Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Carle hires N.Y. consultant for disaster planning

URBANA – Carle Clinic will work with a New York-based consulting firm to do disaster planning for all its locations in East Central Illinois.

Carle officials announced Tuesday that the Urbana-based clinic system has signed a one-year contract with GlobalOptions Group's James Lee Witt Associates.

Seniors warned about long-term care dilemma

CHAMPAIGN – Baby boomers beware: The safety net you might be relying on to take care of you when you're old and sick is full of holes, a new study warns.

Many are relying on Medicaid, the government's health-care program for the needy, to pick up the tab for their nursing home and other long-term care expenses one day.

Employers get education on pandemic plans

URBANA – More than a half-million Americans died in the great flu pandemic of 1918.

Ninety years later, businesses have an important job to do to keep that from happening again, an official of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told local business leaders in Urbana on Thursday.

State probes quality of nursing care at Tilton facility

TILTON – The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a complaint of mental abuse at Vermilion Manor Nursing Home.

Kimberly Parker, spokeswoman with the department of public health, said Wednesday that the department is conducting an investigation into allegations of mental abuse at the county-owned nursing home on Catlin-Tilton Road.

Site lists more about physicians

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has added a physician profile feature to its Web site at www.IDFPR.com.

The site has information on each of the 44,000 doctors licensed to practice in Illinois, including specialties, education, awards, professional activities, the kind of insurance they accept, disciplinary actions and legal actions.

Doctor: Take it slow when starting to exercise

CHAMPAIGN – Walking to the moon can sure be hard on your feet.

So all those brand-new (or just out-of-condition) runners and walkers who hit the streets Friday for the start of the Moon Walk fitness challenge may want to take some advice from a local doctor about how to avoid foot injuries that could launch them right out of the race.

Hospital warns of infection risk

DANVILLE (AP) – A Veterans Affairs medical center in East Central Illinois is urging more than 500 patients to be tested for possible infection.

The Danville center says it hasn't received any reports of illness. But some patients underwent endoscopies with equipment that possibly was disinfected incorrectly.

Medical Reserve Corps looking for volunteers

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for a few good doctors.

And nurses, and dentists, and pharmacists, and emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, and just about anybody else willing to help tend to the sick and injured should a disaster ever strike Champaign County.

Champaign, Vermilion counties looking for medical recruits

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Medical Reserve Corps is looking for a few good doctors.

And nurses, and dentists, and pharmacists, and emergency medical technicians, and paramedics, and just about anybody else willing to help tend to the sick and injured should a disaster ever strike Champaign County.

Paxton child has bacteria that can cause meningitis

PAXTON – The Ford-Iroquois Public Health Department has confirmed that a 1-year-old child from Ford County has been positively diagnosed with neisseria meningitidis, a bacteria that can cause meningitis.

There are no other reported or suspected cases in Ford or Iroquois counties, according to Douglas Corbett, public health administrator.