Christie seeks volunteers for clinical trial

CHAMPAIGN — It's a painful affliction, and not a pretty one.

But there may be some relief on the horizon for people suffering from a chronic, inflammatory skin disease with a long name, hidradenitis suppurativa.

Christie Clinic is enrolling 12 people in a late-stage clinical trial that uses the rheumatoid arthritis drug, Humira, to treat this condition.

Despite dry summer, beware of mosquitoes

If it has been a while since a mosquito has buzzed by your ear, that does not mean you can expect to be free from mosquitoes or the threat of West Nile Virus this summer.

Reaction mixed to health care ruling

CHAMPAIGN — Patient advocates are celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the basic provisions of the Affordable Care Act, but a local insurance executive warns it will likely result in higher coverage costs for those under 45.

Researchers develop new pet CPR guidelines

URBANA — When a person's heart stops, emergency responders don't have to guess which way is the best to administer CPR.

But up until now, there haven't been any real guidelines for the best way to resuscitate a dog or cat suffering cardiac arrest.

Douglas County buys system to help track those who wander away

TUSCOLA — Every minute counts when somebody with dementia or autism has wandered away from home.

Now, the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency can narrow the time involved in finding a lost loved one with a new tracking system.

Vets urge current West Nile vaccines for horses

URBANA — Now that West Nile Virus has been found in Champaign County, veterinarians are urging horse owners to make sure their horses' West Nile virus vaccinations are current.

Some Delta Dental records lost during shipping

Delta Dental of Illinois has notified hundreds of people about an incident that could result in the exposure of their personal information.

A box containing paper claims was shipped by a subcontractor of Delta Dental of Illinois to the company by a delivery service. The box, which contained claims and X-rays, was lost during shipping.

Topinka pledges to pay bills; late payments at $4.4 billion

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has directed her staff to prioritize payments for programs serving the developmentally disabled.

West Nile Virus found in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — West Nile Virus has turned up in Champaign.

A crow picked up by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in central Champaign June 12 tested positive for the virus, according to Jeff Blackford, program coordinator for the health district's environmental health division.

Researchers aim to bring ear-infection cause to light

URBANA — Oh, those painful ear infections.

They're said to bring kids to the doctor more than any other ailment. And for some unlucky children, the infections return not long after the last spoonful of medicine is swallowed.