By Megan McCann
Health emergencies can happen at any place, any time. While it’s impossible to anticipate these events, steps can be taken to prepare for unexpected health issues. One important way is to become CPR-certified, which can provide the proper tools and training to react in a situation where someone requires resuscitation. Even those who are not CPR-certified have the opportunity to help in a health emergency by learning to recognize and use an automatic external defibrillator (AED). These devices are found in many public places and can save a heart attack victim during crucial life-saving moments.
By Jenna Benn
On December 20, 2010, at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called Grey Zone Lymphoma that affects less than 300 people in the United States. Because this disease is a relatively new diagnosis characterized by features of both Hodgkin’s and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, I visualized my cancer as an ice cream cone with a chocolate and vanilla twist. The twist was a part of my story-my journey- from the very beginning.
By Rahul Khare, MD, Emergency Medicine
Memorial Day is finally here, marking the unofficial launch of summer! This weekend, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s by Sunday. The rising heat also marks the start of a very busy time for those of us in work in emergency departments. Every summer, I can count on treating many cases of heat-related illnesses. While outdoor summer activities are great ways to spend time with family and friends, everyone must practice heat and sun safety to avoid risks of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
By Hannah El-Amin, RD, CDE, Registered Dietitian at Northwestern Integrative Medicine
This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and with it comes the excitement of long summer days by the pool, barbeques and baseball games. We are also all tempted by high calorie foods that always seem to be present at these events. Even though fattening foods may be abundant, there are small modifications that you can make to your diet to stay slim this summer. In fact, I always tell my patients that this is the perfect time of year to develop healthy lifestyle habits because of the large amount of fresh fruits and veggies that are available.
By Megan McCann
More than 1,500 runners braved wind and rain as they raced along Chicago’s Lakefront in support of brain cancer research during the 2012 Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K on Saturday, May 12. The event raised more than $100,000 for the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI).
By Megan McCann
Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the country. While stroke often occurs without warning, understanding risk factors and learning to recognize symptoms can potentially save lives and limit damage if a stroke occurs. In recognition of National Stroke Awareness Month, Northwestern Medicine® experts encourage consumers learn about their potential risk factors and start making lifestyle decisions that may decrease their likelihood of having a stroke.
By Stephanie J. Lieber
As a young girl, I remember watching my mother and her friends sitting around our dining room table discussing how they could do something to help their friend Lynn who had recently passed away after her battle with breast cancer. They were not doctors or researchers, just 18 friends determined to make a difference.
What started as a small group of women trying to save their friend, has since transformed into a movement. While Lynn lost her battle with cancer in 1984, her memory is honored every day and her friends continue to fight with the perseverance Lynn showed during the six years following her diagnosis. The group formally launched the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, which has raised more than $25 million for breast cancer research since its inception.
By Lindsey Fox
There are many characteristics that symbolize a physician, but no tangible item distinguishes a doctor more than their white coat. On Tuesday, May 8, six young students from Westinghouse College Prep on Chicago’s west side received honorary white coats at the Northwestern Medicine® Scholars Program induction ceremony.
By Megan McCann
On Saturday morning, more than 3,000 runners will pound the pavement in support of brain tumor research at the 2012 Magellan Development Chicago Spring Half Marathon and 10K. The race benefits the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) which is a comprehensive program that merges clinical research with medical and surgical treatment for brain and spinal tumor patients. Among the runners will be physicians, nurses and other clinicians, as well as many people personally affected by brain tumors.
By Megan McCann
In recognition of May being National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, Meg Keating, a 31-year-old who was diagnosed with brain cancer more than four years ago, has agreed to share her inspiring story. Below is Meg’s journey in her own words.
My brain tumor journey began December 7, 2007, when after having a seizure while out to lunch with coworkers, I was taken to Northwestern Memorial by paramedics. After having scans and tests, it was determined I had a brain tumor. I spent the weekend in the hospital and was scheduled to return for a craniotomy (brain surgery to remove the tumor) a few days later. Insurance issues almost forced me to move my care to another hospital, but my awesome boss and the amazing Dr. Cybulski and his team, which included the amazing Dr. James Chandler (who I call my rock star of a neurosurgeon, because it's true), worked to ensure I could stay at Northwestern Memorial, where I felt I was in the best hands for my situation, and still receive world-class care today!
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