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By Amee Majmundar, MD
Essential oils have become a popular way to relax and support your emotional well-being. While many are drawn to essential oils because they’re considered to be natural products, they’re not always risk-free. Incorrect or over-use of essential oils can cause an allergic reaction, especially if you have asthma or are prone to environmental allergies. They can also pose health risks for pregnant women, children and pets. Allergist, Amee Majmundar, MD, shares tips on how to enjoy essential oils safely.
By Mathew S. Philip, MD
Day by day, we’re learning more about the COVID-19 virus and how to fight it. Antibody testing is proving to be a powerful tool for the medical community in this fight, though there continues to be confusion and misunderstanding about its purpose and meaning. The following information outlines what you should know about COVID-19 antibody testing and how to get one for yourself.
To effectively eliminate as many germs as possible and reduce the spread of diseases like COVID-19, it’s important to clean all commonly used surfaces throughout your home, car and handbag, including your electronic devices. Here are six tips to disinfect your electronic devices.
Topics and Subtopics: General Health
By Vishal Desai, MD
Did you know that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is housed in your gut? While frequent hand washing and social distancing are crucial in preventing the spread of illnesses, being mindful of the food and beverages you consume can also help support your immune system and keep you well.
Topics and Subtopics: General Health
By Alison Escalante, MD
Parents have a way of giving speeches when they are worried. But in a scary situation, kids do better if we don’t over-explain things to them. They don’t need to know everything we’ve seen on the news and every story we’ve heard. Instead, it helps to focus on meeting them where they are. Here’s how to get started talking with your child about coronavirus (COVID-19).
By Kaitlin Wanta, DO
Polyps are often discussed when talking about colorectal cancer or its screening tests including a colonoscopy. While you may be familiar with the term, you may not know what a polyp is, how it forms and what you can do to prevent them. Gastroenterologist, Kaitlin Wanta, DO, shares what you should know about polyps and some tips to prevent them.
By DuPage Medical Group Gastroenterology
It’s no secret that completing preventive screenings, like a colonoscopy, significantly lowers your risk of developing (or dying from) colorectal cancer. Even though it has been proven to be an extremely effective way to prevent colorectal cancer, nearly a third of eligible adults have not completed their colonoscopy. To encourage you to complete your screening, our board-certified Gastroenterologists offer their reBUTTals to some of the most common excuses used to delay getting a colonoscopy.
Pap smears, also known as Pap testing, offer valuable insight into your pelvic health. A Pap smear is usually performed along with a pelvic exam to screen for cervical cancer, abnormalities in cells and to check for any pelvic issues.
Topics and Subtopics: Women's Health
By Shawn Patel, MD
Think about your current workout routine. Is it the same every day? Do you find yourself bored or unmotivated? Are you no longer seeing the results you used to? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may need to add variety and recovery into your routine. These are critical elements of any successful exercise program and can benefit everyone – from workout enthusiasts to those just starting to exercise.
Topics and Subtopics: Fitness & Exercise