Tag Archives: Advocate Christ Medical Center


Eating chocolate may boost your brain power

Indulging in chocolate may be just what the doctor ordered. A recent study suggests consuming the dessert at least once a week may boost your cognitive function. The study, published in the journal Appetite, monitored the chocolate intake of 968 participants, aged 23-98 years old, over the course of 30 years. The participants’ cognitive function was tested by observing how ...

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Preparing to spring forward

The return trip to Central Daylight Time on March 13 may take “a bit getting used to.” However, there are ways to try combatting time change, according to Dr. Michael Breus, The Sleep Doctor™, a clinical psychologist and Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine. “A little preparation in the days leading up to daylight savings time can make ...

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Is one minute of (very intense) exercise enough?

Are you one of the countless individuals who chalk up their lack of exercise to not having enough time in your schedule? You may need to find a new excuse. According to a recent study, 60 seconds of strenuous exertion proved to be equally successful at improving participants’ overall health and fitness as 45 minutes of moderate exercise. The study ...

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Why your walking pace matters

Walking is a popular way to exercise, as it requires no equipment or skills and is low impact. But, new research shows that people should pick up their walking pace if they want to reap the most health benefits. A recent study, presented at an American Heart Association Scientific Session, revealed that women who walked at a brisk pace were healthier than those ...

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Health benefits of a clean home

A study done at Indiana University found a correlation between a clean home and physical fitness. Researchers found participants with cleaner homes exercised more. “At the end of the day, the interior condition of their house seemed to be the only thing affecting their physical activity,” stated activity expert NiCole Keith. The question remains: do fit people have more energy ...

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Is your job making you sick?

When it comes to your work space, there are countless factors that can impact your overall health. Dr. Yasser Said, an internal medicine physician at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., says that while the negative risks exist, preventative measures can be taken to help you stay as healthy as possible. He offers these tips to make sure you are ...

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What’s really keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep?

Where you live may play a major role in your sleep quantity and quality, new research suggests. Lights from buildings, streetlights, highways, billboards and backyards illuminate towns, cities and miles of surrounding area. While they may provide a sense of comfort and safety, they aren’t doing you any favors when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. Over an ...

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Many heart failure patients don’t return to work

One year after first-time hospitalization for heart failure, one-third of the patients who survived had not returned to work, according to a Danish study presented recently at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World Congress on Acute Heart Failure. Nearly 12,000 working adults with heart failure – aged 18 to 60 years – were included in the study, according to ...

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People with clean homes do these three things

While it’s difficult to keep a tidy home with kids, pets and busy schedules, some people seem to excel in this department, while others struggle. “Having a home that is in disarray can cause stress, which can be detrimental to your health,” says Dr. Rian Rowles, a psychiatrist affiliated with Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill. Dr. Rowles ...

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The average American diet is half junk

Ultra-processed foods – those manufactured pre-packaged convenience foods heavy in extra sugar, salt and fat – comprise nearly 60 percent of the American diet, according to a team of Brazilian and American researchers from the University of Sao Paula and Tufts University in Boston. The research team analyzed 9,300 adults and children who kept detailed food diaries. Researchers defined ultra-processed ...

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