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?
Baby has arrived – and sometimes with that arrival come feelings of anxiety, mood swings and depression.
For many new moms, the baby blues (occasionally feeling down during the first few weeks after birth) are common and not a cause for concern. However, some women suffer from more prolonged, severe depressive symptoms.
It’s important to remember that having a baby in itself can be an emotional journey, and feeling down once the baby is born is not something that should cause embarrassment. In fact, one in eight women is affected by postpartum depression after birth and may
require treatment. For some women, these difficulties can begin during pregnancy.
If you’re a new or expectant mom struggling with depression or anxiety it’s important to know that you are not alone, you are not to blame, and with help, you can feel better. Psychotherapy, medication, support groups, and diet and exercise modifications are
some of the options that are effective in treating depression during pregnancy or postpartum.
Jo Kim, Ph.D., of the
NorthShore Perinatal Depression Program, recommends new moms be aware of the following symptoms that may signal postpartum depression:
What tips did you use for staying positive and healthy after your baby was born? What adjustments in your lifestyle were the hardest to make?
NorthShore offers a free, 24-hour crisis hotline at 866.364.MOMS (6667). This confidential line is staffed by licensed mental health professionals.
Think for a moment of all the things that you do on a daily basis that require good eyesight—making meals, driving to
work or to run errands, checking your email, counting money or watching television. Since proper eyesight is so important to everything we do, being proactive with prevention and not overlooking problems as they develop is a must.
Just like working to maintain a healthy weight, taking care of your eyesight can also become part of your daily routine.
Marian Macsai, MD, Ophthalmologist at NorthShore, offers these quick tips on how you can protect your eyes and maintain vision health:
What do you currently do to protect your eyes and maintain healthy vision? Do you know your family’s eye health history?
There are many supplements on the market to help treat arthritis pain—some more widely accepted and used than others. One
of the more common supplements, glucosamine, has become a popular treatment option, but has also been under some debate about its effectiveness.
Leslie Mendoza Temple, MD, Director of the Integrative Medicine program, says that clinically she has seen that glucosamine and chondroitin with MSM has been helpful for
treating arthritic pain. However, she also recommends that if you have concerns you can go off of it. If your arthritis pain comes back and you haven’t done anything differently, you can always go back on it. It can have interactions with medications like
the blood thinner, warfarin, so be sure to check with your doctor whether you may safely take this supplement.
She also provides some tips and recommendations for alternative treatment methods of mild-to- moderate arthritis:
What methods do you employ to reduce pain? Have you seen a connection between your lifestyle (diet, sleep and stress levels) with your pain?
The first year of your baby’s life will involve various dietary changes. For the first three to four months, your infant will only
need breast milk or formula.
As your baby begins to hold his head up, is teething and shows interest in food (at around four to six months), you can start to introduce pureed foods and cereals (iron-fortified) into his diet.
This transition may be messy at first. Over time your baby will become more independent (and interested!) in feeding himself. When do you know it is a good time to hand the spoon over?
Sharon Robinson, MD, Pediatrician, at NorthShore provides some tips on how you can transition your child from being spoon-fed to beginning to eat on his own:
When did your kids start eating solid foods? How old were they when they began feeding themselves? What were some of their favorite foods?
A common condition amongst both young and old women is pelvic organ prolapse. This condition happens when the uterus
or vagina gets displaced and drops down.
While many women tend to ignore or live with this often disfiguring and uncomfortable condition, it can also lead to other problems including recurring bladder infections, difficulty emptying bowels and have a negative effect on sexual activity.
Dr. Tomezsko explains the various lines of treatments for prolapse:
According to Dr. Tomezsko, the majority of women can have great improvement with the rehab and non-surgical options.
With all of the pelvic health conditions we have discussed this week, it is important for women to know that many conservative, non-invasive treatment plans exist for these common and chronic conditions.
Did you find the pelvic health information posted this week to be helpful? What other related topics might you be interested in learning more about?