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Health Care

Student concussion bill heads to Gov. Bruce Rauner

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A measure is heading to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner that would require students who suffer a concussion to get a doctor or trainer's permission to return to sports or class.

New survey suggests nursing shortage looming in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new survey conducted by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation suggests the state may soon face a shortage of registered nurses as more and more baby boomers retire.

Q&A: Page Johnson Parkhill

You name the golf course, Page Johnson Parkhill has visited it.

That's just how it is when you're the proud mom of one of the best players to ever swing a stick in Champaign.

"Oh my goodness," she says. "I have walked miles and miles and miles following Clayton playing golf."

Will doctors sign off on pot? It's their decision

URBANA — Medical marijuana won't be available to Illinois patients until later this year, but doctors are already dealing with their new role as gatekeepers to patients seeking access, and some are more welcoming than others.

Christie Clinic and the Carle health system say their physicians may provide the certification medical marijuana-seeking patients need.

Deadline nears to sign up for cancer survivor event

CHAMPAIGN — The deadline is approaching to sign up for the American Cancer Society's free Survivor Dinner, which will be held June 2 at Faith United Methodist Church (1719 S. Prospect Ave.).

Lawsuit: Denver man monopolizing Illinois marijuana business

CHICAGO (AP) — A new lawsuit has been filed involving medical marijuana, this one claiming a Denver businessman and unsuccessful city council candidate schemed to monopolize the new industry in Illinois.

Urbana schools' health center holds summer sessions

URBANA — Urbana's school health center will stay open this summer to provide a variety of health services and school physicals for students.

But parents who plan to schedule those physicals are advised to get going.

Illinois marijuana industry pins hopes on skeptical governor

CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer

UI commencement speaker promotes 'culture of health'

CHAMPAIGN — The lawyers, English teachers and accountants in the University of Illinois Class of 2015 might have thought it odd that the commencement speaker thanked them Saturday for entering the field of health.

Updated: Health officials act fast after seeing rise in intestinal illness

Updated 11:25 a.m. Thursday

CHAMPAIGN — When local health officials saw 20 confirmed cases of an infectious intestinal illness in Champaign County, after seeing just one case in all of last year, they didn't waste time.