Health and Fitness

Health and Fitness

Area is entering time period when ticks go on the prowl

CHAMPAIGN – One of these days, it's going to warm up enough to wear shorts and go play outside.

And when it does, keep in mind there are disease-carrying ticks hiding in those woods and fields and maybe even in your own yard.

Traditionally, ticks are thought to be more of a problem in the southern part of the state than in this area.

First movie 'a full-time job' for Uni High grad, illustrator

After Nina Paley's husband dumped her by e-mail, rather than wallow in misery, she made a personal feature-length animated film about the breakup.

Now making the rounds of the international film-festival circuit, "Sita Sings the Blues" tells two parallel stories: Paley's contemporary Dear Nina saga, and the tale of Sita and Rama, gods incarnated as humans in the ancient Hindu epic "Ramayana."

New, brighter facility puts the 'up' in 'upgrade'

URBANA – When the Carle Cancer Center opened in the early 1980s, it was considered state of the art.

But state of the art has changed a lot since then, said Dr. Patricia Johnson, a Carle oncologist.

New Carle center ready to roll out the red carpet

URBANA – You can't help but sense the spirit of Linda Mills throughout this place.

In the colors chosen to soothe and uplift, in the cozy touches and abundance of natural light, in the sheer determination to win this war on breast cancer for all women, even though it couldn't be won in time for her.

Champaign County Nursing Home at Medicaid's mercy

URBANA – The Champaign County Nursing Home, which will have to borrow money from the county to stay afloat, could save money by altering its mix of clients to reduce Medicaid patients – which would go against its tradition of serving the poor.

About 60 percent of its residents are on Medicaid, up from 48 percent in 2000, the first year for which Administrator Andrew Buffenbarger has census records.

Nursing home's grim financial outlook focus of meeting

URBANA – The county nursing home will have to borrow money to meet its payroll, the county doesn't have the money to lend it, and it would be difficult to lease or sell the nursing home.

Problems were more evident than solutions at a discussion of potential fixes to the deficit-running Champaign County Nursing Home at the county board's finance committee Thursday night.

Danville Walgreen's tests drug distribution in a crisis

DANVILLE – Karen McKown doesn't like to think about an anthrax scare happening in her community.

"But I think it's something we have to think about in this day and age," said McKown, a Danville resident and Walgreen's employee.

C-U Public Health District asking Christian clinic to leave

CHAMPAIGN – The Champaign County Christian Health Center will lose its nearly free building in less than two months.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, which has provided space to the Christian Health Center for two years, says the organization must move out by July 1 because it's in violation of the terms of its lease.

Two men charged in Ford County drug investigation

Two men are due in Ford County Circuit Court later this month on cocaine charges.

David Morales, 34, who listed an address in Roselle, and Salvador R. Mejia, 20, who listed an address in Gilberts, were each charged with two felonies – unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class 1 felony; and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, as well as one misdemeanor, unlawful possession of cannabis, according to charges filed in Ford County Circuit Court.

Potlucks promoted to get women screened for cancer

CHAMPAIGN – Who do women tend to listen to the most?

Their friends.