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Home for the Holidays During a Global Pandemic

Home – a place where many of us have been spend­ing our time these last few months. With infec­tions spread­ing, many of us will not attend tra­di­tion­al hol­i­day gath­er­ings or bond with extend­ed fam­i­ly or friends. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, with cas­es ris­ing through­out Illi­nois and the coun­try, it’s cru­cial that we lim­it small gath­er­ings as these are a con­trib­u­tor to the rise in COVID-19 cas­es. While cel­e­brat­ing vir­tu­al­ly or with mem­bers of your own house­hold is an option, it may not cov­er the long days after you’ve logged off with your loved ones. 

Lifestyle & Wellness

Lifestyle & Wellness

Home for the Holidays During a Global Pandemic

Home – a place where many of us have been spend­ing our time these last few months. With infec­tions spread­ing, many of us will not attend tra­di­tion­al hol­i­day gath­er­ings or bond with extend­ed fam­i­ly or friends. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, with cas­es ris­ing through­out Illi­nois and the coun­try, it’s cru­cial that we lim­it small gath­er­ings as these are a con­trib­u­tor to the rise in COVID-19 cas­es. While cel­e­brat­ing vir­tu­al­ly or with mem­bers of your own house­hold is an option, it may not cov­er the long days after you’ve logged off with your loved ones. 

Lifestyle & Wellness

Halloween in a Global Health Pandemic: What You Should Know

Haunt­ed hous­es, ghosts and jack‑o’-lanterns are just a few famil­iar scares asso­ci­at­ed with Hal­loween. In 2020, COVID-19 has added a new lev­el of fear to this hol­i­day. What will the spook­i­est day of the year look like dur­ing a glob­al health pan­dem­ic? Dr. Mali­ni Kumar, a pedi­a­tri­cian with DuPage Med­ical Group, explains how COVID-19 will affect Hal­loween and what you can do to make this annu­al hol­i­day Spook­tac­u­lar’ giv­en the circumstances. 

Conditions & Diseases

Conditions & Diseases

Seeing Spots: Flashes and Floaters

As you age, it is com­mon to expe­ri­ence changes with your eyes and vision. In fact, between the ages of 45 and 80, most adults will find it increas­ing­ly dif­fi­cult to see things up close, a con­di­tion called pres­by­opia. You may also begin to notice mild visu­al dis­rup­tions such as flash­es and floaters. In some cas­es, they are caused by nor­mal, age-relat­ed changes with­in your eyes. Oth­er times, they may be a symp­tom of a more seri­ous med­ical con­di­tion, requir­ing imme­di­ate atten­tion. Oph­thal­mol­o­gist and reti­na spe­cial­ist, Shan­tan Red­dy, MD, shares symp­toms to watch for and when to seek med­ical care.

Behavioral & Mental Health

Behavioral & Mental Health

3 Tips For Maintaining Your Relationship During a Pandemic

Effec­tive inter­per­son­al com­mu­ni­ca­tion is hard. When you add in the chal­lenges and stres­sors of a glob­al pan­dem­ic, it can feel noth­ing short of impos­si­ble. You may find it more dif­fi­cult to respond to stress­ful sit­u­a­tions calm­ly. You may find your­self snap­ping at your part­ner or feel­ing like you just need some time to your­self. You may feel angri­er than nor­mal. Giv­en the unprece­dent­ed and uncer­tain times, that all makes sense. It’s impor­tant to rec­og­nize and val­i­date how you are feel­ing in order to work towards mean­ing­ful change with­in your relationship.