Mike Jelinske has been a member of the Associate Board of NorthShore University HealthSystem for nearly two years. The
Associate Board is a group of young professionals whose philanthropic events and service programs benefit NorthShore and the surrounding community. An important asset on the member recruitment team, he has brought in many new faces and is now the board’s president-elect.
In addition to his work with the Associate Board, Mike is an associate at RoundTable HealthCare Partners in Lake Forest.
Mike tells us why he is so passionate about giving back and why he would encourage others to do the same:
How do you give back?
For me, giving back is more than just a monetary commitment; it’s about providing my time, energy and skills to help an organization make a truly positive impact on someone’s life.
Why do you give back?
I give back because it’s incredibly rewarding, especially if you’re passionate about the cause!
What impact has giving had on your life?
It has had a profound impact. My general attitude in life is to try to make the world a better place and enjoy every minute of every day. By giving and serving others, I get closer to accomplishing that goal.
What would you say to others to encourage them to give back in some way?
The most successful relationships I have are with people and organizations I do more for than they do for me. As the proverb proclaims, “What goes around, comes around.”
Join Mike in giving back here. Learn more about the NorthShore Foundation and its auxiliaries
Everyone knows your body needs exercise to stay in peak shape. But did you know your brain does too? Physical exercise
is essential to the health of both your body and brain, but you can do even more to keep your brain in shape. Challenging your brain with cognitive exercises is another great way to keep your mind sharp.
Chad Yucus, MD, Neurology at NorthShore, answers questions and shares some ways to give your brain the workout it needs to stay sharp at any
Do brain teasers and puzzles actually help to keep your mind sharp? Are certain types of puzzles and activities better than others?
There are many types of cognitive activities that help to keep the brain sharp, involving word games and number games, such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, computer games and board/card games. There is no strategy that is particularly better than another, but
learning a new hobby, game and/or language is a good way to keep the brain sharp.
Why would a new hobby be helpful?
Learning a new skill or starting a new hobby that requires skills you don’t typically use can be helpful because it challenges you to keep learning and function in a way that is not familiar. It’s a great way to stay mentally active whatever your age.
Who benefits from cognitive exercises and activities?
How do you keep your brain healthy to prevent memory loss?
There is no strategy to truly prevent memory loss, but there are strategies to delay the effects of any pathology (changes caused by disease) that may be developing in the brain. This is based upon building a cognitive reserve before any problems begin to
develop. These strategies include the cognitive exercises above, physical exercise, social activities—spending time with friends, planning events—regular sleep patterns and a low-cholesterol Mediterranean diet.
How much time should you devote each day to cognitive exercise?
Think of it in terms of regular physical exercise. Your brain and the rest of your body need about the same each day, approximately 30-60 minutes of cognitive and physical exercise every day is a good place to start.
How do you exercise your brain?
Currently about 325,000 American children under the age of 15 have epilepsy, with 200,000 new cases being
diagnosed each year, according to the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Epilepsy is a disorder involving repeated seizures, or episodes of disturbed brain function associated with changes in attention and/or behavior. Although some children will outgrow the
disorder or can have it easily managed through medication, others may be more severely impacted throughout their lives.
Kent Kelley, MD, Pediatric Neurology, tells parents, caregivers and teachers what they should know in the event of a seizure as well as some
steps they can take to prevent harm from seizures before they happen:
Molly, a supposedly pure form of the drug MDMA, is seeing a spike in use among young people. Users of Molly see it as a safe,
inexpensive drug with few long-term negative side effects, like addiction. Many celebrities, including most recently Miley Cyrus, have quite literally been singing its praises.
But Molly, known previously in the 1980s and ‘90s as Ecstasy, is an illegal drug and it comes with many risks. A mind-altering drug that is a stimulant and hallucinogenic, it boosts both serotonin and dopamine levels in the body. Users of the drug report
feelings of happiness, euphoria, empathy, decreased anxiety and fear, as well as enhanced sensory perception, which makes it a popular dance club drug.
Jerrold Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicology and Emergency Medicine at NorthShore, dispels some of the myths surrounding Molly:
How do you talk to your kids about drugs?
Approximately 45,000 people in the United States
will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year, and over 38,000 will die from it.
Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 53, Diana Pacholski was shocked to discover there is only a six-percent chance of survival of five years for pancreatic cancer patients. Now 58, Diana and Mark Talamonti, MD, Surgeon at NorthShore, discuss pancreatic
cancer and how she beat the odds in this NorthShore University HealthSystem patient story.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer death. November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, so this month help us spread the word about the disease and importance of continued research.
There is no cure for type 2 diabetes but it can be controlled. Controlling type 2 diabetes can become
a seamless part of your daily life, from eating a healthy, well-balanced diet to making time for regular exercise. Lifestyle changes like these are important to prevent diabetic health issues, but it is equally important to stay on top of appointments and
health checks with your physician. It doesn’t take long for high blood sugar to damage your body, so regular testing and checkups to catch problems as early as possible are vital.
Mary Bennett, RD, LD, CDE, Diabetes Education Outpatient Manager at NorthShore, shares a checklist of important diabetic tests and when they need to be done to help you take control of your own type 2 diabetes care:
Join us November 14th at 10 a.m. for an online medical chat "Living with Diabetes: The Importance of Foot Health" with Harry Papagianis, D.P.M., NorthShore-affiliated Podiatrist. Submit your questions here.