You’ve Gotta Have HeartFeatures

You’ve Gotta Have Heart

Taking steps to protect your ticker Let’s get to the heart of the matter. The heart is one of the…

The Heart’s Hidden RisksFeatures

The Heart’s Hidden Risks

Are you aware of these lesser-known factors for cardiovascular disease? Most of us know the drill when it comes to…

Hope for HeartsFeatures

Hope for Hearts

Major innovations in cardiac treatment happening right here in Chicago There are some fields of medicine where advancement is happening…

Outpatient SurgeryBusiness of Healthcare

Outpatient Surgery

Ambulatory care centers can cost less, offering an alternative for low-risk patients When faced with an upcoming surgery, you might…

Healing Heart and SoulFeatures

Healing Heart and Soul

Many patients with cardiac disease also suffer from depression When people used to ask Jang Jaswal, 61, what he did…

Mind Your MedsFeatures

Mind Your Meds

Not taking heart medications can lead to serious effects You go to your doctor, receive a prescription and never get…

Finding Hope in a Hopeless PlaceFeatures

Finding Hope in a Hopeless Place

Chicago groups provide healthcare to the homeless Photo by Jim Vondruska Colorful tents line the sidewalks under the Lake Shore Drive viaducts at…

Peanut Free NationFamily Health

Peanut Free Nation

The rise of food allergies and what researchers are doing to prevent them When I was in grade school, there…

Myth vs FactBriefs

Myth vs Fact

We asked leading Chicago doctors to weigh in on these common health conceptions Myth or Fact? Soy is harmful to…

Are Pap Tests Becoming  Obsolete?Briefs

Are Pap Tests Becoming Obsolete?

Since 2012, gynecologists have asked women to schedule a Pap smear every three years, instead of annually. But is it…

Music in the O.R.Briefs

Music in the O.R.

While you’re lying sedated on the operating room table, your surgeon may be rocking out. Music is played in the…

Supporting Medicare Patients After ChemoBriefs

Supporting Medicare Patients After Chemo

The almost 1.7 million people diagnosed with cancer each year face a range of hurdles, but a new healthcare approach…

Downsizing DilemmasAging

Downsizing Dilemmas

Easing seniors’ transition to a smaller space Dorothy Beatty was an anomaly when it came to downsizing, says her son,…

Sex & MenopauseFamily Health

Sex & Menopause

What women should know about intimacy and midlife changes If there’s one message that Lauren Streicher, MD, wants to share…

Breast Cancer in MenFamily Health

Breast Cancer in Men

Although rare, males are at risk, too Frank LaFasto remembers clearly the night in late June 1995 when he settled…

This Old BodyReasonable Hypochondria

This Old Body

I’ve always enjoyed birthdays. Mine falls around Memorial Day, near the birthdays of several family members and friends. With the…

At a Loss for WordsCancer

At a Loss for Words

What to say — and what not to — when talking about cancer In 2013, Charles Chamberlain, 53, a Chicago healthcare executive, was diagnosed with…

Back Pain ReversalBack Pain

Back Pain Reversal

New recommendations emphasize non-opioid treatments Hurt your back, take a pain pill. That’s a common treatment, right? Sure is. In 2014, more…

Hope for TBINeurology

Hope for TBI

Researchers use stem cells to understand traumatic brain injury John D. Finan, PhD, didn’t intend to build a career out…

Scoping Out ReliefOrthopedics

Scoping Out Relief

Arthroscopic surgery provides minimally invasive option for joint injuries Hardly a week goes by without a report that a professional…

Have a Heart: A Rant in Two PartsHealth Mastery

Have a Heart: A Rant in Two Parts

For years I’ve wanted to write a rant about the stagnating choice so many of us make not to feel,…

Paging Dr. CanineAccess to Care

Paging Dr. Canine

From emotional support to cancer detection, dogs leave their medical mark The office where orthopedic surgeon Leon Benson, MD, sees…

Bipolar DisorderMental Health

Bipolar Disorder

Making sense of the ups and downs Lizzie,* a Chicago-resident, was overwhelmed with several stressful situations in her late 20s.…

Eye OpenerVision

Eye Opener

Floaters and flashing lights? It could be a retinal detachment Christmas 2006 is a day I’ll never forget. My husband and…

Water WorksAlternative Medicine

Water Works

Hydrotherapy’s healing power stimulates and soothes Erin Myover-Piotrowski, 35, had been experiencing fatigue, sluggishness and some digestive troubles. “I didn’t…

3 reasons to leave earwax aloneAffiliate

3 reasons to leave earwax alone

Harvard Health Blog Can you think of something you do that’s nearly irresistible, widely popular, but a bad idea that’s…

Diet not working? Maybe it’s not your typeAffiliate

Diet not working? Maybe it’s not your type

Harvard Health Blog Have you heard of the blood type diet? I thought it had been debunked long ago but…

Funny Bone

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Veg Out!Nutrition

Veg Out!

Plant-based diets are at the root of heart-healthy eating For a healthy heart, there’s no denying that plant foods are essential.…

The Beat Goes OnFitness

The Beat Goes On

Exercising your way to a healthier heart When it comes to taking care of your heart, you can’t underestimate the…

Putting Veggies FirstRecipes

Putting Veggies First

Practically every study about vegetables touts their power in preventing chronic illnesses, fighting cancer and helping with weight loss. Vegetables are naturally…