Are Sugar Substitutes Too Sweet to Be True?Affiliate

Are Sugar Substitutes Too Sweet to Be True?

About 40% of adults use low-calorie sweeteners, and most of those people do so at least once daily. While these…

Op-Ed: For the Sake of Our Pregnant Mothers, Illinois Needs to Act on Climate ChangeColumns

Op-Ed: For the Sake of Our Pregnant Mothers, Illinois Needs to Act on Climate Change

Chicago Health is committed to publishing a diversity of opinions. The opinions expressed in this op-ed article are the author’s…

Countering the Stress and Loneliness of Covid-19Latest News

Countering the Stress and Loneliness of Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect the Chicago area, our winter weariness is gradually lifting, but the stress and…

Weight Loss Can Help Head Off Lasting Damage Caused by Fatty LiverAffiliate

Weight Loss Can Help Head Off Lasting Damage Caused by Fatty Liver

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common cause of liver disease in the United States and is estimated to…

6 Health Reasons to Eat EggsAffiliate

6 Health Reasons to Eat Eggs

Eggs are budget-friendly, easy to cook, and good for you too. However, you may have heard that you should eat…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Panic Attack Isn’t Life-Threatening, but Can Be Frightening ExperienceAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Panic Attack Isn’t Life-Threatening, but Can Be Frightening Experience

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: After going to the emergency department for what I thought was a heart attack, the doctor told…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Be Careful with Nonprescription CBD ProductsAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Be Careful with Nonprescription CBD Products

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m interested in trying CBD for knee pain. I see CBD for sale everywhere — even at…

10 Great Habits That Can Help You Manage DiabetesAffiliate

10 Great Habits That Can Help You Manage Diabetes

Managing diabetes doesn’t have to be complicated. While your doctor will help you put together a comprehensive plan to manage…

How to Prevent Overeating When You’re Working from HomeAffiliate

How to Prevent Overeating When You’re Working from Home

If your eating has been a bit erratic while working from home, here are five strategies to help create some…

5 Steps to Solve the Complex Eczema PuzzleDermatology

5 Steps to Solve the Complex Eczema Puzzle

It’s winter in Chicago, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re indoors more than ever. This spells trouble for skin.…

Greens Powders May Provide a Nutritional KickAffiliate

Greens Powders May Provide a Nutritional Kick

Greens powders promise to help us reach the recommended five cups of vegetables and fruits each day. They also tout…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Getting Adequate Amount of Fiber Has Several Health BenefitsAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Getting Adequate Amount of Fiber Has Several Health Benefits

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor is recommending a trial of a gluten-free diet to see if my digestive symptoms improve.…

Weight Fluctuation Is a Normal Daily OccurrenceAffiliate

Weight Fluctuation Is a Normal Daily Occurrence

Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be…

The State of Vaccine Supply: Opaque and UnpredictableAffiliate

The State of Vaccine Supply: Opaque and Unpredictable

Even as the pace of vaccination against covid-19 has steadily accelerated — hitting an average of 1.3 million doses a…

Thinning Hair in Women: Why it Happens and What HelpsFamily Health

Thinning Hair in Women: Why it Happens and What Helps

Many people think of hair loss as a male problem, but it also affects at least a third of women.…

Reaching Chicago’s Unsheltered Homeless Population During PandemicAccess to Care

Reaching Chicago’s Unsheltered Homeless Population During Pandemic

Near Chicago’s $100 million Riverwalk and luxury high-rise apartments, unsheltered homeless people “sleep rough” on the side of the road.…

The Scoop on Protein PowderLifestyle

The Scoop on Protein Powder

Eating enough protein is not just for athletes or would-be Schwarzenegger types. It is necessary for a healthy immune system…

Ashwagandha: A Stress-Relieving HerbAffiliate

Ashwagandha: A Stress-Relieving Herb

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is a small evergreen shrub found in areas of India, the Middle East, and parts of Africa.…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Colic, Though Often Stressful for New Parents, Will SubsideAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Colic, Though Often Stressful for New Parents, Will Subside

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Our newborn daughter is often inconsolable and sometimes cries for six hours a day. Is there anything…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Central Sleep Apnea Often Triggered by Underlying Condition, MedicationAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Central Sleep Apnea Often Triggered by Underlying Condition, Medication

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am a 47-year-old man, in good health and not overweight, but I was just diagnosed with…

Kwame Raoul Discusses Importance of Prostate Cancer ScreeningsFamily Health

Kwame Raoul Discusses Importance of Prostate Cancer Screenings

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul knew that he was at risk of developing prostate cancer. His family history seemed inescapable.…

The Deep Freeze: Is Low-Calorie Ice Cream Healthy?Affiliate

The Deep Freeze: Is Low-Calorie Ice Cream Healthy?

When it comes to frosty treats, ice cream reigns supreme and remains one of America’s favorite desserts, whether as a…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Dietary Supplements Useful in Some Situations, but Also Can Be HarmfulAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Dietary Supplements Useful in Some Situations, but Also Can Be Harmful

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why does my doctor want to know what supplements I’m taking, even if I don’t have any…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Evaluate Hoarseness that Doesn’t Go AwayAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Evaluate Hoarseness that Doesn’t Go Away

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: For the past few weeks, I have had a hoarse voice, even though I don’t have a…

Chicago Health’s Top 10 Stories of 2020Features

Chicago Health’s Top 10 Stories of 2020

What a year it’s been. We looked back at Chicago Health’s most-read stories of 2020, based on the number of…

Fitness Classes Create Connection During PandemicFitness

Fitness Classes Create Connection During Pandemic

Fitness instructor Courtney Aronson couldn’t believe her eyes. On a chilly day on the cusp of winter, Aronson watched as…

Cutting Down on Alcohol Helps if You Have Atrial FibrillationCardiology

Cutting Down on Alcohol Helps if You Have Atrial Fibrillation

In medical school, there are lots of cutesy names that help us learn and remember things. “Holiday heart” is one…

With Few Takers for Covid Vaccine, Howard University Hospital CEO Takes ‘One for the Team’Affiliate

With Few Takers for Covid Vaccine, Howard University Hospital CEO Takes ‘One for the Team’

Administrators at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., were thrilled to be among the city’s first hospitals to get a…

Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate AmericaAffiliate

Inside the First Chaotic Days of the Effort to Vaccinate America

One tray of Covid-19 vaccine from pharmaceutical giant Pfizer contains 975 doses — way too many for a rural hospital…

Celebrating 10 Years: Top Chicago Health Stories of Each YearLatest News

Celebrating 10 Years: Top Chicago Health Stories of Each Year

Chicago Health turned 10 this year, and while other major events took a priority over our planned celebration, we’re proud…

Op-Ed: Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a Covid SurgeColumns

Op-Ed: Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a Covid Surge

These days, the majority of patients I see on my shifts in the emergency department are Covid-19 patients. In the…

Eat to Glow: Skin Health Starts with DietAffiliate

Eat to Glow: Skin Health Starts with Diet

The old axiom “you are what you eat” holds true. What we eat can play a huge role in the…

Supply Is Limited and Distribution Uncertain as Covid Vaccine Rolls OutAffiliate

Supply Is Limited and Distribution Uncertain as Covid Vaccine Rolls Out

High stakes and big challenges await as the U.S. prepares to roll out vaccines against Covid-19, with front-line healthcare workers…

Using Meditation to Achieve MindfulnessColumns

Using Meditation to Achieve Mindfulness

The holiday season can be a paradox. We celebrate miracles that could only have existed because people were guided by…

Demand for Covid Vaccines Expected to Get HeatedAffiliate

Demand for Covid Vaccines Expected to Get Heated

Americans have made no secret of their skepticism of Covid-19 vaccines this year, with fears of political interference and a…

Opt for Low-Mercury Fish ChoicesAffiliate

Opt for Low-Mercury Fish Choices

We know fish is important for health — high in protein, low in saturated fat, a good source of heart-healthy…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Thyroid Nodules Generally Don’t Cause Signs or SymptomsAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Thyroid Nodules Generally Don’t Cause Signs or Symptoms

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Are thyroid nodules common? What causes them to develop, and should I be concerned if I have…

Spotlight on Supplements: CinnamonAffiliate

Spotlight on Supplements: Cinnamon

You undoubtedly know the familiar aroma and flavor of cinnamon. This popular spice is used in cuisines around the world…

Eating Well: 7 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving HealthierAffiliate

Eating Well: 7 Ways to Make Your Thanksgiving Healthier

The average American eats between 3,000 and 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving. That can make a big dent in your health…

As Food Insecurity Reaches New Highs, Local Organizations Are Expanding EffortsCharities

As Food Insecurity Reaches New Highs, Local Organizations Are Expanding Efforts

Feeding the hungry across the country is a top priority — and now it’s all hands on deck. As Covid-19…

Op-Ed: On Thanksgiving, Let’s Cherish the Holiday, and Each Other, at a DistanceLatest News

Op-Ed: On Thanksgiving, Let’s Cherish the Holiday, and Each Other, at a Distance

It’s nine months into the pandemic, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, we must stay vigilant to enjoy this treasured…

Homeless Shelters Grapple With Covid Safety as Cold Creeps InAccess to Care

Homeless Shelters Grapple With Covid Safety as Cold Creeps In

Above photo: A sign at a homeless encampment near a Chicago expressway memorializes a man who reportedly died there from…

7 Health Benefits of TomatoesAffiliate

7 Health Benefits of Tomatoes

You might be surprised to learn that the tomato on your kitchen counter is a low-calorie package chock-full of nutrients.…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Complications that Result in Loss of Vision after LASIK are RareAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Complications that Result in Loss of Vision after LASIK are Rare

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What are the risks of LASIK surgery, and will my vision deteriorate again over time, even after…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: A Look at Binge Eating DisorderAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: A Look at Binge Eating Disorder

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is binge eating disorder? I’ve heard of anorexia and bulimia. But I’d never heard binge eating…

Health Disinformation Abounds Online, with Content Created to DeceiveLatest News

Health Disinformation Abounds Online, with Content Created to Deceive

One of the most viral conspiracy news stories in 2019 accused a coordinated group of physicians, federal organizations, and pharmaceutical…

Hungry for Hemp SeedsAffiliate

Hungry for Hemp Seeds

Hemp is back! This variety of the cannabis plant, not to be confused with its intoxicating cousin (marijuana), is one…

6 Ways to Fight a Sugar BingeAffiliate

6 Ways to Fight a Sugar Binge

You didn’t just eat one piece of candy, you ate all the candy (or at least that’s what it felt…

For Each Critically Ill Covid Patient, a Family Is Suffering, TooAffiliate

For Each Critically Ill Covid Patient, a Family Is Suffering, Too

Above photo: Tisha Holt lives about 10 minutes by car from her parents, Pam and Paul Alexander, who are concerned…

Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and ConsAffiliate

Telemedicine or In-Person Visit? Pros and Cons

(Illustration: iStock / Getty Images) As Covid-19 took hold in March, U.S. doctors limited in-person appointments — and many patients…