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…

Why Covid-19 Affects Kids’ Mental Health — and How You Can HelpLatest News

Why Covid-19 Affects Kids’ Mental Health — and How You Can Help

While adults have been the hardest hit by Covid-19 infections, children of all ages remain vulnerable to the pandemic’s many…

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…