Health and Fitness
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.
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.
What's it like to study in the engineering library at 1 a.m.? Or celebrate the Illini football victory over Ohio State? And what exactly do college students do over Thanksgiving break?
For the answer, visit YouTube or the University of Illinois' Web site.
PHILO – For those wanting to get a head start on a healthier new year, Dr. Susan Mantell has opened the new Center for Your Health in Philo.
The center, now located along Illinois 130, offers medical services and a new fitness center facility in the same building.
DANVILLE – About 18 years ago, Judy Story opened the Key Club adult day care center to provide another living assistance option to the elderly and the community.
"It seemed like a good idea," Story said of her decision to start the center. "So we opened up and have been going for 18 years."
URBANA – Carle Foundation Hospital may be one of eight medical sites in the country that would help coordinate the care of Medicare patients who suffer from multiple chronic illnesses.
Under legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, Carle and the other health care institutions would develop and test coordinated care strategies for Medicare patients with such ailments as heart disease and diabetes.
DANVILLE – Provena United Samaritans Medical Center has begun using a minimally invasive biopsy procedure to diagnose possible breast cancer.
The hospital is now using a vacuum-assisted core needle device that allows for more accurate diagnosis than other needle biopsy procedures provide. And because the procedure requires only a quarter-inch incision in the breast and can be done under local anesthesia, patients recover faster and with less pain and scarring than those undergoing a surgical biopsy, hospital officials said.
URBANA – Champaign County could have to pay a $50,000 fine for paperwork violations in connection with repairs to the ventilation system in its $24 million nursing home, which had been plagued with mold.
The county plans to ask for a hearing to contest the fine.
Rose is a hot dog – a prize-winning one at that.
Rose, a terrier-beagle mix adopted by University of Illinois veterinary medicine student Jeannie Harrison, is one of two grand prize winners in the Hill's Science Diet Second Chance for Love contest. The other grand prize winner was a cat by the name of Jake. With the win, Hill's will donate $10,000 to the animal shelters nominated by the owners of the two pets. The winners also get a five-year supply of pet food.
URBANA – The hospice program that serves the Provena hospitals in Urbana and Danville is selling collectible ornaments for the holidays to raise money for its grief-support group services.
The hospice service plans to make this year's ornament – a star symbol – the first in a series with a new one to be released every year.