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The Truth About Allergies

A tickle in your nose. An itch in your throat. A cough here, a sneeze there. Sore, red, watery eyes. You know the signs. It’s allergy ...

Poor posture causing ‘text neck'

Here’s a “text” to save you a lot of neck pain. When using your smartphone or tablet, avoid tilting your head for prolonged periods ...

Stay on Track - Exercise to beat arthritis pain

If you have arthritis, exercise is probably the last thing on your to-do list. But physical activity can actually help improve flexibility and decrease ...

For Runners: Slow and steady decreases risk of feet impact damage

It’s great to set running goals, but when off the bat you want to run a marathon (26.2-miles) — it’s wiser to take a few steps ...

Smart Moves - Strategies for joyful joints

Your joints, like any hardware, get worn with use. But developing a few healthy habits can help safeguard ...

Better than Ever

You only buy shoes in your size, of course. But there was a time when joint replacements came in only a few sizes, so the fit might have been less than perfect. Fortunately, that’s changed. Today, joint replacements are customized by size and ...

Back to Basics

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a backache. Your hand is up, isn’t it? That’s probably because back pain is almost as universal as the common ...

Tips to staying injury-free while working the yard

It’s a wonderful time of year to be outside working on projects, improving the yard and cultivating the garden. But if you’re a “yard warrior,” or someone who occasionally tries to get a lot done at least once a week, aches and pain can sprout ...

Runners: Keeping safe means staying warm during winter training

Because humans are warm weather mammals, it’s critical that we keep our bodies warm, especially when running in the ...

When is stretching most beneficial?

Have you noticed when you don’t stretch for prolonged periods, you become clumsier, your body more painful and even unable to do mundane tasks? You don’t have to be a gymnast, professional athlete, or even in good shape to experience the ...

Running from arthritis

Running and other high-impact exercises were once thought to be the major cause of arthritis. We now know that’s not completely ...

Your posture can affect your run

When it comes to running, everyone’s form is personal and unique. But some elements of proper running technique are universal. Runners can feel better on every run when they focus on the big three: posture, stride and ...

Going Through the Motions

Without your joints, you wouldn’t be able to walk, stand   or sit. And you certainly couldn’t tackle complex tasks like buttoning a shirt, texting or busting out a killer dance move at your granddaughter’s wedding. More than 200 ...

If Your Bones Could Talk

Here’s what they’d say to you, from head to ...

Common Sports Injuries, Solved

You don’t have to be training for the Olympics to pull a muscle. Here’s how to treat the most common bumps and bruises, and when to call ...

Does ovarian cancer run in my family?

Could family history make a woman more prone to ovarian cancer? The short answer is a resounding ...

Your Prostate Playbook – Understanding Prostate Cancer

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. For American men, prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer, behind only lung cancer, and affects one in seven men. Fortunately, new research and improved treatment plans are ...

Kick Butts

It’s no secret that quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. The moment you stop, your body begins to repair the damage caused by cigarette ...

Fighting Lung Cancer

Smoking accounts for the vast majority of lung cancer cases, and is also responsible for most cancers affecting the mouth and throat. However, it is not an easy task to get rid of that gnawing tobacco craving, especially after several failed ...

Leukemia: Prompt diagnosis and expert care

A “leukemia” diagnosis can cause fear and uncertainty. It is a life-altering event for both the patient and ...

On the Lookout

You know what a mammogram looks for and what a diabetes screening can tell you. But what about a colonoscopy? Here, we explain what a polyp is, who’s at risk and how you can prevent ...

Is That Spot New?

Skin cancer is very treatable when detected early. The five-year survival rate of melanoma is 98 percent when diagnosed before it hits the lymph nodes. One key is checking your skin regularly and alerting your doctor to new or changing ...

What About Annual Exams?

Over the past few years, long-held recommendations for once-standard tests such as mammograms, prostate exams and scoliosis screenings have been revamped by some agencies, leading to conflicting advice and confusion about what to schedule ...

Room to Breathe

Wheeze, wheeze, cough, ...

How to Prep for a Colonoscopy

It’s the test most people don’t even want to think about, let alone do. But routine screening colonoscopies—usually every 10 years from age 50 to about 75—can stop colorectal cancer in its ...

Men still fear the doctor

Chances are you know a man who refuses to see a doctor. Most men don’t make an appointment until they’re sick, often skipping preventive care. But the consequences of ignoring their health could be ...

Look Forward to Healthy Vision

When our vision is clear, we tend to look the other way when it comes to eye exams. But unless you get your vision examined, you really can’t see what’s coming. Seeing an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) regularly to monitor your eye health can be ...

Protect Your Eyesight

It’s often taken for granted, but eyesight plays a major role in the overall quality of life.  Unfortunately, millions of Americans live with undiagnosed vision problems. Just as you might exercise and eat well to maintain your weight and ...

Get Screened for Glaucoma

Glaucoma is often termed the “silent thief” of sight because half of the people affected by this group of eye diseases do not know they have it. Undetected, glaucoma can lead to vision loss and, eventually, ...

Hearing loss among most common birth defects

If you can’t hear, it’s very difficult to learn to communicate through speech. That’s why as part of our standard of care at Northside Hospital, we screen all babies for hearing loss before they go home.  Hearing loss is one of the most ...

Technology helps shed hearing aid stigma

Whether it’s ageism, alteration in self-perception or vanity, some people needlessly suffer hearing loss for several years before seeking treatment because of the stigma associated with wearing hearing ...

Earbuds can permanently ruin hearing

After you wear your headphones or earbuds, do you notice ringing, roaring or buzzing in your ears? This means it’s time to turn down the volume. These are signs you could be damaging your ...

Home Sweet Heart

The view is breathtaking. The closets are huge. The kitchen is updated—it’s your dream home. But you’re still not closing on that house purchase without an inspection to look for hidden problems that could be expensive disasters ...

Are wearable gadgets getting you off the couch?

From tech-infused glasses that tell you the weather to smart watches that are way better than dumb old watches, there’s a wearable gadget wave that many people are riding. But is all this data a good ...

Two for One

A two-for-one-deal is hard to pass up. Buy one lipstick, get a second one free. So what if you could apply that irresistible bit of marketing to your health? Well, you can: When you take steps to avoid diabetes, you also reduce your risk for ...

A Woman’s Risk

Odds that a man or woman will experience a stroke double after age 55 for each additional decade lived. American women live longer than men: on average, 81 years versus 76 years. But these two facts only partly explain why women are more likely ...

Heart Calculus

Start with 100, adding or subtracting points as you check each true statement, then total the numbers to see how your heart ...

His and Hers: Heart Attack Symptoms

Half of all heart attack victims wait more than two hours to seek help. Maybe we delay to save false-alarm embarrassment. Then again, maybe we delay because symptoms can be tricky to spot—especially in ...

Habits Worth Having

If you’ve been a smoker since high school or overweight since you were 16, the thought of becoming a whole new person probably sounds overwhelming. But James Underberg, MD, an editorial board member for the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, says ...

What’s Your Gym IQ?

Fitness centers have so much equipment that it can be daunting to decide where—or how—to begin. If all those barbells and kettlebells leave you feeling more like a dumbbell, don’t worry! Robert Gillanders, a spokesman for the American Physical ...

Bumpy Ride

Pregnant? Congratulations! Now, get ready for an onslaught of advice from everyone from your third cousin to strangers in the grocery store: “The only orange food you should eat is carrots.” “Never drink out of a plastic cup.” “Don’t walk too ...

Preeclampsia can threaten expectant mothers beyond childbirth

One of the biggest challenges of preeclampsia during pregnancy is detecting this nuanced disorder. That’s because, sometimes, preeclampsia can show no obvious symptoms. A prenatal lab examination can detect elevated urine protein levels, an ...

Am I Too Old to Get Pregnant?

It’s true that getting older makes it harder to get pregnant. The reason is simple: biology. Women are born with all the eggs they will have, and with age, the number of eggs in the ovaries decreases. According to the American College of ...

The Generation Z Baby

From safe sleep to car seats, infant care recommendations have changed a lot. Here’s how to get grandparents on ...

Happy Days

Remember teenager Richie Cunningham and his greaser friend, The Fonz, in the 1970s sitcom Happy Days? Life seemed so innocent: the jukebox, the milkshakes, the varsity jackets. Well, no need to get too nostalgic, because for people moving past ...

Signs of Caregiver Burnout

Caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s can be so stressful that doctors sometimes call the caregivers themselves Alzheimer’s hidden patients. And with 80 percent of America’s 5.5 million Alzheimer’s patients being cared for by loved ones, there ...

Seasonal Suffering

Get the stats on colds, flu and then ...

Risky Business

When it comes to dangerous jobs, loggers, fishermen and pilots top the list. But your desk job could be harming your health, ...

Safe Space

If a friend or family member told you that she was struggling with mental illness, would you know what to say? Here, Rebecca Woolis, a family therapist and the author of When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness, offers tips for being ...

The Truth About Germs

You are covered in germs. That pen? Germy. The doorknob? Eww. Everything’s covered in germs, tiny organisms we can’t see that can (and will) make us sick. It’s tempting to give in to this advice: Don’t touch anything. That’s not practical, of ...

What Your Body Shape Is Telling You

An apple a day may keep the doctor away. But if “apple” describes your body shape? That’s ...

Smart Sweet Swaps

As a nation, we’re consuming more added sugar than ever before, and it’s showing in our waistlines. More people are heading to their doctors with serious health conditions, such as

What’s in a Label?

The latest nutrition labels are overflowing with information. Don’t get lost in the details—home in on these ...

Healthy Choices for the Holidays: Tips for Post-Op Bariatric Patients and Waistline Watchers

By Brooke Sillay, RD, LD
Northside Hospital Nutrition ...

A Winning Formula for Losing Weight

Here’s a handy formula for losing weight: To lose one pound, cut ...

A Healthy Conversation

When children are overweight or obese, it can affect them—physically and emotionally—for life. But some parents find it hard to start ...

Glass of Wine vs. Chocolate Chip Cookie

Wine. Wine lovers are giddy about research extolling the heart-healthy implications of imbibing. But what about the toll that wine takes on ...

Hard efforts need replenishing

After a long run, it’s perfectly normal for a runner to eat three-to-four servings in one sitting. Because each runner’s calorie needs change each day, depending on how intense, long or far they’ve worked out — it’s best to listen to your ...

New Rules for Food Labels

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to finalize changes to food label requirements by the end of this year. Here’s what to look for ...

11 Expert Hydration Tips for Summer Runs, Workout

For summer running, proper hydration is essential to success and improved performance. Along with humid summer weather and warmer temperatures comes an increased risk for dehydration. Creating specific approaches for both pre workout hydration ...

A Parent’s Guide to Navigating Food Allergies

Discovering and managing your child’s food triggers is only part of the challenge. Learn how to keep them safe when you’re not ...

It’s Not Fishy

If you haven’t been pulled in hook, line and sinker, it’s time to get on the fish bandwagon. The health benefits are ...

Sleep Matters

Do you pride yourself on being able to “get by” on just a few hours of sleep a night? In fact, it’s nothing to crow about. Lack of sleep can lead to health issues both large and ...

Sleep Savings

Paying down your sleep debt may not make you rich, but it will enrich your quality of ...

 

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