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Professor studies link between age, illness

As if colds and the flu aren't bad enough, a breakdown in communications between our brains and our immune systems may serve to prolong our agony as we get older, University of Illinois research indicates.

UI Professor Rod Johnson thinks aged microglial cells, key immune cells in the brain, overreact to signals from our body's immune system in response to pathogens.

Assessment program aims to speed up response time

URBANA – In the space of three hours, you can:

– Bake a small turkey.

– Clean up the house before the company arrives.

– And, quite possibly, minimize the damage done by the most common kind of stroke – that is, if you get to the hospital fast enough.

Capitol files: Blagojevich's press release for AllKids quite the doozy

Gov. Rod Blagojevich this week issued what was probably the longest press release The News-Gazette Capitol bureau has seen since it reopened in July 2000.

The 8-page doozy of a release announced the governor's signing of the All Kids legislation, designed to make sure no child in Illinois goes without health insurance.

Governor signs cold medicine measure into law

SPRINGFIELD – Starting Jan. 15, Illinois shoppers must show a photo ID and sign a log book in order to purchase most nonprescription cold medications.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed legislation on Wednesday classified ephedrine and pseudoephedrine as "schedule V controlled substances," making them more difficult for both the legitimately congested and the illegal methamphetamine manufacturer to obtain.

All Kids measure becomes law

SPRINGFIELD – Surrounded by children at a Chicago elementary school press conference, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed his All Kids insurance plan into law on Tuesday.

"Today marks a major achievement for Illinois families who are doing everything they're supposed to do – working hard, paying their taxes, raising their families – but still can't afford health insurance for their children," Blagojevich stated in a written release. "With All Kids, every child in Illinois will be able to go to the doctor for regular checkups, or to the dentist to fill a cavity, or to the eye doctor to get a prescription for glasses. With All Kids, every child can get the care they need when they need it."

Open sign-up period begins for new Medicare option

URBANA – Do you take any medicines?

Are you eligible for Medicare?

Critics: Illinois clings too much to institutions for services

When Elaine and Michael Palencia of Champaign placed their son's name on a waiting list to live in a small group home for developmentally disabled adults, they knew it would take some time for a space to become available.

What they didn't know was how long the wait would be.

Disability advocates say 'community first,' but legislators want more answers

The brain tumor had sapped much of Cynthia Churchill's physical strength. But not her spirit.

When Jack Delzell first met Churchill, she was in a nursing home, confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a personal aide to get out of bed. She was difficult to understand and had to communicate through a special book. But her first words to Delzell were as plain as day: "Get me the (blank) out of here."

"She couldn't talk, but she got that out very clearly," recalled Delzell, coordinator of the Community Reintegration Program run by Persons Assuming Control of Their Environment, an independent living center in Urbana.

Family to join walker in golden moment

OGDEN – Five years ago, when the late Dennis Collins of Urbana realized that he was dying of cancer, he told his family that he wasn't afraid to die. His biggest regret, he told them, was that he wouldn't get to see his grandchildren grow up.

"He said he didn't want his grandkids to forget about him," said his daughter, Kim Nigg of Ogden. "He asked us to talk about him and not let them forget who he was. He wanted us to tell them he loved them, and tell them he was going to miss them."

Researchers to lead effort to develop nanomedicine

University of Illinois researchers will be working to create tiny devices that perform many of the functions of biological membranes, like the organ in electric eels that produces electricity or the membranes that keep our nasal passages, airways and lungs moist.

The UI is the lead institution in a new nanomedicine development center to be funded by a $6.2 million, five-year grant, under a $43 million National Institutes of Health program that's supposed to advance medical discoveries to the point of routine use. The UI is hosting one of four centers being funded nationally this year, with a total of eight to be formed over two years.