From the moment you take your newborn home from the hospital to every time you get in the car to run errands, it is essential to make sure that your infant is safe, well supported and secure in his car seat. Proper seating can help greatly reduce your child’s
risk for permanent injury if you were to get into an accident.
However, just because you have proper seating for your infant, doesn’t ensure that it is being properly used or was installed correctly. It is important to practice installing your new car seat and/or seek professional assistance before your infant rides
in the car for the first time.
Anne Middaugh, RN, MSN, CPS Technician, Community Health Specialist at NorthShore offers her insight on proper child safety seat installation:
Where did you install your child’s car seat? What resources helped you determine the best place to put it?
This Sunday is Earth Day! It is a great day to celebrate the earth and your health.
Geeta Maker-Clark, MD, integrative family physician at NorthShore, provides some tips on how you can stay healthy while being mindful of the environment:
What tips do you have for Earth Day? What do you do to help protect our planet?
More and more children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders —a range of neurobiological disorders that are best managed
when they are diagnosed early. It is estimated that one in 110 children is affected by autism and that boys are four times more likely than girls to have the condition.
Some signs of autism can be detected in very early childhood. It is important for parents and other caretakers to be aware of concerning signs and behavioral patterns so that children can be evaluated as soon as possible.
Sara Wiemer, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, identifies some of the signs of autistic spectrum disorders in children:
Have you noticed any of these signs of autism in your child? Don’t hesitate to bring your concerns to your child’s pediatrician.
Walk down the snack food aisle at a grocery store and you’ll find the aisle packed full of chips, cookies, crackers and candies. With all the snack options available, it’s often too easy to overlook nutritional facts and the healthiest choice. Despite this,
it’s important to know what foods will best restore energy without spoiling appetite and off-setting a diet.
Michael Rakotz, MD,
gives some quick, healthy snack alternatives for kids (and adults too!)
What are some of your favorite snack choices? What is your go-to healthy snack?
At times it may seem that drinking alcohol is embedded into our daily lives. We clink glasses to celebrate milestones
and happy times, while watching sporting events and at social gatherings.
Although a moderate consumption of alcohol — according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans this means no more than one drink per day for women and no more than two drinks a day for men—may not directly impact your health, when do you know if you
or someone you know has a problem?
Laura Parise, MD, Psychiatrist at NorthShore, lists some of the common signs of alcoholism and alcohol abuse:
If you or someone you know relates to the above statement, it is recommended you seek assistance from your physician.
What other information would be of interest to you about this topic?
Dust off those running shoes and find that soccer, football and/or basketball equipment in the garage or basement
because warmer weather is here. And, with spring officially in the air, many of us who had limited exposure to exercise and outdoor activities during the winter begin our regimen.
Not only is spring a busy time for high school and college athletes, but it’s also a time for weekend warriors—those who do much of their physical activity during the weekend—to engage in recreational sports.
Adam Bennett, MD, team physician for U.S. Soccer and the Chicago Bears, offers practical advice to weekend warriors, and high school and college athletes, to reduce injury
risk while enjoying outdoor activities:
What sports do you play? What do you do to reduce your risk for injuries?
In Parkinson’s disease (PD) low levels of dopamine in the brain lead to the symptoms of tremor, slowness, stiffness and difficulty walking. There is an easy way to replace dopamine with Sinemet tablets. The levodopa in these tablets is converted to dopamine
in the brain and helps relieve the symptoms. Why then should we consider a surgical treatment for PD?
Over time, patients on PD show a fluctuating response to medications. A dose that would last four to six hours now lasts for two or three hours. In between doses, the symptoms return with a vengeance. In addition there may be involuntary movements called dyskinesias
or a severe tremor not controlled despite increasing doses of medications.
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is a way out of this predicament. While not a cure, it can set the clock back on the severity of the disease. Some patients can reduce medication doses thereby reducing the side effects. Tremor, dyskinesias and muscle rigidity
are symptoms that improve the most. Patients show a longer duration of action of medications following surgery.
The surgery is a three-part process that involves placing an electrode in the brain connected to a pacemaker device placed under the skin in the chest. The first part maps the brain using MRI techniques. To further improve the accuracy of the electrode placement,
the NorthShore DBS team uses a sophisticated brain mapping technique called microelectrode recording. The third part involves placing the pacemaker and connecting it to the brain electrode. Patients typically return home in 2-3 days after surgery.
The NorthShore DBS team has over 15 years of experience with DBS surgery.
Dr. Dalvi has been involved with training neurologists nationally on managing the DBS pacemaker settings following surgery. When medications for PD fail it is time to consider DBS surgery.
Nearly one in 100 people are affected by epilepsy, and yet there are many common misunderstandings about this condition. Epilepsy by
definition is characterized by recurrent, unprovoked seizures. A single seizure episode does not constitute epilepsy.
In recognition of
Purple Day—a day dedicated to increase awareness about epilepsy—Lawrence Bernstein, MD, Neurologist at NorthShore, identifies some of the common misconceptions about
What other misconceptions do you have about epilepsy? Are there other questions you have about this condition?
The contents of your medicine cabinet—if not used properly—could be potentially dangerous or even deadly. Common
items such as vitamins, antacids and aspirin can all be misused and cause harm. However, the most commonly misused drugs are opiods, prescribed for pain relief; central nervous system depressants used for anxiety or sleep regulation; and stimulants most commonly
prescribed for ADD or ADHD.
The Doreen E. Chapman Center at NorthShore reports that the two groups that are most vulnerable to misuse or abuse these drugs are teenagers and
the elderly. The Center offers the following tips to help avoid misuse:
What items do you have in your medicine cabinet? What do you do to ensure that these items are not being misused or abused?
Who’s to blame for the dramatic increase in childhood obesity these days—it has more than tripled in the past 30
years according to the
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? While there may be many factors at fault—more junk food and sugary drink options, increased television and computer time, lack of physical activity (both at school and at home) and larger portion sizes—it
is important to set a good example to help your children maintain a healthy weight.
The effects of childhood obesity have both short and long-term consequences, which is why addressing the issue before it is too late is imperative. Obese youth and teens are more likely to be obese as adults, and are thereby more susceptible to health problems
commonly associated with being overweight (such as: high cholesterol, heart problems, hypertension, etc.)
Goutham Rao, MD, Primary Care Physician at NorthShore offers the following tips for parents to encourage healthy eating, an active lifestyle and a happy child:
What changes have you made to encourage a healthy lifestyle for your children?
Have questions about childhood obesity? Join Dr. Rao for a live medical chat on Tuesday, March 27 at 1:30p.m. He’ll answer your questions about how to institute incremental behavioral changes into your child’s every day routine to help with weight loss. Save
the date and
submit your early questions today.