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…

Feed Your Brain with Smoked Salmon Poke Bowls Recipes

Feed Your Brain with Smoked Salmon Poke Bowls

When it comes to brain health, there’s nothing fishy about fish. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish are an integral…

Instead of Battling Knee Pain, Defeat It Sponsored Content

Instead of Battling Knee Pain, Defeat It

From the first evaluation through rehabilitation, NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute is enhancing the patient experience and improving outcomes with highly specialized surgeons,…

Artificial Alternative Sponsored Content

Artificial Alternative

Cervical disc arthroplasty a better option than spinal fusion for many patients By Bob Bong Above photo: Dr. Mark Mikhael and…

Learning from the Dead Features

Learning from the Dead

The enduring gift of donating a body to science When Phillip was diagnosed with cancer in 2015, his mind started…

The Misunderstood Heartbreak Mental Health

The Misunderstood Heartbreak

Finding resilience after the devastation of perinatal loss Oak Park resident Lyndsi James* was just shy of 39 weeks pregnant…

Beating Strong Cardiology

Beating Strong

Brain health relies on heart health On a Sunday evening in September 2019, George Hristov headed for bed when he…

Rising Myopia in Children Vision

Rising Myopia in Children

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) reports that 40% of kids in the U.S. today have myopia, a dramatic uptick…

Transforming Kidney Care Kidneys

Transforming Kidney Care

New initiatives encourage transplantation instead of costly dialysis Nancy Nora, MD, had long considered donating one of her kidneys. As a…

Reducing the Risk Cancer

Reducing the Risk

When tests reveal cancer probability, organ removal surgery can beat the odds Hedda Hart-DeLara sat in her gynecologist’s office, checking boxes…

Stressed Out and Heartbroken Reasonable Hypochondria

Stressed Out and Heartbroken

By week 15 of training for the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, I had run hundreds of miles, reshaped…

Can Gullible Beget Healable? Health Mastery

Can Gullible Beget Healable?

Don’t be a fool. Suggestibility, our capacity to believe the story we or someone else tells, is key to our…

Reverse Engineering Orthopedics

Reverse Engineering

Move over hip and knee replacements, shoulder replacements are gaining ground Two years ago, Oak Park resident David Tartakoff was…

Boxing for Fitness Fitness

Boxing for Fitness

A complete workout for strength, cardio and brain The images of boxing in popular culture — from icons like Muhammad…

How to Control Stress Eating When the Pressure Is on Latest News

How to Control Stress Eating When the Pressure Is on

Do you find yourself dipping into the potato chip bag or pint of ice cream more often when you’re stressed…

Be Vigilant When Trying to Determine Food Allergies Allergies

Be Vigilant When Trying to Determine Food Allergies

As a parent, it can be overwhelming to see your child’s face become red and botchy within minutes of eating…

Male Menopause? Men's Health

Male Menopause?

Andropause — a gradual decrease in testosterone — can affect men over 40 As a man reaches his 40s and beyond,…

Riding the Waves of MS Neurology

Riding the Waves of MS

Advancements in multiple sclerosis treatments are catching up but can’t cure or prevent the disease In 2001, Nicolette Fendon was…

Prepping to Stop HIV Immunology

Prepping to Stop HIV

With new medications and better support, the epidemic could be nearing its end Twenty-nine-year-old Terence Steward II oozes potential and…

Keeping the Beat Cardiology

Keeping the Beat

Understanding the irregular patterns of heart arrhythmia Charlie Hildestad didn’t feel well during a preseason run with other members of…

Advances in Radiation Cancer

Advances in Radiation

Targeted, pinpointed treatments may mean better control and fewer side effects Radiation therapy is a standard treatment for many types…

Magic Medicine? Mental Health

Magic Medicine?

Patients are turning to ketamine and other psychoactive drugs for mental health treatment Sarah Jones, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mom in…

The Importance of Mentorship Charities

The Importance of Mentorship

Friends of the Children and Doors Open Dishes show the power of partnering up Kenyetta Curtis remembers when her 8-year-old…

Ditching Dairy Milk? Nutrition

Ditching Dairy Milk?

Plant-based beverages are a hot trend that’s here to stay So, you want an alternative to dairy milk? You’re not…

Vax Facts Pediatrics

Vax Facts

As vaccination rates decline, old diseases are making a sharp comeback In less than two decades, the rate of unvaccinated…

Bioprinting Bones Orthopedics

Bioprinting Bones

3D printing could be the answer to better replacements In 2017, Deborah Stoneburner was driving back from the Illinois State Fair in…

Advocating for Better Care Access to Care

Advocating for Better Care

Leveraging your resources when a loved one is in the hospital I’ll never forget the night of January 20, 2019.…

Regenerating Health Features

Regenerating Health

What can stem cell and platelet-rich plasma treatments do for you? What if you could put your own body to…

Healthcare Outside of the Hospital Features

Healthcare Outside of the Hospital

3 remote monitoring devices are transforming how we track health Sometimes the most innovative medical breakthroughs come in the smallest…

Data Meets Drugs Features

Data Meets Drugs

New discoveries are changing the ways medicines are developed and tested At the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Molecular…

The Battle Within Features

The Battle Within

After decades of war, an increasing number of veterans are facing PTSD Heather Yang didn’t enroll in the Army reserves…

What Are You Weighting For? Fitness

What Are You Weighting For?

A basic strength routine can change your life Above photo Terrence Terrell, personal trainer. Photo by James Foster   Strength…

Roasted Cauliflower is the Veggie You Need Now Recipes

Roasted Cauliflower is the Veggie You Need Now

Your mother was right: Eating your veggies — especially cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower — is good for your health. For…

“Where’s My Mammogram?” Briefs

“Where’s My Mammogram?”

Women over 40 are heeding the advice of their physicians and getting regular mammograms. In 2015, 65% said they’d had a…