With even toddlers using tablets, smartphones and other tech devices parents need to manage children’s screen time to ensure kids still spend enough time talking and developing language skills.
“Talking to children in the first years of their life sets them up for academic and social success for a lifetime,” says Kathleen Czuba, a Loyola Medicine speech and language therapist. “Studies link the number and variety of words a child hears and later academic achievement.”
Summer break is often more unstructured, and a prime time for using technology to fill empty hours.
“Remember that the best opportunities for conversation and learning are often found in situations that may be viewed as boring, such as while running errands or on a long car trip — particularly for the youngest children,“ Czuba says.
Adam Schiff, MD, specializes in caring for patients who have foot and ankle pain, sprains, fractures and other injuries. Dr. Schiff, an orthopaedic surgeon, is an expert in the care of Achilles tendon ruptures, which he treats both with and without surgery. Here he discusses his preferred method of minimally invasive surgical repair with WJOL radio.
Have a cough? Runny nose? Congestion? Do you have a cold or are you suffering from seasonal allergies? Loyola Medicine internist and pediatrician Tony Pangan, MD, explains in less than a minute how to tell the difference.
More often than not, our excuse for not eating right is that we don’t have enough time. We tend to focus so much on work and daily duties that we often skip preparing food and cooking at home.
Fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy — especially if you make your own by having the right foods ready and available, and by keeping your house stocked with the basics.
If you do, you can eat healthy food when you need it.
How to start
First, pick a time during the week or weekend when you can set aside a few hours to grocery shop and prepare food – clean, portion out and store – to last the week, or, at the very least, for a few days. →
We have launched our upgraded loyolamedicine.org website with far more content, a new, simpler format and a more robust search engine.
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Getting screened for prostate cancer, the most common cancer among men, used to be pretty standard and routine. But several medical groups came out with their own, sometimes conflicting, recommendations for who should have the prostate-specific antigen test (PSA) and when. If you wonder whether it’s time for you to be tested, Loyola Medicine’s Michael Gill, MD, has the answer best suited to you. Watch Dr. Gill’s video.
Dr. Gill is an internal medicine and pediatrics physician who sees patients at Loyola centers for health in Wheaton and Park Ridge.
Loyola Medicine and parenting lifestyle site 30Second Mom are hosting the second in a series of Twitter chats Wednesday, June 17, at 8 pm. The chats are designed to provide helpful health information to on-the-go parents.
Wednesday’s special guest will be pediatrician Bridget Boyd, MD, who will provide essential safety tips to help families make the most of their summers. Dr. Boyd is the medical director of the newborn nursery at Loyola University Health System. She is an ardent proponent of pediatric safety, especially now that she’s the mom of two active kids.
To follow our chat, use #30SecondMom and follow @loyolahealth. To review tips on health and dozens of other subjects, download the 30Second Mom app for iPhone or Android, or visit 30SecondMom.com.
Dr. José Biller, chair of Neurology at Loyola and a renowned expert on stroke, talks about the signs of stroke and the importance of seeing a doctor after having one.
Every year, about 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the leading cause of long-term disability.
With stroke, time lost getting treatment equals lost brain cells, according to Dr. José Biller, chair of Neurology at Loyola and a renowned expert on stroke.
A stroke is a “brain attack” that can happen in one of two ways:
One type of stroke is caused by a blood clot (ischemic stroke).
The other is caused by a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke).
Symptoms of a stroke may last only 15 to 20 minutes, but that doesn’t mean the danger has passed. Call 911 and get to the hospital immediately if you experience these symptoms:
Sudden onset of severe headache
Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
Trouble speaking or understanding speech
Sudden vertigo, dizziness or loss of balance
In addition, people often will suffer mini strokes (transient ischemic attacks) before they have a full stroke. Symptoms of mini strokes can last just a few minutes, but they should be promptly evaluated.
FAST action is crucial
A simple way to remember the signs of a stroke is to think of the word “FAST.”
Face = Is one side of your face drifting downward?
Arms = Is one of your arms falling lower?
Speech = Does your speech sound slurred or not normal?
Time = Time is crucial. If you have any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Dr. Biller explains how to recognize signs of a stroke for the American Heart Association:
In honor of National Women’s Health Week, Loyola Medicine is sharing tips to help women live healthier lives. Today’s tip comes from Haemi Choi, MD, a Loyola family medicine and sports medicine doctor.
Dr. Choi says: Make time for regular exercise at least four to five times a week for 30 minutes at a time, but exercise can come in all forms:
Doing household chores
Taking a yoga class at the gym
Running several miles
Just going out dancing with friends.
Regular exercise improves cardiovascular health, reduces stress, increases energy, helps to regulate sleep and improves one’s mood and sense of well-being.
In honor of National Women’s Health Week, Loyola Medicine is sharing tips to help women live healthier lives. It’s National Women’s Health Week, and we’re sharing tips to help women live healthier lives. Today’s tips come from Colleen Fitzgerald, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor who specializes in women’s pelvic pain.
Dr. Fitzgerald says:
Pain in the lower back or leg during pregnancy is common but not normal. It isn’t typically a sciatic nerve problem. More likely it is pain from the pelvic joints (sacroiliac, pubic symphysis), ligaments and muscles and can be treated easily with the right kind of physical therapy. Don’t accept pain as a normal part of motherhood. The sooner you get it treated, the less likely it will stick around.
In celebration of National Women’s Health Week, Loyola Medicine is sharing tips to help women live healthier lives. Today’s message comes from Anita Varkey, MD, an internist who specializes in women’s health.
Dr. Varkey says these five strategies will optimize your health:
If you don’t know, ask your doctor if your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight are at the recommended levels.
If you don’t know, ask your doctor if your personal and family history increases your risk for certain types of disease, such as cancer or heart attacks.
Ask your doctor if your vaccinations are up to date.
Be honest with yourself and your doctor about your eating, drinking and exercise habits. We often underestimate our food and alcohol intake and overestimate our exercise efforts.
Remember, it is not selfish to take time to care for yourself. If you are not feeling well, then you are not able to care for and nurture all of the family and friends who depend on you.
In honor of National Women’s Health Week, Loyola Medicine wants to share tips to help women live healthier lives. Today’s message comes from Mary Adeli Lynn, DO, a Loyola obstetrician and gynecologist.
Dr. Lynn says:
Find time every day to:
Find your breath.
Relax your mind.
Get your body moving.
Daily exercise helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, anxiety and depression. (Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program or routine).
“A lot of men think going to the doctor is just one more thing on a seemingly endless ‘to do’ list,” said Kevin Polsley, MD, a Loyola Medicine primary care physician. “Men need to start thinking about their health and making it a priority.”
An estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, but many aren’t tested for it. Symptoms include snoring, waking up frequently in the night, headaches in the morning or waking with a dry mouth.
“Many men’s health issues can be helped if they take steps to manage their sleep apnea. Long-term complications from the disease include high blood pressure, heart failure, heart attacks and stroke, so it’s an important condition to diagnose and treat,” Dr. Polsley said.
So, you’re ready to stretch out before you start your workout? There is something else you may need to do first. If your muscles are tight, a foam roller can help you work out the knots, advised Mike Ross, exercise physiologist, Gottlieb Center for Fitness.
“Think of your muscles as shoelaces,” he said. “If you have a knot in your muscle, stretching pulls it tighter.” The two- to three-foot-long foam cylinders used properly can roll out the knots, restore flexibility and reduce the potential for injury.
Colorectal cancers are the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, and yet the disease is preventable and treatable, especially when detected early.
A colonoscopy is an important method for screening for colon cancer, rectal cancer or other colorectal diseases
“Once you’ve decided it’s time to get a screening colonoscopy, the next step is to make sure that you get a high-quality one,” says Neil Gupta, MD, MPH, director of endoscopy at Loyola University Health System.
Dr. Gupta, who has performed thousands of colonoscopies, published numerous studies on colonoscopy and quality in healthcare and taught physicians around the world about endoscopy, said patients should ask these four questions.
Separate the facts from the fads in healthy eating
From the cabbage soup diet to the “blood type diet” to the HCG diet, many people are constantly searching for a way to drop pounds quickly and painlessly. Often these fad diets are hard to follow, restrictive, nutritionally unbalanced and worse, leaving us feeling like failures.
So, how can you recognize a fad diet? Ask these questions:
Does it promise quick weight loss?
Does it seem too good to be true?
Is it based on selling a company’s product?
Does it lack valid scientific research?
Does it label foods good or bad?
Does it take into account and/or discuss physical activity?
Instead of finding the “right diet” for you, focus on making half of your plate fruits and vegetables and eating at the table at every meal. Make physical activity part of your day by taking the stairs, exercising during TV commercials and taking walks throughout the day.
Instead of ritualistically measuring weight and tediously counting calories, fats and carbohydrates, make food fun and focus on health.
Angina is characterized as pain or discomfort in the chest that results from plaque buildup in the arteries causing reduced blood flow to the heart.
“With angina, the pain can be mild, so just because a woman doesn’t feel like she is having a traditional heart attack doesn’t mean that she should ignore chest discomfort,” said Anita Varkey, MD, who also is an associate professor of internal medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.
Congratulations to Loyola Medicine’s Hustle up the Hancock team – including lung transplant patient Bob Senander – who climbed 94 flights of stairs Sunday, February 22, 2015, to raise awareness about lung disease.
Mr. Senander, 69, completed the climb in 2 hours and 50 minutes alongside the nurses and a doctor who cared for him.
“It was a great weekend, and hopefully this will help others suffering terminal lung disease,” Mr. Senander said.
He took on the challenge less than a year after having lung transplant surgery.
Mr. Senander, of Winfield, Illinois, made headlines last May when he became one of five people to undergo a lung transplant at Loyola University Health System in little more than 24 hours. It was the first time in Illinois that five successful lung transplants had been performed in such a short time.
Before his transplant, Mr. Senander had been fighting for his life. He was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2009. This is a disease marked by scarring of the lungs and difficulty breathing. There is no cure and most people only live for three to five years after diagnosis.
Mr. Senander used supplemental oxygen for five years before undergoing a successful lung transplant that saved his life.
“Mr. Senander is truly my champion and my inspiration,” said Jennifer Johnson, RN, lung procurement coordinator, LUHS. “I am thankful to him for having faith in himself and in our team.”
The best treatment for cancer is prevention. There are many ways to reduce your cancer risk, several of which include making these lifestyle decisions:
Following a diet with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can reduce cancer risk. Aim for different colors to get a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals – compounds that help protect cells from damage. For example, try adding blueberries and banana to oatmeal in the morning or stir frying with red peppers, Brussels sprouts and onion.
Winter is officially here and sidewalks are slippery. Nearly 1 million people tumble every year in the U.S. and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20,000 people die annually due to fall-related injuries. Don’t become a statistic from a fatal fall; tread lightly and don’t be too confident.
Bad Strategy No. 1: I’ll lose weight at the gym. Working out is good for your health and can help to maintain your weight. But exercise alone is not very effective in shedding pounds. To lose weight, you will need to eat fewer calories.