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The Health Reporter Is In: Feb. 15, 2018

Q: Are the new pacemakers that self-adjust for an MRI available in this area?

A: One Urbana hospital is already offering this new technology and it's on the way at the other.

The Health Reporter Is In: Feb. 8, 2018

Q: Now that some strokes can be treated in a longer time window after symptoms begin, is it still as urgent to rush to a hospital?

A: Absolutely, because the window has only been expanded for one of two critical treatments. And stroke victims are still considered to have the best survival chances when they're treated as quickly as possible.

The Health Reporter Is In: Feb. 1, 2018

Q: Is there any sign of the flu starting to die down around here? I'm wondering if it would really be worth it to get a flu shot at this point.

A: According to local clinics, the flu is still going strong in this area.

There are at least three reasons to consider getting a flu shot if you're still on the fence about it.

The Health Reporter Is In: Jan. 25, 2018

Q: Why are some Champaign school students wearing heart monitors in PE classes, and will other schools get these?

A: Brian Wenzel, the Champaign school district's physical-education coordinator for elementary grades, initiated the use of Heart Zones Blink armband heart monitors for second- through fifth-graders he teaches at South Side Elementary.

The Health Reporter Is In: Jan. 18, 2018

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Q: How safe is it to get a spray tan?

A: It's a safer way to achieve a tan than actual sun exposure or using tanning beds, a Christie Clinic dermatologist said.

The Health Reporter Is In: Dec. 28, 2017

Q: Should younger teens decide on their own about whether to sign up for the organ-donor registry?

A: The current minimum age for teens to register for the state's First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry is 18, but that will change at the start of the new year.

The Health Reporter Is In: Dec. 6, 2017

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Q: Are there any good ways to keep allergy symptoms down with live Christmas trees? We're considering getting a fake one this year, but hate to give up getting a real tree. And I've read artificial trees can also aggravate some allergies.

Seven schools have confirmed cases of whooping cough in Champaign County

CHAMPAIGN — Seven schools in Champaign County have confirmed cases of whooping cough, among them Rantoul High School where local health authorities have declared an outbreak.

The Health Reporter is in: Nov. 23, 2017

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