Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

No one hurt in office fire

BATESTOWN – The Batestown Bargain Mart continued to operate on Sunday, despite a fire that damaged another part of the building.

"We will be open on Tuesday," said Bill Marietta, owner of the business that's housed in the old Diamond Elementary School. He said the business is closed on Mondays.

Blood needed, fast, to make up deficit

URBANA – Blood donors are needed fast to help fill a short supply for local hospitals, especially donors with O negative and O positive blood types.

It takes 400 to 500 pints of blood a week to supply five hospitals in Urbana, Danville, Mattoon and Effingham, according to Melissa Webb Halcomb, director of donor relations for Community Blood Services of Illinois.

Resolution to create nursing home board moves forward

URBANA – The move to create a board of directors for the county's nursing home edged closer to success Monday night.

The resolution to create the board passed by a voice vote in the Justice and Social Services Committee of the Champaign County Board; it will next be considered by the full county board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

Proposal to create county nursing home board advances

URBANA – The move to create a board of directors for the county's nursing home edged closer to success Monday night.

The resolution to create the board passed by a voice vote in the Justice and Social Services Committee of the Champaign County Board; it will next be considered by the full county board at its Jan. 24 meeting.

New Tuscola health clinic will offer medical and dental services

TUSCOLA – Sawdust and power tools still litter the sun-filled rooms of the Douglas County Health Department's new dental and medical clinic.

But by the end of January, Administrator Amanda Minor is hoping they'll be filled with people receiving medical and dental care.

Proposed northwest Christie campus hasn't been started

CHAMPAIGN – A year and a half after Christie Clinic announced plans to move from downtown Champaign and expand on the city's northwest side, there's nothing but empty land at the building site.

The clinic said it would move to a larger new campus this spring at a planned development called Clearview and sell its downtown properties to Clearview's owner, the Atkins Group, for redevelopment.

Champaign school nurse is a first in nearly 10 years

CHAMPAIGN – After Elizabeth Roadcap was diagnosed with diabetes in May, her mom, Janet, was at South Side Elementary School at least twice a day, checking her daughter's blood sugar and giving her an insulin shot.

This school year, her mom doesn't need to be there every day to make sure she is OK. The school district's nurse, Valerie Day, meets with 8-year-old Elizabeth outside her second-grade classroom at lunchtime to give her the insulin.

Specially trained nurses can be comfort in a time of crisis

URBANA – Sex assault victims who go to Carle Foundation Hospital for treatment have a specially trained expert ready to help them.

It's the "sexual assault nurse examiner," a registered nurse who has 100 hours of training over and above other emergency department colleagues.

Project has become a family affair

Architecture Professor Mike Andrejasich, who also serves as associate dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, has been involved in the University of Illinois East St. Louis Action Research Project almost since the UI began working in East St. Louis 20 years ago.

His daughter, Elizabeth, a student in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, first remembers going to East St. Louis in middle school. As a UI undergraduate, she created a Saturday playwriting program for middle school girls there.

UI program changes lives in East St. Louis and C-U

Twenty years after the University of Illinois began the effort that became the East St. Louis Action Research Project, the Mississippi River city's population has fallen by 10,000.

Of those left, almost all black, a third live in poverty. The unemployment rate is twice the state average. A riverfront casino hasn't provided the expected economic boost. The city and its environs do their most prominent business in strip joints.