Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Champaign school district health care gets shot in the arm

CHAMPAIGN – When it comes to helping children with medical conditions in the Champaign school district, it falls on principals, deans and student services coordinators to give medications or know how to give an epinephrine injection in the case of an allergic reaction.

But now those administrators have someone to turn to with questions about handling a situation correctly or providing medication at the appropriate time. The district has a school nurse for the first time in more than a decade – Valerie Day, a registered nurse who started work in mid-August and is based at Stratton Elementary School.

Grant breathes life into sleep apnea project

CHAMPAIGN – A Champaign company has been awarded a $2 million grant for clinical trials to validate the use of its scientific equipment in the study of sleep apnea.

ISS Inc. received the grant this summer from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

Provena skips tax payment for property taxes

URBANA – The deadline to pay the second installment of Champaign County property taxes passed last week.

And it passed without a $577,000 payment that was due from Provena Covenant Medical Center, Champaign County Treasurer Daniel Welch confirmed Monday.

Management strategies for nursing home on board's agenda

URBANA – There's bipartisan support for changing the way the Champaign County Nursing Home is overseen.

The topic will come up at 7 p.m. Tuesday at a joint meeting of the county's justice and policy committees. Some board members also heard a presentation Thursday from the administrator of the DeKalb County Nursing Home.

State appeal dismays Provena Covenant Medical Center

URBANA – Provena Covenant Medical Center and its parent company, Provena Health, are digging in to fight the latest attempt by the Illinois Department of Revenue to remove the Urbana hospital's property tax exemption.

"We will pursue this matter through to, and including, every last avenue available to us," Provena Health spokeswoman Lisa Lagger vowed Friday, after hearing the state won't accept a judge's ruling in July that had restored the tax exemption for Covenant that the Department of Revenue took away last year.

Olympic skater Thomas joins Carle orthopedic staff

URBANA – Back in the 1980s, Debi Thomas skated her way to national and world championships and an Olympic medal.

But the only blades she uses these days are in the operating room.

Feds award extra grants to Carle for research

URBANA – The Carle Cancer Center in Urbana will receive extra research grant money this year from the National Cancer Institute.

Carle operates one of 63 community clinical oncology programs in the nation, and was among 10 of those programs selected to receive extra grant money in addition to its annual funding in recognition of its "significant" contribution to cancer research and care, according to the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

West Nile virus found in Vermilion County

DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department is alerting the public that the West Nile Virus is present in the county now that a dead crow has tested positive for the virus.

"Now that we know the West Nile Virus is in the community, we will no longer be accepting birds for testing," said Environmental Health Director Kolby Riggle in a new release Thursday afternoon. "The testing has served its purpose, and now we want to alert Vermilion County residents that the virus is in our community, and they need to take precautions."

C-U Health District joining county district being considered

CHAMPAIGN – When the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District suspended director Vito Palazzolo, there were calls for the board to take over day-to-day operation of the district.

Instead, the board found an interim director in Julie Pryde, a longtime staffer who is responsible for writing many of the grant proposals that have allowed the district to grow in recent years.

Mosquito samples positive for West Nile Virus

CHAMPAIGN – Summer is winding down, but the West Nile Virus is posing a new threat in Champaign County.

The first mosquito samples testing positive for the virus in Champaign County were collected last month at the University of Illinois South Farms, Champaign-Urbana Public Health officials said.