Teaching Hospitals Features

Teaching Hospitals

Chicago area hospitals take steps to increase patients’ overall health through health literacy Greg Banks had one month in which…

Health Literacy Features

Health Literacy

Roughly half of American adults read below a sixth grade level. Yet, most health information — educational pamphlets, discharge instructions,…

From the Frontlines Features

From the Frontlines

We asked nine area healthcare professionals to answer… What is the most important thing about healthcare that you wish more…

Healthcare Guides Charities

Healthcare Guides

Health literacy nonprofits highlight crucial need for patient advocacy The U.S. healthcare system is daunting, and often people have to…

Reason to Smile Charities

Reason to Smile

Chicago-area dentist travels to rural Mexico to care for patients At a make-shift dental clinic in Mexico’s Southern Sierra Madre…

Denying Depression Features

Denying Depression

Expanding mental health literacy in the Black community It’s an understatement to say that coming to grips with my mental…

Breaking Barriers Features

Breaking Barriers

Interpreters and community health workers build healthcare connections  A confused, non-English speaking patient arrived for chemotherapy at a local community…

Heading Home Features

Heading Home

Planning for hospital discharge Hospital discharge — the process when a patient heads home after a hospitalization or procedure — …

Take Charge of Your Numbers How To

Take Charge of Your Numbers

Your blood contains secrets about your overall health. It can indicate whether you’re at risk for heart disease, show that…

Records Request How To

Records Request

How to access your medical records Your medical records are a gold mine of information about your health. They contain…

A Simple Test for Fentanyl Briefs

A Simple Test for Fentanyl

Even in tiny amounts, the synthetic opioid fentanyl can be deadly. Dealers cut it into everything from heroin and cocaine…

New Health Laws Briefs

New Health Laws

Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act – HB3739 This law upgrades Illinois’ outdated water infrastructure and protects human and…

Chronic Migraines — Better with Botox? Briefs

Chronic Migraines — Better with Botox?

Pounding, debilitating, chronic migraines may qualify for an unexpected treatment: Botox. Merle Diamond, MD, director of the Diamond Headache Clinic, has…

Creating Jobs, Smoothies, and Community Briefs

Creating Jobs, Smoothies, and Community

Misericordia, a care community in Chicago’s West Ridge neighborhood, opened the Hearts & Flour Bakery and Café in April 2022,…

Virtual Reality Transforms Occupational Therapy Briefs

Virtual Reality Transforms Occupational Therapy

Imagine an occupational therapy session next to a beautiful lake or in an art studio. When Michael Swayne goes to…

Public Safety and Public Health: Sharing the Bike Lane Columns

Public Safety and Public Health: Sharing the Bike Lane

I have long said that I’m not a true Chicagoan because I haven’t been doored. If you’re not familiar with…

Our Well-being: It’s More Than Personal Columns

Our Well-being: It’s More Than Personal

Shootings. Extreme weather. The Great Resignation. Depression. Anxiety. The messaging is clear: How we move with ourselves, our communities, and…

Ask the Doc Ask The Doc

Ask the Doc

Your embarrassing questions answered! By Dhara Bhakta, MD   Q: How can I talk to my medical providers about my sexual…

High-five Cancer

High-five

The 5 supports that got me through cancer treatment Getting support during cancer treatment is essential. But finding the right support…

Repeat Performance Bone & Joint

Repeat Performance

The medical consequences of gaming and esports The call of Call of Duty — a top-selling (400 million copies worldwide),…

Owning Disability In The Know

Owning Disability

By talking about their differences, children can self-advocate and build confidence  Tommy O’Leary appreciates a good joke. Occasionally, when a…

Time to Chill Heart

Time to Chill

The effects of stress on heart health At 28, I got into an argument with my boyfriend and ended up…

Restless Nights? Brain

Restless Nights?

A sleep disorder may be a hidden precursor to Parkinson’s disease Otis Peeples always had vivid dreams. So vivid, in…

Losing Control In The Know

Losing Control

Pelvic floor physical therapy can improve quality of life for men and women For years, Park Ridge resident Amanda Key, 24,…

Tough Teen Talks Features

Tough Teen Talks

Connection and communication help prevent adolescent suicides  On a rainy day last winter, the principal of a suburban Chicago high…

Is Sitting Worse Than Smoking? Fitness

Is Sitting Worse Than Smoking?

Build more activity into your day How much time do you spend sitting? Probably more than you realize. The average…

Finding Refuge Features

Finding Refuge

Organizations and medical professionals step up to help the newest Chicagoans When the Taliban reclaimed Afghanistan in 2021, 2.6 million…

Managing Pain in Orthopedics Sponsored Content

Managing Pain in Orthopedics

People tend to seek orthopedic care for one root reason: They’re experiencing pain. Whether from an acute sports injury or…

Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago Fertility

Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago

Fertility Specialists When seeking exceptional reproductive specialist care in Chicago, Illinois, people trust the caring and distinguished providers at AFCC.…

Keeping Track Lifestyle

Keeping Track

Wearable tech lets people monitor their health in real-time Using a small, personalized device to access complex health information isn’t…

Plant-Based Doctor Lifestyle

Plant-Based Doctor

Finding inspiration in his grandmother’s recipes, local physician creates his own cookbook Growing up in the Milwaukee suburbs, Sheil Shukla, DO,…

Quality Supplements Lifestyle

Quality Supplements

What to look for in a label Choosing a supplement can be confusing. Not all brands are equal, and how…

Expert Perspective: Fertility and You Fertility

Expert Perspective: Fertility and You

If you want to start a family but experience obstacles in your reproductive health, a lot can feel beyond your…

Announcing Our 2022 Award-Winning Stories from Chicago Health and Caregiving Columns

Announcing Our 2022 Award-Winning Stories from Chicago Health and Caregiving

Chicago Health and Caregiving magazines have won a host of prestigious journalism awards in 2022. Read them here. AAOS Media…

The Most Advanced Orthopedic Care Unit in Chicago Opens at Weiss Memorial Hospital Sponsored Content

The Most Advanced Orthopedic Care Unit in Chicago Opens at Weiss Memorial Hospital

It’s a historic milestone for Uptown and the surrounding communities. A new wing at Weiss Memorial Hospital is now home…

It’s Never Too Late to Make Yourself Superhuman or, at Least, Healthy Columns

It’s Never Too Late to Make Yourself Superhuman or, at Least, Healthy

It’s a fight against time — our age versus our health. Getting old ain’t for the weak. It is for…

Bringing the Wild In Columns

Bringing the Wild In

I recently was contemplating the title of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers’ new book Bewilderment. Do you see it? Be…

Ask the Doc Ask The Doc

Ask the Doc

Your embarrassing questions answered! By Nicole E. Williams, MD Q: Why is my vagina so itchy? A: Vaginal itching is more common…

Understanding Seizures In The Know

Understanding Seizures

New treatments give hope to people with epilepsy When Chicagoan Bobbi Packer, an interior designer and architect, started having episodes…

Multiple Myeloma Cancer

Multiple Myeloma

Advancements improve outlook for people with blood cancer affecting the bone marrow Human resources manager Valarie Traynham was standing in…

Millennial Movement In The Know

Millennial Movement

Despite a tendency to put off healthcare, younger generations can benefit from addressing joint pain now As a former high…

ADHD & Adults In The Know

ADHD & Adults

As diagnoses skyrocket, adults with attention disorders learn to cope Kristiana Jorge calls her North Side home “ADHD friendly.” She…

Silent Scarring Gastroenterology

Silent Scarring

Controlling fatty liver disease starts with losing weight Danielle Dawson, 44, was shocked to learn in July 2020 that she…

Tough Transplants Features

Tough Transplants

Covid-19 has caused a dramatic shift in organ transplants, with rising demand and more complex surgeries — all to prolong…

Stretch Yourself Fitness

Stretch Yourself

Regular stretching improves flexibility and minimizes injuries If stretching is one of the good-for-you habits that you know you’re “supposed” to do…

Go for Yogurt Lifestyle

Go for Yogurt

Packed with probiotics and protein, yogurt is a stealth star in recipes Packed with protein, naturally low in sugar, and full of probiotic goodness,…

Not Too Sweet Lifestyle

Not Too Sweet

Eating excess sugar may be linked to cancer, arthritis, and other ills Not all is sweet about sugar. Sugar —…

Advancements in Orthopedic Surgery Sponsored Content

Advancements in Orthopedic Surgery

Whether stemming from a disease or an injury, many of us have orthopedic conditions that affect our joints, bones, and…

Anthony A. Romeo, MD Physician Profiles

Anthony A. Romeo, MD

At the Center for Reproductive Care, our mission is to provide you the best opportunity to create the family you…

Reckoning with Racial Trauma Features

Reckoning with Racial Trauma

Bias, discrimination, and abuse are culminating in a heightened sense of stress Every Sunday afternoon for more than a year,…