Vomiting, diarrhea, cramps? Norovirus the likely bug

CHAMPAIGN — That stomach bug that’s going around isn’t the flu.

It’s norovirus, and it’s very contagious, state health officials warn.

Norovirus causes vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It can also come with low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle ache and fatigue.

Updated: Hospitals starting to lift visitor restrictions as flu wanes

Updated 11:54 a.m. Thursday.

URBANA — Flu is on the decline in Illinois, and area hospitals have begun lifting visitor restrictions connected to the flu outbreak.

Local woman among plaintiffs given flawed hip implant; 1st trials begin in February

CHAMPAIGN — Nobody has to tell Sally Newman about the misery of living with a faulty all-metal hip implant.

Whooping cough case not tied to outbreak in Mahomet

URBANA — An Urbana Middle School student has been treated for whooping cough.

But this illness case, confirmed Thursday, wasn't linked to the whooping cough outbreak in Mahomet, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The Urbana student became ill in late November, said Rachella Thompson, communicable disease investigator for the district.

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.

Cancer society sets 37th Smokeout

URBANA — For Ed and Elizabeth Medaris, smoking two or three packs of cigarettes a day was draining more than the family budget.

Ed was starting to show signs of lung health issues, his wife says.

They got to thinking, if they quit, they'd be healthier — plus they could put all that cigarette money toward the new motorcycle they wanted.

Alzheimer's Association seeks volunteers to lead support groups

CHAMPAIGN — Attention, health care professionals and anyone who has helped care for a family member with dementia: If you've got some time to spare, you could help others affected by Alzheimer's disease.

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Illinois Chapter is looking for volunteers to lead support groups and says professional experience with dementia care isn't necessary.

VA to showcase resources for caregivers

DANVILLE — The Department of Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System will hold a resource fair for caregivers on Nov. 7.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the social activities room in Building 104 on the Danville campus, 1900 E. Main St.

Only Cook County provider received steroid linked to meningitis

SPRINGFIELD — The only Illinois health provider identified to have received a shipment of the epidural steroid associated with the meningitis outbreak is in Cook County, according to the state Department of Public Health.

The health provider was identified as APAC Centers for Pain Management, which has six locations in Chicago and Cook County.

Beef from Decatur plant recalled

SPRINGFIELD — A Macon County meat packing plant has voluntarily recalled about 90 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with bacteria, according to a state Department of Agriculture announcement.