Beyond Covid-19 Cancer

Beyond Covid-19

mRNA vaccines get ready for their next act: fighting cancer When you look at the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic in…

Time is Brain Features

Time is Brain

When treating stroke, every minute counts. Local hospitals are speeding up access Andy Streiter, 49, a Chicago executive and father…

Slow Down and Rest, for Your Best Life and for Humanity Columns

Slow Down and Rest, for Your Best Life and for Humanity

“You need a nap,” was a phrase my mother impatiently slapped at us as kids, which meant (or felt like…

In Appreciation of Us All Columns

In Appreciation of Us All

“I appreciate you,” my friend Joan Gordon often said. Well, Joan wasn’t just my friend. She was our friend, here…

Recovery Without Opioids In The Know

Recovery Without Opioids

Orthopedic specialists look to control pain without dangerous drugs Naperville resident Steve Bruebach found himself in a quandary as he…

Gender-Affirming Surgery Access to Care

Gender-Affirming Surgery

For transgender people in Illinois, solid access to healthcare offers relief Thirty years ago, when he was just 3 years…

The Skin You’re In Dermatology

The Skin You’re In

A lack of representation in dermatology is impacting people of color Whether for acne, hives, or psoriasis, millions of Americans…

Advocating to Fight ALS In The Know

Advocating to Fight ALS

Families and researchers press for new treatments Tim Paust loved life. At work, he was an aircraft maintenance manager for…

Hot Stuff Lifestyle

Hot Stuff

Pungent chili peppers can boost metabolism, providing health benefits Carolina Reaper. Komodo Dragon. Devil’s Tongue Red. These are some of…

So Good, It’s Scary Lifestyle

So Good, It’s Scary

Chock-full of nutrition, pumpkin is the basis for favorite fall treats Pumpkin doesn’t only make attractive jack-o’-lanterns; it’s a fruit (and yes, as…

Battling Belly Fat Fitness

Battling Belly Fat

Trim the flab with at-home ab exercises If gym closings, added stress, and pandemic paralysis caused you to gain weight this…

Ask the Doc Ask The Doc

Ask the Doc

Your embarrassing questions answered! Q: I have hemorrhoids and they are, quite literally, a pain in my rear. Why are they…

A Failing Heart Cardiology

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 Charm In 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 Me Columns

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 Lives Gastroenterology

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 Cancer In 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 Home Features

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 Running Fitness

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 Pantry Lifestyle

Cancer-Fighting Pantry

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

Chicago’s Healthcare Heroes Features

Chicago’s Healthcare Heroes

A salute to the inspiring individuals who’ve made a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic Covid-19 may have initially shut down…

Gasping for Air Lungs

Gasping for Air

With a cascade of effects, Covid-19 can cause lasting lung damage The phone call came Monday morning, but by then,…

Cancer and Covid-19 Cancer

Cancer and Covid-19

While individuals are at greater risk, treatment and screening must continue Robyn Hawkins is not an anxious person. “But this…

Chaplain Hero: Rev. René Brandt Features

Chaplain Hero: Rev. René Brandt

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital To be in the presence of Rev. René Brandt is to find calm in a storm.…

Mental Health Hero: Kim Nowak Features

Mental Health Hero: Kim Nowak

Rogers Behavioral Health After experiencing postpartum anxiety following the birth of her second child, Kim Nowak pursued a career in…

Skilled Nursing Hero: Apsara Rosario Uncategorized

Skilled Nursing Hero: Apsara Rosario

Alden Terrace of McHenry Apsara Rosario, assistant director of nursing at Alden Terrace of McHenry, which provides short-term rehab and skilled…

Patient Hero: Paul Richard Uncategorized

Patient Hero: Paul Richard

Advocate Trinity Hospital  Paul Richard had such a hard time breathing in April that he felt like he had an elephant…

Emergency Room Hero: Scott Samlan, MD Uncategorized

Emergency Room Hero: Scott Samlan, MD

Mount Sinai Hospital “I deal with gunshots every day, trauma, and crazy stuff, and this is the only thing that…

Research Hero: Richard Novak, MD Uncategorized

Research Hero: Richard Novak, MD

University of Illinois at Chicago Covid-19 is not the first pandemic go-around for Richard Novak, MD. For more than 30…

Nurse Heroes: Linda Michna, RN, and the Old Dolls Uncategorized

Nurse Heroes: Linda Michna, RN, and the Old Dolls

Northwestern Memorial Hospital Three decades ago, a group of nurses at Northwestern Memorial Hospital became known as the Old Dolls,…

Testing Hero: Greg Bowman, RN Uncategorized

Testing Hero: Greg Bowman, RN

Rush University Medical Center In the early days of the pandemic, Covid-19 testing was sparse in Chicago. When Rush University…

Mask Hero: Evelyn Figueroa, MD Uncategorized

Mask Hero: Evelyn Figueroa, MD

Figueroa Wu Family Foundation  The day Illinois’ stay-at-home order was announced, Evelyn Figueroa, MD, a family physician and professor of clinical…

Home Care Hero: BreAnna Kruyer Uncategorized

Home Care Hero: BreAnna Kruyer

Right at Home For many residents of long-term care facilities, the coronavirus pandemic has increased their loneliness, anxiety, and fear.…

Public Health Hero: Allison Arwady, MD, MPH Uncategorized

Public Health Hero: Allison Arwady, MD, MPH

Chicago Department of Public Health Armed with a straightforward attitude and reams of data, Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, answers the…

Food Hero: Kellie O’Connell Uncategorized

Food Hero: Kellie O’Connell

Lakeview Pantry When the stay-at-home order went into effect, Lakeview Pantry realized its services would be needed more than ever,…

Infectious Disease Hero: Emily Landon, MD Uncategorized

Infectious Disease Hero: Emily Landon, MD

UChicago Medicine  Emily Landon, MD, executive medical director of infection prevention and control at UChicago Medicine, started out as a voice…

State Hero: Ngozi Ezike, MD Uncategorized

State Hero: Ngozi Ezike, MD

Illinois Department of Public Health  From early on, Ngozi Ezike, MD, seemed destined to be a doctor. Her father, an immigrant…

Community Hero: Pastor Chris Harris Uncategorized

Community Hero: Pastor Chris Harris

Bright Star Community Outreach  When Covid-19 first appeared in Chicago, Pastor Chris Harris suspected it would hit his community on the South Side hard.…

Paramedic Hero: Norah Power Uncategorized

Paramedic Hero: Norah Power

ATI Ambulance  Norah Power has worked in various emergency medical services (EMS) roles — from leadership to education — for…

Plants as Health Heroes Nutrition

Plants as Health Heroes

Add color and nutrients to your plate with whole veggies and fruits There’s no doubt that what you eat and…

A Food Superhero: Black Beans Recipes

A Food Superhero: Black Beans

Photo by Kyle Edwards Black beans should be considered a hero in your pantry. Though small in size, they’re mighty…

Walk it Off Fitness

Walk it Off

Step outside for a daily dose of fitness Better fitness might just start with lacing up your sneakers and heading…

A Secondary Healthcare Crisis? Orthopedics

A Secondary Healthcare Crisis?

Backlog of orthopedic surgeries due to Covid-19 may have long-lasting effects When the Covid-19 pandemic began to pick up speed…

The Heart of Covid-19 Cardiology

The Heart of Covid-19

The coronavirus can take a harmful toll on the cardiovascular system Diane Weibeler didn’t give much thought to the headache…

It’s Not You, It’s All of Us Reasonable Hypochondria

It’s Not You, It’s All of Us

Should we cancel it? I think we should cancel it.” I agreed with my wife. It was March 11. Our…

When Given the Chance, Did You Shift? Health Mastery

When Given the Chance, Did You Shift?

I am chronically a glass-half-full kind of girl. So, I received the Covid-19 shutdown as the answer to my years-old…

Chicago Health Writers and Designers Win 8 Prestigious Awards and Nominations Latest News

Chicago Health Writers and Designers Win 8 Prestigious Awards and Nominations

A hearty congratulations goes to Chicago Health writers and designers who have won several recent prestigious journalism awards! Chicago Health received 5…

Brain-Friendly Fats Nutrition

Brain-Friendly Fats

There’s nothing fishy about omega-3 fatty acids Dietary fat is in fashion — and the type of fat you eat matters, especially for…