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Health Care

'Forever chemicals' in water spur calls for action

HORSHAM, Pa. (AP) — Lauren Woeher wonders if her 16-month-old daughter has been harmed by tap water contaminated with toxic industrial compounds used in products like nonstick cookware, carpets, firefighting foam and fast-food wrappers.

Pet Talk | Mosquitoes: Small but dangerous

By DR. SARAH REICH
UI College of Veterinary Medicine

Mosquito season is here. Not only are the bites inflicted by these flying pests itchy and annoying, they also carry the risk of disease for humans and animals alike. Veterinarians actively monitor, treat and seek solutions for diseases that affect human and animal health.

First UI med school class builds bridges between health, tech, engineering

URBANA — The path from college to medical school was a 10-year journey for Kenny Leung. For Kitan Akinosho, it's been five years. For Elizabeth Woodburn, a matter of months.

For the retirees, Aug. 12-19, 2018

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.

Colorectal cancer prevalent but plenty preventable

CHAMPAIGN — Give in and have the dreaded colonoscopy, or keep putting it off and hope for the best?

For millions of older adults advised to undergo a screening for colorectal cancer, it's option two. But screening doesn't have to be a choice between colonoscopy or nothing.

Carle plans free screenings for heart-ryhthm disorder with mobile-EKG device

URBANA — For Erin Eddy, atrial fibrillation is a big concern.

The stroke program coordinator for Carle, Eddy said the risk for stroke is four to five times higher for anyone with this heart-rhythm disorder.

That's why she's encouraging anyone with atrial-fibrillation symptoms or risk factors to take advantage of a free screening event being held Tuesday.

'I just decided I'm not going to accept it'

GIBSON CITY — After being diagnosed in June with Stage 4 colon cancer, Tony Row began to grow angry at the world.

Not even a year earlier, the nine-year veteran of the Gibson City Police Department had seen his beloved colleague, Police Chief Eric Hyatt, lose his 6 1/2-year fight with the same disease.

"It just sucks. There's no other way to describe it," Row said.

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a widely used pesticide on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains.

Rosecrance aims to open new treatment center in December

CHAMPAIGN — A new residential and outpatient substance-abuse treatment center with a detox unit will open in late December in northwest Champaign.

Buffett's son giving $30 million for Decatur health center

DECATUR (AP) — The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services.