All General Health Posts
by our physicians
As the average life expectancy in the United States continues to rise, it is important to take action now to stay healthy as you age. From being active in your community to breaking out of your routine and practicing positivity, our Internal Medicine providers (and some of their patients) share tips to help you grow old gracefully.
By Shaunda Chin-Bonds, DO
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer diagnosed in women worldwide, affecting nearly one in every eight women in the U.S. Thanks to increased awareness, advancements in treatment and screening methods such as mammography, survival rates for those diagnosed with breast cancer continue to improve. Still, it is not uncommon to experience anxiety leading up to your first mammogram, if you discover a lump, or are diagnosed with breast cancer. To help you feel as prepared as possible, physicians from our Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Oncology and Surgery departments have teamed up to answer some common “what if” questions you may have as you manage your breast health. Whether you’re just beginning to screen, you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or are in remission, we are here to offer guidance and support every step of the way.
By Melissa Robinson, DO
It’s no secret that shifts in weather can affect your health. From increased heat and humidity to more rain than normal, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, your body may become sensitive to weather changes. Allergist, Melissa Robinson, DO, shares what climate changes can mean for your allergies and sinuses.
Cold and flu season is fast-approaching and that means that germs could be coming home with you soon. Once you’re feeling better, go beyond wiping down counters to keep germs from spreading with these tips for a deep clean.
By Feodor Ung, MD
For many of us, changing seasons often means an increase in stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, head and/or body aches. It can be difficult to pinpoint what is causing these symptoms whether it is a cold, seasonal allergies or a sinus infection. Board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), Feodor Ung, MD, shares some of the key differences between colds, allergies and sinus infections as well as treatment options for each.
By Lara Hamilton RDN, CDE
Choosing the right foods to meet your nutrition needs can be challenging, as we need the right mixture of fruits, vegetables, proteins, healthy fats and grains to develop a wholesome, balanced diet. Choosing foods that are nutrient dense can help you achieve this optimal balance, while providing you with a variety of options for healthy meals and snacks.
By Karl Szafranski, MD
No matter your condition, long hospital stays can take physical and mental tolls on your overall health. While prolonged hospital stays are often necessary for recovery, it may be helpful to prepare yourself for the changes you may experience.
By Karl Szafranski, MD
Caregivers sacrifice a lot for those they care for, but many times neglect their own health in the process. To help prevent symptoms of burnout, Dr. Karl Szafranski has compiled tips to recognize caregiver burnout in yourself and others, as well as how to practice self-care in such a demanding role.
By DuPage Medical Group Neurology
Dementia refers to a group of disease and symptoms that are associated with a decline in memory and cognitive function.Dementia is most common in those over the age of 65 and may cause symptoms that hinder the ability to think, remember and reason. Today, approximately 47.5 million people are living with dementia worldwide.While there is no current cure for dementia, there are treatment options available to slow the progression and ease symptoms if caught early.
By Charles Schwartz, MD
Millennial burnout is a popular culture theory that describes an “always on” expectation in many areas of adulthood. Many young professionals are comparing themselves to their peers, assuming large amounts of responsibility and setting often unattainable goals, leaving little room for physical restoration and emotional decompression. While there is no medical evidence to support the idea, we know that there are several factors that play a role in your overall health. Internal Medicine physician, Charles Schwartz, MD, shares tips to help you maintain your energy, improve the quality of your sleep and decompress through exercise.