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Chicago ENT Announces Adult and Pediatric ENT and Sleep Medicine Practice Launching in Skokie January 2015

CHICAGO, IL – January 2015 – Chicago ENT, the renowned ear, nose, throat, and allergy practice serving the Chicago area is pleased to announce its expansion to the village of Skokie. Chicago ENT is led by Medical Director, Dr. Michael Friedman, recognized as one of America’s top doctors for the last thirteen years and whose more than three decades of experience in traditional and alternative medicine and innovative approach to treating sleep disorders in adults and children have been a guiding force in the practice’s success. Dr. Friedman has designated nine specialists to work at the Skokie center which is slated to open this coming January 2015. With services covering adult and pediatric ENT disorders, adult and pediatric sleep medicine, full-service sleep testing, and alternative sleep apnea treatments, Chicago ENT Skokie will focus on comprehensive sleep care with an on-site Chicago Sleep Center including pediatric beds.

Chicago ENT Skokie will be the first clinic of its kind to treat with multi-discipline expertise and the only center to cover all ENT, allergy, and sleep diagnosis and treatment in the Greater North Shore. This synergy of physician assessment will provide patients with true start-to-finish care under one roof. “We intend to concentrate on complete comprehensive care at Chicago ENT Skokie,” says Dr. Michael Friedman. “The collaboration between our physicians with their complementary disciplines and individual expertise is sure to prove exceptionally effective in the treatment of adult and pediatric ENT disorders, obstructive sleep apnea, and other adult and pediatric sleep conditions.”

Chicago ENT Skokie will offer collaborative expertise in:

  • Diagnostic Testing and Minimally Invasive Techniques
  • Adult and Pediatric Otolaryngology, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine
  • Full Sleep Testing
  • Sleep Psychology
  • CPAP and non-CPAP Alternatives
  • Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Treatments
  • Insomnia
  • Dental Sleep Medicine
  • Audiology

Offering the collaborative expertise at Chicago ENT Skokie will be Michael Friedman, M.D., Director of Chicago ENT, Professor of Otolaryngology at Rush University, and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Adam J. Levy, M.D., head and neck cancer expert and former member of the Department of Otolaryngology at Yale University ; Kathryn L. Colman, M.D., Director of Pediatric ENT at Chicago ENT, former clinical instructor of the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard University, and graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Irina Trosman, M.D., Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, joining Chicago ENT from Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, IL; Claire E. Kenneally, M.D., board-certified sleep specialist and graduate of the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, also joining Chicago ENT from Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, IL; Ayesha Siddiqi, M.D., board-certified allergist and immunologist and Section Chief of allergy at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Laurel Horne, Au.D., Clinical Audiologist and member of the Illinois Academy of Audiology; Martin Hirsch, D.M.D., dental sleep medicine expert specializing in oral appliance therapy in the treatment of sleep apnea; and Sabrina Stempel, Certified Maternity and Child Sleep Consultant and the founder and CEO of Baby Sleep Train, a professional infant and child sleep consulting company based in the Chicago area.

The Chicago ENT Skokie office will begin offering its collaborative otolaryngology and sleep apnea services to patients January 2015. For additional information, please visit or call 312-236-3642.

Dr. Michael Friedman Pioneers Amazing U.S. Sleep Apnea Breakthrough

Earlier this year, Dr. Michael Friedman, Medical Director at Chicago ENT, performed the nation’s first “Targeted Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation” procedure. The technique, part of a clinical trial, has since received FDA approval and is a promising development for sleep apnea sufferers who have not had success with CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) or other methods used to control their condition.

“Targeted Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation offers hope to the millions of sleep apnea patients who’ve tried and failed with other methods. This is the future of sleep apnea for severe cases,” said Dr. Friedman.

Clinical trials are now underway for a variation of the Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation technique.

Did you know that daytime drowsiness due to poor quality of sleep is responsible for:

  • More than 100,000 motor vehicle accidents, annually
  • 71,000 personal injuries due to sleepy driving accidents, annually
  • 1,500 deaths due to sleepy driving accidents, annually
  • Significantly lower levels of academic performance in adolescents
  • Reduced workplace performance and increased workplace accidents

But there’s more. Poor sleep negatively affects work performance and contributes to serious health problems including high blood pressure, heart problems and liver disorders.

Help is right here

Chicago ENT is the home of world-renowned sleep specialist Dr. Michael Friedman and a team of expert sleep physicians whose expertise can stop snoring and sleep apnea and provide you with the high quality of sleep you need. Dr. Friedman created the Center for Snoring and Sleep Apnea which uses non-invasive and minimally-invasive techniques to treat sleep apnea, including nonsurgical tonsil reduction, nasal valve repair, the Pillar Procedure, palatal stiffening, radio frequency, and robotic assisted procedures.

If you want the feeling you get with a good night‘s sleep – every night – call the experienced sleep specialists at Chicago ENT today: (773) 296-5500.

New Skokie Office to Feature Pediatric Care Center

At Chicago ENT, “good enough” isn’t good enough. In our ongoing effort to provide you with the best ENT care in the Chicago area, Chicago ENT is pleased to announce two additions to our ear, nose & throat family.

We’re Expanding!

Due to the high demand for our state-of-the-art, compassionate care, Chicago ENT will be opening a new office – our 6th – in early 2015. This office will feature all of the ENT treatment options, and patients can expect the same exceptional care they have experienced for over 30 years at our current locations throughout Chicagoland.

Our new Skokie office will be located at 8930 Gross Point Rd., Suite 700. More details on the exact opening date and our open house will appear in future newsletters.

Coming Soon: Expanded Pediatric Care

Responding to the community’s need, Chicago ENT is expanding its pediatric ENT program with the addition of Dr. Kathryn Colman, a pediatric ENT specialist. Dr. Colman is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed a Fellowship in pediatric ENT at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Colman is NOW SEEING PATIENTS at our 3000 N. Halsted location and will be in Skokie starting in early 2015.

For over 30 years, world-renowned otolaryngologist Dr. Michael Friedman and our team of ENT specialists have been providing comprehensive, state-of-the-art, compassionate ENT care to patients throughout Chicagoland and from around the world.

State-of-the-art ENT Care with Patient-First Convenience

At Chicago ENT, we know that clinical excellence is important. But we also know that making our care easy is important, too. For your convenience, we offer:

• Same- and next-day appointments
• 24/7 patient hotline
• Five convenient locations (Plus Skokie, opening early 2015)
• Offices open 6 days a week
• Most insurance accepted and filed

For more information on our special brand of ENT care, or to make an appointment, call us today:
(773) 296-5500.

Thyroid and Parathyroid Tumors Removed with Minimal Discomfort

Left untreated, a low performing thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause joint pain, obesity, heart disease and infertility. A hyperfunctioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism) may cause poor sleep, tremors and instability.

The parathyroid gland produces a hormone that assists in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus. The most common conditions related to the parathyroid are hypo- and hyperparathyroidism. In hyperparathyroidism, for example, patients may experience fatigue, depression and memory loss. Hyperparthyroidism also causes osteoporosis and may cause kidney stones. In fact, hyperparathyroidism affects every organ in the body.

Turn to Our Center of Excellence for Help

For the removal of parathyroid tumors, Chicago ENT specializes in a gamma-guided procedure that is minimally invasive and often takes as little as 15 minutes. Minimally-invasive incisions are camouflaged and patients return to their normal routines quickly and with minimal discomfort.

For more information on the Thyroid and Parathyroid Center at Chicago ENT, or to make an appointment, call today: (773) 296-5500.

Natural Remedies and Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which the regular breathing process stops suddenly and frequently, while the person is asleep. It is a potentially serious disorder and needs prompt treatment before it potentially affects the patient’s health and causes weight gain, low energy and long-term heart problems.

Many of us are no doubt affected with Sleep apnea and snoring and may not be aware of the problem. Sleep apnea differs significantly from normal snoring and there are many ways to detect and cure sleep apnea-related snoring

Sleep apnea is characterized by:

  • Loud and chronic snoring
  • Choking or gasping during sleep
  • Long pauses in breathing which awakens the sleeper
  • Daytime sleepiness and constant tiredness
  • Headaches in the morning
  • Restless or fitful sleep
  • Waking up and feeling out of breath
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Insomnia

The most common remedy for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device, although there are alternatives and the best treatments are natural remedies for sleep apnea. The natural ways to cure sleep apnea are:

  • Lose excess weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid alcohol and other stimulants at least two hours before bed
  • Sleep on your side, not on the back
  • Check for underlying allergies or sinus problems, as sinus blockage also causes snoring
  • Stop smoking
  • Practice exercises to strengthen throat muscles and control breathing

There are reputed medical facilities and specialized Sleep Apnea Advanced Center, where chronic snoring and sleep apnea is treated with non-invasive and/or minimally invasive procedures. These include nasal valve repair, nonsurgical tonsil reduction, radio frequency, palatal stiffening, and robotic assisted procedures.

These are just a few lifestyle-related natural remedies. Another category of treatment is alternative medicine/tracking sleeping patterns, which record the body’s rhythm during sleep and provides clues to get it back to its natural order. These alternative treatments include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Keeping a sleep diary of symptoms and how they affect your sleep
  • Ask a partner or setup a system to record yourself while sleeping. This documented proof shows what happens in your sleep so you can self-diagnose and get the assistance you need.

If these homecare remedies do not result in any progress, visit a professional healthcare or sleep apnea center for help solving your sleep apnea issues.

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Understanding Head And Neck Cancers

The specter of any type of cancer makes most anyone shiver in fear of being affected. The types of cancers that attack the head and neck include those within the oral cavity, larynx, salivary glands, nose or nasal passages and pharynx are responsible for about three percent of cancer malignancies diagnosed in the United States each year. Classic research reveals that head and neck cancers are more common in men than in women. The most critical risk factors contributing to head and neck cancer diagnoses are tobacco and alcohol consumption. In addition, infections from certain human papillomavirus (HPV) are now being found to account for about half of all cases of oropharyngeal cancers. Standard head and neck cancer treatment includes radiation therapy, surgery and in certain instances, chemotherapy.

Most cancers diagnosed at an early stage are curable and there are various treatment options available including head and neck cancer surgery. Some of the most prevalent risk factors contributing to the incidence of head and neck cancers include the following.

  • Tobacco: Tobacco consumption, whether chewable or smokeless, amplify the risk of mouth cancer. Tobacco is chiefly responsible for the cancers found in the oral cavity, hypo pharynx and larynx.
  • Alcohol: Drinking alcohol for years increases the risk of mouth and throat cancer. Not surprisingly, people who consume both alcohol and tobacco are at a much greater risk of developing head and neck cancers than others.
  • Smoking: Long- or short-term smoking of cigars, pipes or cigarette poses a great risk of developing some form of head or neck cancer. Smoking raises the odds of contracting cancers of the mouth, throat and voice box. Holding a cigarette in the mouth for extended periods also increases the risk of lip cancer.
  • Radiation and Sunlight: Unprotected exposure to direct sunlight or harmful amount of radiation is a frequent factor cited in head and neck-related cancer statistics. Studies reveal that nearly one out of three people diagnosed with lip cancer are outdoor workers. Skin cancers have an elevated incidence in people with driving occupations such as taxi drivers and long-distance truckers who expose their faces to harsh sunlight without protection.
  • Occupational Exposure: Prolonged exposure to synthetic fibers and asbestos has been widely linked with the cancers of head and neck. Workers involved in construction, textile, ceramic, food, metal and logging may have a great risk of cancer of the larynx because of inhaling possibly carcinogenic particles for prolonged periods. Cancer of the nasal cavity and Para-nasal sinuses has also been traced to excessive exposure to nickel, leather dust and wood particles.
  • Family History: People with an immediate family history of someone affected with head and neck cancer are highly vulnerable to developing the same type of cancer due to their shared environment.

In every instance, doctors advise a prompt visit to a specialist or a clinic experienced in head and neck cancer treatment, so that this debilitating disease can be cured and controlled at an early stage.

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Awareness Of Symptoms And Treatment For Allergies

Allergies are quite common among people all over the world, escalating to the point of a global healthcare problem, according to the World Allergy Organization. Heredity and the environment each play a crucial role in the prevalence of allergies among all sufferers. Allergies to substances, foods and environmental factors are a person’s immune reaction or response to what the body perceives as threats to its health and existence. In a major city such as Chicago, where millions of residents may come in contact with a veritable potpourri of foreign allergens each day, common allergies are most often caused by pollen, dust, mold, food items, air/water/soil pollution, pet and animal dander, drugs and other foreign substances.

Symptoms of common allergies 

Allergy symptoms do not just make you feel uncomfortable, but they also interfere with your routine life activities. Some of the most common symptoms of allergies:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Congestion
  • Irritation in throat
  • Cough and wheezing
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy skin
  • Mental confusion
  • Excess mucus production
  • Nausea
  • Problem breathing or swallowing
  • Body rashes
  • Itchy eyes or ears
  • Red or swollen eyes
  • Skin peeling
  • Stuffy nose
  • Body inflammation Vomiting
  • Watery eyes

However, allergies caused by ingested drugs usually affect the whole body and a person suffering from a drug allergy may experience a completely different set of symptoms.

The treatment for allergies depends on the underlying type of the allergy, its root cause and the severity of the inflammation caused by the allergy. Luckily, for the people in the greater Chicago area, there are a number of treatment options and clinics available ranging from effective home remedies and over-the-counter drugs to prescription medications and long-term physician care. Below are some of the common treatment options for common allergies:

  • Allergy eye drops
  • Capsules and pills
  • Creams and ointment for the body
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Allergy injections
  • Leukotriene Inhibitors for asthma
  • Inhaler and nebulizers
  • Steroid Nasal Sprays and Anticholinergic Nasal Allergy Sprays
  • Saline-based nasal washes

Typically, patients suffering from severe allergic symptoms are given prescription injections or corticosteroid pills for short periods. Before taking any medicine, always consult your Nose and Ear doctor in Chicago to avoid any unknown side effects or risk.

Untreated allergic reactions may lead to serious medical conditions such as sinus infection, asthma or even death. If you are experiencing the severe symptoms of your allergies for more than a week, visit the best ENT doctor in Chicago area for proper diagnosis and treatment of the condition. Your health care provider will perform a variety of diagnostic tests and take your medical history to recommend the most effective treatment option for you. So, schedule a visit to an ear, nose & throat doctor in Chicago in the near future to solve your allergy problems.

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