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The Health Reporter Is In, May 17, 2019

Q: Which eye vitamin or vitamin supplement is best to slow the progression of macular degeneration? Would that choice need to be updated with aging and the state of the progression?

The Health Reporter Is In, May 10, 2019

Q: If you take sleeping pills, are there safer substitutes for the ones that are subject to the new FDA boxed warnings?

The Health Reporter Is In, May 2, 2019

Q: Have hospitals in the area lifted their flu-season visitor restrictions yet?

A: Flu levels have declined in Illinois and most other states, but visitor restrictions are still in effect at Carle Foundation Hospital, OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center and OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The Health Reporter Is In, April 26, 2019

Q: What should you pack — and not pack — for a hospital stay?

A: JENNIFER MOHR, nurse coordinator of Carle's otolaryngology department, advises packing light.

"We encourage people to keep in mind, you won't be here that long," she said.

Hospital policies can vary, but here are the basics:

The Health Reporter Is In, April 19, 2019

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Q: How long is it safe to eat Easter eggs after they've been boiled and dyed?

The Health Reporter Is In, April 11, 2019

Q: Can making dietary changes help improve mental health?

The Health Reporter Is In, March 28, 2019

Q: Are Carle facility fees generally covered by insurance? Also, does OSF HealthCare charge facility fees, too?

New technology may spare mammogram patients from pinch

URBANA — It's not the most painful medical experience in the world, but a mammogram may well rank as one of the more uncomfortable tests women are faced with for the sake of their health.

Now, thousands of women in the area are poised to undergo this periodic breast cancer screening with less of the painful pinch that comes with a standard mammogram.

The Health Reporter Is In, March 7, 2019

Q: How did local hospitals fare in the most recent round of sanctions by Medicare?

A: Several got hit with penalties for excessive re-admissions, while one in the area was also penalized for its performance on patient-safety measures.

The Health Reporter Is In, Feb. 28, 2019

Q: I cannot find Carle's prices on their website. As of Jan. 1, all hospitals are required to post their chargemasters on their websites. I want to see their prices and compare them to OSF, and also just know what to expect when I have specific procedures. Where are they?