Beyond ChemoCancer

Beyond Chemo

Immunotherapy treatments rev up immune system to fight cancer Six years ago Henry Kawell, then 72, heard news that rerouted his life: He…

Don’t Forget About Alzheimer’sFeatures

Don’t Forget About Alzheimer’s

There’s no cure, but researchers are hoping to prevent the most common type of dementia Traffic unexpectedly slowed on Green…

Could It Be Crohn’s?Gastroenterology

Could It Be Crohn’s?

Young people with the disease often go undiagnosed Imagine jolting awake from a deep sleep with a horrible pain in…

Self-Paying Your Way to Better HealthcareOp-Ed

Self-Paying Your Way to Better Healthcare

Even with the Affordable Care Act, millions are still uninsured, and health insurance rates continue to climb for millions more.…

Dental TourismBusiness of Healthcare

Dental Tourism

Getting a root canal in Mexico slashed my expenses—and I got a vacation out of it When my Chicago-area dentist…

Why Memory Care MattersFeatures

Why Memory Care Matters

Alzheimer’s care facilities support residents as well as families The story about Alzheimer’s disease, a powerful degenerative malady that shrinks…

An Aspirin a Day May Keep Heart Attacks and Strokes AwayBriefs

An Aspirin a Day May Keep Heart Attacks and Strokes Away

Aspirin is like the Swiss army knife of medications—it can relieve pain, fever and inflammation and can also help prevent…

Recovering from StrokeFeatures

Recovering from Stroke

High-intensity therapy helps patients rebound Stroke is a silent killer, striking with little warning. The fifth leading cause of death…

Floating Toward MindfulnessMental Health

Floating Toward Mindfulness

Photo courtesy of Float Sixty Finding tranquility in a salt water tank Mindfulness. The practice of living in the moment,…

Eating for Brain HealthRecipes

Eating for Brain Health

Eating well is important for your brain, not just your body. And tops among brain food is salmon, particularly wild…

Developments in Male Birth ControlMen's Health

Developments in Male Birth Control

Men’s choices are limited, but promise is on the horizon It’s not uncommon to see conversations on women’s birth control…

Changing the Culture of AgingAging

Changing the Culture of Aging

Resident-centered care aims to meet the needs of individuals   What would you like to do today? It seems like such an…

Knee NeedsOrthopedics

Knee Needs

ACL and MCL injuries common in athletes Britta Alpen was playing in a soccer game for the University of Missouri at Kansas…

Hold Your (Charley) HorsesBriefs

Hold Your (Charley) Horses

Has a nocturnal leg cramp jolted you awake recently? That intense knotting in your calf, commonly called a charley horse, can…

Seeking Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular DystrophyBriefs

Seeking Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Chicago-area families are advocating for new medications for what would be the first and only treatment in the United States for…

Curiosity: The Brain’s SuperfoodHealth Mastery

Curiosity: The Brain’s Superfood

I get really excited about the brain! It is the superconductor of my world. And what I continuously learn, whether…

The MIND DietNutrition

The MIND Diet

New eating approach can help your brain Your brain health is closely linked to what you eat. New research looking…

Innovation in Medical PricingTechnology

Innovation in Medical Pricing

HealthEngine lets patients compare costs of procedures Healthcare accounts for 18 percent of the gross national product in the United…

Gaining StrengthWomen's Health

Gaining Strength

Post-op exercises help breast cancer survivors win control When a woman is first diagnosed with breast cancer, it can feel…

The Funny BoneFunny Bone

The Funny Bone

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Brain Boosts

Nourish Your Noggin with Lifestyle Changes Your brain needs to be well fueled, exercised and nurtured to be at its healthiest. While supplements…

Erie Family Health CenterCharities

Erie Family Health Center

Innovative program trains medical residents; helps community members Luis Rivera, MD, Erie Family Health Center. Photo by James Schnept As…

ABCs of Learning DisordersPediatrics

ABCs of Learning Disorders

Students’ issues can be hard to detect Cheri Easterwood first noticed one of her twin daughters struggling in kindergarten. Both…

Almost Home KidsCharities

Almost Home Kids

Facility bridges the gap between hospital and home   Mary*, 9 months old, with skeletal dysplasia and chronic respiratory failure, was…

The Doctor Is InFeatures

The Doctor Is In

Ear infections were du jour in my house when I was growing up. If one of us had ear pain,…

Sneak in FitnessFitness

Sneak in Fitness

Kick the sitting habit with exercises for body and soul Above photo: Mary Lou Cerami paddleboarding “Sitting is the new…

Your Integrative Medical HomeAlternative Medicine

Your Integrative Medical Home

Programs combine traditional and complementary medicine   Often, medicine seems like it operates in separate silos, especially when it comes to…

Heart MonitorsCardiology

Heart Monitors

Area hospitals move to noninvasive tests for cardiac disease Amit Patel, MD, seen through a CT scanner. Photo courtesy of…

Seeing a FutureEye Care

Seeing a Future

Advances help age-related macular degeneration   Just because you can read the words on this page now doesn’t mean that…

Putting It to the TestGenetics

Putting It to the Test

Navigating genetic screening before and during pregnancy Sequencing the human genome has led to new advances in genetic testing before and…

Myth or Fact?Briefs

Myth or Fact?

We asked leading Chicago doctors to weigh in on some common health conceptions   MYTH OR FACT? Vitamin D deficiency is…