News from the Reference Desk Category: Health

Medicare Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for Medicare D (prescription drugs) begins October 15 and runs through December 7. Changes in premiums, co-pays, deductibles and drugs covered for all drug plans may change from year to year.  Assistance with the enrollment process is available through the Village. Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) volunteers and staff use a tool from the Medicare website to help participants determine which plan is best for the coming year. They will also assess whether participants are eligible for extra help with plan premiums and co-pays. To schedule an appointment to enroll or review current plans,  call 847/870-5680. There is limited availability for appointments so calling sooner than later is advised.

For additional guidance you may want to look at the Medigap Report from Weiss Ratings. This is an online resource to which the Library subscribes. The Report provides users with a lengthy, customized report outlining all of the various Medicare supplements including Part D. It also includes costs and ratings for each provider. You can access this resource here.

Coronavirus and Consumer Reports

consumer_reports_bannerThe Library subscribes to Consumer Reports. Besides being a great resources for reviews on products, it is also a good place to go to find out how to stay safe from coronavirus and the predators who seek to take advantage of you during this emergency. Current articles discuss phishing scams, misinformation in social media, and security issues with Zoom and other video conferencing apps. You can also research what is and is not effective for disinfecting your home (hint: use bleach, not tea tree oil).

New and Forthcoming Books – November 2019

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Almost every day new books arrive at the Library to be processed and then placed on the shelf or in your hands. Take a look at some of the books that have arrived most recently at the Library. Ask for more titles at the Research Services Desk!

New in Pop Culture

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life book cover 35 Years of WrestleMania book cover Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir book coverThe Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends' Guide to Life book cover

Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life by Rachael Ray; food photography by Christopher Testani

35 Years of WrestleMania by Brian Shields and Dean Miller

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir by Adam Rippon

The Importance of Being Ernie (and Bert): A Best Friends’ Guide to Life

New in Spiritual

Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints book cover What are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues book cover The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations (Featuring Original Research from Barna) book cover

Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints by Mary Lea Carroll

What are Biblical Values?: What the Bible Says on Key Ethical Issues by John J. Collins

The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations (Featuring Original Research from Barna) by Don Everts

New in Health Choices

BOSH! How to Live Vegan: Save the Planet and Feel Amazing book cover Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain health, and Reverse Disease book cover Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Incorporating Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals book cover

BOSH! How to Live Vegan: Save the Planet and Feel Amazing by Henry Firth & Ian Theasby

Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones, Boost Brain health, and Reverse Disease by Dr. Josh Axe

Essential Well Being: A Modern Guide to Incorporating Essential Oils in Beauty, Body, and Home Rituals by Sara Panton

New in Jane Austen

Austentatious: The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans book cover The Lost Books of Jane Austen book cover Biographic Austen book coverCamp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan book cover

Austentatious: The Evolving World of Jane Austen Fans by Holly Luetkenhaus & Zoe Weinstein

The Lost Books of Jane Austen by Janine Barchas

Biographic Austen by Sophie Collins

Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan by Ted Scheinman

Vaping Becomes Epidemic in Suburban Schools

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E-cigarette use (vaping) among teenagers is a growing epidemic that’s quickly outpacing other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and opioids, health experts warn. Vaping use in middle and high school students in the United States has skyrocketed with an estimated 3.6 million users in 2018. A common perception is that e-cigarettes aren’t harmful to users, however; the Daily Herald reports that the majority of companies add the addictive chemical nicotine to their vaping products. Furthermore, health officials report that vaping can cause severe respiratory problems including cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

District officials for School District 214 say that vaping has exploded among their high school students and that it’s a top concern for them going forward. They have begun taking action to battle the epidemic by bringing in experts to do presentations for students, parents and teachers as well as installing monitors in areas students commonly vape like bathrooms and locker rooms.

To read more, visit: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190820/why-teen-vaping-is-an-epidemic-that-needs-urgent-attention-experts-warn

Information gathered from The Daily Herald. 

Food for Mount Prospect Families during the Summer

Image result for food pantrySummertime can be full of fun times and fabulous food.  For some families, however, it can mean going without.  Children who qualify for school lunches are often not able to get as much nourishing food during the summer.  In Mount Prospect families with school-age children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school can obtain an extra bag of food during summer break through Mount Prospect’s Food Pantry.  Call the Human Services Department at (847) 870-5680 or the Community Connections Center at (847) 506-4930 to schedule an appointment for a financial assessment and to learn more about local resources.