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Dry eyes? That gritty feeling may be telling you something

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
A Q & A with Ophthalmologist Nicole Bajic, M.D. describes the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of dry eye.

Are you an emotional eater?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Do you tend to eat when you’re tired, stressed, frustrated, bored, anxious or lonely - even in the absence of hunger? If so, you’re not alone. 

Story of survival: NCH saves teen’s life, thanks to Flight For Life

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
A teen gets airlifted to NCH for critical care following a terrifying car accident. Years later, NCH is receiving an award for its helicopter crash simulation through a partnership with Flight For Life.

Tips on how to avoid an eye injury during sports play

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Eye injuries can happen quickly, and their painful effects can last a lifetime. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, every year in the U.S. more than 40,000 people suffer from eye injuries while participating in sports or other recreational activities. About half of those injuries – 19,000, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics – were children treated in the emergency department.

Paddy Panda helps with pain

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
On the Pediatric Unit at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) a quality improvement team of nurses has helped to improve pain management scores with the use of a fluffy friend: Paddy, the Pain Panda. 
Paddy – a gender neutral, small stuffed animal – is given to patients between the ages of 3 and 16 who receive pain medication on the unit, explains Clinical Nurse Manager Rochelle Sowa, who says the panda was introduced on the floor in 2015.

8 ways to start a plant-based diet

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Interested in improving your health, boosting energy levels or helping the environment? Consider eating plant-based foods.

Bad winter weather presents many risks

Thursday, February 28, 2019
You don’t have to get an A in Environmental Science to know that Mother Nature has dished out some dangerous weather this season. From severe negative temperatures to freeze-thaw-freeze cycles, conditions have caused black ice, buckling roads, potholes and more. It can make getting from point A to point B at Harper a little more treacherous. Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) recommends exercising caution when driving and walking across campus.  

‘Why did I wait to get a colonoscopy?’

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Terri Moore received a rectal cancer diagnosis and thought she was going to die. Following surgery and chemotherapy, she's now cancer free and wants to tell others about the importance of getting a routine colonoscopy to detect cancer early.

Seeing red? It could be colorectal cancer, no matter your age

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Among a younger set of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer, Joseph House, 44, thought his rectal bleeding was due to hemorrhoids. 

Do you have pain? It could be one of two types of arthritis

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

NCH Medical Group Rheumatologist Jimmy Varghese, M.D. explains two common types of arthritis with similar symptoms. 

Patient says he almost fell asleep during relaxing radiation treatment

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Far from frightening, the Halcyon system, used for delivering radiation therapy at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), is comfortable, quick and quiet, according to patient Joe Nitti, a 59-year-old salesman who completed 25 treatments.

Is the Keto diet safe?

Monday, February 18, 2019

The popular Keto diet, a high-fat, moderate-protein, very low carbohydrate diet, typically means eating fewer than 50 grams of carbs a day. This limits vegetables, grains, fruits and dairy products and eliminates sugar. Getting most of your calories from fat makes your body burn fat for energy instead of carbs. This causes the body to enter a state called ketosis.

Listen to your heart: what racing, skipping and fluttering can mean

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

NCH Medical Group Cardiologist Christopher Henry, M.D., who specializes in electrophysiology, answers questions about what’s normal and not normal.

Ten tips to reduce inflammation

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

One of the most powerful tools to combat inflammation is your diet. By making some smart changes, you can reduce inflammation and reduce your risk of illness. 

Teen suicide, a leading cause of death

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Parents of adolescents know the teen years can be accompanied by a host of fears, including the prospect of their child becoming suicidal. While the subject is terrifying, moms and dads should know that suicide is preventable and help is here. 

7 smart workouts: This is how you get fit

Monday, February 4, 2019

Your daily workout doesn’t have to be dull or repetitive, and if you alter what you do each day, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Changing up your routine maintains interest, burns calories, increases energy and challenges a variety of muscle groups. The NCH Wellness Center has you covered with seven creative workouts, one for each day of the week. 

One overnight hospital stay relieves heart issue for retiree

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Barry Carlson spent six decades of his life without any hint of heart trouble. But stress played a role in heart symptoms that surfaced around the time of his daughter’s wedding three and a half years ago. At that same time, he was nearing the end of a high-pressure sales job where he spent more than three decades.

Healthy eats for the Super Bowl

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Whether you’re headed to a party or hosting one on Feb. 3, you’ll huddle up for these recipes which focus on veggies, fruit and lean protein vs. the typical high-fat chips and dip.

Skip the script

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist just got easier. A new direct access law makes it possible for patients to schedule an appointment for physical therapy (PT) without having to visit a primary care physician first.

Are we becoming more peanut allergic?

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
NCH Medical Group Allergist and Immunologist Newton Li, M.D. discusses peanut and tree nut allergies and reasons why we may becoming a more allergic population. Dr. Li has seen a growing number of patients who aren’t just allergic to peanuts, but also tree nuts.
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