Your son knocks helmets with a teammate on the ice. Your daughter heads the ball during a soccer match. Your linebacker
goes down after a rough tackle. By nature of the game, participating in sports puts your children at greater risk of concussion and head injury.
Proper prevention and education can help keep your family safe.
Julian Bailes, MD, Former NFL and NCAA Team Physician, Current Medical Director for
Pop Warner Football and Co-Director of the
NorthShore Neurological Institute says it’s important for parents to know the symptoms of concussion to watch for, which include:
It is important to recognize that symptoms of a concussion may not be immediate. For this reason it is very important that parents, coaches, trainers and teammates are mindful of injuries and pull athletes from a game anytime injury is suspected. Any signs
or symptoms of concussion should be taken seriously and should be evaluated by a healthcare professional.
Get immediate treatment and be smart about when you send your athlete back in the game after they heal.
What safety measures to you put in place to reduce injury? What other questions do you have about concussions and other sports injuries?
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.