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Know your numbers series – children

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Our three-part series explores various patients – men, women and children – and the numbers that are considered healthy during routine screenings. Part III includes expert advice from NCH Medical Group Pediatrician Kristina Mitton, M.D., who focuses on the pediatric patient and what parents and kids need to know.

Gain balance, strength and stamina with Pilates Reformer class

Friday, August 16, 2019
The Pilates Reformer class at the NCH Wellness Center uses specialized equipment to provide a full-body workout that improves flexibility, balance and stamina.

It's the most common mental illness

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Linden Oaks at NCH's Adult Inpatient Case Managers Taylor Wolfe and Brandon Gonzalez offer helpful tips on how to identify, alleviate and learn more about anxiety.

12 summer snacks, 200 calories or less

Thursday, August 15, 2019
Grab and go and keep satisfied throughout the week with these nutritious, low-calorie snacks from NCH Wellness Center Dietitian Rosemary Weaver, MPH, RDN, LDN

Cancer has its own fingerprint

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Oncologist Gary Grad, M.D. explains how precision medicine targets unique cancer cells

NCH Outpatient Care Center at Harper helps with rehab

Monday, August 5, 2019

Mary Mullen admits that undergoing physical therapy following two total knee replacements was painful at times. But for the 69-year-old Palatine resident, the adage of "no pain, no gain" rang true. Her treatment was "worth every minute," she says. "My physical therapists Shivangi and Katie were the most helpful. They didn't let me give up – that’s why I'm walking today!"

How to get your kid to eat healthy

Monday, August 5, 2019

Are you at your wit's end with trying to get your kid (or kids) to eat healthy? Try these creative and very colorful ways to present food to them. Mindful by Sodexo offers these ideas.

He can help you manage pain

Friday, August 2, 2019
Nationally recognized Pain Management Specialist George Macrinici, M.D. answers questions about his role at NCH to help patients improve function and quality of life.

Sports Medicine: See this specialist if you’re active

Monday, July 22, 2019
Whether you run marathons, participate in sports, consider yourself a weekend warrior or have a nagging pain, certain injuries or conditions can be treated by a specialist. Dave Pohl, D.O., an NCH Medical Group board-certified physician in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, describes his specialty and the types of patients he treats.

Open up and say ‘ah’

Friday, July 19, 2019
If you or someone you love is dealing with Parkinson’s disease (PD) at any stage, it may be time to get BIG and LOUD. 

Know your numbers series - women

Friday, July 19, 2019
Visiting your primary care physician? Our three-part series explores various patients – men, women and children – and the numbers that are considered healthy during routine screenings. If you missed our first installment, see Part I – Men with NCH Medical Group Family Medicine Physician Arthur Hong, M.D.

‘Minimalistic’ running shoes may help marathoners run ‘free’ of injury

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Looking for the right long-distance running shoe? Jessica Knight, D.P.M., AACFAS, Podiatrist/Podiatric Surgeon with Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Medical Group, recommends “minimalistic,” or “free,” style running shoes to help feet function optimally and decrease stress on the body. See her tips for properly running in minimalistic shoes, and NCH Medical Group Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician Benjamin Hasan's marathon training tips.

Three tips to get healthier this summer

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Summer is the perfect season to revisit that New Year’s resolution to get healthier. Whether your goal is to lose weight, fit into a special outfit or swimsuit, lower blood sugar or boost metabolism, summer provides opportunities to attain your lifestyle goals. Long days offer an opportunity for evening walks. 

Don’t wait to schedule school and sports physicals

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Summer may have just kicked off, but the time to call the physician to schedule your child’s school physical and sports physical is now. 

Northwest Community Healthcare celebrates 60 years

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
It was the early 1950s when a group of local citizens, backed by Stuart R. Paddock, Sr., began a fundraising campaign to build a hospital for the people of the northwest suburbs. A site was chosen on the north side of Central Road, and in 1959, Northwest Community Hospital, now called Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) to represent the multiple location, integrated system of care, opened its doors.

Is hormone replacement therapy right for you?

Monday, July 8, 2019
About 90% of women suffer from menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats. OB/GYN Elyse Erlich, M.D. describes hormone replacement therapy and how it can help curb the unpleasant symptoms that plague women in their 40s, 50s and beyond.

Here’s what you should know about sugar

Monday, July 8, 2019
It’s been called toxic, addictive and the cause of our country’s obesity epidemic. With diabetes on the rise and excessive amounts of it in processed foods, sugar has been hotly debated in the medical field. 

Minimally invasive TAVR procedure repairs patient’s heart valve

Monday, July 8, 2019
Ed Pufunt first experienced heart trouble in 2006 when doctors at another healthcare system said he needed emergency quintuple bypass surgery. The 85-year-old recalls spending five days in the hospital and another two months at home recovering.

Your shopping list for brain health

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Recent research suggests that the Mediterranean diet may be a means to keep your brain healthy throughout your life. This diet, low in added sugar and saturated fat, emphasizes omega-3-fatty acids, vegetables, legumes, fruits and whole grains as well as moderate amounts of olive oil, nuts and avocado, all sources of primarily monounsaturated fatty acids.

Stay safe this Fourth of July

Monday, June 24, 2019
In addition to common ED visits such as chest pain, abdominal pain and fever, ED Physician Jon Garlovsky, D.O. sees a spike in visits during Fourth of July weekend.
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