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More than a pap smear: Why women over 50 still need an annual gynecologic exam

Friday, May 18, 2018
We asked Womancare at NCH’s Obstetrician and Gynecologist Randall Kahan, M.D. why it’s still important for women over 50 to schedule an annual gynecologic exam, and how WomanCare at NCH can help.

Can you multi-task better than your liver?

Friday, May 18, 2018

A multi-functional organ, the liver often is taken for granted by people who don’t understand its importance until they experience some form of liver disease. We talked to a specialist to gain a better understanding of why the liver is so important and the diagnostic technology now available at NCH.

Bunions, a real pain in the toe

Friday, May 18, 2018
Bunions, a protruding deformity on the big toe, can cause pain and suffering, but surgery can help.

How opioids and alcohol affect seniors

Friday, May 18, 2018
A significant percentage of seniors struggle with alcohol or prescription medication use, according to Shalu Gugnani, M.D., Medical Director of Addiction Services at Northwest Community Healthcare.

Spring cleaning for your fridge...and you!

Friday, May 18, 2018
If you’re motivated to freshen up your home this spring, why not your eating habits? Your fridge is a good place to start. The benefits are improved nutrition and perhaps a few pounds lost in time for summer fun.

Medical Director joins Behavioral Health at Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Friday, May 18, 2018
Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) Medical Group is pleased to welcome Uzoma Okoli, M.D., who will be the new Medical Director of Behavioral Health at 901 W. Kirchhoff Road.

The joys and struggles of weight loss: Mary and Robby’s fitness journey

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Robby Heimann grew up playing multiple sports. Over time, he gained weight which made it difficult to even participate in recreational games. Robby set out to make a change by eating healthy and exercising. He now uses his weight loss triumphs and tribulations to help others make a change.

Healthy eating means carbohydrate awareness

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
April is National Defeat Diabetes Month, and we’re springing into healthy eating habits and focusing on managing diet with better awareness about carbohydrates.

Wind back in her sails – COPD patient breathes easier

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Six years ago, Lou Cornforth suffered a fall that landed her in the hospital with an extended stay in a rehab facility. During that time, she began experiencing depression and episodes of breathlessness. Lou was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which makes it difficult to breathe. She then made the decision to quit smoking.

Lower back pain? Visit our new NCH Back and Spine Clinic

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Benjamin Hasan, M.D., board-certified Family and Sports Medicine Physician and Medical Director of the Back and Spine Clinic at NCH, answers common questions about pain and what to expect from the new clinic.

Lawyer’s passion for justice fuels her post-stroke recovery

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Before her stroke, Jocelyn Floyd was a busy, determined lawyer. But everything changed on October 20, 2017. After having what felt like a migraine for 10 days, she began vomiting, lost her vision and collapsed on the bathroom floor.

New technology at NCH protects the heart during radiation treatment

Monday, March 26, 2018
C-RAD Optical Surface Monitoring System is being used at Northwest Community Healthcare to help track a patient’s position before and during radiation therapy, aiding in setup and treatment accuracy. In particular, it helps reduce damage to the heart from radiation for patients with left-sided breast cancer.

NCH the first in Chicago area to use innovative, 3D neurosurgery technology

Monday, March 26, 2018
Neurosurgeons at NCH are utilizing new 3D tools and technology to perform brain and spinal procedures, improving safety and accuracy.

Could your menstrual pain be a sign of endometriosis?

Sunday, March 25, 2018
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.

Mother and baby skin-to-skin contact yields lasting benefits

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Skin-to-skin contact for a mother and her baby produces priceless moments and can help promote breastfeeding and regulate baby’s temperature and breathing. Julie Springer, M.D., an Obstetrician/Gynecologist with Northwest Women’s Consultants, explains how it works.

Living better…one healthy bite at a time

Sunday, March 25, 2018
This National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is encouraging everyone to "Go Further with Food" by eating healthy and finding ways to cut back on food waste. Get practical tips for you and your family along with a simple, healthy and hearty breakfast recipe.

The case for colonoscopies: Marge’s story

Sunday, March 25, 2018
On the fence about whether or not to get that colonoscopy? Don’t wait! Take it from Marge Koperny, who shares her story of colorectal cancer diagnosis, treatment and care from the experts at Northwest Community Healthcare this Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Heartburn? We've got you covered

Thursday, February 15, 2018
This heart-healthy and heartburn-prone recipe will have you seeing green, not firey red! Find out how to prepare a delicious pesto to be paired with your favorite vegetable pasta.

Faster, easier PET/CT scan catches tumors

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Patients with a history of neuroendocrine tumors can visit their physician and if eligible, can request a new scan that detects tumors better than a standard scan.

How to stop drinking

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
‘Albert’ saw the fear in his mother’s eyes when he had too much to drink. It took a while to realize that what he thought was recreational drinking was damaging his life. Find out how he quit for good with the help of our Behavioral Health Program.

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