Talking to your physician about sexual health issues may not always be an easy, comfortable conversation – even if conditions
are common in men and women of all ages.
Sexual disorders can be a result of cancer treatments and other health concerns, menopause, medication and environmental/lifestyle factors. With the right treatment, these disorders can often be minimized and resolved.
Jeffrey Albaugh, PhD, Urology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the John and Carol Walter Center for Urological Health, identifies sexual disorders found in
both men and women:
What other sexual health topics would you like to learn more about?
Dim lighting, soothing music and invigorating scents can all be recipes for relaxation. And, in our busy lives, it’s
often nice to have some downtime to focus on relaxation and rejuvenation of both the mind and body.
Massage therapy has been around for centuries and can be used for various wellness purposes. Massage therapy comes in many forms – including shiatsu, contemporary western massage, Swedish massage and tissue release.
Charlotte Walker, a massage therapist in NorthShore’s Integrative Medicine program, identifies some of the potential health benefits of massage therapy:
As is the case with any alternative treatment option you may be undergoing, it is important to inform your physician about this treatment, especially if you are being treated for any specific health conditions.
Have you ever gotten a massage? How often do you go?
Digestive problems—such as cramps, bloating, diarrhea and gas—are common ailments to many Americans. These symptoms
can be influenced by the food we eat, the lifestyle we live and our family history of gastrointestinal issues.
Inflammatory bowel disease (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are both related to symptoms of the bowel. That is why they are commonly confused with one another.
Eugene Yen, MD, Gastroenterologist at NorthShore and director of the Crohn’s and colitis program, offers his advice on the differences associated with inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD) and IBS:
Have you ever experienced any of the symptoms of IBS? What other information do you want to know about the topic?
With warm weather comes bugs that bother – whether they bite, sting or carry disease and illness. Although the cases of people
with West Nile virus and Lyme disease have been relatively small, it is better to exercise proper prevention than to suffer the consequences these conditions may bring.
Ernest Wang, MD, Emergency Medicine physician, provides the following tips for avoiding insects and treating bites:
What do you do to avoid bug bites in the summer? Have you ever found a tick on your body?
Dubbed ‘suicide headaches,’ cluster headaches strike without warning. Symptoms include pain on one side of the head
(usually behind the eye or temple) that occur seasonally, in the spring and late fall.
Dr. B.T. Horton, the researcher who first identified these headaches in 1939, said his patients had to be constantly watched for fear of suicide because the pain is so excruciating.
Steven Meyers, MD, Neurologist with NorthShore, offers the following known facts about cluster headaches:
While there is no cure for cluster headaches, there are treatments that can decrease the severity of pain, shorten the duration and even prevent them. The key is correct diagnosis. Relatively rare, they affect less than 1% of the population and are frequently
mistaken for migraines. Be sure to see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis and relief.z
Do you suffer from cyclical, painful headaches? What do you do to relieve headaches?
Fire up the grill, it’s summertime! The warmer weather encourages people to wheel the grill out of the garage and
more actively use the public grills available at parks. While picnics and grilling can be fun, it’s important to remember to be safe.
Jerry Leikin, MD, Medical Toxicologist at NorthShore, offers the following instructions for ensuring proper food preparation and grill safety:
What are some of your favorite foods to grill?
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?