One in five Illinois residents will experience a diagnosable mental disorder each year, according to the Illinois Department of Human Services. Finding the right medication for treatment can be a tedious trial-and-error process with a host of side effects.Read More
Summertime and burgers on the grill go hand in hand–unless you've been bitten by the Lone Star tick. It can give victims an allergic reaction to red meat. The allergy, whose nickname is "Alpha-Gal," may recede over time, but there is currently no cure or vaccine.
As in many areas of the country, Oak Park is seeing an uptick in the kinds and numbers of ticks and related diseases–Illinois has 15 different species. The Lone Star tick is one of the few that is likely to be encountered by people, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
At my Oak Park practice, travel medicine and travel risk management are always on the agenda. If you plan to go abroad -- or even to plenty of places in the U.S. -- a comprehensive, unhurried conversation with your doctor is definitely called for.
A pretravel consultation includes prevention of infections, prescribed medications to bring in case of emergency, and coping with hazardous terrain, for starters.Read More
We've talked about zika virus, health insurance fixes, cannabis, fitness, oxycontin and skeletal problems in these columns, but now it's time to celebrate: your "membership medicine" family practice, and mine, opened a year ago at 1100 Lake Street. It's an honor to help you guard your health!Read More
Alleviating physical pain is part of the medical record extending back 5,000 years to ancient Egypt. But with the recent development of the powerful synthetic drugs called opioids -- oxycontin, hydrocodone or fentanyl, for example -- pain relief has moved quickly onto promising but hazardous terrain.Read More
The health system is getting uglier, and you are responsible for more and more of the cost. Those out-of-pocket health expenses are growing fast. More than 25 percent of American families have insurance deductibles of $5,000+ per year.Read More
The Zika story will take a while to unfold in the Chicago area, but you should be aware of a couple of important things now.
One is that the hazards are only for particular individuals and circumstances. No epidemic looms here. But for those who could be affected, it's a serious concern. 1.3 million travelers from Zika-affected countries debarked in Chicago during the most recently tallied year.Read More
Marijuana -- when is it useful, what's the downside? Maybe you're like a lot of Americans and have never used it, recreationally or medically. Or perhaps you have. Either way, our social standards about this controversial drug are shifting. It's legally available for medicinal use, here and now.Read More
Osteoporosis—abnormal thinning of our bones as we age—is fairly common and can be serious, according to Dr. Ingrid Liu of Oak Park's WellcomeMD medical practice at 1100 Lake Street. But for most women, there's little need for concern.Read More
Dr. Ingrid Liu, a long-time family doctor in Oak Park, has opened a new "membership medicine" family practice at 1100 Lake Street. "I'm very pleased to be back, excited to see so many old friends, and especially looking forward to offering a new kind of primary care here," she said.Read More