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Chicago Marathon training tips for the ‘final stretch’

Friday, September 1, 2017
Find out how you should be training in the final weeks leading up to the Chicago Marathon. Benjamin Hasan, M.D., Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights, discusses training tips for the Chicago Marathon, including miles per week, soreness, injury risk and more.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Looking for the right long-distance running shoe? Jessica Knight, D.P.M., AACFAS, Podiatrist/Podiatric Surgeon with Northwest Community Healthcare 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.

Five things pregnant women need to know about epidurals

Friday, August 18, 2017
Kevin Chen, M.D., Chief, Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine at Northwest Community Hospital, shares what you need to know about epidurals.

Sisters-in-law strive to prevent premature labor, giving birth to healthy babies 11 days apart

Friday, August 18, 2017
Sisters-in-law Katie and Lydia Nadal supported each other through signs of premature labor and an early pregnancy scare to deliver two healthy babies at Northwest Community Hospital, just 11 days apart.

Five ways to avoid opioid addiction

Friday, August 18, 2017
Opioid addiction has become an epidemic. Learn from Shalu Gugnani, M.D., Behavioral Health Services Medical Director and Addictionologist at Northwest Community Healthcare, what you can do to prevent addiction to prescription opioids.

How to pack mighty tasty and healthy lunches for your kids

Friday, August 18, 2017
Registered Dietitians Lori Mager, M.B.A., RDN, LDN, CDE, and Dipti Shah, M.S., RDN, LDN, help you pack the perfect lunch to fuel your children’s growth and development, and help them perform better in school.

Experiencing neck pain? You could have ‘text neck’

Thursday, August 17, 2017
On your cell phone throughout the day? Chances are you have an achy “text neck.” Learn from our ergonomic expert, Anita Stehmeier, P.T., how to prevent or remedy text neck.

Acupuncture Q & A: Safe treatment for pain, anxiety, GI issues and more

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Curious about acupuncture? Joanna Johnston, R.N., a Board-Certified Acupuncturist at NCH Wellness Center, answers several questions about the ancient, alternative treatment used to treat numerous ailments.

Five steps to fight inflammation with a healthy diet

Monday, July 17, 2017
Lori Mager, M.B.A., RDN, LDN, CDE, Clinical Nutrition Manager at NCH, recommends ways to implement an all-around healthy diet to help prevent age-related diseases, improve overall health and reduce inflammation.

Magnets help put out firefighter’s internal heartburn flames

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.

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