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Health Care

Japan apologizes to forcibly sterilized people

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government apologized Wednesday to tens of thousands of people who were forcibly sterilized under a now-defunct Eugenics Protection Law which was designed to "prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants," and promised to pay them compensation.

Illinois officials responding to U.S. measles outbreak

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — State public health workers are increasing accessibility to vaccines in response to an outbreak of measles in the U.S. that includes seven cases in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says it's also expanding outreach in communities with low vaccination rates and educating the public on the importance of vaccines.

Indictment: Ex-CEO ignored red flags as opioid crisis raged

NEW YORK (AP) — The pharmaceutical industry executive hit Tuesday with criminal charges stemming from the opioid crisis doesn't have his name on a museum wing, and his company isn't within earshot of Apple or anyone else on the Fortune 500. Even his $1.5 million paycheck was a paltry sum compared to his peers.

Malawi becomes 1st nation to immunize kids against malaria

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Malawi has become the first country to begin immunizing children against malaria, using the only licensed vaccine to protect against the mosquito-spread disease.

Advocacy group seeking more data from Ameren on Fifth and Hill cleanup

CHAMPAIGN — A decade after Ameren Illinois began cleaning up the site of its former manufactured-gas plant on Champaign's north side, a local consumer group is urging the utility to go public with its most recent years' worth of environmental monitoring information in the neighborhood where the plant used to be.

Demand grows for marijuana-cultivation courses

CHICAGO (AP) — More colleges are beginning to offer classes in growing and handling marijuana as demand for such skills from growers and dispensaries increases.

Colleges and universities in Illinois are noticing the benefits of preparing students for the industry but that there are restrictions on how fast the schools can offer new programming, the Chicago Tribune reported.

For the retirees, April 21-28, 2019

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Pet Talk | Handle with care

UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Known for their bright, beautiful coloration and elaborate fin displays, betta fish, more accurately called Siamese fighting fish, are a common household pet.

Nursing homes drop off map as state's investment dries up

SPRINGFIELD — Since March 2014, 20 state-licensed skilled-care nursing homes have closed for financial reasons, while many of those continuing to serve the state's neediest elderly populations face staff shortages and operating deficits caused by diminishing state-government investment.

Westville woman has village in her corner as she battles rare disease

WESTVILLE — Since a sudden illness last June that led to a hospital stay, kidney failure and a rare disease diagnosis, Brandy Dougherty has not retreated from the Westville community that she loves, and in return, it has rallied around her.