Get “Pinched”, in Private: New Company Serves Two Growing Needs Latest News

Get “Pinched”, in Private: New Company Serves Two Growing Needs

Ever looked in the mirror and thought you wouldn’t mind looking more well-rested, or refreshed? Maybe you’d like to eliminate…

Helping Sick Kids Get Their Magic Back Briefs

Helping Sick Kids Get Their Magic Back

There’s magic in the air in Chicago. Open Heart Magic, a local nonprofit organization, brings interactive bedside magic to children…

Immersive Therapy Charities

Immersive Therapy

By Megy KarydesMegy Karydes’ specialties include health, food, architecture and social justice. She’s an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

The Need for Screening Family Health

The Need for Screening

While men may be reluctant to see the doctor, they should consider these important preventive tests How do you think…

Sunscreens at a Glance Briefs

Sunscreens at a Glance

When it comes to preventing skin cancer, sunscreen is essential. There are two main types of sunscreen — chemical and…

Creating Friendship and Combating Isolation Briefs

Creating Friendship and Combating Isolation

Friendship is essential for all of us. But during the pandemic, children with intellectual disabilities have needed friends more than…

Over-the-Counter Birth Control Briefs

Over-the-Counter Birth Control

People in Illinois can now access birth control via a consultation with a trained pharmacist, rather than a prescription from…

Menstrual Health Equity Briefs

Menstrual Health Equity

Being unable to access menstrual products takes a mental and physical toll on students, says Em Rabelais, PhD, RN, a…

Drifting Away Family Health

Drifting Away

If your child dislikes reading, vision convergence insufficiency could be to blame When a child dislikes reading, parents may brush…

‘Oh, My Aging Feet’ Uncategorized

‘Oh, My Aging Feet’

Addressing foot problems in older adults  Our feet take a pounding every day. But for many older adults, aging feet…

The Power of Prevention Features

The Power of Prevention

When it comes to our health, we tend to treat disease instead of warding it off in the first place. …

Food as Medicine Features

Food as Medicine

Chicago groups find creative ways to provide fresh food and build healthy communities On an unseasonably warm December morning, volunteers…

How to Be Heart Smart Features

How to Be Heart Smart

Give your heart a head start by knowing — and reducing — your risks Preventive medical advice sometimes feels like…

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Features

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes

Making lifestyle changes now can help stop or reverse the disorder It was a few weeks before Christmas 2019, and…

Weight-Loss Success Features

Weight-Loss Success

Initiatives  — whether surgery, medication, or diet — help people conquer obesity and improve their health Weight loss is a…

Breathing Easy Features

Breathing Easy

Preventing asthma starts by understanding triggers and, perhaps, by changing the way we eat A few months ago, I discovered…

Preventing Overdose Deaths Features

Preventing Overdose Deaths

Now, more medications treat opioid use disorder Drug-related deaths hit an all-time high in the United States recently, with most…

Eliminating Cervical Cancer Briefs

Eliminating Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer in Chicago occurs 39% more often and has a 60% higher death rate than the national average, according…

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body Briefs

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

Everyone knows that brushing your teeth prevents cavities and tooth decay. But many people don’t realize dental care is an…

Genetic Testing Informs Medical Choices Briefs

Genetic Testing Informs Medical Choices

Genetic testing for everything from rare disorders to common cancers empowers people to make informed medical decisions — possibly preventing…

Building Strong Anesthesia Teams, Delivering Exceptional Patient CareLatest News

Building Strong Anesthesia Teams, Delivering Exceptional Patient Care

Covid-19 has forever changed how clinicians deliver quality care. As the healthcare landscape continues to shift, one thing is certain:…

Respite Care Offers Double the Good Feelings Latest News

Respite Care Offers Double the Good Feelings

Tired caregivers may not always know where to turn when it comes to supporting a beloved older family member. Respite…

Looking for a Powerful Low-Vision Device? Turn to Your Smartphone Latest News

Looking for a Powerful Low-Vision Device? Turn to Your Smartphone

Have you ever found yourself in a dark restaurant, unable to read the menu? Maybe you forgot your glasses. Maybe…

‘Zombie’ Brain Cells Keep on Kicking After Death Briefs

‘Zombie’ Brain Cells Keep on Kicking After Death

While some brain cells disintegrate moments after we die, others actually grow, report researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago. The findings,…

A Robust Blend: Coffee and Hope Briefs

A Robust Blend: Coffee and Hope

When patrons at the Sip of Hope Community Coffee Bar order a cup of coffee, they get a signature blend:…

The Army at UChicago Briefs

The Army at UChicago

In a tactical maneuver, active-duty Army medical personnel are now embedded at the University of Chicago Medicine. They’re stationed not…

Book Beat Briefs

Book Beat

We asked local physicians for their health-related book recommendations. Here’s what they said:   The Mind-Gut Connection By Emeran Mayer,…

Men and Mental Health Men's Health

Men and Mental Health

More men are seeking help, but roadblocks to treatment remain Through college, graduate school, and into an active and successful…

Drinking Age Family Health

Drinking Age

With the pandemic and an increase in wine culture, more women are drinking — to excessive levels Women drink. A…

Death with Dignity Aging

Death with Dignity

Illinois groups push for medical aid in dying as an option for people with terminal illness When we imagine the…

Isolation’s Impacts Pediatrics

Isolation’s Impacts

Helping kids cope with the pandemic’s emotional and behavioral legacy Before the pandemic, Patrick DeFors brought his children, then ages…

The New Normal? Features

The New Normal?

5 mental health lessons from the pandemic  1. Make changes, but go slow “As we move into a new normal,…

Same-Day Brain Surgery Briefs

Same-Day Brain Surgery

Brain surgery is highly complex. But now, some people may be able to have brain surgery and go home the…

Creating Access Uncategorized

Creating Access

Organizations provide equipment and leadership development, promoting independence and power We hold on to household items for various reasons. We…

Black Minds MatterFeatures

Black Minds Matter

What will it take to address the city’s racial disparities in mental health care?  Horace Washington Howard rides the bus…

Graphic Medicine Features

Graphic Medicine

Cartoons use their visual power to promote healing and acceptance M.K. Czerwiec, RN, was a brand-new nurse, still in nursing…

Covid Psychosis Features

Covid Psychosis

Condition can cause serious, but temporary, psychotic episodes Ben Price, 48, from Morris, Illinois, was a loving husband, father, and a…

Restarting After Covid-19 Features

Restarting After Covid-19

Woodridge residents Bob and Gloria Pluta have spent the majority of their 44-year marriage scrunched into suburbia, surrounded by neighbors,…

Simple and Effective Strategies for Coping with Vision Loss Latest News

Simple and Effective Strategies for Coping with Vision Loss

Close your eyes. Now go get a soda out of the refrigerator. Are you sure you have the right thing?…

Survivor Support Features

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 Cancer Features

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 Breakthroughs Features

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 Trial Features

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 Equally Features

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 Trials Features

Clinical Trials

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

Empowering Outreach Charities

Empowering Outreach

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

Prostate Problems Family Health

Prostate Problems

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

Cancer & Fertility Family 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 Families Family 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 Sleep Briefs

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…