Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Families dismayed that pediatric oncology program suspended

URBANA – Patti Welander thinks about the countless nights during her young son's ordeal with cancer that his doctor, Mark Musselman, came to the hospital to see him.

Often, she'd feel bad about interrupting Musselman's evenings, but he was so devoted to his patients he never seemed to mind.

"He never complained about that," she said.

Now, Welander and other parents of children being treated by Musselman at Carle Foundation Hospital's pediatric hematology/oncology program say they just can't believe what Carle officials have told them: The program will end Oct. 31 because Musselman, its only doctor, chose to switch to a general pediatrics practice at Carle Clinic.

Scientist brings mobile laboratory for children to Champaign

CHAMPAIGN – Seven-year-old Krishna Subbiah spent a little time Saturday afternoon studying the death of a biological invader with wide-eyed interest from the back of a converted transit bus.

Its predator – a white blood cell – had overtaken a speck of bacteria with ease.

"I liked the movie," Subbiah said afterward. "I learned that white blood cells can eat all kinds of bacteria until they're full and it makes them die."

Though not the usual TV, the magnified microscopic mayhem on the small screen gave Subbiah and dozens of other kids in the Champaign-Urbana area this week a glimpse into the world of cell biology.

And that's just what Urbana native Ben Durbin-Thaler wants to do.

Durbin-Thaler is the education director of the BioBus, a mobile biology laboratory operated by Cell Motion Laboratories, a New York State non-for-profit educational corporation.

"We're practicing being scientists on a bus," he told a group of young spectators.

He spent this past week driving the BioBus to schools in the area, including the University of Illinois, before making a last stop Saturday at the Orpheum Children's Science Museum.

Widow clears up mystery of bronze marker

DANVILLE – Mystery solved.

"I guess I've created a barrage of problems," said Margie Seitz from her Mount Carmel home.

Seitz was all apologies for the hubbub caused when her late husband's World War II veteran bronze grave marker was turned over to the Vermilion County War Museum this week.

Tickets for annual Festival of Trees event set to go on sale

DANVILLE – Special events tickets for this year's Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation Festival of Trees go on sale today at 10 a.m. at the David S. Palmer Arena box, 100 W. Main St. Tickets can also be purchased at www.palmerarena.com or by phone at 877-772-5425.

Special events requiring reservations through the purchase of advance tickets include:

Academy of Arts and Sciences inducting two from UI

University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman and chemistry Professor Jeffrey Moore will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on Saturday during a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.

This will be the academy's 228th class of fellows to be honored for "cutting-edge research and scholarship, artistic accomplishment and exemplary service to society," according to a release from the academy.

Danville service aims to help those who have lost a child

DANVILLE – Kim Padan was eager to become involved in a new event that she hopes will offer an opportunity for people to share their grief.

Padan personally knows what it's like to lose a child and offered to help get the word out about the new candlelight service to commemorate Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

The service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Garden of Innocence Monument in Sunset Memorial Park, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. The monument is directly in from the south entrance to the cemetery and marks the area where babies have been buried over the years.

Area teenagers to hold swim meet benefiting Crisis Nursery

URBANA – Though they swim in different lanes, on different teams, Urbana swimmers will be coming together for a common cause on Wednesday.

At the sixth annual "Make a Difference" meet, the Urbana, University Laboratory and Schlarman high schools' girls' swim teams will compete against each other in the lanes and work together to raise money for Crisis Nursery outside of the pool.

Christie announces plans to buy half of Danville surgery center

DANVILLE – Unable to win state approval to build an outpatient surgery center of its own in Champaign, Christie Clinic now hopes to buy half of an existing one in Danville.

The clinic has notified the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board that it plans to file an application seeking permission to buy about half of Danville HealthCare, an outpatient surgery center at 26 W. Newell Road, Danville.

Christie wants to buy share of Danville surgery center

DANVILLE – Unable to win state approval to build an outpatient surgery center of its own in Champaign, Christie Clinic now hopes to buy half of an existing surgery center in Danville.

The clinic has notified the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board that it plans to file an application seeking permission to buy about half of Danville HealthCare, an outpatient surgery center at 26 W. Newell Road, Danville.

Hospice volunteers offer comfort in a time of great need

URBANA – Carole Matthews once wondered how good she'd be at helping dying people through their last few months of life.

After all, she doesn't knit. She doesn't quilt. How, she wondered, would she ever help them pass the time?

Then she discovered just listening and talking means quite a lot.

"You don't have to do anything great," she said.