How come there hasn't been any West Nile virus in the area this summer? (Not that anybody wants it.) Isn't it unusual for East Central Illinois to still be West Nile-free when summer is nearly over?
Should college students get the newer meningococcal B vaccine?
Inflatable bounce houses seem to be everywhere at events for kids these days. How safe are they?
How do you pack healthy school lunches for kids that are going to get eaten?
Why doesn’t the diaper bank just give out cloth diapers, which can be continuously reused, rather than supply client with the throwaways that end up in the landfills and hardly ever go away?
Each week, longtime health reporter Deb Pressey answers questions on our website (submit them by clicking here):
What causes eczema to flare up, and what helps keep it under control?
Q: Are some nursing homes considered to be better than others for temporary short-term stays — for example, after you’re discharged from a hospital but aren’t yet able to take care of yourself at home?
Do healthy men need to see a doctor every year, and what should be covered in their physicals?
What are the patient's rights in accepting or rejecting their primary care physician's or specialist's recommendations for tests? I know some tests are necessary, but what about numerous requests for tests that seem to the patient to be (pardon the pun) overkill?
Why do doctors ask you if you're sexually active, and how much about your sex life does your doctor need to know?
Are Relay for Life events still going on in the local area this year?
How did local hospitals do in this spring's Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades?
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?
If you take sleeping pills, are there safer substitutes for the ones that are subject to the new FDA boxed warnings?
Have hospitals in the area lifted their flu-season visitor restrictions yet?
What should you pack — and not pack — for a hospital stay?
How long is it safe to eat Easter eggs after they've been boiled and dyed?
Can eating too much candy and dessert give you type 2 diabetes?
Are Carle facility fees generally covered by insurance? Also, does OSF HealthCare charge facility fees, too?
How did local hospitals fare in the most recent round of sanctions by Medicare?
I cannot find Carle's prices on their website. As of Jan. 1, all hospitals are required to post their chargemasters on their websites. Where are they?
What's coming up on Illinois Multiple Sclerosis Research Day?
Has the new shingles vaccine become more available? It has been difficult to get for some time now.
What becomes of patient medical records when a hospital is sold? Do they automatically go to the hospital buyer?
Is the Watchman heart procedure going to be available in this area, and is it for anyone with atrial fibrillation?
Why do Health Alliance Medicare Advantage plans differ by $107 a month between Champaign and Douglas counties?
What changes can we resolve to make in 2019 for better heart health?
Where can you bring donations of used home medical equipment?
What's the possibility that women under anesthesia at local hospitals could be getting unauthorized pelvic exams by medical students and not know it?
How healthy is intermittent fasting, and does it really work for losing weight?
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?
What kind of smoking-cessation help is advised for pregnant women?
What are the main things to know about enrolling in health insurance for next year through the government exchange?
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?
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?
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?
How did East Central Illinois hospitals do in U.S. News and World Report's 2018-19 rankings of the nation's best?
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?
Has anybody in this area gotten the intestinal illness linked to eating salads from McDonald's?
How well did this year's Relay for Life do in Champaign County?
Do any C-U pools offer separate swim times for kids with sensory processing issues?
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?