Barrington’s Abby Gage joins Advocate Health Care & Chicago Bulls to #PinkOut United Center, Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

Barrington’s Abby Gage joins Advocate Health Care & Chicago Bulls to #PinkOut United Center, Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

 Barrington resident and Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital breast cancer survivor, Abby Gage, joined dozens of other Illinois breast cancer survivors, fighters and family members to help #PinkOut for Breast Cancer Awareness at the United Center Monday. This is the fourth consecutive year that Advocate and the Bulls have honored those affected by breast cancer, a disease that approximately one in eight women develop during their … Read more…

Barrington Health: Patient Breast-Cancer-Free After New 3-in-One Surgery

Barrington Health: Patient Breast-Cancer-Free After New 3-in-One Surgery

 Collaboration of three physicians means a happy and healthy woman back to her active lifestyle. “You have breast cancer.” Four words no one wants to hear. “When the doctor first told me, I was so overwhelmed and not processing the words at all,” explained breast cancer survivor Darlene McGurn, 63, wife, mother, personal trainer and Barrington resident. “It was the strangest feeling and the hardest … Read more…

Barrington Health: When Your Children Leave the Nest

Barrington Health: When Your Children Leave the Nest

 As a parent, we spend our time teaching our children to be independent. When they achieve this successfully, sometimes it is difficult to accept. I am so proud of my daughter for graduating from college and recently landing an excellent job that will place her in Texas for her first assignment. However, I must admit I am selfishly a little sad, hoping she would be … Read more…

I Love You Man: ‘Bromances’ May Be Good for Men’s Health

I Love You Man: ‘Bromances’ May Be Good for Men’s Health

 Bromances can have a positive effect on men’s health, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, Berkley found that close but nonsexual friendships between two men, known as “bromances”, have similar health benefits as romantic relationships, especially when it comes to dealing with stress. The study observed male rats kept in the same cage and found that mild stresses made them … Read more…

Four Leap Day Babies Born at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Four Leap Day Babies Born at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

 Adorable newborns leapt all over Advocate hospitals, including Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, on February 29. A total of four happy babies were born on Leap Day in the Barrington hospital’s birthing center. More than 23,000 babies are born each year across Advocate Health Care, but the February 29th newcomers across the system and the four at Good Shepherd Hospital command added attention. “Every baby born … Read more…

Barrington Health: Negative thoughts toward aging can affect your health, cognition

Barrington Health: Negative thoughts toward aging can affect your health, cognition

 We all grow old, but our mood can affect our quality of life in our senior years, according to a recent study. Research from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging at Trinity College in Dublin revealed that older adults with negative thoughts toward aging have slower walking speed and decreased cognitive abilities, compared to older adults with an optimistic viewpoint. “The way we think about, … Read more…

Barrington Health: New Study Highlights Downside of Working from Home

Barrington Health: New Study Highlights Downside of Working from Home

 Telecommuting, also known as working from home, may create a lonely environment for the people who work in the office, according to a recent study. Many businesses offer telecommuting as a work-life bonus, allowing employees to spend time with their loved ones and have more control of their schedules. Working from home also saves companies money and allows them to employ people who live far from the … Read more…

Barrington Health: Oprah Winfrey Taps into the Emotional Side of Weight Loss

Barrington Health: Oprah Winfrey Taps into the Emotional Side of Weight Loss

 Oprah Winfrey is the influential face of a new Weight Watchers program that encourages a more active lifestyle rather than focusing on weight loss alone. A part owner of Weight Watchers, the media mogul is using her famous personal connection with people to promote the weight loss company’s “Beyond the Scale” initiative. She’s also participating in the program. “Staying fit and healthy” and “losing weight” … Read more…

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2016

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2016

 Proud parents Taryn and Kyle Eckert from Carpentersville, Illinois welcomed their second child, a baby boy, at 6:31 a.m. on January 1 at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington. Weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20.5 inches long, Jaxson Lee Eckert joins his older brother Evan who will be three years old next month. The delivering physician was obstetrician Dr. Thomas Meyer. Located at 450 … Read more…

313. Barrington Health: Friendships Lead to Longer, More Fulfilled Lives

313. Barrington Health: Friendships Lead to Longer, More Fulfilled Lives

 A study from Brigham Young University suggests adding social relationships to the “short list” of factors that predict a person’s odds of living or dying. BYU professors Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Timothy Smith reported that social connections – friends, family, neighbors or colleagues – improve the odds of survival by 50 percent. Researchers analyzed data from 148 previously published studies that measured frequency of human interaction, and tracked health … Read more…

305. Barrington Health: Can Breast Reduction Surgery Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer?

305. Barrington Health: Can Breast Reduction Surgery Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer?

 A breast reduction procedure is often thought of as risky, but it can be a safe and an effective operation for diminishing any pain in the neck or back caused by large breasts. This procedure not only helps get rid of neck, back or shoulder pain, it has other benefits as well, including better posture and improved quality of life. Researchers have also found that … Read more…

278. Barrington Health: Does Marijuana Change the Brain?

278. Barrington Health: Does Marijuana Change the Brain?

 Marijuana doesn’t seem to shrink brains, but the results of a new study suggest the brains of people who use marijuana may be smaller than those who don’t. Researchers found that marijuana users had some shrinkage in two brain regions called the amygdala and the right ventral striatum, but when they compared marijuana users’ brains to their siblings, the differences disappeared. As a result, researchers … Read more…

148. Health Beat: Early music training could have long-term benefits

148. Health Beat: Early music training could have long-term benefits

 Yo-Yo Ma, Oscar Peterson and many other highly-skilled musicians began their music training before the age of 7. In a recent study early music training may have a greater effect on brain structure than if they had it later in life. The study tested 36 highly trained musicians who were divided into two groups – those who began their training before age 7 and those … Read more…

107. Health Beat: Will You Live to Be 100?

107. Health Beat: Will You Live to Be 100?

 As life expectancy increases among Americans, more people are living to be 100 years old and beyond. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have been collecting and analyzing data on this topic, hoping to learn the keys to a longer life. The New England Centenarian Study has the most comprehensive statistics on centenarians in the world. While researchers found that people who reach 100 … Read more…

69. Barrington Health: Spring Break Binge Drinking Can Be Deadly

69. Barrington Health: Spring Break Binge Drinking Can Be Deadly

 For many college students, images of alcohol and a warm beach go hand-in-hand with spring break. And in many cases, it’s not just one alcoholic beverage, but several as peer pressure and other factors cause students to consume alcohol in excess- often to the point of binge drinking. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that about four out of five college … Read more…