Health Beat

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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]


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Non-Contrast MRA Provides Safe Diagnostic Alternative for Patients with Kidney Disease

Patients with diabetes or renal failure are at high risk for deadly and debilitating vascular diseases, however, the most common imaging tool to evaluate the blood vessels uses a contrast agent that can further damage the kidneys. Radiologists at the… [Read More]


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Subtle Signs of Vision Problems for Kids

Parents, have you been noticing your child struggling in school these past weeks, but you can’t point to a reason why? It could be that your child is having trouble with their vision. Cook County Health & Hospitals System ophthalmologist Dr. Ramez… [Read More]


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Vaccination Misconceptions are Dangerous and Deadly

An alarming survey by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) finds an increasing number of physicians are encountering parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.  The most common reason cited — a belief that the diseases vaccines prevent have been… [Read More]


The Best Advice for Heart Failure Patients: Get Up and Move

Everyday activities such as walking and climbing stairs can become very difficult for heart failure patients, but getting up and moving may be exactly what these patients need most. Dr. Rami Doukky, Chairman of Cardiology at the Cook County Health… [Read More]


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CCHHS Reminds Parents to Schedule Back to School Physicals

The first day of school will be here before you know it.  Pediatric and primary care providers at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System are reminding Illinois parents that students entering pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade are… [Read More]


Stay Safe at Lollapalooza: CCHHS Prepares for Influx of Patients During Summer Concert

Stay Safe at Lollapalooza: CCHHS Prepares for Influx of Patients During Summer Concert

If you are headed to Lollapalooza, have a great time — but beware of potential dangers. That’s the advice of physicians at the Cook County Health & Hospitals System. The Emergency Department at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital is prepared… [Read More]