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,…

Virtual Reality is the Future of Surgical Training Latest News

Virtual Reality is the Future of Surgical Training

Above photo: Dr. Ali Alaraj. Courtesy of University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. Photo by Hossein Fatemi   Imagine…

Combining Best of Integrative and Traditional Care Alternative Medicine

Combining Best of Integrative and Traditional Care

When I first noticed the redness on the palms of our 5-year-old son’s hands, my husband Kyle and I assumed…

Checklists Take the Guess Work Out of Hospital Stays Know What to Ask

Checklists Take the Guess Work Out of Hospital Stays

When an ambulance took a family member to the hospital some time ago, I grabbed all his medications so I…

Finding Hope in a Hopeless Place Features

Finding Hope in a Hopeless Place

Chicago groups provide healthcare to the homeless Photo by Jim Vondruska Colorful tents line the sidewalks under the Lake Shore Drive viaducts at…

This Old Body Reasonable Hypochondria

This Old Body

I’ve always enjoyed birthdays. Mine falls around Memorial Day, near the birthdays of several family members and friends. With the…

At a Loss for Words Cancer

At a Loss for Words

What to say — and what not to — when talking about cancer In 2013, Charles Chamberlain, 53, a Chicago healthcare executive, was diagnosed with…

Back Pain Reversal Back Pain

Back Pain Reversal

New recommendations emphasize non-opioid treatments Hurt your back, take a pain pill. That’s a common treatment, right? Sure is. In 2014, more…

Hope for TBI Neurology

Hope for TBI

Researchers use stem cells to understand traumatic brain injury John D. Finan, PhD, didn’t intend to build a career out…

Scoping Out Relief Orthopedics

Scoping Out Relief

Arthroscopic surgery provides minimally invasive option for joint injuries Hardly a week goes by without a report that a professional…

Have a Heart: A Rant in Two Parts Health Mastery

Have a Heart: A Rant in Two Parts

For years I’ve wanted to write a rant about the stagnating choice so many of us make not to feel,…

Paging Dr. Canine Access to Care

Paging Dr. Canine

From emotional support to cancer detection, dogs leave their medical mark The office where orthopedic surgeon Leon Benson, MD, sees…

Bipolar Disorder Mental Health

Bipolar Disorder

Making sense of the ups and downs Lizzie,* a Chicago-resident, was overwhelmed with several stressful situations in her late 20s.…

Eye Opener Vision

Eye Opener

Floaters and flashing lights? It could be a retinal detachment Christmas 2006 is a day I’ll never forget. My husband and…

Water Works Alternative Medicine

Water Works

Hydrotherapy’s healing power stimulates and soothes Erin Myover-Piotrowski, 35, had been experiencing fatigue, sluggishness and some digestive troubles. “I didn’t…

Funny Bone

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Veg Out! Nutrition

Veg Out!

Plant-based diets are at the root of heart-healthy eating For a healthy heart, there’s no denying that plant foods are essential.…

The Beat Goes On Fitness

The Beat Goes On

Exercising your way to a healthier heart When it comes to taking care of your heart, you can’t underestimate the…

Putting Veggies First Recipes

Putting Veggies First

Practically every study about vegetables touts their power in preventing chronic illnesses, fighting cancer and helping with weight loss. Vegetables are naturally…