Health For Life

At Weiss Memorial Hospital, we’re committed to improving the lives of those in our community. Our Health for Life Blog helps us accomplish this goal by allowing us to share health news, issues and trends that have an impact on you. 
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Confused over hip/back pain? Proper Diagnoses is key to pain relief.

Mar 06, 2017

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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Detecting and Preventing Breast Cancer

Oct 07, 2016

Breast Cancer Prevention and DetectionFrom what causes breast cancer to when women should begin mammograms, learn the latest on prevention and detection.

Chances are, you know somebody who has or has had breast cancer. The invasive form affects one in eight women, according to the non-profit That’s a lot of mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, and friends.

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Managing Menopause: Symptoms to Watch for, and What Women Can Do About Them

Sep 02, 2016

Menopause symptoms and reliefGynecologist Natalie Schultz, MD, talks pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy and other options for menopause symptoms

For many women, their partners, and those closest to them, jokes about menopause help ease the challenges associated with this major change in life.

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Your Health In A Heat Wave

Jul 20, 2016

hydration-infographic-225As the outside temperature and humidity rise, so do the risks of heat-related illnesses. These conditions limit your body’s ability to cool itself and can cause severe, even life-threatening illnesses.

Did you know that infants and children up to 4 years of age, people over 65 and those who are overweight have a greater risk of developing heat illnesses?

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Be Careful – Don’t Let a “FOOSH” Happen to You!

Jun 03, 2016

FOOSH 225A FOOSH can happen to anyone, anywhere. And if it happens to you, you could end up in the ER.

What’s a FOOSH? It stands for Fall On OutStretched Hand. A FOOSH injury happens when you try to break a fall with one or both hands in front of you. The most common result is a wrist injury, but you could also hurt your hand, elbow or shoulder too.

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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? Snacks to Avoid…and One 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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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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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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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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