL-AM-FM-TV in Urbana, pending approval from the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Mark Leonard, general manager for Central Washington at KCTS-TV in Seattle, has been chosen to succeed Donald Mullally, who retired last year.