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New owners at Frances Nelson want to serve more patients

CHAMPAIGN — When David Cobbs was a teenager, Frances Nelson Health Center wasn't just his neighborhood clinic. It was the only place he and his low-income family could go to see a doctor.

Decades later, Cobbs said he was able to turn to Frances Nelson once again for dental care when he became unemployed and uninsured.

Flu shot rate varies among health staffs

URBANA — Nobody expects to go to the doctor or the hospital and catch the flu from a caregiver, but not all health care employees get flu shots.

New data released Friday for 32 Illinois hospitals showed the percentage of hospital employees vaccinated in October for the 2012-2013 flu season varied.

Flu cases starting to pick up

URBANA — Influenza is picking up in the area, a local hospital official says.

Carle has had 18 lab-confirmed influenza cases since Nov. 26, with 13 of them in the last week.

Few businesses join program on breast-feeding

CHAMPAIGN — A local public health program aimed at helping breast-feeding moms feel more comfortable at work and other public places is getting a less-than-enthusiastic response.

Mahomet children with whooping cough had been vaccinated; booster urged for adolescents

MAHOMET — All four children sickened last month by whooping cough in Mahomet had been vaccinated for the disease, a public health official said.

Scientists seek help in learning about digestive microbes

Wonder what sort of effect that leftover turkey, gravy, sausage stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich followed by a slice of pumpkin pie lathered in whipped cream had on your gastrointestinal tract?

What about the half-finished turkey leg you slipped to the dog under the table? What did that do to Fido's digestive health?

Nursing home doing well, but rough seas ahead

URBANA -- Things are looking up at the Champaign County Nursing Home, members of the nursing home board of directors were told Monday.

But it's not going to last.

The county-run nursing home had its highest average daily census in at least five years in October, monthly net income was up, operating expenses dropped and cash flow improved.

Relay for Life plans art fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — The event chairwoman of the 2013 Relay For Life of Champaign County is seeking 100 artists to donate to a fundraiser in connection with the race, which raises money for cancer research.

Health Alliance, Coventry contracts have renewal clauses

SPRINGFIELD — Health Alliance Medical Plans and Coventry Health Care have been awarded new contracts to provide fully-insured HMO health plans for state employees and retirees for at least the next three-and-a-half years.

But with the potential for five renewals on those contracts, they could be in place much longer.

Health Alliance, Coventry win state employee health contracts

SPRINGFIELD — Health Alliance Medical Plans and Coventry Health Care have been awarded new contracts to provide fully-insured HMO health plans for state employees and retirees for at least the next three-and-a-half years.

But with the potential for five renewals on those contracts, they could be in place much longer.