The health reporter is in

The health reporter is in

The Health Reporter Is In, June 7, 2018

Q: Whatever became of the money dispute between Presence Health and the foundation boards of the Urbana and Danville hospitals that are now part of OSF HealthCare? Did that ever get resolved?

The Health Reporter Is In, May 31, 2018

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Q: What burns off more calories — gardening or golfing?

A: Provided you skip the golf cart and haul your own clubs, you'll burn off a bit more by playing golf.

The Health Reporter Is In, May 24, 2018

Q: What should you know before you take part in a virtual health visit?

A: First of all, be aware that not every telehealth service is the same. And not all doctors think virtual visits are such a great idea.

The Health Reporter Is In, May 10, 2018

Q: What's going on with OSF HealthCare's plans to open urgent care clinics in C-U?

The Health Reporter Is In, May 3, 2018

Q: What are the pros of taking a daily probiotic, and are there any cons?

A: There's been a lot of research done about the benefits of probiotics, those live microorganisms promising better gut health. But a lot of unknowns remain about which probiotics are helpful and which aren't, and what impacts they may have on certain health conditions.

The Health Reporter Is In, April 26, 2018

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Q: Grocery stores have been selling romaine lettuce again. Is it safe to eat now?

A: I checked with three grocery chains that have stores in this area: Meijer, Schnucks and Niemann Foods, the owner of County Market stores.

The Health Reporter Is In, April 19, 2018

Q: Some airlines have new rules for passengers who want to fly with animals in the cabin area, but cargo areas aren't necessarily safest for pets. What do veterinarians advise when it comes to safe air travel with pets?

The Health Reporter Is In, April 13, 2018

Q: Sunny days are returning. Are there any medical groups in the area offering free skin-cancer screenings this spring?

A: Christie Clinic has a free event planned for May 7.

While there's no charge for the skin checks, the clinic wants anyone planning to attend to set up an appointment in advance (217-366-2600).

The Health Reporter Is In, April 5, 2018

Q: In light of the news that those plastic yellow duckies become little germ-infested nightmares, what's the best and safest way to sanitize kids' bath toys?

The Health Reporter Is In, March 29, 2018

Q: Genetic testing for breast-cancer risk can be pricey, so how reliable are the do-it-yourself kits you can get sent to your home?

A: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently expressed some concerns about what it called "significant limitations" of direct-to-consumer testing for this purpose, and discouraged its use.