Health Care

Health Care

'We've got this disease in our community'

CHAMPAIGN — It's been a year since Jan Briggs' beloved, 50-year-old brother, Ken Walker, died from a little known illness that took him from healthy to hospitalized on life support in a week.

By the time he'd tested positive for the rare bacterial illness tularemia, it was too late to save him, Briggs said. But it's not too late to save someone else.

Governor signs Rose bill on caregivers

SPRINGFIELD — Sen. Chapin Rose's Illinois CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable) Act was signed into law Friday by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Carle seeks $28.5 million expansion of Curtis Road facility

CHAMPAIGN — Carle's physician clinic at 1701 Curtis Road could be headed for a $28.5 million expansion, if state regulators approve.

Carle has applied to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to add 80,000 square feet, more than doubling both its clinical and non-clinical space at the facility built in 2008.

Meningitis vaccine required for some Illinois students

MARION, Ill. (AP) — Starting this school year, students entering grades six and 12 in Illinois will need to have had a vaccine to prevent meningitis.

Champaign County has most of state's mumps cases

Health-related question for Deb Pressey? Ask it here and she'll chase down an answer.

C-UPHD's Julie Pryde talks mumps Wednesday at 7:40 on WDWS.

More state-run health insurance exchanges struggling

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

Atwood shifts attention on telepharmacy

ATWOOD — A development official in Atwood hopes the community will be home to a Sav-Mor Pharmacy in about six months. The fact that Sav-Mor does not require local funding has prompted Atwood officials to switch from an effort to attract TelePharm to one that could bring in a Sav-Mor.

Mumps cases rising in Champaign County

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator said the number of mumps cases in Champaign County might be higher than the amount confirmed so far.

Report: Teen use of morning-after pill is climbing

MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

Eli Lilly: Experimental Alzheimer's drug shows some benefit

LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer