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Is your desk job dangerous?

Friday, November 11, 2016
Sitting is the new smoking and immobility is your worst enemy, an NCH physical therapist says.

EpiPen® price increase causes Epi-demic of concern

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Sarah Peterson, M.D., is extremely concerned about the dramatic price spike of the EpiPen® (epinephrine) auto-injector two-pack. “This medication saves lives. That’s why it’s critically important for patients and their families to discuss prescribing options with their doctor to find the most affordable choice,” says the board-certified internist and allergist.

To cup or not to cup: a viewpoint by Ben Hasan, M.D.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Thanks to a number of 2016 Olympic athletes, an alternative treatment called cupping has been getting its fair share of publicity at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Teen angst: Red flag or shades of blue?

Monday, August 15, 2016
According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14.

Home the next day: New minimally-invasive treatment for iliac aneurysm

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Four centimeters may not seem like much. But when it comes to horseshoes, a photo finish or an iliac aneurysm, it’s a different story.

A change of heart: Cardiac Rehab team delivers

Monday, July 18, 2016
Dori Wenzel doesn’t spend much time feeling sorry for herself. She’s too busy learning how to exercise right and make heart healthy food choices.

Women and heart disease: Myths and truths

Sunday, July 17, 2016
There are a several misconceptions about heart disease in women and they could be putting you at risk. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S., and more than 8 million women are living with some form of heart disease.

Juli runs to kick lung cancer

Monday, July 11, 2016
Some of us run to get strong. Some of us run to say we did. And, Juli Aistars, Northwest Community Healthcare’s lung nurse navigator, runs to raise money to help people with lung cancer being treated at NCH.

First-time fathers learn ABCs of parenting at dads-only class

Monday, June 13, 2016
Northwest Community Healthcare's Dads Class helps first-time dads become more actively involved in their children's lives. 

Caring for the underserved – one mother and one baby at a time

Thursday, June 9, 2016
A healthy pregnancy and prenatal care often go hand in hand. Blood tests, physical exams, ultrasounds and the importance of nutrition are all part of the prenatal doctor visits that help ensure a healthy pregnancy and baby.

When seconds count, be thankful for Dr. Ortinau and the NWC EMS!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
John M. Ortinau, M.D., FACEP, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director at NCH, received the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP) Meritorious Service Award for “significant contributions to the advancement of emergency medicine by exemplary service.”

Answering the call of our community

Monday, May 16, 2016
Year after year, NCH has donated funds, volunteered time and developed programs and services for thousands of people in need.

During Nurses' Week and always: NCH nurses ROCK!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Ever wonder what sets NCH nurses apart from all the others? Read what these seven NCH all-stars say about nursing and the profound effect it has had on their lives.

Shopper's guide to pesticides in produce

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
It pays to buy organic when it comes to fruits and veggies treated with the most pesticides. Download and print this flyer and hang on it your fridge for the latest information.

The heart of a volunteer: NCH honors 750!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Anatomically speaking, the heart of a volunteer probably looks just like the heart of anybody else. But that may be where the similarity ends. Their selfless energy and dedication certainly set them apart from many other people.

Fuse scope uncovers hidden colon polyps

Monday, March 28, 2016
A revolutionary technology, called Fuse, offers a whole new view of the colon. In fact, by using the Fuse technology, gastroenterologists at NCH can discover 76 percent more polyps during a routine colonoscopy, which might just save someone’s life.

It’s time to dis distracted driving!

Thursday, March 10, 2016
David Brottman, M.D., a Northwest Community Healthcare Medical Staff pediatrician at Arlington Pediatrics, Ltd., really wants you to read this blog about distracted driving – just not while you’re driving!

Hitting 50? Think colonoscopy!

Monday, March 7, 2016
When most of us turn 50, we think about throwing a party, buying a sporty new car, or taking an exotic vacation. However, once you hit 50, scheduling a colonoscopy also should be top of mind.

These two are too cute!

Monday, February 22, 2016
Congratulations to NCH Labor and Delivery nurse Kathryn Ruth and her boyfriend, Andrew Beam, who recently won WGN-TV’s Cutest Couple contest!

Top 10 cold and flu myths debunked!

Monday, February 8, 2016
If you’re conflicted about how to treat your cold or flu symptoms, you’re not alone. NCH Infection Prevention and Control experts pooled their top 10 cold and fluisms to help test your cold and flu I.Q. Some of these facts may surprise you.
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