All General Health Posts
by our physicians
By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
In a given day, one will be exposed to millions of different particles in the air. Air particles come in many different forms such as dust, dirt, smoke and liquid. Due to carbon emissions from cars, industrial facilities, power plants, wildfires and more; air particles can become contaminated resulting in widespread air pollution. Read more to find out how air pollution could harm your health?
By Janette Klepek, DO
Plastic products and certain chemicals found in plastic are known to be harmful to the environment, but did you know that plastic products can also affect your health? Learn which plastic products and chemicals you should avoid and some healthy alternatives you can try.
By Rueben Nair, MD
Spring is here and many of us are heading outdoors to exercise. But before you jump into exercise and activities, it’s important to take some simple steps to avoid strains and sprains – some of the most common sports injuries.
By Alix Charles, MD, FAAD
The average person sheds between 50 -100 hairs per day. As you age, it is normal to experience gradual thinning and breakage of hair. In most cases, medical treatment is not necessary, but if you experience significant hair loss and have not been diagnosed with androgenic alopecia, it could be a sign of an underlying medical condition.
By Diana Panek, DPM, AACFAS
Feet are our foundation – they provide us with balance, distribute weight and assist with ambulation of our bodies forward, backward and laterally. With so much resting on our feet – literally – it’s crucial to take good care of them for whole body health. This is especially important when we engage in athletic activities when we put more stress and strain on our bodies for longer periods of time.
By Fares Hamad, DO
A study published by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and National Cancer Institute (NCI), tracked cancer trends in the United States for common cancers types over a ten year period, from 1995 to 2014.1 The study found an increase in the number of cancer cases being diagnosed in young adults for several cancer types including colorectal, gallbladder, kidney, pancreatic and uterine. The rising number of young adults being diagnosed with colorectal cancer shows the importance in knowing what symptoms to watch for, and talking with your primary care physician early on to establish a screening schedule that takes into consideration your personal and family health history. By taking a more proactive approach, you can lower your risk of developing colorectal and other cancers.
By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology
Heart disease is a serious health concern, as it is the leading cause of death in the United States. There are several risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, from genetics to conditions that can modified be with treatment. If you are at risk of heart disease, it is important to be aware of any risks or conditions you that may have in order to prevent compromising your heart health.
By DuPage Medical Group Obstetrics & Gynecology
Are you experiencing irregular periods, problems sleeping or hot flashes? If so, it may be time to talk to your doctor to learn more about the common symptoms of perimenopause.
By Obrad Kokanovic, MD, FACC, FSCAI
You can get your blood pressure checked at your doctor’s office, but if you have a history of high blood pressure or would like to monitor your levels on your own time, there are several ways to do so from home.