School immunizations, physicals available at Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — Three upcoming clinics at Champaign middle schools will provide immunizations and school physicals for Champaign students.

UI vet clinic offers free eye exams for service animals

URBANA — For your average dog, having good eyesight means being able to find the food and water bowls, spotting a squirrel out in the yard and running right in the direction of the tennis ball you throw.

But the eyes of service animals are doing double-duty, because they're often keeping a human companion safe from harm.

Champaign, Vermilion improve in health rankings, but Vermilion still low

CHAMPAIGN — Kendall County, southwest of Chicago, is Illinois' healthiest place to live, according to a new study of health and mortality in more than 3,000 counties across the nation.

Vermilion County was considered one of the state's unhealthiest areas, and local officials are reviewing the data, according to the Vermilion County Health Department in a written statement.

Officials look into deaths of animals in Jamaica

JAMAICA — Health officials believe two birds found dead this month in Jamaica probably ate agricultural pesticide, but they still don't know for certain what happened to other animals that have died there in the past month.

13 years after a bone-marrow transplant, Katy Hubbell plans for college

For David and Mary Hubbell of Fisher, every day spent with their 18-year-old daughter, Katy, feels like a treasure.

Katy Hubbell was 4 years old in 1997 when doctors diagnosed her with a life-threatening bone marrow disease called aplastic anemia.

Health Alliance getting another chance to bid on state insurance contract

SPRINGFIELD — Action taken today by a bipartisan legislative panel gives Health Alliance Medical Plans another chance to bid on a long-term contract for state employee and retiree health coverage.

And today's development paves the way for the Urbana insurer to drop its lawsuit over the 2011 state insurance contract awards.

Christie selling pharmacies to Walgreens

CHAMPAIGN — Christie Clinic says it will sell its pharmacy operations at its main downtown Champaign clinic on University Avenue and Windsor Road branch facility to Walgreens Co.

Walgreens will lease the spaces, keeping both pharmacies open. The transfer of business is expected to be completed by the end of March, clinic officials said.

Center planned for wounded veterans at UI

CHAMPAIGN — Plans for a $12 million Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education were announced Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn and University of Illinois officials.

Provena event focuses on heart health

URBANA — Heart health will be the focus of a community event being offered at Provena Covenant Medical Center later this month.

Medical records will soon be accessible online

URBANA — Patients of Carle Foundation Hospital and physician group will be able to begin accessing their own medical records online, starting Feb. 6.

Carle has been letting its employees test the system, called MyCarle, for the past couple months and has had a great response, said Dr. William Schuh, Carle's chief medical information officer.