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Heroes on Deck: Weiss Physician Stars in New World War II Documentary About Lake Michigan Aviation Training

May 24, 2016

Sohn_Herbert 225Weiss Urologist Herbert Sohn, MD, talks about his role in the World War II Lake Michigan training and how it influenced his life as a Chicago doctor

Few people know that in the dark depths of Lake Michigan, there are planes—more than 100 of them. They date back to World War II, when the United States Navy initiated a massive training program on the lake.

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Combating Arthritis Pain with Exercise

May 20, 2016

Arthritis exercise 225Learn more about the benefits of exercise when you have arthritis, and how to develop a workout plan that works for you.

When your arthritis pain is acting up, the last thing you want to do is move. Walking hurts. Everything hurts. But moving can help ease the pain as well as fight the fatigue common with arthritis.

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Have You Exercised Your Bones Today?

May 13, 2016

Bone Strength 225We often forget that bone is living tissue, and just like muscle, it gets stronger with exercise. Most people reach peak bone density and strength in their 20s. After that, all of us start to lose bone. Maintaining and building bone mass helps prevent fractures that can be debilitating or even deadly as we age.  Stopping bone loss begins with doing weight-bearing exercises.

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Type 2 Diabetic? Some Snacks to Avoid…and One Treat That Isn’t That Bad for You!

May 11, 2016

AppleVsDonut 225Sugar is sneaky, and it’s found in many of the snacks and drinks that we grab every day when we’re on the go. If you’re dealing with Type 2 diabetes, the more sugar you cut out of your diet, the better.

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Weiss on the Court: Team Physicians Keep WNBA Chicago Sky in the Game

May 02, 2016

sky 2016 225With only days left until the WNBA Chicago Sky’s May 14th opener, Weiss is sharing in the excitement of another season as the team’s medical provider.

The Chicago Sky features hugely talented and popular players, including Elena Delle Donne and Tamera Young. Weiss physicians have served as the Chicago Sky team doctors and medical care provider since 2009.

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Celebrating Medical Lab Professionals at Weiss

Apr 26, 2016

Lab_Team 225Whether you just had your annual Pap smear or a prostate cancer screening, the next part of the process is universal for all patients: waiting. But while you wait, a team of healthcare professionals (who you’ve likely never met) is hard at work deciphering your test results.

That team consists of laboratory technicians and pathologists, and Weiss is celebrating them this week during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30, 2016.

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Play ball: Ankle Surgery Brings a New Season of Hope for an Aspiring Pro Baseball Player

Apr 19, 2016

1_d_gleaves_ diving back to base 225Gearing up for his last season of high school baseball, St. Rita High School star athlete Danny Gleaves, 18, of Homer Glen is stronger than ever.
It’s a comeback time for him after a broken and dislocated ankle in August of 2014 that had him benched until the winter practice season. 

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Regaining Independence After Stroke

Apr 14, 2016

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Q&A With Steve Bird, Weiss Occupational Therapist, On The Role of Rehab in Stroke Recovery

Occupational Therapist Steve Bird has worked with nearly 400 stroke patients during his 11 years in the field. He knew early on that he wanted a career in which he could make a difference and impact people’s lives.

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3D Printing Allows Surgery Rehearsal For Complex Orthopedic Procedures

Apr 14, 2016

Dr Finn with 3d model 225For Joanne Karas, every step meant pain. Born with a congenital hip defect, she underwent surgery at 12 months old and she felt fine until she reached her 40s. After an initial hip replacement, the pain returned and one leg had become noticeably shorter than the other. Then Joanne found Dr. Henry Finn, Chairman of Surgery at Weiss and Director of the Bone and Joint Center at Weiss, who is an expert in complex joint revision surgeries. Dr. Finn used 3-D printing technology to produce a replica of her hip.

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Cardiac Rehab: The Work After The Wake-Up Call

Apr 04, 2016

Lance Lewis 2 225Lance’s heart attack was an unexpected wake-up call – but then the real work began with lifestyle changes and a support network at Weiss

Lance Lewis was cheering at his son’s basketball game three years ago when suddenly, he collapsed. A massive heart attack had taken control of his body.

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GERD Getting You Down? Avoid These Triggers!

Mar 22, 2016

GERD 225If you have occasional heartburn, it’s OK to treat it with over-the-counter medication, but if your heartburn is getting worse, waking you up at night or leading to difficulties in swallowing, it could be caused by a more serious condition like GERD (aka Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). The pain can strike anytime, but it most often occurs after eating or drinking.

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Weiss’ Henry Finn, MD, Talks Knee Surgery and Arthrofibrosis with The Wall Street Journal

Mar 15, 2016

finn_patient 225The Medical Director of the Chicago Center for Orthopedics shares his technique for correcting arthrofibrosis in patients who experience pain after knee surgery.

After knee replacement at another hospital in 2011, Gloria Leischner, 70, grew increasingly depressed. Instead of giving her a new lease on life, her new knees caused extreme pain and stiffness.

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This Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Get Screened

Mar 03, 2016

colon cancer risk 225Catching colon cancer early can make all the difference in the long-run. Learn more about the different tests and why cancer screening is so important.

Few people feel comfortable talking about their colon. This month, however, get comfortable: It’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the more you know, the better you’ll be at catching any potential problems.

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Varicose Veins, a man thing too

Feb 29, 2016

Dr Hall-Andres 225More men are seeking treatment for varicose veins—and not for cosmetic reasons.

Andres Garcia, 29, of Chicago is among them. “I first thought: Older ladies get this. Why is this happening to me?”

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6 Surprising Causes of Lower Back Pain

Feb 22, 2016

back pain 225If you’re experiencing back issues, consider these potential causes (and fixes) for lower back pain.

That sharp twinge in your lower back at every step. The throbbing in your muscles when you reach for something. The shooting pain that travels up your back with an unexpected movement.

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4 Common Sleep Disorders

Feb 16, 2016

sleep disorders 225Trouble sleeping? Tired all the time? You could be experiencing one of these common sleep disorders.

All animals—including humans—need sleep to survive. Sleep gives the brain a chance to filter through the day’s events while the body gets a physical rest, recover, and recharge. But obtaining that much-needed rest can be easier said than done.

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Women and Thyroid Disease

Jan 26, 2016

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Thyroid diseases such as hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are much more common in women than men. Know what to watch for.

Mysterious stories pop up in doctors’ offices from time to time: the 20-something woman who experienced sudden hair loss and was so tired she couldn’t even climb the stairs to her apartment; the woman who, right after giving birth, struggled to remember things and kept putting on weight.

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Do you know how to love your heart?

Jan 21, 2016

Love Your Heart 225Join us for February Heart Health Events at Weiss

Learn more about the prevention of heart disease and stroke, pick up some heart healthy cooking tips, check your blood pressure and take a free tour of Cardiac Rehabilitation at Weiss.

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These 6 Tips for Safe Snow Shoveling Could Save Your Heart This Winter

Jan 18, 2016

snow shoveling 225If you or someone you love is shoveling snow this season, share these safe snow shoveling tips to keep healthy this winter.

As snow falls and temperatures dip, staying inside under a warm blanket may seem more appealing than hauling on your boots, coat, scarf, hat, and gloves to head outdoors. But somebody has to do it.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 18, 2016

MLK lo“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1966
(photographer: Flip Schulke)

Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—the most recognized clergyman, activist and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and ’60s.
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A Runner’s Resolution: 70-Year-Old Chicago Marathon runner makes remarkable pledge for 2016

Jan 08, 2016


The New Year is the perfect time for setting new goals, and one Weiss patient already has his work cut out for him this year. Over the summer, we reported about the one thing that motivates Chuck Aron, age 69, to keep running marathons. The Chicago resident and criminal defense attorney runs in honor of his brother-in-law, who died from Alzheimer’s disease at age 58.

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Is cold weather a real culprit of joint pain?

Dec 30, 2015

osteoarthritis 225With the rise and fall of temperatures in recent weeks, many joint pain sufferers point to the damp, colder weather as the cause of their additional aches. “There is little scientific evidence to explain how weather affects the joints, but patient complaints are proof it exists, especially in the winter,” says Henry Finn, MD, director of the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss Memorial Hospital and professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago. 

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Weiss adds new 64-Slice CT Scanner

Dec 18, 2015

New Imaging Equipment Can Help With Patient Comfort and Earlier Diagnoses

CT Scanner loChances are, you’ve heard of a “CT scan” or “CAT scan”—either because you’ve had one, know someone who has had one, or you’ve heard the term on your favorite medical show. But do you really know how a CT scan works?

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Think Healthy this December for Safe Toys and Gifts Month

Dec 17, 2015

toys unsafeThis holiday season, remember: Not all toys are created equal. Whether you’re nearing the end of your holiday shopping or haven’t yet begun, it’s important to keep in mind for whom you’re shopping and the materials from which each gift is made. After all, hospital emergency rooms across the country treated more than 251,000 toy-related injuries in 2014, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The majority of those injuries happened to children less than 15 years old.

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Confused over hip/back pain? Proper Diagnoses is key to pain relief.

Dec 15, 2015

sciaticaPeople who grab the side of their pelvis and say their hip hurts might actually be suffering from a spine condition. Conversely, people who complain of back pain might really have hip problems." More often than not, patients come in complaining of hip pain, and it turns out the source of the ache is the spine,” says Dr. Henry Finn, director the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss Memorial Hospital and professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Chicago. 

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Practice Good Hand Hygiene with the ‘Rule of Fives’ this Handwashing Awareness Week

Dec 11, 2015

hand washing 225This flu season, remember: Washing your hands is one of the key ways you can reduce the risk of illnesses such as the flu, food poisoning, and other infections.

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An ER Doctor’s 11 Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Nov 24, 2015

turkey loThanksgiving can be chaotic. People are coming and going, the oven is on, and pets are ready at the slightest chance to grab whatever scraps they can. Whether you’re prepping the turkey or preparing to head out of town, consider the following Thanksgiving safety tips. Khalid Malik, MD, medical director of Emergency Services at Weiss has more than 30 years of experience as an emergency room physician. He shares these safety tips to keep yourself and your loved ones safe at home—and away from the Emergency Room this holiday.

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The Risks of Arthritis if You’re Overweight

Nov 23, 2015

arthritis knee 225If you’re overweight and think someday soon you’ll start exercising and eating right to take off the extra pounds, there’s another reason to get started on your weight loss journey. Many people don’t look forward to working out or choosing the salad over the fried chicken, but the benefits to maintaining a healthy weight are undeniable.

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You Were Diagnosed with Diabetes…Now What?

Nov 10, 2015

Diabetes testIf your doctor has told you that you have diabetes, you’re not alone. Nearly 26 million people in the U.S. have the chronic disease. Doctors diagnose diabetes through a variety of tests, and only one of the tests needs to be positive. A second test conducted later can confirm the diagnosis.

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November is American Diabetes Month—Educate Yourself at Weiss

Oct 30, 2015

older_couple 225A diabetes diagnosis changes lives—and can be life threatening if left unmonitored. Diabetes affects what you eat, how you feel, and can lead to long-term complications affecting every system in the body, from cardiovascular issues to kidney failure.

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New Primary Care Office Opens This Month in Edgewater

Oct 09, 2015

Edgewater clinic main 225On October 5th, 2015, Weiss’ partner Chicago Health Medical Group (CHMG) unveiled the newest addition to the group’s health network: a primary care office in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. The CHMG Edgewater office is located at 6201 N. Broadway, at the corner of Broadway and Granville Avenue. The office’s grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, October 30th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Old at Heart: The Dangers of Having a Heart That Ages More Quickly Than You

Sep 18, 2015

Healthy heartDo you know how old your heart is? For three out of four Americans, the heart has aged faster than the person, putting them at greater risk for health issues such as heart disease and stroke.

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Drinking Too Much? Many Americans Say Yes

Sep 10, 2015

wine_glassesDrinking is its own form of American pastime. Whether it happens in the form of a happy hour after work or a weekend of family parties and events, lots of people drink alcohol for lots of reasons.

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Weiss Hospital to Host American Heart Association Heart Walk in Uptown

Sep 02, 2015

Go Red for womenIn just a few weeks, Weiss will celebrate the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk with a walk of its own. Instead of going to Soldier Field for the main Chicago walk this year, Weiss will host a satellite walk for the Uptown community—right on the shores of Lake Michigan near the hospital.

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College Bound and Confident in Returning to the Football Field

Aug 27, 2015

Football player loWith many kids heading starting school this week and next, here’s a look at one of our favorite back-to-school stories: the tale of a high school football star heading to the University of Indianapolis this month on scholarship. But his road to university wasn’t an easy one.

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The Heat is On: Heart Health and Heat Stroke

Aug 17, 2015

heart health blogKeep Your Heart Healthy During Summer’s Hottest Months

Summer’s heat hits its peak in August, and while many Chicagoans prefer the sun and warmth to winter, take precautions when heading outdoors in the heat—especially if you have a heart condition. Some 2,000 people die of weather-related health issues every year in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one-third of the fatalities are heat related.

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The New Face of Joint Replacement: With hip and knee implants lasting decades, younger patients are trading pain for new joints

Aug 13, 2015

Katie MussioTake a moment to think about all the people you know who have had hip or knee replacements. Chances are, more than a few come to mind, and they may be younger than you’d expect.

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Hospital Leadership from Across the Country Experience Weiss’ Rooftop Farm

Jul 29, 2015

Rooftop Farm loWhen leadership from Tenet Healthcare (Weiss’ parent company) traveled to Chicago for a series of meetings earlier this month, Weiss invited more than 70 people—leadership and CEOs from hospitals across the country, as well as the Chicago market—to tour the hospital’s Rooftop Farm.

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Finding Balance for Athletes of All Kinds: A Look at Weiss’ Sports Medicine Partnerships

Jul 22, 2015

Baseball player All athletes require medical attention at some point in their athletic life—a sprained ankle here, a muscle pull there. And Weiss is committed to educating and taking care of athletes at all levels.

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The Uptown Farmers Market Turns 6!

Jul 13, 2015

farmers market 2015 1 loWoo hoo! It’s an exciting year for The Uptown Farmers Market and Rooftop Farm at Weiss. Chicago’s only hospital-based farmers market turns six this season, along with the Rooftop Farm. The Uptown Farmers Market opened to the public in June this year, and runs every Thursday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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STARTING OVER: Patient Learns to Walk Again after Startling Guillain-Barre Diagnosis

Jul 07, 2015

Julius Marbury 1 loEvery day at 5 p.m., Julius Marbury would look up at the clock in his room. He knew that within minutes, his wife and daughter would walk through the door, asking about the work he’d done that day to re-build his strength.

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Is It Time for Your Next Appointment? Men’s Health Screenings Broken Down by Age

Jun 24, 2015

blood draw menKeeping track of your health exams, in addition to everything else you have to fit into your calendar every week can be overwhelming. And unfortunately, it’s the health exams that usually get pushed to the side.

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Looking to the Future at 89: Weiss Senior Center’s Irv Celebrates Birthday

Jun 18, 2015

Irv's b-day loIrv Lavinsky, who runs the Weiss Senior Center, turned 89 years old this week. Weiss celebrated by inviting Senior Center members to a lunchtime party at the center in Irv’s honor.

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Why Do They Run? Ragnar Relay’s Team Weiss Guys Shares Their Running Motivations

Jun 15, 2015

ragnar group lo Team Weiss Guys kicked off the Ragnar Relay June 12th in Madison, Wisconsin. Over two days and one night, they ran 200 miles from the starting line at Lake Monona to the finish line at Montrose Beach in Chicago.

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New Procedure Combats Effects of Peripheral Vascular Disease

May 22, 2015

Dr Eton and patientCardnel Bardney looks like a happy, confident man walking down the street. But only months ago, the Chicago resident could barely walk, switching between a walker and wheelchair in extreme pain.

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Weiss Hosts Memory in Motion: An Educational Seminar on Memory and Brain Health

Apr 29, 2015

2_Memory-in-Motion-art new 225Weiss is hosting a special brain health seminar this May called “Memory in Motion.” The educational event is open to the community and will feature NBC 5 Chicago’s Nutritionist Sandy Goldberg, along with Neuropsychologist Michelle London and other brain health experts.
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Rehab after Leg Amputation Gives Man New Strength in Life

Mar 30, 2015

Wayne V RehabSome of the toughest work in Weiss Hospital happens in the 4th floor rehabilitation room. But it’s also the source of countless success stories—and lots of laughter.

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Young Adults Find Hope in Evolving Hip Repair Treatment: Total hip replacement becomes appealing option for 20- and 30-somethings

Mar 11, 2015

Andrew lo The evolution of total hip replacement technology means more young adults than ever are moving forward with the surgery. New techniques and instruments result in more active futures for the recipients.

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In the News: Dr. Suzanne Pham Explains Her Role as Hospitalist in the Chicago Tribune

Mar 02, 2015

Dr PhamThe Chicago Tribune’s Career Builder ran a story recently on the role of hospitalists in patient care: “Hospitalist: Improving hospital care, efficiency adds to job appeal.” The story featured Weiss Hospital’s Suzanne Pham, MD.
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Celebrating Black History Month with the People Who Make a Difference at Weiss

Feb 21, 2015

Dr. Rose billboardThe story of Black History Month begins in 1915, half a century after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the United States.

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The New Face of Heart Disease

Feb 06, 2015

Go Red for WomenToday, Weiss and health organizations across the country are all about women. In honor of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Go Red for Women, people are wearing red and focusing more about how heart disease impacts women.
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Ask Dr. Rose: How Important Are Annual Physicals?

Jan 28, 2015

Lego Doctor Office lo Earlier this month, a reader submitted a question for primary care physician Clement Rose, MD, on the Weiss website.
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Operation Sets 20-something with Scoliosis on Straight Path in Adulthood

Jan 08, 2015

scoliosis pic 2 loLaura Kenost, 28, of Elgin, Ill., didn’t want to give up gymnastics as a child. The all-around athlete competed on balance beam, uneven bars, vault and floor exercise. She did it all, despite a severe curvature in her spine.
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Songs for the Ages: Weiss Volunteer Brings Music to Senior Center and Patients

Dec 30, 2014

Jazz Singer squareAs a child, Holly McGuire (pictured left) told her mother to stop singing in their church choir. “You’re off key,” she said.
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The New Face of Hip Replacement: High School Art Teacher Katie Mussio

Dec 15, 2014

Katie MussioHip pain has plagued Katie Mussio, an active art teacher, since her late 30s. She had tried taking medication, altering her lifestyle and even cutting back on activities she once loved, but nothing seemed to fix the nagging pain in her hip that sometimes left her in tears.

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Weiss Announces New Center Just for Women’s Health

Nov 21, 2014

women's health centerDedicated health services just for women—the Uptown community wanted it; patients requested it. And Weiss Memorial Hospital responded.

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Many risk factors are linked with diabetes, including weight gain. Learn why and what you can do about it.

Nov 11, 2014

Diabetes and Weight Gain loNovember marks the return of Diabetes Awareness Month, which helps raise awareness of the United States’ no. 1 public health issue. For doctors and patients affected by the disease, though, every month is Diabetes Awareness Month.

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You Are What You Eat: Making Healthy Eating and Nutrition Work for You

Oct 27, 2014

farmers marketOur days revolve around meal times—grabbing breakfast and coffee to start the day, packing lunches for the kids, sitting down together as a family for dinner. So it’s important to make the most of those times. That means making sure each meal plays its part in contributing to your daily nutritional needs.

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How Do You Know When It’s Time for Spine Surgery?

Oct 22, 2014

Dr. Gupta Spine SurgeonYou’re at the end of your rope. Back pain is keeping you from keeping up with your family, from doing the things you love, from living life as you used to.

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Looking for Heart Disease Treatments? Try Acupuncture.

Feb 12, 2014

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Every year, nearly 1 million Americans suffer a heart attack – that’s one every 34 seconds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To help lower that statistic and take care of yourself, Acupuncturist Kathleen Hanold, RN, Dipl.Ac., of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Weiss suggests you try an alternative approach to keep your heart (and yourself) healthy: Acupuncture.

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Weiss Surgeon Joins Team USA at Sochi Olympics

Feb 03, 2014

Dr. Westin Sochi

Tuning into the Sochi Olympics this week? Make sure to scan the sidelines for Craig Westin, MD, orthopedic surgeon with the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss. Dr. Westin is accompanying the U.S. Figure Skating team as an orthopedic consultant – ready to cheer for a great performance or pull an injured skater from the ice if necessary.

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