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Come on, baby, quench my fire

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Michael Hardesty fights fires for a living.  That’s why he wanted to battle the fire that raged inside him. He is one of an estimated seven million Americans with some form of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Q and A: Advances in lung cancer diagnosis and treatment

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Neeraj R. Desai, M.D., M.B.A., FACP, FCCP, a board-certified interventional pulmonologist, answers questions about leading-edge diagnostic tools and treatment for lung cancer at Northwest Community Healthcare.

You’re never too young for a stroke

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
For Erin Gianaras and Emily Beck, the signs they were experiencing something terrifying were there. But could they really have a stroke in their 20s? Erin and Emily their share stories and recount how Northwest Community Healthcare helped.

Hugh Jackman, thanks for sharing your skin cancer saga

Friday, February 17, 2017
While statistics show that the number of skin cancer cases in the United States is steadily increasing, taking some basic precautions can dramatically cut the risks of developing skin cancer.

NCH provides new hope to those suffering from brain injuries

Monday, February 13, 2017
Local athletes can find answers about their brain injuries at NCH’s Neuroscience Center, which recently became the first hospital in the Midwest to use new technology that helps show how the brain is functioning.

Mind your head: Prevent brain injury when participating in winter sports

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
During Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month, hospitals in snow-covered states are seeing thousands of people who have experienced brain injuries due to falls or hits. Learn the risk for brain injury in sports such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, hockey and ice skating.

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.

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.
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