Health and Fitness
URBANA – Champaign County now has the permit it needs to open its new $24 million nursing home, though it may still face fines.
The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board unanimously renewed the county's permit Wednesday morning.
CHAMPAIGN – Carle Foundation, the University of Illinois and iCyt Mission Technology are preparing to join forces to use iCyt's technology to isolate adult stem cells for research purposes.
"We're focusing on several areas, " said Larry Schook, who focuses on regenerative biology and tissue engineering at the UI's Institute for Genomic Biology.
TUSCOLA – Expansion of the Douglas County Public Health Department's headquarters will begin in 2007 now that the department has received a grant to pay for the project.
Public Health Administrator Amanda Minor said the department has received a $170,000 grant from the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation, based in Chicago, to pay for a new wing to the facility, located on U.S. 36 east of Tuscola.
DANVILLE – Some Veterans Affairs Illiana Health Care System staff members are set to host an informational picket today in protest to upcoming duty reassignments.
The American Federation of Government Employees Local 1963 represents more than 600 members at the VA, a large portion of whom are nurses, union president Amie Pounds said.
DANVILLE – Pre-nursing students can earn a baccalaureate degree from the Lakeview College of Nursing on Eastern Illinois University's campus for at least another five years.
Lakeview and Eastern officials recently extended a deal that allows the nursing college to hold classes at the Charleston campus through 2011.
URBANA – Dr. Stephen Boppart understands all too well the worries and hopes that come with a diagnosis of cancer.
A survivor of cancer himself, he's devoted his research to the detection of this dreaded disease at its earliest level – when cellular changes are just beginning to form in the body – and doctors still have the best shot at a cure.
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.
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.
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.
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.