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by our physicians
By Rebekah Costello, DO
There are few things in life that I enjoy more than finding a cool, shaded spot on a warm summer day to sit back with a good book. Reading is a perfect summer activity for the whole family - keeping adult minds stimulated, providing an escape and adventure for teens, and an opportunity for quiet downtime for younger children. I have put together my family's summer reading list filled with books about health, food and self-care. I hope you find a title or two that fills your summer with relaxation, knowledge and inspiration.
By DuPage Medical Group Gastroenterology
Is it time to schedule your routine Colonoscopy? DuPage Medical Group offers Open Access Screening Phone Calls with a nurse, a free and convenient alternative to in office prescreening consultations. By offering prescreening phone calls, we reduce your time in the office, prepare you with all the information you need about pre and post care and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
By DuPage Medical Group Ophthalmology
As technology continues to become more integrated in everyday life, more information has emerged about the potential dangers of blue light. From vitamin supplements to smart phone filters and special lenses for eye glasses to protect against blue light damage, DMG Ophthalmologists break down the facts about blue lights and steps you can take to keep your eyes healthy.
By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
At the first sign of warmer weather it may be tempting to open up some windows and air out your home. If you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma, opening up a window, especially during spring cleaning, may worsen symptoms by stirring up dust and allowing pollen to take up residence in your home. DuPage Medical Group Allergists share five common cleaning mistakes you can avoid to keep allergy symptoms at bay.
By Susan Mitchell, MD
No one knows how much alcohol should be considered “safe” in pregnancy. However, binge drinking and drinking throughout pregnancy are generally considered dangerous. We know that women who don’t drink at all in pregnancy are not at risk. But where between none and daily can be considered “safe”?
By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women, largely due to the fact that if heart disease is left untreated, it can cause a heart attack. Thanks to increased awareness and prevention efforts, most people are familiar with the traditional warning signs of a heart attack including squeezing, tightening or pressure in the chest, sudden dizziness, breaking out into a cold sweat or pain in the left arm. Over the last several years there has been a steady reduction in the number of heart-related deaths in males; however the mortality rates for women are declining at a much slower rate. This may be because the disease can manifest differently in women and produce other, more subtle symptoms. Did you know women are more likely than men to experience smaller, nonfatal or “silent” heart attacks? To learn more, read about other ways heart attacks may differ in women.
International travel, especially to rural areas and developing countries, may put your health at risk. Vaccines are often recommended in order to prevent travelers from harmful and potentially life-threatening illnesses. It is important to discuss any travel plans, especially trips outside of the country with a physician.
By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology
Knowing your family history and having open, proactive discussions with your physician is crucial to maintaining good health. Hear how a DMG patient survived cardiac arrest and continues to partner with his physicians to keep his heart healthy.