Comedian will speak at annual fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — Comedian Diana Jordan will be the featured speaker at the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women luncheon on Feb. 17, the organization announced.

Health district can help smokers keep resolve to quit

CHAMPAIGN — If you made a New Year's resolution to quit smoking, help is available through the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District.

The district will offer the eight-week Freedom from Smoking program, starting Jan. 17.

The program is open to anyone in Champaign County age 18 and older for $20. Anyone who completes six of the eight sessions gets half the fee refunded.

Small-town family physician happy right where he is

Dr. David Hagan, board chairman and immediate past president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians, has been practicing medicine for 28 years.

Since his residency, he's had a family medicine practice in Gibson City.

Nutrition, cognition research center in works at UI

The University of Illinois has partnered with an Illinois pharmaceutical and nutritional products company to create a new center on campus that will focus on interdisciplinary nutrition and cognition research.

State warns of increase in whooping cough

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Public Health is warning of a marked increase in pertussis, or whooping cough cases, primarily in Chicago and surrounding counties.

Statewide, there have been 1,149 cases reported, with most in Cook, McHenry, DuPage and Lake counties.

Researchers expand study of heart and Canon in D

URBANA — Researchers have seen how the graceful notes of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D, when strummed on a harp, can affect the rhythm of the heart.

Now they want to broaden their study to measure the effect of the same piece of music when it's been played on the piano.

Groups consider forming insurance plan

CHAMPAIGN — Several local community organizations are looking into starting a member-owned, not-for-profit health insurance plan to cover people living in East Central Illinois.

Coalition formed to battle diabetes

CHAMPAIGN — When Angela Reggans was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, her first reaction was fear.

Then she got to work on her diet and started exercising.

"Over time, I realized I had a lot of control over the situation," said Reggans, 38, of Champaign.

Hospital hosts health fair focusing on lung disease

DANVILLE — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is one of the most common — and deadly — lung diseases in the United States, according to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center officials.

They said COPD makes it difficult for a person to breathe. And the two main forms — chronic bronchitis and emphysema — both cause serious long-term disability and early death.

County board committee to consider health department fees

DANVILLE — The Vermilion County Health Department wants to create three new user fees that will be charged for services the department currently provides for free.