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Archives: Ask the expert

Read Tribune question-and-answer interviews with health and lifestyle experts on a wide range of topics.

Dealing with holiday blues

Expert Dr. Fatima Ali gives advice for dealing with holiday blues.

Coaxing bad memories away with smell

A recent study out of Northwestern University suggests that presenting certain smells during sleep could help reduce fear memories.

Don't fall behind on skin care

Though summer is in its final days, this is not the time to let up on skin care when it comes to the sun.

Alternative medicine attracts adherents for good or ill

Paul Offit, foe of anti-vaccine crowd, takes on alternative medicine in new book.

NU sleep researcher: Exercise fights insomnia, but it takes time

Northwestern University study finds long-term exercise is needed to help fight insomnia.

What food is best for kids heading off to school?

Dietitian gives tips to parents on foods for kids as they are heading off to school.

Navigate nature's stings, bites with doctor's advice

Dr. David Zich of Northwestern Medicine talks about bee stings, mosquito bites and ticks

Fatigue can bring problems for children, teens

Expert talks about study that examines causes of fatigue and impact it has on adolescents

Dealing with premature births

We talked to Dr. Natalia Henner, a neonatologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, about premature births.

Keeping gloves off kids' play

Dr. Jean Ispa, a professor of human development and family studies at the University of Missouri, advises parents not to hover too much during kids' playtime.

How to navigate allergy season

Allergy expert Anju Peters of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine tells how to survive allergy season.

Kids' injury rate rises with the temperature

Dr. Karen Sheehan gives advice on how kids can avoid injuries in warm-weather months.

Ask the Expert: Are soft drinks all that bad?

Are soft drinks all that bad for you?

Exercise found to alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's disease

Exercise can alleviate symptoms of Parkinson's and essential to managing disease, says latest research.

The flu and you

Infectious disease physician Dr. Michael Lin answers questions about the flu.

Hepatitis C progress in pipeline

Hepatitis C treatment options expand, as baby boomers are urged to get tested, says U of C researcher

When good cheer makes you say, 'good grief'

Therapist brings personal experience to holidays after loss of a loved one

Nightly ritual can help sleep cycle

Sleep expert Dr. Arnon Rubin offer advice on sleeping.

How to make those healthy resolutions stick

In the spirit of this time-honored tradition, we turned to a variety of Chicago-area experts and asked: How do we create conditions and strategies to actually be successful this time around?

Ask the Expert: Ringing in the ears doesn't have to be tolerated

The ringing sounds that have nothing to do with the doorbell. What you need to know about tinnitus.

Ask the expert: Maternal drinking and FASD

With some 40,000 babies born in the U.S. struggling with FASD, there's no debate on maternal drinking during pregnancy, expert says.

The importance of three R's: Reading, writing and recess

Recess is essential to academic success, say pediatricians

Medicine has answers for pelvic floor disorder sufferers

No longer a taboo topic, Dr. Sandra Culbertson talks about health disorder that impacts millions of women.

Ask the Expert: Ruchi Gupta, pediatrician and author of 'The Food Allergy Experience'

Ask the expert: With education and awareness, Halloween can be a little less scary for kids with food allergies, pediatrician says

Men need to talk about prostate cancer and its effects

Ask the expert: Men with prostate cancer may fear they will never have sex again. But specialist says there's hope after treatment

New study gives insight into resistance to Alzheimer's

Ask the expert: Resistance to Alzheimer's disease and dementia may be hereditary, according to new study

Doctor talks about sudden cardiac arrest

Dr. Joseph Marek, a Downers Grove cardiologist, answers questions about Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sleep plays hefty role in health

Wake-up call to a drowsy nation: More sleep is vital to good health, says Dr. Phyllis Zee, a sleep expert.

What you need to know before you or a loved one go into the hospital

Strategies for savvy patients: What you need to know before you go into the hospital to avoid unexpected complications

The hard facts on bones and vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a major role in keeping osteoporosis at bay, according to expert.

The roots of violence

Ask the expert: Short fuse or a serious problem with violence? Steven Hobfall on how to know the difference.

With kid at college, it's time to parent from afar

Author Harlan Cohen gives advice to college on how to handle their kids heading off to college.

As school starts, expert advises parents: Back off

As the school year gets underway, psychologist Madeline Levine tells parents: Our obsession with success is a failure.

Mental health care offers easy target for budget ax

In the aftermath of sweeping health care changes, Mark Heyrman, a professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School and mental health advocate on what it all means.

Ask the expert: Dr. Anis Rauf and what you should know about kidney disease

Ask the expert: Dr. Anis Rauf and what you should know about kidney disease.

Neurologist offers insight into seizure disorder

A neurologist offers insight into seizures after Commerce Secretary John Bryson's crashes last month highlighted the disorder.

Understanding preeclampsia, a pregnancy disorder

ask the expert: Dr. Judith Hibbard on preeclampia, a potentially fatal condition of pregnancy

Ask the Expert: End-of-life spending

Investigative journalist Amanda Bennett probes her family's own journey through the complex and confusing world of illness, treatment and end-of-life care

Pay attention to your feet

Ask the expert: Dr. Leonard Vekkos on giving ugly feet the boot

Instilling healthy eating habits in kids is a mission, not a war

Dr. Laura Jana and Dr. Jennifer Shu are co-authors of a new, updated edition of "Food Fights" ¿ a real world guide to meeting the nutritional challenges of parenthood.

Treatment options exist for carpal tunnel

Ask the expert: Is it carpal tunnel syndrome? Dr. Gary Kronen on how to beat this common workplace ailment

A quick review of the state of statins

Dr. Matthew Sorrentino discusses new FDA warnings to labels of cholesterol lowering drugs.

Ask the Expert: The asthma epidemic

With asthma on the rise, people with this chronic lung condition need a plan to combat attacks, says Dr. Stephen Apaliski, asthma expert and author.

Dr. Howard Kaufman on aspirin and cancer

Can taking aspirin once a day reduce the risk of cancer? Dr. Howard Kaufman of Rush University on the good news.

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

Diane Malbin has studied the disorder for more than 25 years and conducts seminars for everyone from teachers to prosecutors. She enlightened us on this common, but still misunderstood, disability.

Ask the expert: Audiologist Lauren O'Flaherty explains why many Americans live with untreated hearing loss

Ask the expert: Too many Americans are living with untreated hearing loss, confirms audiologist Lauren O'Flaherty

Q&A on fertility with Dr. Pasquale Patrizio

Can you rewind the biological clock? Women have misconception that they can prolong reproductive years, according to a new study by Dr. Pasquale Patrizio of the Yale Fertility Center.

Donalee Markus: 'Exercising their brain muscles'

Ask the expert: Donalee Markus, learning specialist

After injury, brain can keep on healing

Cynthia Thompson, a Northwestern University professor and one of the nation's leading experts on speech and language disorders, reflects on Gabby Giffords' aphasia, a condition that affects 1 million Americans.

Ask the Expert: Q&A with Chicago's public health commissioner

Dr. Bechara Choucair, commissioner for the Chicago Department of Public Health, weighs in on babies to baklava.

What women can do about thinning hair

Ask the expert: Dr. Maria Colavincenzo, a dermatologist at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, answers questions on female hair loss.

A manual for married people with Asperger's

Man figures out why he frustrates his wife and decides to do something about it

Seniors offer tips for happy lives

Ask the expert: Karl Pillemer on life's best lessons, by those who have lived it

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