Community HelpersCharities

Community Helpers

Providing food, hope, and care during Covid-19 The fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic has created profound economic and health uncertainties…

Covid-19’s Toll on Mental HealthFeatures

Covid-19’s Toll on Mental Health

The coronavirus pandemic, with all of its stressors, has triggered anxiety, depression, and other disorders When Covid-19 caused businesses to…

Vulnerable AdultsAging

Vulnerable Adults

These 4 risk factors make older people more prone to Covid-19 complications Shortly after a visit to New York in…

Pregnancy in a PandemicFamily Health

Pregnancy in a Pandemic

What to expect when you’re expecting during the coronavirus outbreak Melanie Chervinko was nearing the end of her pregnancy in…

Briefs: Book BeatBriefs

Briefs: Book Beat

We asked local physicians for their health-related book recommendations. Here’s what they said. The Curious Incident of the Dog in…

Briefs: Healing Through a Sri Lankan FeastBriefs

Briefs: Healing Through a Sri Lankan Feast

When Oak Park resident Mary Anne Mohanraj was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, she felt the urge to tell…

Disrupted ProgressFamily Health

Disrupted Progress

When Covid-19 shuttered schools and services, children with special needs were left behind With interruptions to school and socialization, the…

Briefs: Prescription Video Game for ADHDBriefs

Briefs: Prescription Video Game for ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects about 4 million children ages 6 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and…

Briefs: Mushrooms with BenefitsBriefs

Briefs: Mushrooms with Benefits

Traditionally used in a side dish or in sauces, mushrooms are due for a promotion to main course. High in…

Briefs: Does Vitamin D Impact Covid-19 Death Rates?Briefs

Briefs: Does Vitamin D Impact Covid-19 Death Rates?

Patients from countries with high Covid-19 death rates have lower levels of vitamin D compared to patients in lower-risk countries,…

Briefs: Circles of Peace During Covid-19Briefs

Briefs: Circles of Peace During Covid-19

After Covid-19 hit Chicago, the staff at the Union League Boys & Girls Club saw youth mourning life as they…

The Great UnequalizerFeatures

The Great Unequalizer

Chicago faced severe health inequities long before Covid-19. Whose job is it to solve the problem? It was probably the…

A Caregiver’s Role: Running to a CrisisLatest News

A Caregiver’s Role: Running to a Crisis

In the middle of April, a few weeks into Illinois’ stay-at-home order, we finally got the call we were anxiously…

Sensory-Friendly EventsCharities

Sensory-Friendly Events

Chicago theaters and museums set the scene for families with special needs Chicago has a wealth of cultural opportunities, but…

Being Aware of Parkinson’s DrugsFeatures

Being Aware of Parkinson’s Drugs

There is a long list of drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease, and many people take a mix of medications to…

Putting Treatments into MotionFeatures

Putting Treatments into Motion

Parkinson’s disease — a progressive movement disorder — has no cure, but better treatments are giving more hope If you…

Aiding People with Alzheimer’s Through the ArtsFeatures

Aiding People with Alzheimer’s Through the Arts

While people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia gradually lose the ability to speak and to remember, the…

Communicating with People with Memory LossFeatures

Communicating with People with Memory Loss

Lessons Lynn Roberts learned while caring for her mother When interacting with someone with Alzheimer’s disease, it can be helpful…

Stolen MemoriesFeatures

Stolen Memories

The losses of Alzheimer’s disease mount for patients and their families Lynn Roberts first noticed her mother’s memory issues in…

What it’s Like to Live with DementiaFeatures

What it’s Like to Live with Dementia

Chicago resident Tom Doyle shares with us what living with dementia is like for him. Here are his words, as…

7 Foundations for a Healthy BrainFeatures

7 Foundations for a Healthy Brain

While growing older can bring maturity and wisdom, it can also bring a decline in our cognitive abilities, like memory,…

How Different Types of Dementia Affect the BrainFeatures

How Different Types of Dementia Affect the Brain

Restituto Miranda Sr. occasionally reminisced about driving a taxicab, working in an office supplies store and riding his motorcycle. But…

Dealing with DementiaFeatures

Dealing with Dementia

Types of memory loss vary, but the effects can be profound Rosemary Pagura of Elk Grove Village and her friends…

Eliminating the Fear FactorMen's Health

Eliminating the Fear Factor

Testicular cancer’s high cure rates turn panic into promise Testicular cancer rarely makes the headlines. Because so few men are…

Hidden Hormonal DisorderWomen's Health

Hidden Hormonal Disorder

Polycystic ovary syndrome’s far-ranging impacts on women’s health Back in 2013, Danni Allen, a native of Mundelein, shed 121 pounds…

Back on TrackPediatrics

Back on Track

Treatments for scoliosis help adolescents at a tender time A diagnosis of scoliosis can throw a child a curveball. Typically,…

Smart Stats Brain – By the NumbersBriefs

Smart Stats Brain – By the Numbers

By Katie Scarlett BrandtAn award-winning journalist, Katie has written for Chicago Health since 2016 and currently serves as Associate Editor…

Can Smartphones Detect Signs of Dementia?Briefs

Can Smartphones Detect Signs of Dementia?

Smartphones and watches have proven themselves in the health world. They can track sleep quality, heart rate and even the…

Sharing the Healing Power of MusicBriefs

Sharing the Healing Power of Music

If music heals the soul, then patients at some Chicago hospitals are in luck. Award-winning nonprofit Sharing Notes organizes volunteer…

Moving Your Mind to Combat AnxietyBriefs

Moving Your Mind to Combat Anxiety

Physical exercise is a great stress-reliever, and teens these days are under a lot of stress. So when two Evanston…

SuperBetter Game Aims to Decrease DepressionBriefs

SuperBetter Game Aims to Decrease Depression

One in 13 people globally suffers from anxiety, the World Health Organization reports. While some video games and apps can…

Hope for  Huntington’s  Disease?Briefs

Hope for Huntington’s Disease?

A progressive and fatal neurological disease, Huntington’s disease affects the entire brain. It’s “a constellation of three types of issues:…

Cancer Researcher Becomes Cancer PatientResearch

Cancer Researcher Becomes Cancer Patient

Scientist Gregory Karczmar, PhD, has dedicated much of his career to developing better and more affordable screening methods for early…

Dangers of Vaping Include Addictive Nicotine, Toxic ChemicalsLatest News

Dangers of Vaping Include Addictive Nicotine, Toxic Chemicals

Had another day passed without medical intervention, 18-year-old Piper Johnson might have been unresponsive on a ventilator, her lungs under…

Does Holistic Dentistry Have Teeth — or Is It Just Another Buzzword?Dental

Does Holistic Dentistry Have Teeth — or Is It Just Another Buzzword?

In 2016, Leigh Skinner Anderson felt like her health was sliding down a hill. She had spent a decade on…

Prenatal Vitamins: A small introduction to a big pillLatest News

Prenatal Vitamins: A small introduction to a big pill

Let’s play a game of word association. I say, “prenatal vitamins,” and some of you may say … let me…

Simple Stretches Can Relieve Office DiscomfortBack Pain

Simple Stretches Can Relieve Office Discomfort

The typical American office worker spends eight to 10 hours a day seated behind a desk. This sedentary lifestyle can…

Are Weighted Blankets the Secret to Better Sleep?Latest News

Are Weighted Blankets the Secret to Better Sleep?

We all need hugs, but some children, especially those with sensory disorders, are seeking better sleep with the gentle pressure…

Don’t Rely on Stool Softeners for Constipation ReliefFamily Health

Don’t Rely on Stool Softeners for Constipation Relief

The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts Q: I have been taking daily stool softeners to help my constipation. Is…

What is Keto Flu?Nutrition

What is Keto Flu?

Harvard Health Blog Many people have decided to try the ketogenic diet for weight loss. The most recent evidence shows…

Some Obesity-Related Cancers on the Rise in Americans Under 50Affiliate

Some Obesity-Related Cancers on the Rise in Americans Under 50

We’ve been told for decades that carrying around extra pounds can make us more likely to develop heart disease and…

Cauliflower has taken center stage, offering health and culinary benefitsLatest News

Cauliflower has taken center stage, offering health and culinary benefits

Cauliflower has become a food star, exploding onto the culinary scene as a nourishing stand-in for white rice, pasta, potatoes…

4 Natural Ways to Maintain Brain HealthAffiliate

4 Natural Ways to Maintain Brain Health

The Medicine Cabinet: Ask the Harvard Experts Q: I keep reading about disappointing drug trials to help prevent and treat…

The Real Link Between Breastfeeding and Preventing ObesityAffiliate

The Real Link Between Breastfeeding and Preventing Obesity

Harvard Health Blog While we know that breastfeeding has many health benefits for mothers and babies, the studies have been…

Are Carbs the Enemy? 6 Myths About CarbsAffiliate

Are Carbs the Enemy? 6 Myths About Carbs

Everyone and their mom seem to have an opinion about carbohydrates. How much you should eat, when you should eat…

Stroke Rates Increasing in Those Under 55Latest News

Stroke Rates Increasing in Those Under 55

Stroke is not a disease that’s exclusive to the elderly. Fans were shocked and saddened when Luke Perry, former teen…

Concussion Care for Children and Adolescents: New RecommendationsAffiliate

Concussion Care for Children and Adolescents: New Recommendations

Harvard Health Blog There has been lots of attention on concussions in youth, especially from sports, over the past few…

More Water, Fewer UTIs?Affiliate

More Water, Fewer UTIs?

Harvard Health Blog All too many women recognize the signals of urinary tract infections, or UTIs: pain and burning when…

How to Pick the Best Non-Dairy MilksAffiliate

How to Pick the Best Non-Dairy Milks

Hazelnut. Banana. Pea. Walnut. There are tons of non-dairy milks on the market, and they can taste radically different: creamy…

Does Your Child Really Need Supplements?Latest News

Does Your Child Really Need Supplements?

About a third of children and adolescents take dietary supplements. Parents should be cautious though, some physicians warn, because some…