Treat Mom with Healthy Options this Mother’s Day
by Rosemary Weaver, MPH, RDN, LDN, NCH Registered Dietitian As Mother’s Day approaches, you’re probably wanting to find a gift that will make mom smile. This year, why not choose something special that is also healthy? Consider choosing your gift from one of these three “wellness gift” categories: Food, Fitness and Relaxation. Food Maybe it’s […]
There’s No Reason to Experience Bladder Leakage Anymore, Especially After Childbirth
Many women experience some level of bladder leakage, particularly after giving birth. This often happens when coughing, sneezing, exercising or even laughing. This is commonly accepted as “normal” and women learn ways to adapt to this potentially embarrassing problem, such as using menstrual pads. Women don’t need to live with this condition. There are many […]
NCH Opens Buffalo Grove Outpatient Care Center
New Out Patient Care Center opens more opportunities for NCH and NorthShore communities Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is proud to announce on Sept. 9 the newly constructed Buffalo Grove Outpatient Care Center will open its doors to patients, providing a shared home for both NCH and eventually, NorthShore Medical Group clinicians. The four-story, 80,000-square-foot location […]
New NCH Women’s Center opens
Designed for women by women Today, Northwest Community Healthcare is pleased to announce the opening of a new Women’s Center, with a combination of current and new women’s health services in a new location in the Busse Center on the hospital campus in Arlington Heights. “The Women’s Center represents the next step toward expanding the […]
Life back to normal
For nearly three years, Rose Agriel, 42, of Chicago, was deprived of a full night’s sleep, waking up 4-6 times a night to use the bathroom. She woke up wet after most nights and regularly experienced urinary leakage throughout the daytime from coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercising. “I thought I had a kidney or bladder […]
Sisters encourage other women to learn their risks of breast cancer
Every woman who comes to an NCH Breast Imaging Center for screening receives a complimentary risk assessment before her mammogram is performed. If the patient is found to have an elevated lifetime risk for developing breast cancer, she will be advised to visit the High Risk Breast Clinic. We spoke to two sisters who were recently referred to the clinic to hear their stories.
Sooner, rather than later
Most people do not look forward to medical procedures, but Diane was disappointed when the State ordered hospitals to cancel all elective procedures during COVID-19 and, as a result, her surgery was postponed. “I was looking forward to having it done,” she says. When NCH could resume procedures on June 4, Diane was one of the first to schedule the surgery she missed.
What every woman should be aware of about ovarian cancer
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. This cancer is shrouded with mystery and is often called the silent killer among women. We are fortunate have two gynecologic oncologists at NCH: Diane Yamada, M.D. and Kathryn Mills, M.D., both of the University of Chicago Department of Obstetrics-gynecology in partnership with NCH Medical Group. Dr. Mills took some time to answer our questions about this cancer.
What would you like to know about breastfeeding?
For this second part of our two-part series on breastfeeding, we encouraged readers to share their questions. NCH lactation consultants Karen Dickert, R.N., BSN, IBCLC, RLC, Teya Drews, R.N., BSN, IBCLC, RLC and Colleen Rohrbacher, R.N., BSN, IBCLC, RLC helped answer them. Q: Does eating cabbage actually help dry up your milk?A: No, eating cabbage […]
High Risk Breast Clinic opens at Northwest Community Healthcare
Women from the northwest suburbs living at elevated risk for breast cancer now have access to a hub of prevention and treatment resources at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH). Earlier this week, NCH opened a High Risk Breast Clinic that uses the latest technology and evidence-based medicine to evaluate patients’ personal and family history.
Ladies: Connect with each other to improve mental health
Women are natural caregivers. They juggle motherhood, careers and relationships. And when their calendars fill with activities and they find themselves exhausted, their selfless nature causes them to delay or cancel some of the things that directly benefit them, like a pedicure appointment, a night out with friends or a scheduled doctor’s appointment.
What to expect in the postpartum period – a four-part series
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states: “The weeks following birth are a critical period for the mother and her infant, setting the stage for long-term health and well-being.” Dr. Mlynarczyk, who is accepting new patients, answers patients’ most commonly asked questions below.
Two thirds of women who’ve been pregnant experience this muscle problem
Diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) is a condition in which the two sides of the abdominal muscle separate. This can happen during the third trimester of pregnancy and it can be identified by a healthcare professional with a simple test.
Could your menstrual pain be a sign of endometriosis?
When are painful periods a sign of something more than typical menstrual pain and discomfort? Farah Alvi, M.D. of WomanCare, a Board-Certified Gynecologist and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon, discusses endometriosis and why it’s important to see a specialist if you experience endometriosis symptoms.
Ladies, protect your heart
Did you know that heart disease affects about 44 million women in the U.S.? Cardiovascular disease and stroke cause one in three women to die each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases also are the leading cause of death for African-American women.
NCH nurse beats breast cancer with help from her colleagues
Last year, Pauline Moy went from being a nurse, wife, mother and grandmother who needed a routine screening to a woman with a breast cancer diagnosis within a matter of hours. Moreover, she was the first patient at NCH to have a breast tumor detected by 3D digital mammography.