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The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 16, 2018

Q: I have a 90 percent disability, 60 percent from Parkinson's. I am home by myself a lot of the time. My balance is bad, and I'm afraid that I may fall. Am I entitled to a medical button that detects falls?

The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 8, 2018

Q: What kind of smoking-cessation help is advised for pregnant women?

A: The latest recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advises clinicians to ask all pregnant women about tobacco use, advise them about quitting and provide them with behavioral interventions (such as support, education and counseling) to help them quit.

The Health Reporter Is In, Nov. 1, 2018

Q: What are the main things to know about enrolling in health insurance for next year through the government exchange?

A: Premiums are rising, on average, by 6 percent next year for Affordable Care Act-compliant plans sold both on and off the government exchange, according to research published last week by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The Health Reporter Is In, Oct. 25, 2018

Q: Does obesity make pregnancy riskier?

A: Excess weight during pregnancy adds some considerable risks for both Mom and baby.

The Health Reporter Is In, Sept. 27, 2018

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Q: Can those tiny flying insects that have been swarming around lately — some people call them 'no-see-ums' — cause any illnesses if they bite you?

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 30, 2018

Q: Now that a big study has failed to show taking baby aspirin can help prevent a first heart attack or stroke, should people keep taking it?

A: Don't make any changes before you talk to your doctor, two local medical advisors are urging.

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 23, 2018

Q: Is there anywhere in the Champaign County area that offers lower-price counseling for kids and teens — on a sliding scale based on family income?

A: Three I'm aware of are Promise Healthcare, Family Service of Champaign County and Crosspoint Human Services, though there may be others.

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 16, 2018

Q: How did East Central Illinois hospitals do in U.S. News and World Report's 2018-19 rankings of the nation's best?

A: Just one hospital in Illinois, Chicago's Northwestern Memorial, made the magazine's honor roll of the 20 highest-performing hospitals in the nation.

Colorectal cancer prevalent but plenty preventable

CHAMPAIGN — Give in and have the dreaded colonoscopy, or keep putting it off and hope for the best?

For millions of older adults advised to undergo a screening for colorectal cancer, it's option two. But screening doesn't have to be a choice between colonoscopy or nothing.

The Health Reporter Is In, Aug. 9, 2018

Q: Given that dogs have been known to find baby rabbits out in the yard and pick them up with their mouths, how vulnerable are they to tularemia?

A: Dogs aren't nearly as likely to get the potentially fatal disease as cats are, but it is possible.