Electron microscope image of the H1N1 influenza virus.
CDC/Wikipedia
February 12, 2016

Flu Cases Are Scarce In Illinois This Year—- So Far

Influenza is sometimes a big problem in Illinois --- but so far, not this year. The amount of flu cases reported in the state is being described as “sporadic” and “average.”


A multimodal optical image of a mammary tumor.
Courtesy of Stephen Boppart
February 10, 2016

Cancer Researcher On Breakthroughs, Translational Research and a State of the Art Imaging Center

In the State of the Union address last month, President Obama announced a “moonshot to cure cancer.” We still haven’t heard many details of what this will entail - other than Congressional budget requests of $755 million in the 2017 budget. Closer to home here in Illinois, Dr. Stephen Boppart is one of the many people who could help make that “moonshoot to cure cancer” a reality. Wednesday morning, the University of Illinois announced he will be the university director of the new GSK Center for Optical Molecular Imaging.


The offices of Rape, Advocacy, Counseling and Education Services in Urbana, which has reduced operation to four days a week due to the lack of a state budget.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
February 07, 2016

Illinois Social Service Agencies Scrape By, Wait For Answers

Some Illinois social service groups say within a few months, they'll be forced to either close their doors or borrow money if the governor and legislators can't agree on a budget.  Directors of agencies like the Vermilion County Rape Crisis Center and Circle of Friends Adult Day Care say they're worried for both their employees and they people they serve.


In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo, Ashley Thompson inspects marijuana plants inside the "Mother Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill.
(Seth Perlman/Associated Press)
January 30, 2016

Rauner Administration Again Rejects New Marijuana Conditions

For the second time in five months, Governor Bruce Rauner's administration has rejected expanding the list of diseases that can be treated with marijuana in Illinois, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Department of Public Health announced the decision Friday.


A community member at a blood pressure check-up
Avicenna Community Health Center
January 28, 2016

Avicenna Free Clinic Focuses On Healthy Living

Free and charitable clinics continue to play a vital role in Champaign County, where more than 12,500 people are without health insurance. Avicenna is one of four free clinics in Champaign-Urbana. By coupling traditional medicine with lifestyle management, their health care team aims to do more than just treat illnesses as they arise.


Illinois offensive linesman Simon Cvijanovic is taken from the field after being injured during an NCAA college football game
Doug McSchooler/Associated Press
January 27, 2016

Former Illini Cvijanovic Details Departure From Team On HBO

Former Illini linebacker Simon Cvijanovic, whose complaints led to the firing of football coach Tim Beckman and athletic director Mike Thomas, was interviewed for a Tuesday segment on HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel."  He said there's 'no doubt' team doctors conspired with coaches for him to keep playing despite injuries.


President Barack Obama delivering his State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.
Evan Vucci/Associated Press
January 13, 2016

Reactions To President Obama’s Last SOTU Address

In this election year, members of Congress each side of the political aisle had a different take on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy.  Area lawmakers praised some plans, including a pledge for criminal justice reform, but Republicans say he's taking the wrong approach to battling ISIS.


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