Nestbuilding of a different kind

In starts and stops, spring is gradually settling over the area. And as surely as bright flowers of the season free themselves from their underground ...

April 8th, 2018 |  


States developing solutions to ‘dental deserts’ problem

States developing solutions to ‘dental deserts’ problem

Access to dental care is a serious and worsening health problem in rural America. But now many states are beginning to enact legislation that could ea...

April 8th, 2018 |  


2018 ‘Season for Nonviolence’

The Alicia Titus Memorial Peace Fund and Urbana University, in partnership with the City of Urbana (recently designated the 140th International City o...

April 3rd, 2018 |  



Life lessons from sports movies

Many sports fans are undoubtedly reveling at the moment. Baseball season is underway after the earliest Opening Day in MLB history. The bracket-bustin...

April 1st, 2018 |  


When it comes to smoking, it pays to be a quitter

When it comes to smoking, it pays to be a quitter

My patient, a 26-year-old mother of two, came to the ED by emergency squad because she developed shortness of breath and a cough for the third time in...

March 30th, 2018 |  


Bullying found in every community

Bullying found in every community

I picked up the chart and walked into the exam room where I found a young girl bent over in bed crying. She was a delightful 14-year-old who was withd...

March 27th, 2018 |  


Binge drinking — how much is too much?

Binge drinking — how much is too much?

Question: My friends and I go to happy hour after work sometimes for a drink. But one of my friends doesn’t stop at one or two drinks, instead s...

March 26th, 2018 |  


Bottom line: May 8 stakes are high for Graham

Bottom line: May 8 stakes are high for Graham

I take my role as treasurer of the Graham Schools very seriously. It requires open and transparent communications about the fiscal health of our schoo...

March 25th, 2018 |  


Is life really all about age?

For the past month I have been trying out my new age: the very round number of 70. I am glad to report that thus far I see little difference between b...

March 25th, 2018 |  


I know! I know! But …

The other day I saw a library card: not the modern credit-card type, but the index card slid into a pocket on the inside cover of a book, with an acco...

March 18th, 2018 |