Fertile Ground Fertility

Fertile Ground

Opening up fertility conversations in the gender-diverse community Nestled in their Logan Square living room, Wil (pronouns: they/them/theirs), age 22,…

DNA Dos and Don’ts Genetics

DNA Dos and Don’ts

What you need to know about direct-to-consumer genetic health tests I stood in front of the bathroom sink, spitting into the…

Open Wide Dental

Open Wide

HPV infection may lead to oral cancer, but screening and vaccines can help Park Ridge dentist John Hagopian, DDS, was accustomed to…

Lead’s Dangerous Legacy Features

Lead’s Dangerous Legacy

With lead lurking in the paint, soil and water, many Chicagoans are at high risk Like a civic superhero team, three…

Strengthening Core Muscles Fitness

Strengthening Core Muscles

Movement exercises combat back pain We live in a sitting culture, says Ivan Huergo, DPT, founder and clinical director of Physical…

Anti-Inflammatory Eating Nutrition

Anti-Inflammatory Eating

Plant-based foods may keep inflammation at bay Inflammation is a natural part of life. It’s your body’s rescue response for…

Springy, Zingy Melon Soup Recipes

Springy, Zingy Melon Soup

Ginger and turmeric have been prized for centuries, not only for their spicy flavor when they’re added to curries, stir-fries…

A Dire Diagnosis Pediatrics

A Dire Diagnosis

But advancements give new hope for children with sickle cell disease Martha Strong’s son Marrion came out screaming.  “He was…

Erectile Dysfunction Men's Health

Erectile Dysfunction

Honest conversations with physicians can help men find treatment Although you may see TV ads about erectile dysfunction (ED), the…

I’ll Hold Your Hand Aging

I’ll Hold Your Hand

Providing peace and support through hospice care A little more than six years ago, Sandy Downs sat down with her…

A Better Life for All Charities

A Better Life for All

GiGi’s Playhouse and Center for Enriched Living offer opportunities for achievement It’s a universal feeling: to want to belong and…

All Eyes on Lasik Vision

All Eyes on Lasik

While the vision correction surgery is effective, it may not be right for everyone A week after having Lasik vision correction…

Spinal Stenosis Orthopedics

Spinal Stenosis

Minimally invasive options relieve back and leg pain On a late autumn day, Joe Harsa is busy in his kitchen,…

Elation: A Recipe for Elevating Health? Health Mastery

Elation: A Recipe for Elevating Health?

Health is not about blood pressure, weight, sugar and cholesterol levels — those are indicators, wake-up alerts. Health is about…

Mind & Body: What a Pain Reasonable Hypochondria

Mind & Body: What a Pain

Shortly after I turned 31, I was diagnosed with shingles. Born of the same virus as chickenpox, shingles is a…

Well-being Over Weight Loss: A Paradigm Shift Latest News

Well-being Over Weight Loss: A Paradigm Shift

There’s no doubt that we live in a weight loss-focused society where thinness is a highly sought-after goal. Forty-five percent…

What to Do When You’re Diagnosed With a Rare Disease Latest News

What to Do When You’re Diagnosed With a Rare Disease

“Rare disease.” The words themselves are uncomfortable to hear or say. And when it comes to a diagnosis of an…

Dreaming of Meaning Reasonable Hypochondria

Dreaming of Meaning

It was the night before my brother’s wedding. I was getting ready for the rehearsal dinner. One last check in…

Check In Instead of Stressing Out Health Mastery

Check In Instead of Stressing Out

The other day I was speaking with a friend, the father of a sophomore at one of our prestigious Chicago…

Using Stem Cells for Spine Surgery Orthopedics

Using Stem Cells for Spine Surgery

Sifting through claims to find the benefits Jessica Roby was used to pain. As a former gymnast and diver, she…

Headaches From Hell Neurology

Headaches From Hell

New drugs may help prevent migraines Marcie Zeldin, 63, doesn’t remember when she experienced her first migraine. She recalls having…

Sex After Cancer Cancer

Sex After Cancer

Helping female survivors regain their sexual satisfaction and confidence After Naomi’s breast cancer treatment — the lumpectomy, the chemotherapy, the 33…

The Cardiac-Sleep Connection Cardiology

The Cardiac-Sleep Connection

Why a good night’s rest is crucial for your heart We constantly hear about the benefits of getting a good…

Robots in the O.R. Surgery

Robots in the O.R.

Better operations through the use of intelligent machines The future of surgery is here, and it’s in the hands of…

Out of the Shadows Features

Out of the Shadows

Breaking the silence of domestic violence — and how healthcare providers can help Like a lot about domestic violence, the health…

Finding Balance Fitness

Finding Balance

Therapeutic yoga provides relief for body and mind Therapeutic yoga is nothing new for Lisa Clarke. Clarke, 63, has spent…

Burning Fat Nutrition

Burning Fat

Keto diet changes how food is turned into energy While it may seem like the newest weight-loss trend, the ketogenic…

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate Recipes

The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Just the thought of biting into a square of chocolate might make you smile. And, chances are, it really will…

Scott Palmer, MD Physician Profiles

Scott Palmer, MD

Scott Palmer, MD, Personal Physician Scott Palmer, MD, is a board- certified physician in internal medicine and a graduate of the University of…

Out of Step Podiatry

Out of Step

Treatments can help the stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis It had been a few weeks since Cathy Joyce had completed…

Finding Support When Perinatal Depression Strikes Latest News

Finding Support When Perinatal Depression Strikes

I was a reluctant mom; the carrier of an unplanned pregnancy that, for the most part, I took head down.…

Why Consumers Should Skip Receipt Slips Latest News

Why Consumers Should Skip Receipt Slips

Nearly every day we encounter thermal paper receipts — those lightly coated slips from the grocery store, clothing store, gas…

5 Things We Learned About Chicago’s Health From the City Health Dashboard Latest News

5 Things We Learned About Chicago’s Health From the City Health Dashboard

How do you evaluate the health of a city? While you can certainly look at things like hospital admissions and…

When undergoing radiation treatment, compassionate care can help Cancer

When undergoing radiation treatment, compassionate care can help

Alexis Gabay was about to meet the radiation therapist who would be with her during her four weeks of breast…

The Sunnier Side of Vitamin D Latest News

The Sunnier Side of Vitamin D

When was the last time you had your vitamin D level checked? Vitamin D is a powerhouse nutrient for health.…

A Quick and Effective Workout is Possible Fitness

A Quick and Effective Workout is Possible

Boost your metabolism with high-intensity interval training Above photo Terrence Terrell, personal trainer. Photo by James Foster   Toby Fanning’s complacency peaked…

Sugar Addiction Nutrition

Sugar Addiction

Limiting sweeteners (especially fructose) can reduce chronic disease Sugar fuels your body and brain. But when overconsumed, it can wreak havoc on…

Building a Healthier Salad Recipes

Building a Healthier Salad

Photo by Kyle Edwards Salads sound healthy. But get this: Some have more calories than a double cheeseburger from a fast food…

Women in Medicine Features

Women in Medicine

Meet four leaders inspiring Chicago’s next generation of female physicians Medicine has greatly evolved since male students at Geneva Medical College…

Building Hope Cancer

Building Hope

Steady advances in pancreatic cancer treatment are improving outcomes When Harriet Wulfstat visited the Great Wall of China in 2006, she…

The Debate Over Acid-Reflux Drugs Gastroenterology

The Debate Over Acid-Reflux Drugs

Doctors explain the benefits and risks of proton pump inhibitors At one point, Dana Connell’s physician told her osteoporosis could…

Life-Saving StatinsCardiology

Life-Saving Statins

Cholesterol-lowering meds can reduce risk of heart disease Open up a magazine and you’re likely to be bombarded with information,…

Understanding Shingles Neurology

Understanding Shingles

What you need to know about this common neurological disorder Hanna McRostie noticed a rash on her back in September 2017.…

Wide-Awake Surgery Orthopedics

Wide-Awake Surgery

How one technique is changing the game for hand operations When Joanne Falco lost feeling in her left hand in…

From Anorexia to Obesity: Can weight be a human rights issue? Health Mastery

From Anorexia to Obesity: Can weight be a human rights issue?

Last September, my 24-year-old niece and I happened upon a provocative exhibit called Women’s Rights are Human Rights: International Posters…

Prenatal Paternal Panic Reasonable Hypochondria

Prenatal Paternal Panic

I’m going to be a dad. It’s happening. The thing I’ve been planning for and dreading most of my adult…

Living Well With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Latest News

Living Well With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

In a woman’s ideal world, hormones are balanced, menstrual cycles are regular and fertility is not an issue. Unfortunately, that…

Food and Fitness After 50: Never Too Late to Start Latest News

Food and Fitness After 50: Never Too Late to Start

It seems that every week brings a new fad diet or a new missive telling you how to eat and…

How to Protect Against Frostnip, Frostbite During Chicago Winters Dermatology

How to Protect Against Frostnip, Frostbite During Chicago Winters

Chicago has earned the nickname “Chiberia” thanks to its frigid temperatures, fierce winds and blinding snowstorms. Below-zero temperatures and wind…

What Everyone Should Know About Lung Cancer Cancer

What Everyone Should Know About Lung Cancer

“Every day a 747 plane full of people dies from lung cancer in the U.S.,” says Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD,…