Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Clinic finds way to provide free medical care to uninsured

CHAMPAIGN – First it was high blood pressure, then pneumonia, that made Shirley Brown sick.

And with no health insurance, she might have had a tough time finding a doctor if it weren't for the Champaign County Christian Health Center, where being uninsured and unable to pay just aren't an issue.

Organization plans protest outside Carle Clinic

URBANA – Champaign County Health Care Consumers hopes to deliver a special Thanksgiving card to Carle Clinic today.

But first, the organization plans to deliver its Thanksgiving message in a more visible way to the whole community – by staging a protest outside the clinic.

Health speaker urges shift from treatment to prevention

MAHOMET – Health care requires a lot of money – money that could be used to serve community organizations and schools.

That's why employers should be looking at ways to prevent health problems in an effort to reduce the amount of money they pay for employees' health problems, Liz Roseman of The Wellness Foundation told members of the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce at Thursday's chamber meeting.

Emergency room doctor dispenses knowledge over radio

URBANA – Dr. Jim Ellis hears it all the time.

Your voice, patients say. It sounds so familiar.

Provena hospitals in the black again

URBANA – Provena Health's two hospitals in Urbana and Danville are on track to end this year in good financial health.

And if they do, it will be the second straight year Provena Covenant Medical Center has ended in the black coming off several years of losses – despite having to pay more than $1 million a year in property taxes.

Profesor: Doctors dealing with new kind of patient

URBANA – It used to be doctors had all the medical knowledge and made all the decisions about what was best for their patients.

And the patients, well, they could choose to do (or not do) what they were told.

Prof: Doctors dealing with new kind of patient

URBANA – It used to be doctors had all the medical knowledge, and made all the decisions about what was best for their patients.

And the patients, well, they could choose to do (or not do) what they were told.

Help take universe's baby picture

You already could use your home computer to help look for extraterrestrial life and figure out the complicated folding of protein molecules, which governs so much of what happens in the body, among other "distributed computing" projects.

Now, thanks to some University of Illinois researchers, you can help create a baby picture of the universe, too.

Expert: Early detection of autism important

URBANA – Amy Wetherby, a professor of communication disorders at Florida State University, may not be an actual rock star, but for parents and researchers of children with autism, she might as well be.

"I've been a fan of hers for several decades," said Champaign speech pathologist Ann Osterling.

'Superbug' tests under way locally

URBANA – It's simple.

It's painless.

And if it works the way a new state law intends, the nasal swab test being administered to some hospital patients in Illinois could help halt the spread of an antibiotic-resistant and potentially fatal superbug that some folks unwittingly carry on their bodies.