Conception difficulties and infertility aren't as uncommon as one might think; the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention estimate that approximately 10 percent of women between the ages of 15-44 in the United States have difficulty getting or staying pregnant.
There are many fertility treatment options available, including conventional biomedical treatments, such as
fertility medications, artificial insemination and
in vitro fertilization, and traditional methods, like Chinese herbal medicine and
acupuncture. Many couples have found great results with a combination of treatments.
Ultimately, the right choice is the one that works. While there is no preferred method for everyone, in many cases, the age-old treatment of acupuncture has been shown to help enhance fertility and increase a woman’s chances of conceiving.
Nicole Hohmann, Acupuncturist with NorthShore's Integrative Medicine Program, shares some of the health benefits of fertility
Has acupuncture worked for you or someone you know?
When you plan to be out in the sun for an extended period of time (or even a short while), wearing some form of sun protection
is better than nothing. But, with all the options on the market today, how do you know which sunscreen is best for complete sun protection?
Reshma Haugen, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, talks about the different types of sunscreen and offers suggestions on which are better than others:
What type of sunscreen do you prefer to use? Do you use sunscreen every time you are outside in the sun?
Swimming, floating and splashing are all fun summer activities to do in the water when the sun is out and the temperatures
are high. Whether you’re at the pool or the beach, it’s important to be mindful of water safety.
Jacque Quick, Trauma Nurse at Evanston Hospital, provides the following quick tips for water safety:
What are some of your favorite water activities? What safety tips do you swear by?
Summer is a great time to be outdoors and to take advantage of the weather. With the temperature changes and increased sunshine,
come some summer safety concerns.
Julie Holland, MD, a pediatrician at NorthShore, shares a few quick tips on how you can ensure your family stays safe this summer:
What do you do to keep your family safe and healthy during the summer? What are some of your favorite family activities?
No matter what your sex, our lives are often stressful. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious between balancing
work, societal pressures and our personal lives.
When it comes to talking with others about these pressures and the emotional impact they may have, men typically tend to keep to themselves. While many men may open up to close friends and family members, mental health issues and concerns frequently aren’t
addressed during a visit to the doctor.
Robert Farra, PhD, gives the following recommendations to men about how to maintain good mental health:
Some of the most common mental health conditions suffered by men include:
What do you do to help reduce stress and anxiety? Would you be comfortable talking to your physician about mental health issues?
It's the start of Men’s Health Week and Father’s Day is just around the corner. This makes it a perfect time to think
about the health of the men in your life (and your own!). Making simple changes to your daily habits may help reduce your risk for illness and other medical conditions.
Matthew Plofsky, MD, Family Medicine Physician at NorthShore, recommends the following five tips for promoting health and wellness:
What do you do to promote healthy habits? Have you changed your routine recently in an effort to be healthier?
Ready, set, go! You registered for the big race and now you’re all set to begin your training routine. Ramping
up your endurance can be easy when the temperatures are cool during daytime and nighttime hours. But what do you do about training when the temperature and heat index continue to rise?
While staying on schedule and continuing training is vital to your conditioning and mental preparation, when it’s hot outside it’s important to make some adjustments in your routine to avoid injury, dehydration and fatigue.
Carrie Jaworski, MD, sports medicine physician, offers the following tips for those training for endurance races this summer:
Are you currently training for a race or run? What do you do to beat the heat?
Does the heat put a cramp in your fitness routine? Join experts at NorthShore on
Saturday, June 16 from 8a.m. – 12:45p.m. for an educational morning at the Chicago Botanic Garden—complete with a healthy eating demonstration, work-out demonstration and panel discussions on skin care, heart health, and sports injury care and prevention.
Space is limited for this free event. Register today for
Total Care for the Athlete at Heart.
Being diagnosed with cancer, at any stage, can be overwhelming and highly emotional. Not only does this news
immediately affect the person who is diagnosed with the disease, but it also impacts their loved ones.
As one moves through diagnosis to treatment, often friends and/or family members will serve as caregivers. National Cancer Survivors’ Day—held on June 3, 2012—is and an opportunity to recognize and celebrate life, and all of those who have been impacted by
Carol Flanagan, RN, Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, offers the following words of wisdom to cancer caregivers:
If you’ve cared for a loved one with cancer, what advice would you give others?
At one time or another—and maybe even multiple times each year—we’ve all had the symptoms of a cold. The familiar prolonged running
nose and sniffling, and the sinus pressure that comes along with it. How do you know if it’s just a common cold or a sinus infection?
Ilana Seligman, MD, Pediatric Otolaryngologist at NorthShore breaks down the differences between a cold and a sinus infection. She also recommends when you should see your
doctor if symptoms persist:
There is no real way to prevent getting a cold. Instead, it’s recommended to wash your hands frequently, and not to share cups and toothbrushes. If you do have a cold, there isn’t much a doctor can do, since prescribing antibiotics is not recommended. Most
colds typically last 7-10 days, and common symptoms include:
A sinus infection is an infection or inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavities. Very few colds—only 5-10%—will turn into sinus infections. Common signs your cold is a sinus infection include:
If you experience these symptoms it may be a sinus infection, and time to consult your physician. Common treatment often includes prescribing antibiotics.
Do you know when you have a cold versus a sinus infection? What home remedies to you defer to when you have a cold?