Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Medical identity theft a difficult problem to diagnose and treat

CHAMPAIGN – Have you been turned down for a job or denied health insurance recently, and can't figure out why?

The reason might be tucked away in your private medical records.

And, thanks to an identity thief, the reason might be 100 percent false.

A dangerous twist on an old scam, medical identity theft happens when someone steals your identity to receive medical care or buy drugs in your name.

Lawmakers ask governor to confer on UI board appointments

While a seat remains open on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, some state lawmakers are proposing to change the way board appointments are made.

A group of representatives who attended the University of Illinois have asked Gov. Pat Quinn to confer with UI alumni on appointments, and that whoever he considers for the appointment should have a long-standing relationship with the university. The representatives, Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet; Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana; Bill Black, R-Danville; and David Reis, R-Willow Hills, also introduced a House resolution that essentially asks for the same thing.

Carle Foundation Hospital looking to buy services from clinic

URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital has notified a state planning board that it will apply for permission to acquire some clinical services owned and operated by Carle Clinic.

A letter sent by hospital officials to the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board says Carle hospital will file an application in mid-April seeking permission to buy the clinic's laboratory, radiology/imaging and cardiac diagnostic services and equipment at a total cost not to exceed $180 million.

Inspection found many health violations at Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL – Food contaminated by kitchen staff or students caused the illnesses of 20 people at Lincoln's Challenge Academy, according to county public health officials.

And an inspection of the kitchen and dining room the day the illnesses struck produced the lowest public health score in Champaign County since 1993.

Champaign County Nursing Home finances improving

URBANA – The Champaign County Nursing Home could be turning a modest profit by the end of 2009.

Mike Scavotto, president of Management Performance Associates, which manages the home, told the Champaign County Board on Thursday night that the census is up and government reimbursement could also improve, in part because the new federal stimulus package may offer some funding.

UI students to collect electronic waste at Saturday event

University of Illinois students will be hosting an electronic-waste collection event this Saturday on campus.

Old computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, keyboards, mice, scanners and cell phones can be dropped off any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. this Saturday at Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., U.

Champaign, Danville dog lovers seek room for romping

DANVILLE – As if cats and dogs didn't already have enough reasons to dislike each other, parks in East Central Illinois are going to the dogs.

Urbana has a 10-acre dog park off Perkins Road, and in June, the Champaign Park District will open a new 7-acre dog park on Windsor Road. And in Danville, residents are raising funds for a dog park in the undeveloped Espenscheid Park in the center of the city.

DACC seminar on heart disease and women set for Feb. 24

DANVILLE – Danville Area Community College is hosting a seminar called "Heart Disease Prevention for Women" on Feb. 24.

The seminar is free and open to the public. It will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Laura Lee Room in Lincoln Hall, 2000 E. Main St., Danville.

Lincoln's Challenge Academy's dining hall to reopen for dinner

RANTOUL – The cadets at Lincoln's Challenge Academy are expected to return to their dining hall this evening.

The hall has been closed since Sunday morning, after 19 students and the academy's director fell ill with vomiting and diarrhea. Five cadets were taken to an Urbana hospital for treatment.

Health official: Virus likely caused illnesses at Lincoln's Challenge

RANTOUL – Students at Lincoln's Challenge Academy were likely sickened this weekend by a virus, not by food poisoning, said Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.

"We're working under the hypothesis that this is a viral infection – gastroenteritis, something like the Norwalk virus," Pryde said.