Amid Surge, Hospitals Hesitate to Cancel Nonemergency SurgeriesAffiliate

Amid Surge, Hospitals Hesitate to Cancel Nonemergency Surgeries

Three months ago, the nation watched as COVID-19 patients overwhelmed New York City’s intensive care units, forcing some of its…

Curcumin for Arthritis: Does it Really Work?Affiliate

Curcumin for Arthritis: Does it Really Work?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that is the most common type of arthritis. Usually, it occurs among people of…

‘More Than Physical Health’: Gym Helps 91-Year-Old Battle IsolationAffiliate

‘More Than Physical Health’: Gym Helps 91-Year-Old Battle Isolation

Above photo: Art Ballard, 91, is a retired jeweler in Monrovia, California, who relies on a gym — which he…

Op-Ed: The Surprising Benefits of Remote TherapyLatest News

Op-Ed: The Surprising Benefits of Remote Therapy

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

Misinformation Campaigns Hamper Coronavirus ResponseAffiliate

Misinformation Campaigns Hamper Coronavirus Response

Regina Fargis didn’t know what to do. Fargis runs Summit Hills — a health and retirement community in Spartanburg, South…

Suffering from ‘Chemo Brain’? There’s HopeAffiliate

Suffering from ‘Chemo Brain’? There’s Hope

Some of the most common symptoms experienced by cancer patients are memory problems, difficulties with multitasking, and reduced attention and…

Straight Talk on PlankingAffiliate

Straight Talk on Planking

The best exercise I do only takes a minute. Granted, it is often the longest and most grueling 60 seconds…

How Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Cope With Angst of COVIDAffiliate

How Those with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Cope With Angst of COVID

Before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States, Chris Trondsen felt his life was finally under control. As…

How to Participate in a Clinical TrialAffiliate

How to Participate in a Clinical Trial

All his life, Steve Sultanoff, 66, had high cholesterol, a problem that runs in his family. When he was younger…

COVID-19 Meat Shortage? Try Plant ProteinsLatest News

COVID-19 Meat Shortage? Try Plant Proteins

By now, you’ve probably noticed less beef, pork and chicken at your local grocers due to COVID-19 outbreaks and closures…

Pandemic Upends Lives of People With DisabilitiesAffiliate

Pandemic Upends Lives of People With Disabilities

Above photo: A diving accident in 1987 left all of Matt Ford’s limbs paralyzed. One of his caregivers, Grace Brunette, spent…

Reacting to Unwritten Rules Black People Learn to Navigate RacismAffiliate

Reacting to Unwritten Rules Black People Learn to Navigate Racism

Above photo: In his work with black teenagers, pastor and mental health caseworker Darnell Hill teaches an unofficial guide to what…

5 Tips for Self-Care During the Pandemic and ProtestsLatest News

5 Tips for Self-Care During the Pandemic and Protests

First came the coronavirus and its strict stay-at-home orders, impacting the mental health of almost half of Americans, according to…

A Teen’s Death from COVID-19Affiliate

A Teen’s Death from COVID-19

Above photo: The Guest family poses for a family photo. Front row from left: Ajene Guest and Abby Guest; second row…

Eliminating the Pandemic of RacismHealth Mastery

Eliminating the Pandemic of Racism

I love storms, even when they are frightening. When I look at the timing of COVID-19 and what has erupted…

Society Is Reopening, Prepare to Hunker Down at Home AgainAffiliate

Society Is Reopening, Prepare to Hunker Down at Home Again

Even before the May 25 killing of George Floyd in police custody drew large crowds of protesters into the streets…

Stopping Vicious Cycle of Rebound HeadachesAffiliate

Stopping Vicious Cycle of Rebound Headaches

Rebound headaches, also known as medication overuse headaches, are caused by the frequent or excessive use of pain-relieving and/or antimigraine…

Rapid Changes to Healthcare Spurred By COVID Might Be Here to StayAffiliate

Rapid Changes to Healthcare Spurred By COVID Might Be Here to Stay

The U.S. healthcare system is famously resistant to government-imposed change. It took decades to create Medicare and Medicaid, mostly due…

Hiring a Diverse Army to Track COVID-19Uncategorized

Hiring a Diverse Army to Track COVID-19

Above photo: Sgt. Jairo Paulino of Newark, Delaware, volunteered for a “bilingual mission” through the Delaware National Guard. Paulino, who…

Behind the ScenesLatest News

Behind the Scenes

How NorthShore Protects Non-COVID-19 Patients Before COVID-19, surgeons at NorthShore University HealthSystem’s four legacy hospitals conducted between 150 and 180…

Op-Ed: Illinois Needs Strong Emergency Rules to Stop COVID-19Latest News

Op-Ed: Illinois Needs Strong Emergency Rules to Stop COVID-19

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

Busting Common Coronavirus MythsViruses

Busting Common Coronavirus Myths

Whether you turn on the TV, log on to social media or open a newspaper, it’s impossible to escape news…

Can Exercise Help Treat Anxiety?Affiliate

Can Exercise Help Treat Anxiety?

Chances are good that you, or someone you know, is dealing with anxiety. One in 5 Americans over 18, and…

Staying Safe and Engaged in Senior Communities During PandemicAging

Staying Safe and Engaged in Senior Communities During Pandemic

Above photo: The Cinco de Mayo happy hour cart makes its way around Artis Senior Living. Photo courtesy of Artis…

‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Advance DirectivesAffiliate

‘No Intubation’: Seniors Fearful of COVID-19 Are Changing Their Advance Directives

Last month, Minna Buck revised a document specifying her wishes should she become critically ill. “No intubation,” she wrote in…

Emptiness of ERs Worries Doctors as Heart Attack and Stroke Patients Delay CareAffiliate

Emptiness of ERs Worries Doctors as Heart Attack and Stroke Patients Delay Care

The patient described it as the worst headache of her life. She didn’t go to the hospital, though. Instead, the…

Healthy Eating for Older AdultsAffiliate

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Eating right can help keep your body and mind healthy and extend your quality of life. But some older Americans…

Living with Eco-Anxiety in Age of the CoronavirusMental Health

Living with Eco-Anxiety in Age of the Coronavirus

While most news right now focuses on the worldwide emergency response to COVID-19, climate change remains an escalating threat. The…

Born into a PandemicAffiliate

Born into a Pandemic

Virus complicates births for moms and babies Above photo: Mallory Pease with baby Alivia and her older daughter, Emma Jean. Pease…

Challenges of Keeping Young Adults Safe During PandemicAffiliate

Challenges of Keeping Young Adults Safe During Pandemic

Last month, after California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered most of the state’s residents to stay home, I found myself under…

Ineffective Masks Are Putting Healthcare Workers at Serious RiskAffiliate

Ineffective Masks Are Putting Healthcare Workers at Serious Risk

With medical supplies in high demand, federal authorities say health workers can wear surgical masks for protection while treating COVID-19…

How COVID-19 Impacts Teens’ Mental HealthPediatrics

How COVID-19 Impacts Teens’ Mental Health

Since the end of January, Isa Sanchez, a senior at Whitney Young High School, had been working on her senior…

Ask the Harvard Experts: Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen and COVID-19Affiliate

Ask the Harvard Experts: Ibuprofen vs. Acetaminophen and COVID-19

Q: I usually take ibuprofen for aches or pains. Given the controversy about ibuprofen use during this coronavirus outbreak, is…

Coronavirus Fuels Explosive Growth in Telehealth ― and Concern About FraudAffiliate

Coronavirus Fuels Explosive Growth in Telehealth ― and Concern About Fraud

On March 17, Medicare chief Seema Verma stepped to the podium at a White House coronavirus briefing and unveiled a…

Keeping Your DistanceViruses

Keeping Your Distance

The difference between self-quarantine and isolation during COVID-19 As states mull easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, Illinois officials say that staying…

Ask the Harvard Experts: For COVID-19, Defining ‘Older’ and ‘Chronic Disease’Affiliate

Ask the Harvard Experts: For COVID-19, Defining ‘Older’ and ‘Chronic Disease’

Q: I keep hearing about how older adults and those with chronic diseases have a higher risk from COVID-19. What…

Caring for COVID-19 at HomeViruses

Caring for COVID-19 at Home

The chills started on a Friday in March, along with a fever — four days after Jerry and Colleen Rzepka…

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’Viruses

‘It’s Not Over Until It’s Over’

5 things to know about hitting the COVID-19 peak As New York, California and other states begin to see their…

Facing the Anguish of My Father’s COVID-19 DiagnosisAging

Facing the Anguish of My Father’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

Above photo: Writer Katie Colt, as a baby with her father Norman Sack. Photo courtesy of Katie Colt My mother…

Shutting Out the Coronavirus Threat for Seniors in Continuing Care CommunitiesAging

Shutting Out the Coronavirus Threat for Seniors in Continuing Care Communities

With tight restrictions in place at their continuing care retirement community, Tom and Janice Showler are getting on each other’s…

Temperature CheckAffiliate

Temperature Check

Tips for tracking fever, a key symptom of coronavirus contagion After I was told I’d been exposed to the novel…

Chicago Health’s COVID-19 Resource GuideViruses

Chicago Health’s COVID-19 Resource Guide

With millions of people in Illinois unemployed, under lockdown and caring for loved ones, we’ve developed a list of local…

Coronavirus Comic Relief: Leaders Really Meme It When They Say Stay HomeAffiliate

Coronavirus Comic Relief: Leaders Really Meme It When They Say Stay Home

Above illustration: Hannah Norman/KHN Illustration; Getty Images As the city confronts a wave of COVID-19 patients, Chicagoans are managing to…

Cancer Patients Face Uncertainty as Coronavirus Cripples HospitalsAffiliate

Cancer Patients Face Uncertainty as Coronavirus Cripples Hospitals

Above photo: National Cancer Institute, www.cancer.gov. Photo by Rhoda Baer The federal government has encouraged health centers to delay nonessential…

Doctors Ponder Best Advice as Patients Recover from CoronavirusAffiliate

Doctors Ponder Best Advice as Patients Recover from Coronavirus

When David Vega fell ill with the novel coronavirus in mid-March, fever, chills and nausea left the 27-year-old Indiana medical…

Smart Lifestyle Choices to Support Your Immune System During Coronavirus CrisisIn The Know

Smart Lifestyle Choices to Support Your Immune System During Coronavirus Crisis

So much of the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond your control — all of our control — and yet it’s undoubtedly…

Ask the Harvard Experts: Lower Coronavirus-Related Stress with the Relaxation ResponseAffiliate

Ask the Harvard Experts: Lower Coronavirus-Related Stress with the Relaxation Response

Q: The coronavirus outbreak has raised my stress level. I am worried that it is making me more susceptible to…

Sheltered at Home, Families Broach End-of-Life PlanningAffiliate

Sheltered at Home, Families Broach End-of-Life Planning

Long before she contracted COVID-19 at a Kirkland, Washington, nursing home, Barbara Dreyfuss made sure to document the wishes that…

What to Do if You Lose Your Health Insurance During the Coronavirus CrisisAffiliate

What to Do if You Lose Your Health Insurance During the Coronavirus Crisis

You can’t control whether you lose your job and your benefits because of COVID-19. You can, however, take steps to…

Stop the Coronavirus: The Science of Washing Your HandsLatest News

Stop the Coronavirus: The Science of Washing Your Hands

It seems surreal: Twenty seconds of handwashing with plain soap and water are powerful enough to destroy microscopic coronavirus particles…