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Health Care

Drug prices making sex unaffordable for some

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Imagine not being able to afford one of life's great pleasures — sex.

That's true for many older couples, doctors say. Soaring prices for prescription medicines for impotence and other problems have put the remedies out of reach for some.

For the retirees, Dec. 4-10, 2016

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, 48 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, phone 359-6500.

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

That chill in the air? It's flu shot's last call

CHAMPAIGN — Been putting off that flu shot?

There's still time to squeeze one in as the first wave of flu begins to hit East Central Illinois.

James Chandler, a physician assistant at Square 1 Healthcare in Champaign, said he started getting some positive influenza test results among patients in the last few weeks, and he has seen a lot of respiratory illness going around.

Poll: Only 1 in 4 wants Trump to repeal health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only about one in four Americans wants President-elect Donald Trump to entirely repeal his predecessor's health care law that extended coverage to millions, a new poll has found.

The post-election survey released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation also found hints of a pragmatic shift among some Republican foes of "Obamacare."

More Illinois residents sign up for 'Obamacare' plans

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say more than 68,000 Illinoisans have selected health plans using the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace, up nearly 1,400 compared to the same time last year.

Public-health officials tout benefits of HIV drug

CHAMPAIGN — A daily pill has been called a potential game-changer in the war on HIV infection. But the drug can't do its job if people at risk don't take it.

County nursing home board seeks $12 million for facility

URBANA — The board that oversees the operation of the Champaign County Nursing Home asked the county board Wednesday night for a $12 million infusion and suggested it come from a property-tax increase to be placed on April's countywide ballot.

The county board would need to act on the request by Jan. 15, the deadline to get public policy questions on the April 4 ballot.

Helia Healthcare: Stepping up its care

CHAMPAIGN — About three years after receiving an "immediate jeopardy" tag from the Center from Medicare and Medicaid Services, Helia Healthcare of Champaign believes it has recovered and has nearly completed about $700,000 in renovations.

Nonprofit plans to sell sense of independence

CHAMPAIGN — The way Nancy McClellan-Hickey explains it, technology increases independence.

And what better way to get the right helpful high-tech equipment into the hands of people with disabilities than to provide a shop where they can try out what works best for them?

Introducing Access Alley, the planned new in-agency store of PACE Inc. Center for Independent Living, Urbana.

Home monitoring recommended

CHAMPAIGN — Your blood pressure can have a split personality.

For some people, it can spike in the doctor's office, and be in a normal range at home.

For others, it might drop as they sit quietly in an exam room, away from work and home stress.