Health Beat

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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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 say fall is… [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 ophthalmologist Dr. Ramez Haddadin notes that… [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]