Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

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.

Physicians: Discuss drug concerns with doctor

CHAMPAIGN – Suddenly worried about taking Singulair, the popular allergy and asthma drug now under an FDA safety review for its possible link to suicide and depression?

Two Champaign-Urbana doctors say adults and children can continue taking the medication, but people prone to depression may need to watch more carefully for behavioral side effects, at least for now.

County nursing home loan receives OK

URBANA – The Champaign County Board voted to lend the county nursing home $775,000 Thursday night, then spent more than an hour fighting over an ordinance change necessary to fund the loan.

The Democratic caucus came out charging against problems with the nursing home – hit with a $600,000 Medicaid cut and higher nursing costs – that would require the county, financially strapped in its own right, to make the loan.

Workshop to focus on Medicaid

CHAMPAIGN – Confused by the changes in the state Medicaid program and where to find a doctor who will accept your Medicaid card?

Several local organizations and the state agency overseeing doctor assignments under the revised Medicaid system will explain the changes and help get enroll Medicaid patients with local doctors, starting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Local physician will 'champion' cancer program

URBANA – Dr. Christopher Lansford, a Carle Clinic physician, has been appointed the new liaison between the cancer program at Carle Foundation Hospital and the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Lansford, a specialist in otolaryngology and head and neck surgical oncology, will be part of a national network of doctors who provide leadership to their organizations' cancer programs and help keep them on track with Commission on Cancer initiatives.

Medicaid cuts hurt Champaign County

URBANA – The Champaign County Nursing Home is in a serious financial crunch because of a cut to its largest money source: the state Medicaid program.

The state picks up the bill for about 60 percent of the nursing home's 168 residents who are on Medicaid, the state's health care program for the needy.

Grant will help with heat system

TUSCOLA – Adding a new clinic to Douglas County Heath Department headquarters has given the department a chance to use high-efficiency heating.

The health department received a $10,333 GeoAlliance grant to help pay for the geothermal heating and cooling.

Health center put up for sale

DANVILLE – Carle Foundation Hospital is searching for a buyer for its Poolside Health and Wellness center in north Danville.

In 2001, Carle started a joint venture with WaterWay pool facility, 3733 Poolside Drive, Danville, which was owned at that time by the Nelson family. The Nelsons conducted swim lessons, a swim team and water therapy services at the facility.

Agency accepts your old drugs for safe disposal

DANVILLE – From Monday through Saturday, Vermilion County residents will have a more environmentally safe way of getting rid of their old prescription drugs, rather than throwing them away or flushing them.

The Vermilion County Recycling program and Carle Rx Express are collecting unused drugs for safe disposal. The event is sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.