Health Care

Health Care

Blood banks urging donations in wake of weather-related cancellations

URBANA — Freezing rain and dangerously cold wind chills are taking a toll on the supply of donated blood in the area.

Community Blood Services of Illinois said it has had to cancel 68 blood drives in recent weeks because of the weather.

White House report tries to shift Trump health care rhetoric

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report from the White House tries to shift the Trump administration's combative rhetoric on health care, suggesting changes to the Affordable Care Act under President Donald Trump do not fundamentally undermine the health law.

Supreme Court blocks Louisiana abortion clinic law

WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided Supreme Court stopped Louisiana from enforcing new regulations on abortion clinics in a test of the conservative court's views on abortion rights.

The justices said by a 5-4 vote late Thursday that they will not allow the state to put into effect a law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.

Johnson & Johnson to include drug prices in TV advertisements

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will start giving the list price of its prescription drugs in television ads.

The company would be the first drugmaker to take that step.

The health care giant will begin with its popular blood thinner, Xarelto, said Scott White, head of J&J's North American pharmaceutical marketing.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 8, 2019

Q: What becomes of patient medical records when a hospital is sold? Do they automatically go to the hospital buyer?

A: That's up to the buyer and seller in each transaction.

Art Theater to screen Mahomet-Seymour student's film on inspirational bicyclist

CHAMPAIGN — More than two years after nurse midwife Ray Spooner passed away, a Mahomet-Seymour High School junior has made a documentary about Mr. Spooner's life and inspirational bike ride across the country.

The 25-minute film by Ethan Grinberg will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Art Theater, 126 W. Church St., C.

Comptroller's proposed measure targets Medicaid claim reporting

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza wants more transparency from the managed-care organizations administering billions of dollars in state Medicaid payments.

Anti-abortion bills: Odds good in GOP states, not Congress

President Donald Trump's call for a ban on late-term abortions is unlikely to prevail in Congress, but Republican legislators in several states are pushing ahead with their own tough anti-abortion bills that they hope can pass muster with the Supreme Court.

More employers nudging workers toward telemedicine

Walmart workers can now see a doctor for only $4. The catch? It has to be a virtual visit.

The retail giant recently rolled back the $40 price on telemedicine, becoming the latest big company to nudge employees toward a high-tech way to get diagnosed and treated remotely.

Entertainment listings, Feb. 7-14, 2019


This weekend


What: Guest speaker is Dr. James C. Harden and performance by Leadership Development Academy. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Rantoul. Rescheduled from Jan. 19.

When: 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9.