6 Foods to Ditch for Less Stress — and What to Eat InsteadAffiliate

6 Foods to Ditch for Less Stress — and What to Eat Instead

Stressing out? You’re not alone; in fact, stress affects all of us. Over the long term, it can increase inflammation…

10 Foods You Should Eat Every Week to Lose WeightAffiliate

10 Foods You Should Eat Every Week to Lose Weight

Plenty of foods can support your weight-loss efforts when included as part of a healthy diet. Eating these 10 foods…

Functional Dyspepsia: Causes, Treatments and New DirectionsAffiliate

Functional Dyspepsia: Causes, Treatments and New Directions

Functional dyspepsia (FD) is a common condition, loosely defined by some physicians as a stomachache without a clear cause. More…

Op-Ed, Part 2: How to Take a Dire Cancer Diagnosis and Make the Best of ItColumns

Op-Ed, Part 2: How to Take a Dire Cancer Diagnosis and Make the Best of It

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

Probiotics, Even Inactive Ones, May Relieve IBS SymptomsUncategorized

Probiotics, Even Inactive Ones, May Relieve IBS Symptoms

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a chronic gut-brain disorder that can cause a variety of uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal…

Op-Ed: I Have Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma, and I’m Surprisingly ContentLatest News

Op-Ed: I Have Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma, and I’m Surprisingly Content

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

Deep Freeze: Does Whole-Body Cryotherapy Benefit Muscle Recovery?Alternative Medicine

Deep Freeze: Does Whole-Body Cryotherapy Benefit Muscle Recovery?

As we know all too well, it can get pretty cold in Chicago. But some Chicagoans seek even colder temperatures,…

Seeing a Sparkly Visual Disturbance? It Could Be an Ocular MigraineIn The Know

Seeing a Sparkly Visual Disturbance? It Could Be an Ocular Migraine

One December day, as I sat in front of my computer, a sparkling, glittery object took over my sight. A…

Keep Medical Records, Family History at the ReadyFamily Health

Keep Medical Records, Family History at the Ready

  Mary Kay Doyle is sure that having her son’s medical records close at hand has helped his new doctors…

Fear of Needles is Common. Here’s How to Work Through the AnxietyLatest News

Fear of Needles is Common. Here’s How to Work Through the Anxiety

When Charlie thinks about getting an injection, he shudders. “I am terrified of needles,” says the 45-year-old Pilsen resident, who…

8 Ways Climate Change Affects Chicagoans’ HealthAllergies

8 Ways Climate Change Affects Chicagoans’ Health

The United Nations this month released a major climate change report, the first of its kind in eight years. The…

Treating Mild Sleep Apnea: Should You Consider a CPAP Device?Affiliate

Treating Mild Sleep Apnea: Should You Consider a CPAP Device?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder characterized by repeated episodes of partial or total upper airway obstruction that result…

Make It Meatless!Affiliate

Make It Meatless!

If you’re motivated to make a healthy change this year, consider including meatless meals. There’s never been a better or…

Q&A: How Contagious Is the Covid-19 Delta Variant?In The Know

Q&A: How Contagious Is the Covid-19 Delta Variant?

After a spring when it looked like Covid-19 was in retreat, the highly contagious delta variant is surging in the…

Vaccine Hesitation: Blood Clots Pose an Extremely Rare RiskIn The Know

Vaccine Hesitation: Blood Clots Pose an Extremely Rare Risk

To date, more than 160 million Americans — about half of the U.S. population — have been fully vaccinated against…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding ‘Golfer’s Elbow’Affiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Understanding ‘Golfer’s Elbow’

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: About a month ago, I began experiencing pain in my elbow. I experience this almost constantly, but…

Op-Ed: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in OrthopedicsColumns

Op-Ed: Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Orthopedics

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

2021 Award-Winning Journalism from Chicago Health and CaregivingColumns

2021 Award-Winning Journalism from Chicago Health and Caregiving

In one of our most exciting years yet, we’re honored to share that Chicago Health and Caregiving magazines have won…

7 Lifestyle Habits to Prevent and Treat Peptic UlcersGastroenterology

7 Lifestyle Habits to Prevent and Treat Peptic Ulcers

Peptic ulcers come with some key telltale signs — and they’re not very pleasant. Upper abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, vomiting,…

Working from Home Can Be a Real PainBack Pain

Working from Home Can Be a Real Pain

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed just about everything in our lives, including the drastic increase in working from home. It’s…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Association Between Oral Health, Heart Disease Not Well-UnderstoodAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Association Between Oral Health, Heart Disease Not Well-Understood

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Will taking care of my teeth help prevent heart disease? ANSWER: Some research suggests that heart disease,…

The Wide World of MushroomsAffiliate

The Wide World of Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been consumed and used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks believed mushrooms provided strength…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What to Drink to Stay HydratedAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: What to Drink to Stay Hydrated

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I know I need to drink while I exercise, but what is the best fluid? I’m wondering…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Can I Exercise When I Am Sick?Affiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Can I Exercise When I Am Sick?

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Can I continue to exercise even if I don’t feel well, or should I hold off until…

For Strong Bones, Start YoungIn The Know

For Strong Bones, Start Young

Brittle bones and stooped posture may seem like an inevitable part of aging, but they are not. In fact, what…

Olive Oil or Coconut Oil: Which Is Worthy of Kitchen-Staple Status?Affiliate

Olive Oil or Coconut Oil: Which Is Worthy of Kitchen-Staple Status?

Coconut oil has developed a cult-like following in recent years, with proponents touting benefits ranging from body fat reduction to…

A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second YearAffiliate

A Crisis of Undiagnosed Cancers Is Emerging in the Pandemic’s Second Year

This story was originally published by ProPublica. Teresa Ruvalcaba lay on a bed in the emergency room of Chicago’s Mount…

Reiki’s Healing Energy Can Spread Calm and Reduce StressAlternative Medicine

Reiki’s Healing Energy Can Spread Calm and Reduce Stress

Energy cannot be created or destroyed — but can energy help reduce stress? Believers of reiki think so. Reiki (pronounced…

A Modern Take on Olden GrainsAffiliate

A Modern Take on Olden Grains

Conventional wisdom says that it’s good to be young. After all, youth is all about vigor and hope. But when…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Surgery Can Eliminate Vision Problems Related to Droopy EyelidsAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Surgery Can Eliminate Vision Problems Related to Droopy Eyelids

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My droopy eyelids have worsened significantly over the past few years, but I’m hesitant to have surgery…

12 Foods with More Vitamin C than OrangesAffiliate

12 Foods with More Vitamin C than Oranges

If you chug a glass of orange juice every time you start sniffling, you may be onto something. Though studies…

When Teen Angst Turns to Pandemic Anxiety and DepressionFamily Health

When Teen Angst Turns to Pandemic Anxiety and Depression

When kids grow into teens, they generally start separating from their parents and spend more time with their peers. But…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Adults Up to Age 45 and at Risk for HPV infection Can Get VaccineAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Adults Up to Age 45 and at Risk for HPV infection Can Get Vaccine

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Why is the HPV vaccine now offered to adults and adolescents? I was surprised to hear that…

Chicago’s Mass Vaccination Sites Are ‘Not Enough’ for Vaccine EquityAccess to Care

Chicago’s Mass Vaccination Sites Are ‘Not Enough’ for Vaccine Equity

Staying up all night. Constantly refreshing the webpage. Trying to book an appointment for the Covid-19 vaccine in Chicago has…

Should You Use a Hunger Scale?Affiliate

Should You Use a Hunger Scale?

Do you have a tendency to graze all day rather than eat real meals, perhaps mindlessly? Does it seem like…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Long-Term Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting Aren’t Yet KnownAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Long-Term Benefits and Risks of Intermittent Fasting Aren’t Yet Known

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is intermittent fasting for weight loss safe? What are the risks of short-term diets that are very…

5 Health Benefits of AlmondsAffiliate

5 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almonds are nutrient powerhouses. Whether consumed whole, chopped, sliced, or ground into almond flour or almond butter, this deliciously satisfying…

Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A: Chicago Physicians Weigh InIn The Know

Covid-19 Vaccine Q&A: Chicago Physicians Weigh In

Even though the toll of Americans dying from Covid-19 continues to rise and Chicago specifically is seeing a surge in…

How to Respond to Toddler’s TantrumsAffiliate

How to Respond to Toddler’s Tantrums

As Murphy’s Law would have it, children’s tantrums seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Your toddler or independent-minded…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Teen’s Symptoms Require Evaluation with Healthcare ProviderAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Teen’s Symptoms Require Evaluation with Healthcare Provider

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I’m 19, and I think I might have a yeast infection. Or it could be trichomoniasis. My…

Your Headaches Are Getting Worse. Do You Need an Imaging Test?Affiliate

Your Headaches Are Getting Worse. Do You Need an Imaging Test?

Headache is a very common condition that affects up to 60% of the world’s population. In general, headache can be…

Now Is a Great Time to Start Sipping Peppermint TeaAffiliate

Now Is a Great Time to Start Sipping Peppermint Tea

Made from the dried leaves of the peppermint plant, peppermint tea is an herbal infusion with a fresh, soothing flavor.…

Midwife-Led Birth Centers Offer a Safe Alternative to Hospital BirthFamily Health

Midwife-Led Birth Centers Offer a Safe Alternative to Hospital Birth

When Tania Nava of Berwyn gave birth to her first child at a local Chicago hospital, she knew it was…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Canker Sores Often Go Away on Their Own, Are Not ContagiousAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Canker Sores Often Go Away on Their Own, Are Not Contagious

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Every few months, my teenage son gets canker sores in the back of his throat that really…

Mind Games: Brain Boosters for Older Adults

    By Tricia Despres Bill Darling has always been up for a challenge. A former public relations executive with…

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Most Aortic Aneurysms Are Small, Develop SlowlyAffiliate

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Most Aortic Aneurysms Are Small, Develop Slowly

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: What causes a thoracic aortic aneurysm? Does it always grow slowly, or do some develop more quickly?…

Think Your Baby Is Allergic to Cow’s Milk?Pediatrics

Think Your Baby Is Allergic to Cow’s Milk?

When young infants develop vomiting, diarrhea, and fussiness, some of them are diagnosed as having an allergy to cow’s milk…

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…