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Cook County Symposium on Oral Oncology

The Cook County Symposium on Oral Oncology is a half-day course on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the oral and oro-pharyngeal cancer patient. The meeting, which will be held on August 4 at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital, is geared towards dental… [Read More]


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Nutrient-Rich Foods to Eat While You’re Pregnant

Pregnancy is an exciting time for expectant parents, but it can also be a time of confusion and questions. Babies need a lot of different nutrients in order to make sure that they’re developing well, but there are a few… [Read More]


Diabetes More Common Among Kids

Type 2 diabetes used to be rare among children and teens younger than 18.  But as a study highlighted in the Journal of the American Medical Association, that is no longer the case. The SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study , funded… [Read More]


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4 Men Only Health & Wellness Fair

The Little Village Community Council and the Cook County Health & Hospitals System are hosting a “4 Men Only Health & Wellness Fair” next month. For more information, visit here.    


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Major Change Coming for Cardiac Imaging

In an effort to cut down on the number of unnecessary cardiac imaging procedures being done in the United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) is going to start requiring doctors and providers to submit proof that they… [Read More]


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Inadequate Access to Nutritious Food May Increase Stroke Risk Factors

Food insecurity – the state of being without reliable access to adequate amounts of affordable, nutritious food – may be linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure and diabetes for stroke victims, possibly putting them at greater risk… [Read More]


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E-cigarettes: Bad for your heart?

Habitual e-cigarette use has been found to increase risk factors linked to negative cardiovascular effects, according to a study published in the journal JAMA Cardiology. Most e-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, contain nicotine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes…. [Read More]


Teen Depression On A Rise In US

Depression is rising among teenagers in the United States, especially among girls, a new study finds. Between 2005 and 2014, the percentage of teens (ages 12 to 17) who reported having a major depressive episode increased from 8.7 percent to… [Read More]


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Ultrasound is a Better Initial Test for Diagnosing Kidney Stones

Each year, more than half a million people go to emergency rooms for kidney stone problems according to the National Kidney Foundation. The majority of these patients undergo CT imaging incurring significant cost, radiation exposure, and other side effects. Emergency… [Read More]


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Fall Can Trigger Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

The leaves are beginning to turn, the cooler days of fall are upon us and that could trigger asthma and allergy symptoms, especially for children who have returned to the classroom. Physicians at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System… [Read More]