Danville VA center restricting visitors because of flu concerns

DANVILLE — Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System is restricting visitors because six patients at the hospital have influenza symptoms, according to a news release the facility sent Monday.

Although cases of flu and flu-like symptoms are on the decline across Illinois, according to weekly reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the VA is not taking chances.

Program teaches how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness

As the resident director of St. John's Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Mary Kate Norton sees people during one of the most stressful times in their lives.

Almost all hospital workers in area got flu shots

URBANA — More than 90 percent of the employees at three regional hospitals in Urbana and Danville were immunized for the flu this season.

With flu season nearing an end, Quality Quest for Health of Illinois released data this week showing 92 percent of employees at Carle Foundation Hospital got flu shots between October 2012 and February 2013.

Provena hospitals change name to Presence

URBANA — It's out with Provena and in with Presence.

But that's just a name, says Mike Brown, the CEO of the two hospitals in Urbana and Danville that are now called Presence Covenant Medical Center and Presence United Samaritans Medical Center.

"That doesn't define who we are," he said.

Dog's battle won, now owner fights cancer

URBANA — The veterinarians at the University of Illinois have pulled Keri Bradbury's dog, Nakita, through a near-fatal case of tetanus.

Now it's up to doctors to do what they can for Bradbury.

A 40-year-old Pontiac mother of two, Bradbury said she learned she has colorectal cancer within a day of finding out her dog had tetanus.

State clears county nursing home after investigation

SPRINGFIELD — State public health investigators have found no deficiencies at the Champaign County Nursing Home after being called to look into an unusual number of deaths this winter.

"There were no findings and no citations were issued," Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Health, said Friday. "We didn't find any violations of the Nursing Home Care Act."

Douglas County tops in state in health ranking

TUSCOLA — How did a county with an outlet mall — but without a hospital — get chosen this year's healthiest place to live in Illinois?

Parents, schools, doctors and the health department work together here, said Susan Hays, director of nursing at the Douglas County Health Department.

Group starts education campaign on insurance marketplace

CHAMPAIGN — With a little more than six months to go before Illinois' new health insurance marketplace is set to open Oct. 1, a local consumer organization is launching a community education campaign to help Champaign County get ready.

'Traffic' symbols help with calorie labels on menus

CHAMPAIGN — Mushroom and swiss burger, 820 calories: Stop.

Crab cake sandwich, 350 calories: Go.

Adding traffic symbols like stop, caution and go signs — along with calorie labels — to restaurant menus can reach a broader group of diners than just calorie labels alone, a recent study suggests.

Official lowers number of deaths at nursing home; state investigating

URBANA — The manager of the Champaign County Nursing Home, after earlier this week reporting a spike in deaths at the facility this winter, now says he doesn't believe there is a problem at the county-owned property.