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Trump to bar abortion referrals by family planning clinics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday that it would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, a move certain to be challenged in court by abortion rights supporters.

Champaign County Nursing Home's Medicare rating drops back to lowest level

URBANA — While another delay is pending to complete the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home, its overall rating from Medicare has slipped back to a rock-bottom one star.

A one-star rating from Medicare's Nursing Home Compare is the poorest rating on a one-to-five scale, and it means the nursing home is considered to be "much below average" overall.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 22, 2019

Q: What's coming up on Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Day?

A: The conference, set for April 16 at the I Hotel and Conference Center, is intended to bring together MS researchers at the University of Illinois, faculty and students, clinicians, pharmaceutical representatives and people living with MS.

Champaign County Board OKs two more loans for nursing home

URBANA — As the saga of the sale of the Champaign County Nursing Home continues for yet another month, a divided county board voted to authorize two more loans to help pay the bills.

Head-shaving event to benefit St. Baldrick's

ROCKFORD (AP) — Rockford University's Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement is having a unique fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation.

"Rockford Goes Bald: Head Shaving Event for St. Baldrick's" will be Feb. 27.

WHO says measles epidemic in Madagascar has killed 900

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says that an epidemic of measles in Madagascar has caused more than 900 deaths.

According to WHO figures, there have been more than 68,000 cases of the disease in which 553 deaths were confirmed and another 373 suspected from measles since the outbreak began in September.

Those most at risk are infants from nine to 11 months old.

Lab results still out in four more suspected measles cases in C-U

URBANA — Dr. David Chan had previously seen younger generations largely spared from a disease that can turn deadly for unvaccinated infants.

So seeing four cases of measles in Champaign-Urbana since late January is both frustrating for him and a bit frightening.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 21-28, 2019

EVENTS

This weekend

DINNER, AUCTION AND ENTERTAINMENT

What: An evening of entertainment with performances by the award-winning Redcoats, Radiant Reds and Green Machine show choirs, the Red Peppers jazz band and the North Ridge orchestra, live and silent auctions, and a spaghetti dinner. All proceeds support the North Ridge Performing Arts Students.

Trouble at long-term care business hinders CVS Health

CVS Health beat fourth-quarter earnings forecasts, but a struggling long-term care business took another huge bite out of the company's performance and its initial 2019 forecast was weaker than expected.

Shares tumbled nearly 9 percent before the opening bell Wednesday.

Carle Illinois College of Medicine hoping to foster healthy competition with 'Make-A-Thon'

URBANA — About 7.7 billion people live on Planet Earth, and to health experts at the University of Illinois, that's a world of untapped potential.

On a mission to transform and democratize health care, they're throwing open the doors to the UI's innovation labs to attract the best ideas from students, "citizen-scientists" and everyday folks to improve human health.

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