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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Motivating Change: A Q&A with Weiss Physical Therapist Tracy Alvarez

Oct 28, 2016

Physical Therapists at WeissPhysical therapists can work with patients from premature newborns, babies, and toddlers through children, teenagers, adult and older adult populations. They work in many settings: urban or rural, within a hospital or a freestanding clinic, in a patient’s home or in nursing homes. One of the beautiful things about the profession is our ability as a PT to assist and spend time with patients of so many different ages and in a variety of settings.

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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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Surviving Cancer Together

Oct 03, 2016

Breast Cancer Support GroupChicago resident Martha Haley starts a women’s cancer support group at Weiss in October

At 36 years old, Martha Haley made a deal. She had been diagnosed with stage two, triple negative breast cancer—a particularly aggressive form of cancer, common among African American women. As the mother of young children, she was scared. 

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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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Hip Surgery Unites Two Friends Thousands of Miles Apart

Jul 07, 2016

Yoga hip blog 225Friends who bonded over yoga enthusiasm both used the practice to cope with joint pain – and surgery recovery

Call it fate, a serendipitous encounter or divine intervention. Awaking from an anesthetic state in Weiss Memorial Hospital’s post-op recovery room, two friends who share a love for yoga and hadn’t seen each other in years discovered they each had undergone surgery on the same day in the same place.  

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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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Weiss Physician Stars in New World War II Documentary

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? 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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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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Ankle Surgery Brings Hope to 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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Henry Finn, MD, Talks Knee Surgery & Arthrofibrosis

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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