Category Archives: Healthcare

Our Seniors Are Still Not For Sale

(Josh Hartke is a lifelong progressive activist and a member of the Champaign County Board from central Champaign. He serves on the Nursing Home Board of Directors, and cared for both his father and grandmother before they passed in Nursing … Continue reading

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Rio 2016: Beautiful Games at Huge Cost

From August 5 to August 21, Rio will be the home of some of the most beautifully intense displays of athletics during the 2016 Summer Olympics. While fans will rightfully be enjoying the amazing displays, we should also pay attention … Continue reading

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The Lessons Ebola Is Teaching

Greg Damhorst is an MD/PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign . His graduate research involves the development of diagnostic technologies for HIV/AIDS. Greg is also a co-founder of the Global Health Initiative … Continue reading

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New Promise Mission at Frances Nelson

Promise Healthcare (Promise) may sound like just another name in the sea of health-care providers we live in, but what it offers is much more than a name, it is a healthcare home, and that is a promise. Promise grew … Continue reading

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Raising Concerns about Chinese Students’ Mental Health

Yongfei Ci is a 6th-year-PhD student in University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While he is majoring in math here, this semester he went to Brown University to do research. But on September 28th, Ci returned to Urbana and murdered his ex-girlfriend … Continue reading

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Illinois Rolls Out New Medical Marijuana Law

Let’s put Illinois’ new medical marijuana law, Public Act 098-0122, under the microscope from the viewpoint of patients. I didn’t choose to suffer from what afflicts me or the absolute fact that marijuana is the best, most effective, and safest … Continue reading

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The New Civil Rights Campaign-Health Care is a Human Right!

DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE DENIED In May of 2009 the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Democratic Montana Senator Max Baucus, pressured by President Barack Obama, held hearings about healthcare reform in the U.S. Over the course of several weeks, only … Continue reading

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Frances Friedman’s Passing; A Deep Loss to This Community

On February 28, this community lost a woman who made enormous contributions to the quality of life of so many in Champaign-Urbana.  Originally from Chicago’s West Side, Frances came to Champaign-Urbana and graduated in nursing from Mercy Hospital School of … Continue reading

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Champaign County Health Care Consumers‘ Forum

ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009, I attended a Champaign County Health Care Consumers (CCHCC) community meeting to examine issues being raised around health reform and to consider what it means in Champaign-Urbana. We were welcomed by CCHCC Board Chair, Lisa … Continue reading

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Champaign-Urbana Residents Hold Vigil For Public Health Insurance Option

ON SEPTEMBER 2ND more than a hundred members of MoveOn and the Campaign for Better Healthcare held a vigil at the Champaign County Veterans Memorial in Urbana to push for health care reform. Participants shared their stories of suffering resulting … Continue reading

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They’re Human, Too: Healthcare and Athletes

MOST FANS VIEW PROFESSIONAL athletes as superhuman. While these athletes showcase a level of skill that makes most people gasp in amazement, it is important to remember that they are flesh and bone human beings. When the stadium lights shut … Continue reading

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The Mystery of Heart Disease and the Need for More Research

CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE Cholesterol is a life sustaining substance needed to make every cell in our body. It is not a source of calories like sugar and fat. Eight hundred milligrams of this crucial substance is made in our … Continue reading

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HIV/AIDs in Champaign-Urbana

AS MANY OF US KNOW, HIV/AIDS has become a major epidemic in Africa. In 2007, the UN estimated that about 1.9 million people were newly infected with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. We see many billboards and other media reminding us … Continue reading

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Native American Healthcare Lagging Behind the Rest

THE EXPECTED LIFE SPAN OF THE NATIVE AMERICANS is nearly five years less than for the general population of the United States and stands around 72. In 1972-1974, infant and maternal mortality rates were, respectively, 25% and 82% higher than … Continue reading

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Health Care Reform = Political Realignment

THE POLITICAL WAR WAGING around health care reform has major ramifications beyond the single issue of health care. Not since the mid-60 has there been an attempt to fundamentally reshape and realign the policies of this country for the common … Continue reading

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Unifying Our Nation and Resolving Our Crisis in Health Care

THE DASCHLE-LAMBREW POSITION, as expressed by Barack Obama during the campaign, contends that single-payer (SP, approximately Canadian-style) health care makes the most sense for its efficiency and ability to stabilize health care financing. But that SP is “not politically feasible … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Cannabis

Oh cannabis, how versatile a plant! Cannabis exists in three forms: Cannabis Sativa, Cannabis Indica and Cannabis Ruderalis. It is cannabis Ruderalis that is commonly referred to as industrial hemp. Although many misconceive hemp as an equivalent to marijuana, it … Continue reading

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The Science and Politics of Medical Cannabis

FOLLOWING THE DEFEAT of a medical marijuana bill in 2007, Ray Warren, director of state policies for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) adamantly stated that “We are not going to abandon the patients, doctors and nurses who have worked so … Continue reading

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Jails, Hospitals, Hip-Hop

The one-person show, Jails, Hospitals, and Hip-Hop (JH3) by Danny Hoch was presented at spaces across the UIUC campus. Each performance was followed by a discussion with director, Alex Berg-Jacobson, Assistant Director, Keri Carpenter, and actor, Chris Silcox. One night … Continue reading

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Patch Adams

PATCH ADAMS HAS BLUE HAIR and 45 million people in the United States are without healthcare. While few would disagree that the latter is the more appalling of the two facts most might find the former more shocking. We are … Continue reading

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