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Thousands in area notified as precaution about drugs from firm linked to meningitis

Thousands of patients are being notified this week by hospitals and medical offices in central Illinois that they received injectable drugs purchased from the same compounding pharmacy linked to the multi-state fungal meningitis outbreak.

Teacher to present program for Michelle Obama showcase

SAVOY — A local teacher is heading to Washington this week to give a presentation on how her school uses technology to get kids moving.

Wendy Starwalt, a physical education teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary in Savoy, will give a presentation Friday at Michelle Obama's second Let's Move in School Showcase.

Updated: Carle notifies 190 patients of eye drug recall

UPDATED 9:40 p.m. Monday

URBANA — Carle Physician Group is warning 190 of its patients that they received eye injections with a drug that has been recalled by the same company involved in the national fungal meningitis outbreak.

Hospitals put a new focus on follow-ups to avoid Medicare fines

URBANA — You expect nurses to check up on you while you're in the hospital, but how about after you check out?

Some high-risk patients are getting extra attention from nurses these days after they've been discharged, as local hospitals work to reduce their numbers of readmissions.

Amber Cadick: For our veterans


For 64-year-old Frank Hise it was a typical visit to the VA Illiana Health Care System. He had his labs drawn and was pretty sure his doctor was going to talk to him about his diabetes and his weight. Those were both common topics during a visit. However, this time the conversation was different.

School lunch changes praised, but not universally embraced

Schools are trying to answer a tough question: What can they serve that students will eat, while still meeting U.S. guidelines?

In the school cafeteria these days, if you're trying to skate through the line without a fruit or a vegetable, watch out.

Carle, Christie, United Samaritans compete in pink glove dance contest

CHAMPAIGN — If you think your doctor and nurse are a tough act to follow when they're saving your life, just wait till you see them dancing their socks off.

Nursing home board OKs rate increase

URBANA — Private pay rates at the Champaign County Nursing Home will increase 5 percent on Dec. 1, the nursing home board of directors voted Monday.

The across-the-board rate hike is needed to make up for increases in expenses and for cuts in Medicaid funding, nursing home manager Scott Gima said.

Champaign woman lost stepdaughter in meningitis outbreak

CHAMPAIGN — Carol Bergeson had more than a beloved stepdaughter.

She had a soul mate, she says.

But a contaminated steroid drug that has set off a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak ended the life of Bergeson's 56-year-old stepdaughter, Diana Reed, on Oct. 3.

Tell doctor if you've had injection, shown symptoms

Have you undergone a spinal injection recently for back or neck pain?

All the contaminated steroid medication connected to the fungal meningitis outbreak has been recalled, and government officials are aware of infections associated with only the three lots that have been recalled.