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Headaches 101: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management — North Shore-LIJ

Almost everyone gets headaches – about 95 percent of women and 90 percent of men, according to the American Headache Society. They can be related to stress, diet, the environment or a symptom of another medical condition. For most, headaches go away with the use of over-the-counter medications or even a soothing bath, but for others, intense headaches happen often and make completing daily tasks next to impossible.

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Prenatal Care Can Make a Difference in a Child’s Life — Everyday Health

From the backseat, 18-month-old Alex DeCrane Sloan babbles a mile a minute while his parents make the hour-long drive to Children’s Hospital of Illinois for his routine checkup.

Listening to Alex’s spirited baby talk, you’d never guess that this boisterous toddler had once faced a life-threatening heart condition that required critical prenatal care. 

Alex’s mother, Jessica DeCrane, does.

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In the Air Again After Hip Replacement Surgery — Everyday Health

In 2011, Michael Standish was only 44, but the cartilage in his hips had deteriorated to the point where he couldn’t complete simple tasks. Getting dressed in the morning became a challenge.

“He hasn’t been tested, but it’s likely Michael has a genetic condition that is causing degenerative arthritis,” explains William Hartley, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Hospital. Dr. Hartley first saw Mr. Standish in 2008, and knew total joint replacement surgery was the right course of action.

“Michael is young to have hip replacement surgery—it’s more common among 50 to 55 year olds—but I knew it could correct his condition,” Dr. Hartley says. 

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‘Amazing’ Recovery After Spine Injury — Everyday Health

After a hard fall in a hallway, Kimberly Moore embarked down a path of bizarre medical symptoms that ultimately led to a diagnosis and successful spinal surgery at Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Moore, 47, an office administrator, was at work when she fell. “I was wearing heels and a pair of slacks with a deep cuff. I think my heel caught in the cuff,” she says. “I fell forward, jerking my head back, and fell hard on my hands and knees.”

Soon after the spill in October 2010, Ms. Moore began exhibiting strange symptoms that confounded even her doctors.

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Hypertension Screening — Everyday Health

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a serious chronic disease. Unlike many other conditions it has no signs or symptoms, so patients can have the disease for years without knowing. Left untreated high blood pressure can cause serious injury and even death.

But high blood pressure is completely preventable and for those already with the disease it is manageable with proper diet and exercise.

First things first – Get the Facts.

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Secondhand Smoking Linked to Mental-Health Problems in Children — National Journal

Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to have mental and behavioral issues and are more likely to smoke later in life, according to two new studies in the August edition of the journal Pediatrics.

About 5 million children in the United States live in homes where they are exposed to secondhand smoke, which puts them at greater risk for asthma, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome, according to researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.

According to the new studies from Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, children exposed to secondhand smoke more commonly have behavioral and mental-health problems and are more likely to smoke when they grow up than children from non-smoking homes.

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