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Procedure can help treat infertility in some men

MAHOMET — After going through more than a decade of fertility problems, no couple may be more surprised or happy than Mahomet parents Danelle and Louis "Buddy" Bartels to learn they're expecting a baby this summer.

Flu hit local schools before winter break

Even though there's lots of talk about the flu, local schools say more students were absent because of flu-like symptoms before the winter break.

The Champaign schools' lead nurse, Margee Poole, said the school district had more absences caused by flu-like symptoms just before the district's winter break than it has since classes started again this week.

Health officials urge flu vaccines for all

CHAMPAIGN — Public health officials believe the flu outbreak hasn't yet peaked in Champaign County, and they're hoping to hold off a more severe outbreak by urging more people to get vaccinated.

Hospitals replacing baby blankets

Soft blankets might sound nice to keep newborn babies warm and cozy, but local hospitals say baby blankets have to go for safety's sake.

Woman hopes for bone marrow donor

ST. JOSEPH — If ever a mother hoped for anything, Chris Wulff hopes for this:

Someone who could be the right bone marrow donor for her only child, 32-year-old Sarah Parker — and is willing to help her.

Diagnosed last October with leukemia, Parker, of St. Joseph, is also the mother of three young daughters.

Flu cases widespread in area

CHAMPAIGN — Consider washing your hands — a lot.

The flu and a few other illnesses that started picking up around the holidays are now widespread in the area, local doctors say.

This week patients have been coming to Carle's convenient care centers at a record pace, according to Dr. William Scott, head of Carle's occupational medicine and employee health.

The Starting Line: Two who met the resolution challenge

Call it a birthday resolution.

When Tony Hillen turned 29 shortly before Christmas 2011, he resolved he would not be overweight when he hit 30. He weighed 295 pounds, and he set a goal of losing 100 pounds during the next year.

When he weighed in a couple of weeks ago, as he was about to turn 30, he'd lost more than 115 pounds.

Time for a new goal.

Catlin grade-schooler diagnosed with pertussis

CATLIN — Catlin school officials are taking precautions over winter break after a grade-school student was diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.

The case was confirmed Wednesday, said Karen Trimble, a registered nurse with the Vermilion County Health Department. She said it's the first and only confirmed case in the county in 2012.

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.

Medicare cuts ahead for hospitals if fiscal cliff negotiations fail

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois hospitals are bracing for billions of dollars in Medicare cuts as the end of the year nears without a resolution of the nation's budget conundrum dubbed the "fiscal cliff."