What is an overactive bladder? This condition - more common in older women - is characterized by an urgent and
frequent need to urinate and sometimes results in some leakage of urine before reaching a bathroom. This condition is often successfully treated with behavior modifications and bladder retraining, but can sometimes require additional treatments.
Dr. Tomezsko walks us through the common techniques for treating an overactive bladder:
How much liquid do you drink on a daily basis? Do you find that you have to go to the bathroom more frequently when you don’t regulate your intake?
We’ll be featuring a series of posts over the next week about the symptoms and treatment options for various common chronic pelvic health conditions in women.
Chronic pelvic health conditions in women—including urinary leakage, overactive bladder and pelvic organ prolapse—are
common and affect 20-40 percent of the adult female population. The good news is that they are generally very treatable with conservative, non-surgical methods, or minimally invasive surgical methods.
Urinary leakage caused by a cough, sneeze or doing exercise (otherwise known as stress incontinence) is quite common in younger women. It can affect a woman’s daily life—limiting an active lifestyle, playing with kids, etc.
Janet Tomezsko, MD a urogynecologist at NorthShore’s
Center for Pelvic Health gives her advice about common urinary leakage treatments:
Does it surprise you to know that 20-40% of women at one point in their lives will have a pelvic health condition? What education and resources would be most helpful to you for learning more?
As the summer approaches, many of us will spend more time outdoors enjoying the weather and the sunshine. While the sunshine can be good for you by improving your mood and giving you a boost in Vitamin D, without the proper protection it can also be harmful
to your skin and body.
Aaron Dworin, MD, Dermatologist at NorthShore, offers his advice on how to protect your skin and limit your risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma:
How often are you outside in the warmer months? What do you do to protect yourself from the sun?
Dairy in your diet can make a real difference. Not only may consuming dairy products reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes,
but it may also help reduce your risk of osteoporosis and hypertension, help you maintain a healthy body weight and play a beneficial role in cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
With all of these potential health benefits it’s recommended to have 3-4 servings of dairy each day.
Melissa Joy Dobbins, registered dietitian at NorthShore, shares ways she serves up dairy with her family to ensure everyone gets the recommended 3-4 daily servings.
Reduced Fat Cheese
Are you getting the daily dairy you should? What tips do you have to reach the recommended servings?
What do you do if you are around someone having a seizure? If you’ve had a seizure, what lifestyle changes do you need to make
to reduce your risk of further injury? These are important questions to consider when dealing with epilepsy.
Jaishree Narayanan, MD, Neurologist at NorthShore, provides her insight on ways to assist someone having a seizure and what you should do after suffering from a seizure:
Aside from never putting anything into a person’s mouth suffering from a seizure or forcibly holding them down, the following guidelines
(TRUST) should be followed:
After a Seizure: Precautions to Consider
After suffering from a seizure it is important to limit your risk for injury if another episode should occur. This can be done by following the precautions below:
Were the above tips helpful? Would you feel comfortable knowing what to do now if someone around you was suffering from a seizure?
Have questions about seizures and epilepsy? Join Sofia Dobrin, MD for an online chat on Thursday, May 3 from 12-1p.m.
Submit your early questions.
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?