What do you do to avoid slipping? Do have a preferred method for staying injury-free?
Our feet and ankles get a workout every day – even if it’s just from walking around the house or to and from the car running errands. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, one hour of strenuous exercise puts up to one million pounds
of pressure on your feet. Now imagine how much additional stress your feet and ankles can be subjected to when roads and sidewalks are icy and snowy.
Lan Chen, MD, an orthopaedic physician at NorthShore offers her insight on how to avoid a foot or ankle injury this season:
Organ and tissue donation is an important decision that can help significantly enhance and save the lives of others. There are
many myths about organ and tissue donations, and it’s important to know the facts before you choose to become a donor.
According to the
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:
The process for becoming a donor in Illinois and other states has changed in recent years. Effective January 1, 2006, a new law—First-Person Consent legislation—makes your decision to become a donor legally binding without necessary consent from witnesses
or family members at your death. This new law keeps your family from needing to make a quick decision about your end-of-life wishes.
To join the First-Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, complete one of the following Web forms:
If you are under 18 years of age, you cannot sign up for the registry; instead, donation decisions will need to be made by your parents when and if necessary. You can opt out of the registry at any time.
If you still have questions, please refer to the following websites’ frequently asked questions:
Do you know someone who has benefited from an organ donation? Is it something that you would consider?
Accidents involving children happen. The good news is that most of these accidents can be prevented by proper childproofing and preparation. According to the
National Safe Kids Campaign, accidents disable and kill more children than disease, drugs and kidnapping combined. It’s important to childproof your home early and to make adjustments as they get bigger and become more active and mobile.
Julie Holland, MD, pediatrician at NorthShore shares a few key tips for childproofing your home:
What have you done to childproof your home? What other child safety tips would you like to learn more about?
For more household safety lists, visit:
Safe Kids USA
Despite popular belief, heart disease is the leading cause
of death for both men and women in the United States. Women, in many cases, tend to get heart disease 10 years later than men.
While the symptoms of heart attack and heart disease can vary significantly between the two sexes, the recommendations for prevention do not.
Mark Lampert, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, shares his insight on what lifestyle changes women (and men) should be mindful of to promote heart health:
Can you relate to the American Heart Association's
Go Red for Women video? What ways are you ensuring your heart is healthy?
Between the morning rush of getting out the door on time and organizing schedules, breakfast isn’t always top of mind.
However, it should be.
Michael Rakotz, MD, Primary Care Physician at NorthShore, notes that it is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. He offers his insight on some healthy breakfast
options to help fuel you and your kids throughout the day:
What is your daily breakfast go-to food? Do you change it up throughout the week?
A stroke—sometimes also referred to as a “brain attack”—is caused by an interrupted supply of blood to the brain from the heart. Without the proper blood flow, the brain cannot function correctly. Given that the brain is a vital organ—literally controlling
everything we do from speaking, to walking and breathing—it is very important to know the signs, symptoms and risk factors involved with stroke.
Barbara Small, RN, nurse specialist at the NorthShore Stroke Program outlines some the common facts:
Common Stroke Symptoms
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, please call 911 immediately.
What are you doing to reduce your risk for stroke?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus simply spread by skin-to-skin contact. There are many different types of HPV (nearly 200). However, 40 of these types can infect the genital areas, mouth or throat of men and women during sexual contact.
Over 80% of sexually active women and more than 50% of sexually active men will have acquired genital HPV infection at some point during their life. This makes genital HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, most people who become
infected remain unaware of it and infect their partners before they clear it on their own.
Some HPV types result in genital warts; other types are associated with cervical, vaginal, oral, anal and penile cancers. Fortunately, parents and patients can take important steps to help reduce HPV infection risks.
Kenneth Fox, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, offers tips on reducing HPV infection risks:
Have you spoken with your child or his/her primary care physician about this vaccine?
This past week, diabetes has taken the spotlight after celebrity chef Paula Deen announced that she has Type 2 diabetes. As the most common form of diabetes, this condition affects more than eight percent of children and adults in the United States.
Mary Bennett, RD, LDN, CDE, a Diabetes Education Manager at NorthShore, identifies who is at risk for being diagnosed with diabetes. She also talks about key symptoms to be mindful of in her video interview.
According to Bennett, the following risk factors exist for diabetes:
What are you currently doing to help reduce your risk of diabetes?
Getting and staying fit, isn’t always about losing weight. It’s also about increasing your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, joint flexibility and energy levels – all while fitting it into your normal routine and lifestyle.
April Williams, Exercise Physiologist at NorthShore’s
Center for Weight Management has some tips to keep your exercise route on track:
What does your exercise schedule look like? What keeps you motivated to workout? Which types of exercise do you enjoy most?
Have fitness questions? Join April Williams on Tuesday, February 7 from 11a.m.-noon for an
online chat about how to stay fit in 2012. Submit your questions in advance and save the date.
It happens to the best of us – we overindulge during the holidays, on a night out or at a family dinner and experience stomach pains, acid reflux and heartburn. It’s estimated that Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease (GERD) regularly affects close to 50 percent
of the adult population.
This digestive disorder happens when stomach acid and/or bile flows up into the esophagus leading to acid reflux, heartburn and in severe situations even esophageal cancer.
Mick Meiselman, MD, NorthShore Gastroenterologist and a GERD expert, offers suggestions to reduce GERD symptoms:
Which of these recommendations works best for you? Which of these recommendations is the hardest to follow?
If you think you may be at risk for GERD, take our
GERD Risk Assessment.