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Paralympic athlete aims high at Wellness Center

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Most days you can find Tom Huene at the NCH Wellness Center training for the Paralympic National Championships in hopes of defending his gold medal in the javelin throw.

Baby, it's cold outside: Warm up with some healthy chili

Friday, January 13, 2017

Find out how you can make this winter staple a healthy dish.

First and goal: Navigators support patients from diagnosis through recovery

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Jeff Jones knows firsthand the difference a patient navigator can make when the opponent you are fighting is cancer. “I feel like I have a whole football team behind me fighting this tumor,” he says.

Admissions for alcohol abuse disorders pop after New Year’s Day

Sunday, January 1, 2017
The number of people who seek admission and treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders spikes after New Year’s Day, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

A year of smiles: Patient and surgeon defy inoperable pancreatic cancer diagnosis

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Despite a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Mary Olson says she has a lot to smile about after receiving care at NCH.

When visions of sugar plums threaten your food sanity

Monday, December 12, 2016

Follow these tips to help avoid tasty temptations during the holiday season.

If Santa Claus was my patient

Monday, December 12, 2016
Elizabeth Ziemann, M.D., an NCH Medical Group family practitioner, has some health tips that will help jolly old Saint Nicholas deliver gifts for years to come.

Fast, quality care defines NCH stroke team

Friday, December 9, 2016

When every second counts, NCH’s stroke team answers the call by providing award-winning care.

Don's story: A reversal of fortune

Friday, December 9, 2016
In a year which we saw the Cubs reverse the curse, Don Grossnickle credits his NCH care team for helping reverse his diagnosis of congestive heart failure.

Give peas a chance

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
In a world where kale, beets and brussels sprouts are the darlings of the veggie-conscious, this lowly legume is less than loved. But read on, and you might be peas-antly surprised!

Three top tips for managing holiday stress

Monday, November 14, 2016
An NCH behavioral health expert says it is important to set realistic expectations because the holiday season can be a stressful time of year.

How to communicate with people with Alzheimer's

Monday, November 14, 2016
People with Alzheimer's disease often have difficulty expressing their thoughts and understanding others. An NCH Medical Group doctor offers tips to communicate with people who have Alzheimer's.

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.

Five tricks to a healthy grilled cheese treat

Friday, October 21, 2016

A grilled cheese sandwich is a great choice for dinner, especially if you work late or are short on time.

Take your best shot against pneumonia

Friday, October 21, 2016
Pneumonia is often a secondary infection to a common virus, which in many cases means the lung infection can be prevented by getting your annual vaccines, an NCH Medical Group doctor says.

Top tips to block sports injury sprains and strains

Friday, October 21, 2016
Engaging in physical activity has numerous positive effects, but the more active you are, the more you need to take steps to prevent injury.

It’s time men take a stand against domestic violence

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
For years, women have spread the message about domestic violence. Now it’s time for men to step up and speak out on a topic that affects one in three women in our society.

When to see your doctor about back pain

Friday, October 7, 2016
There is no gold medal for living with back pain because it is often treatable, says Shaun O'Leary, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of NCH's Neuroscience Services.

No more reflux

Friday, October 7, 2016
NCH Gastroenterologist Willis Parsons, M.D., weighs in on the uncomfortable and common conditions related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Virginia’s Story: Treatment at NCH Breast Center stops cancer in its tracks

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Virginia L. Green received top-flight breast cancer care, from diagnosis through surgery, brachytherapy and chemotherapy at the NCH Breast Center.

3D mammography a new option at NCH

Women now have new options in breast imagery at NCH. NCH is the only healthcare provider in the Chicago area to offer low-dose 3D mammography and automated breast ultrasounds (ABUS).

Digital breast tomosynthesis (tomo), also known as 3D mammography, is a screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool that helps improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an X-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds.

“The benefits to the patient are robust,” says Allan Malmed, M.D., chairman of radiology at NCH. “3D mammography is more accurate and allows us to make a final determination without bringing in the patient for another visit. We are able to find more cancer and see more things that had previously been obscured with overlying tissue.”

The 3D mammography can bump up breast cancer detection rates by more than 40 percent, according to research in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Research also found there was a 15 percent drop in the number of women who had to return for more tests because of a suspicious mammogram finding.

“3D mammography is the new standard of care,” Dr. Malmed says. “Every day we are seeing things with 3D breast imagery that we would not have in the past. That helps alleviate anxiety for the patients.”

Learn about 3D mammography at NCH