Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Champaign Public Health District to start screening for herpes

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will begin offering blood tests to screen for genital herpes, starting next week.

The screening will be available at all sexually transmitted disease clinics, which are held on a walk-in basis from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays at the main public health offices at 710 N. Neil St., C.

Carle doctor: U.S. failing in HIV fight

URBANA – The way Dr. Philip Johnson sees it, there's just no excuse for 40,000 new HIV infections in the United States every year.

And he places the blame squarely on the government, which he says is failing to promote the kind of public education and routine testing that could slow down the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Bottenfield club helps kids keep moving

CHAMPAIGN – Justin Lumetta can rattle off his stats just like a professional athlete.

Ask him how his running is going, and he'll tell you the number of laps he can get in on the playground during recess and how that's improved since last year. He'll tell you how many plastic feet he's earned for his miles, and how he's competing with a classmate who has a few more than he does.

Why did the chicken enter the lab?

URBANA – Researchers on a mission to solve some of the mysteries about ovarian cancer are looking for clues in the henhouse.

And if they're successful, women everywhere may one day have chickens at the University of Illinois to thank.

Public gets look at Gibson City hospital addition

GIBSON CITY – A two-story 20,000-square-foot addition at Gibson Area Hospital was opened to the public last weekend, but it won't be serving patients until early in 2007, according to Chief Executive Officer Gary Petersen.

He expects that final inspection and issuance of a certificate of occupancy from the Illinois Department of Public Health could take up to 45 days.

Construction to start on Carle rehab center by fall '07

CHAMPAIGN – Carle Foundation Hospital is making plans to build a new 36-bed rehabilitation hospital in Champaign that would open in 2009, pending state approval.

Carle has an option to purchase a 9.6-acre property at the northwest corner of Bloomington Road and Mattis Avenue, north of the main Champaign post office, and hopes to start construction there by fall 2007, according to Lynne Barnes, vice president of clinical operations for Carle.

Seat belt safety a snap for St. Joseph-Ogden

ST. JOSEPH – Students at St. Joseph-Ogden High School are getting the message about wearing seat belts – with a lot of help from their peers.

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley drivers' education teacher Judy Weber-Jones has taken GCMS' award-winning Project Ignition safety program all over the state and the country. The program was started after two local teens were in a serious accident that killed one and injured the other.

Study shows walking beefs up seniors' brains

If it's a problem requiring the old gray matter that you're confronting, being in good physical shape may help – especially if your gray matter is, in fact, old. Or your white matter, for that matter.

Six months of aerobic exercise – a walking program – beefed up gray and white matter in the brains of formerly inactive senior citizens in a recent University of Illinois study, at a time of life when folks were once thought to suffer an inevitable decline in brain volume and density.

Senior citizens urged to sign up quickly for Medicare Part D

CHAMPAIGN – Another round of enrollment for Medicare's optional prescription drug coverage has begun, and counselors helping the elderly say: Don't wait too long to decide.

Open enrollment started Thursday and officially runs through the end of December, with coverage beginning in January.

Rural Oakland youth dies in hunting accident

OAKLAND – A 15-year-old Oakland boy died Saturday morning in a hunting accident when his rifle accidentally discharged.

Sgt. Scott Siddens with the Illinois Conservation Police said the accident occurred between 8 and 9 a.m. when Keith Voh Behrens was deer hunting with his father, Gregory Von Behrens, about 1< 1/2> miles southeast of Oakland in Coles County.