110. Health Beat: Cleaning with Bleach Increases Risk of Flu

110. Health Beat: Cleaning with Bleach Increases Risk of Flu

 When germs invade the house, it’s common to reach for bleach-based cleaning products to help eliminate them, but experts say those chemicals can put children at risk for respiratory problems. European researchers found in a recent study that children who live in homes where bleach was used at least once a week had higher incidents of flu and respiratory infections. They also found that airborne … Read more…

94. Health Beat: An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctor Away

94. Health Beat: An Apple a Day May Not Keep the Doctor Away

 A person who eats an apple a day is presumed to be healthy, but new research shows that eating the fruit daily doesn’t necessarily keep the doctor away. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that eating an apple daily doesn’t decrease a person’s number of visits to the doctor, but decreases the number of prescriptions they take. “Our findings suggest that the promotion … 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…

53. Barrington Health: What Do Men Really Think of Your High Heels?

53. Barrington Health: What Do Men Really Think of Your High Heels?

 Fashion or comfort? When it comes to shoes, there seems to be two types of women: those who love to wear fashionable high heels and those who prefer their comfortable flats. But how do men respond to women in high heels?  For the first time ever, researchers answer this question in a recent study, published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. “Women’s heel size … Read more…

39. Barrington Health: Nine Tips to Avoid Winter Sunburn

39. Barrington Health: Nine Tips to Avoid Winter Sunburn

 Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can put away your sunscreen especially if you are heading out to the slopes for skiing or snowboarding. Even though there are plenty of layers to keep you covered and cozy, it is still important to protect any exposed skin (your face, neck, and hands) by slathering on the sunscreen. “Snow and ice reflect the sun’s UV … Read more…

16. Sleep Your Way to Better Health Community Lecture at Good Shepherd Hospital

16. Sleep Your Way to Better Health Community Lecture at Good Shepherd Hospital

 Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for good health and vitality. Although some ailments may be simply annoying, others may lead to serious health conditions. Fred Glave, RPSGT, from Advocate Good Shepherd’s Sleep Disorder Center will shed some light on common disorders including Sleep Apnea. Learn what disorders may stand between you and a good night’s sleep. This free community health lecture will be … Read more…

10. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Fundraising Campaign Exceeds $20 Million Mark

10. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Fundraising Campaign Exceeds $20 Million Mark

 Following the lead of campaign co-chairs Paul and Barbara Hills, many Barrington-area philanthropists have made major charitable gifts to the Look Forward campaign in support of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital’s historic, campus-wide modernization project. “Nothing else we could do would have as much impact,” Paul says. “The hospital serves countless people, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The new building will give the … Read more…

3. Health Beat: Tips to Stay Safe During the Frigid Temperatures

3. Health Beat: Tips to Stay Safe During the Frigid Temperatures

 Midwesterners are quite used to Mother Nature’s fickle ways during the winter, but with today’s extreme temperatures, a medical expert from Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital shares tips to stay safe. While staying inside under a blanket sounds ideal, most of us need to go outside either to run errands or head to work. When spending time outside in subzero temperatures, Dr. Melinda Einfalt an internist … Read more…

353. NHL Mumps Outbreak Prompts Focus on Local Prevention

353. NHL Mumps Outbreak Prompts Focus on Local Prevention

 Every year, news travels about various infectious disease outbreaks…but this year is a bit different with a mumps outbreak plaguing the National Hockey League (NHL). Multiple teams have been affected, several players have been sidelined, and meanwhile, many are left wondering how mumps is mysteriously multiplying from player to player. Mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease defined by symptoms of fever, headaches, muscle pain, fatigue and … Read more…

347. Health Beat: Will the Flu Shot Protect Me this Year?

347. Health Beat: Will the Flu Shot Protect Me this Year?

 You’ve probably read the news by now that the influenza virus strains in this year’s vaccine don’t exactly match the strain of the virus floating around across the nation. What does this mean exactly? Dr. Melinda Einfalt an internal medicine physician at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill., explains. “Every year scientists predict what flu strains will be active in the months ahead and … Read more…

306. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Welcomes Family Medicine Physician Asunta Moduthagam, MD

306. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Welcomes Family Medicine Physician Asunta Moduthagam, MD

 Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is pleased to welcome family medicine physician Asunta Moduthagam, MD to Advocate Medical Group. She will be seeing patients at the Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital Health and Fitness Center at 1301 South Barrington Road in Barrington. Here are just a few quick highlights about Dr. Moduthagam’s background and areas of medical expertise: Asunta Moduthagam, MD Dr. Asunta Moduthagam Dr. Moduthagam has … Read more…

287. Health Beat: Good Shepherd Hospital Intensive Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

287. Health Beat: Good Shepherd Hospital Intensive Care Unit Receives Beacon Award for Excellence

 The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently awarded the Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington with the gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence. The national award recognizes the hospital for exceptional patient care and achieving a healthy work environment. The Beacon Award for Excellence recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment … Read more…

252. Health Beat: Good Shepherd Neuropsychologist to Speak About Concussion Prevention

252. Health Beat: Good Shepherd Neuropsychologist to Speak About Concussion Prevention

 It’s that time of year again. School is back in session and the start of contact sports, like football and cheerleading are in full swing. Dr. Aaron Malina, a clinical neuropsychologist on staff at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, will be speaking about how parents, coaches and athletes can be well equipped with injury prevention in regard to concussions. This free community health lecture … Read more…

156. Marathon of a Lifetime for Swimmer Don Macdonald

156. Marathon of a Lifetime for Swimmer Don Macdonald

On June 28, Barrington resident Don Macdonald will be kayaking around Manhattan Island to support Doug McConnell, his friend and endurance training partner who will be competing in the Manhattan Island Swim race.

Though just a few years ago, Macdonald himself was doing the swimming as he was training to swim the English Channel when he collapsed with a cardiac arrhythmia right outside his home after a run. A neighbor who happened to be a retired nurse began resuscitating him until EMS arrived and he was rushed to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Ill.

Don MacDonald
Barrington Swimmer Don MacDonald – Photo Courtesy of Susan McConnell of SusanMcConnellPhotography.com

Training for the English Channel is not for the faint of heart. It involves training for 18-24 months, swimming over a million yards, most in bone chilling water temperatures (60 degree Fahrenheit or less), starting swims in the dark before work, on weekends and in bad weather.

Macdonald’s first attempt to swim the English Channel in 2010 never happened due to weather conditions. Upon his return to the U.S., Macdonald decided to take a break from training. He experienced shoulder pains, arm and chest discomfort that he thought were the result of the physical strains of training. However after a stress test showing possible abnormalities in blood flow, he was referred to a cardiologist.

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134. Breathing Easy with Treatments for Sinus & Allergy Relief

134. Breathing Easy with Treatments for Sinus & Allergy Relief

 As I have grown older, my allergies, asthma and sinus issues have greatly increased. I tend to dread the fall and spring allergy seasons. However, last year I started taking allergy drops, which similar to allergy shots, have started to make me feel much better during allergy season, meaning fewer sinus infections. This past winter was rough for me due to numerous recurring sinus infections, … Read more…