Mind Games: Brain Boosters for Older Adults

    By Tricia Despres Bill Darling has always been up for a challenge. A former public relations executive with…

A Failing HeartCardiology

A Failing Heart

As the body’s pump struggles, problems build Evanston resident Marjorie David has been living with heart failure for more than…

Second Time’s a CharmIn The Know

Second Time’s a Charm

For orthopedic surgery, additional opinions can revise the treatment course Adam Chopp was a freshman athlete, playing football for Olivet…

Assuring the We in the Health Mastery of MeColumns

Assuring the We in the Health Mastery of Me

Yep, 2020 was a challenging year. It clarified the imperative that the I of the we — the individual in…

The Support No One Wants (But Everyone Needs)Columns

The Support No One Wants (But Everyone Needs)

This morning, I attended a virtual funeral for Brad Rosner. He was 36. Bile duct cancer. Gone just 36 days…

Screenings Save LivesGastroenterology

Screenings Save Lives

Intervening early can halt colorectal cancer In 2003, Bronzeville resident Candace Henley, then 35, was experiencing on-and-off symptoms of diarrhea, constipation,…

Facing Terminal CancerIn The Know

Facing Terminal Cancer

Support helps families come to terms with looming loss Last April, Rogers Park resident Aisha Luster got the biggest shock…

Not Safe at HomeFeatures

Not Safe at Home

As Covid-19 stress continues, domestic violence escalates in Chicago Life had been dangerous enough for Elise, whose name has been…

A Beginner’s Guide to RunningFitness

A Beginner’s Guide to Running

Start slowly — you have to walk before you can run Evelyn Cato began her journey as a runner by walking.…

Can Food Fight Cancer?Lifestyle

Can Food Fight Cancer?

Reduce your risk with these healthy eating practices What we eat, as well as how often we exercise, can affect…

Cancer-Fighting PantryLifestyle

Cancer-Fighting Pantry

Stock these healthy staples in your kitchen Numerous studies show the link between unhealthy eating and cancer. About 18% of cancers…

Survivor SupportFeatures

Survivor Support

Even though cancer treatment ends, the need for physical and emotional care continues When Marty Hogan found out at age…

The Color of CancerFeatures

The Color of Cancer

Local groups counter sub-par cancer care in underserved Chicago communities At 31, Roshanda Randle of Englewood knew she was younger…

Breast Cancer BreakthroughsFeatures

Breast Cancer Breakthroughs

Better surgeries, less radiation, and new drugs are changing treatments and offering hope In 1811, Nabby Adams, daughter of President…

Joining a Clinical TrialFeatures

Joining a Clinical Trial

Consider the following when deciding whether to join a trial  Treatment. Usually, patients get either the medication being studied or…

Not Everyone Is Studied EquallyFeatures

Not Everyone Is Studied Equally

Historically, medical research has focused on white men rather than women or people of color, says Nicole Woitowich, PhD, research…

Clinical TrialsFeatures

Clinical Trials

Participating in cancer research can give access to life-saving drugs Alexa DiVenere was 16 in 2011, when she heard news…

Empowering OutreachCharities

Empowering Outreach

Organizations offer breast cancer advocacy and support September 27, 2006. No one forgets their date, Sophia Williams says. She was…

Prostate ProblemsFamily Health

Prostate Problems

Treatments offer men relief for a common uncomfortable condition About 10 years ago, Steven Prosser, of Libertyville, started beating a…

Cancer & FertilityFamily Health

Cancer & Fertility

Options preserve hope for pregnancy after treatment When 31-year-old Amy Glomski was planning her perfect wedding, a pandemic wasn’t part…

Connecting FamiliesFamily Health

Connecting Families

Nurse home visits address maternal and infant health disparities Nine-year-old Angela Ellison spent Christmas Eve 1969 sitting in a beauty…

Home Sweet SleepBriefs

Home Sweet Sleep

Our overall health and well-being rely on sleep. Yet, for many people, sleep apnea not only prevents a good night’s…

App Gives Real-Time Updates from the NICUBriefs

App Gives Real-Time Updates from the NICU

Long before the Covid-19 pandemic, Craig Garfield, MD, and Young Lee, PhD, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, developed an app to…

Liquid Biopsies May Help Identify Lung CancerUncategorized

Liquid Biopsies May Help Identify Lung Cancer

You may be used to hearing about tissue biopsies, in which doctors snip samples of tissue to see if it’s cancerous.…

Expanded Reach for HPV VaccineBriefs

Expanded Reach for HPV Vaccine

A vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV) can prevent six types of cancer if given at the right time, according to…

Molecular Breast Imaging for Dense BreastsBriefs

Molecular Breast Imaging for Dense Breasts

Dense breast tissue can mask cancers on standard screening mammograms. “As many as 25% of cancers can be missed,” says Barry…

Using Artificial Intelligence to Assess Breast CancerBriefs

Using Artificial Intelligence to Assess Breast Cancer

Software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) may help improve breast cancer diagnosis. QuantX, developed in Chicago, uses AI to analyze…