In this Jan. 18, 2016, file photo, a female Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to be a carrier of the Zika virus, acquires a blood meal on the arm of a researcher at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Andre Penner/Associated Press
September 02, 2016

Zika Virus Confirmed In Champaign County

The county's first case of Zika virus was confirmed Friday by Champaign-Urbana Public Health Administrator Julie Pryde. But she could not confirm whether that case involved a female University of Illinois student that reportedly sought treatment at McKinley Health Center after returning from a Zika-infected area.


King Li of Wake Forest University, the inaugural dean and chief academic officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.
WFBH Photography
August 30, 2016

U Of I Names First Dean Of New Medical School

The University of Illinois has hired King Li, an administrator at Wake Forest University, as its inaugural dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. His tenure will start October 1, pending approval by the U of I Board of Trustees at its September 8 meeting.


Lisa Creason, members of the Richland Community College staff, Gov. Bruce Rauner, and Senator Chapin Rose of Mahomet.
Governor Bruce Rauner's press office
August 25, 2016

Decatur Woman Can Petition To Become Nurse Under New Law

A new state law will enable people with certain felony convictions to get a second chance to pursue careers in health care.  Governor Bruce Rauner signed the legislation Thursday at Richland Community College in Decatur. That’s where local resident Lisa Creason earned a nursing degree in 2014, only to learn she didn’t qualify for an RN license because of a conviction nearly 20 years ago.


Where medical cannabis patients will purchase their product at the dispensary site in Urbana operated by Wheaton-based Nu Med
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
August 22, 2016

Urbana Marijuana Dispensary Nears Opening Date

Final work is underway to convert a University Avenue site to a medical marijuana dispensary operated by Wheaton-based Nu Med. The CEO of partner group Education to Grow, Ben Rediger, says market demand in the state's pilot program has grown to a point where one dispensary, Phoenix Botantical in Champaign, will not be able to fully handle the flow of new patients in the region.


Gov. Bruce Rauner signing legislation.
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media
August 18, 2016

Gov. Rauner Signs ‘Gabby’s Law’ Requiring Sepsis Protocols At All Illinois Hospitals

Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation Thursday requiring all Illinois hospitals to have protocols in place for diagnosing and treating sepsis, which occurs when infection causes the body's immune system to attack tissue and organs. The legislation was nicknamed "Gabby's Law", after a 5-year-old Monticello girl, who died of sepsis after hospital doctors did not check for the condition.


A set of modern hearing aids, which can cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000 each.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
August 11, 2016

Health Care Advocates Seek Better Access To Hearing Aids

A new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine estimates a large majority of those over age 50 who may benefit from hearing aids don't use them. Champaign County Health Care Consumers says the primary problem is affordability, since the devices cost thousands of dollars.


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