health

Heart of a fighter

When Leon Lasota was 17 years old, German soldiers hauled him out of bed in the middle of the night and carted him off to a concentration camp. That was the second of many times in his almost-93 years that the Romeoville man has faced …

On a mission

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, the goal is for cardiac patients to achieve health-success by returning to their regular activities but with an enhanced quality of life, armed with knowledge. But the ultimate goal of the hospital is to prevent heart disease from …

Life after a heart attack

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 715,000 Americans every year have a heart attack. Of those, 190,000 have had a heart attack before. With statistics like those, prevention becomes as important after a heart attack as before. Abdul Ghani, a cardiologist at …

Support heart health awareness at these events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Support heart health awareness at these local events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Prevention, detection, intervention are keys to cardiac care at Porter

At Porter Regional Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Medicine, the goal is not only to successfully treat heart disease but to help prevent it. “We’re working on more of a disease management strategy as opposed to acute care,” said Terri Gingerich, Cardiovascular Service Line director at …

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating kicks off Slim Down Contest

Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating (SSHE), a leading freshly prepared meal replacement company in the country, kicks off its Lake and Porter Counties weight loss contest called Seattle Sutton’s 2014 Slim Down.  For 15 weeks, 10 chosen contestants will compete for prizes and improve their health …

Support heart health awareness at these events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Support heart health awareness at these local events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

Chicago, northwest Indiana plan heart health awareness events

Chicago-area women and the men who love them will join the fight against heart disease in women at the American Heart Association’s annual Go Red for Women luncheon at noon on Feb. 21 at the Walnut Room at Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Go …

HEALTHY EATING Chicken with strawberry and pineapple salsa

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Grilled pineapple and fresh mint and strawberries combine with tangy lemon and a bit of hot pepper flakes to make an interesting salsa for grilled chicken. Serves 4; 3 ounces chicken and 1/2 cup salsa per serving 1 teaspoon canola or corn oil Salsa 2 …

Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Almond-Mocha Topping on Raspberry Sauce

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Whether it’s a special occasion or you just want to make someone feel special, this decadent-looking dessert will bring smiles…and compliments! Serves 24; 1 cupcake, 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sauce, and 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons topping per serving Cooking spray Cupcakes 1 18.25-ounce …

Learn all about your heart at these south suburban events

February is American Heart Month. Here are some heart health events happening in the area this month. Feb. 6 Let’s Talk About Our Heart, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Park Forest Village Hall. Go red for the day and converse about matters of the heart …

Unearthing winter health hazards

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It seems like snow has been in the forecast just about every other day this winter. While for most people shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, The American Heart Association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling can increase …

It pays to  be a quitter

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Cigarette smokers who are over 65 years of age may be able to lower their risk of cardiovascular disease-related deaths to the level of never-smokers when they quit faster than previously reported, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in November. …

Modest weight loss may reduce heart disease risks in middle-aged women

Modest weight loss over 2 years in overweight or obese, middle-aged women may reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In a study of 417 women participating in weight loss programs …

Black men raised by single parent had higher blood pressure as adults, study reports

African-American men raised in single-parent households in Washington, D.C., had higher blood pressure as adults than men raised by two parents, according to a recent study in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. The study is the first to link childhood family living arrangements to …

Doctor In Your House: May I remind you about your memory?

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Are you experiencing a change in your memory? Don’t worry too much; most of the time, it is benign and simply a matter of aging. In fact, most people with serious memory problems do not have the capacity to realize that a problem exists. In …

Sondheimer On Sight: Our cataract surgery mission trip

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Cataracts are a reduction in vision due to cloudiness of the lens of the eyes. Severe cataracts make it impossible to see anything but light or darkness. People who are blind from cataracts can’t see to walk, work, take care of others, take care of …

Doctor In Your House: The proven road to happiness

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Where do you find happiness? Does it come from being very wealthy? Does it occur when your mate proclaims their love for you? Does it happen after you accomplish a monumental task for yourself? While most people would feel happy with any of the above, …

Sondheimer On Sight: The Dangers Of Glaucoma

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Glaucoma is a generally irreversible disease that injures the optic nerve and retinal ganglion cells that bring vision from the eye to the brain. Over a million Americans are diagnosed as having Glaucoma, and another million Americans are unaware that they have the condition. It …

Doctor In Your House: Wipe away the tears of depression

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Depression or persistent sadness for more than two weeks affects 20 million Americans. A comprehensive approach is needed. Many people who suffer from depression function at the level of heart failure. Fortunately, more than 90 percent of such patients can improve over time. It is …

Sondheimer On Sight: Advances in Cataract Surgery

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Forty years ago, it was considered successful when patients could see clearly following cataract surgery. Cataracts are a cloudiness of the lens of the eye that causes a decrease in vision. When the loss of vision from a cataract interferes with important visual tasks such …

Sondheimer On Sight: What In The World Is Keratoconus?

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Keratoconus is a progressive disease that causes the outermost layer of the eye, known as the cornea, to become steeper, thinner, cone shaped, and distorted. The name “Keratoconus” is derived from the Greek words “Kerato” meaning cornea and “Conus” meaning cone shaped. Keratoconus usually affects …

Learn about new health insurance laws at October ‘Care Fair’

Be Covered Illinois, the statewide grassroots public outreach and education effort focused on helping people understand how the new health insurance law impacts them, announces a free community health event on Chicago’s southwest side. The Be Covered Illinois Care Fair will be from 11 a.m. …

Doctor In Your House: The importance of vaccinations

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After fresh running water, vaccinations have had the second largest positive impact upon human lifespan. Vaccines help us to prevent deaths from pneumonia, flu, hepatitis, diphtheria, whooping cough, meningitis, cervical cancer and much more. What’s the latest information on the flu vaccine? The common myth …