What kind of help can you get from a patient navigator?
Should you relocate your dog’s favorite sleeping spot out of your bedroom when new baby arrives?
How does the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District plan to improve an assessment of community health needs with some new grant funding?
Can you still make changes in your Medicare coverage for 2020?
Your aging parents seem to be repeating stories, forgetting more stuff and having a tough time organizing dinner lately. Is it time for a dementia screening?
Is there any support available in this area to help people dealing with chronic pain and illness?
How did Illinois stack up in the American Lung Association’s new state-by-state look at lung cancer?
Did local hospitals get decent grades in a recent safety check-up?
Who's behind the local yard signs seeking a kidney donation from somebody with type O blood?
Are any dentists in this area participating in Illinois Dentists Salute, the program that offers some free dental care to veterans this month?
I think it would be extremely helpful if you devoted one column to a glossary of medical professionals. By that, I mean trying to make sense of what has become an alphabet soup of designations for the various people one sees now at Carle and Christie and elsewhere.
Is it best to keep kids with anxiety and sensory processing issues home on Halloween night to spare them the added stress?
When you see and are examined by a nurse practitioner, do they charge you less than when you see the doctor? If not, why not?
Will any agency this year offer free or even reduced-cost flu shots? It’s a much-needed community service/prevention issue.
As harvest season gets underway, what farm tasks are considered safe — and particularly unsafe — for kids and teens?
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?