• 6 Signs that Help Identify Depression
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    depression“There is a stigma around mental illness,” says Cvengros, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Rush University Medical Center. In Jamies Cvengros, PhD experience, people avoid talking about depression.

    Early Warning Signs of Depression

    Learning to recognize these six nonverbal signs can assist in helping people in your life who may be struggling with depression.

    Changing body language

    “If someone in your life is depressed, you’ll probably notice that their body language changes” Cvengros says. Some people might make less eye contact or their hand gestures may become less frequent or slower.

    Not engaging in conversation

    They may speak slower or not be as active in the flow of conversation. Similarly, they may not answer phone calls or respond to emails or texts.

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  • We’re Moving to 100 E. Walton on June 1
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    Moving to 100 E. Walton on June 1As of June 1, 2017 Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine will no longer participate in any insurance plans, including Medicare and will be moving to a new location at 100 E. Walton, Suite 400W.

    This will allow patients whom we were previously unable to see due to their type of insurance and our provider agreement restrictions to choose us as their providers.

    We will not require patients to pay an upfront practice membership fee at this time.

    Fees for all of our visits will be patient responsibility and will be collected at the time of service.

    We will provide a receipt which patients will be able to send to their insurance company or use for reimbursement by their health savings account.

    Our fee structure will be based on time and complexity of services rendered.

    A new patient appointment will consist of a comprehensive evaluation lasting 60 to 90 minutes which will include review of in-depth online questionnaire and any outside records provided by the patient as well as a thorough history and physical examination.

    Return visits will be scheduled for minimum of 30 minutes.

    We are excited about this new model of practice which will allow us to provide our current patients with an ongoing high standard of care while also making it possible for many new patients to join Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine and partner with us as we facilitate their journey towards optimum health and wellness.

    The staff at Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine looks forward to seeing you in our new location – 100 E. Walton, Suite 400W, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Our new location is one block north of Delaware and just west of Michigan Avenue. Our phone number will remain the same. Call for an appointment with Dr. Vesna Skul or Dr. Danuta Hoyer today!  Call 773.435.1150.

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  • Fatigue Facts
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    Fatigue often indicates an underlying health problem. With all of life’s challenges, nearly everyone gets tired. It’s when symptoms become chronic that your health can become compromised. It often indicates an underlying health problem.

    The cause of being tired can be identified. Maybe you had a longer workout, or attended a business function that had too much alcohol and you went to bed later than your normal time. In these cases, the fatigue will pass within a few days. However, chronic fatigue lasts for an extended period, usually more than a month. You may lack motivation and have difficulty with concentration. If you are experiencing these symptoms, a visit to your primary care physician can help get to the root of the problem.


    Fatigue FactsWhat Causes Fatigue?

    There are many causes of fatigue. Sleep disorders or poor sleeping habits are big attributors. You should generally get seven to eight hours of sleep every night. But are you getting quality sleep? Sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome may be keeping you awake. Plus, illnesses such as a cold or the flu can cause you to be restless tired.

    Fatigue can indicate a more serious medical issue. Are there changes in your appetite? Are you experiencing weight loss or weight gain? Do you have enlarged lymph nodes? Or do you have a cough, pain, or fever? These are things that may point to an infection or a more serious cause of fatigue.

    Thyroid disorders, such as an underactive thyroid gland, can leave someone feeling tired. Anemia and other blood disorders can also deplete your energy. Even everyday stress can interrupt sleep and take away your energy if it isn’t managed properly. Fatigue can also be from a psychiatric disorder, particularly depression or anxiety which lasts for six months or longer.

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  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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    Breast Cancer Awareness MonthHave you noticed the pink scarves, pink socks, pink shirts, and pink coffee mugs in the department stores? It’s a reminder to examine your breasts, make a doctor appointment, and schedule your mammogram. About 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1000 men in the United States will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Being proactive in this fight is crucial. There are some guidelines, though…


    Breast self-exams should be done monthly.

    The best time to do them is about 10 days after the onset of your menstrual cycle. Breasts can be capricious, and they will change texture over the course of the monthly cycle, so sticking to one time of the month is best. If you no longer menstruate, then choose a day of the month and do it that same day from then on.

    If your breasts are generally lumpy and you don’t know what is normal and what isn’t, the best strategy is to simply become familiar with them. Become so familiar with each ridge and curve that if something was to change, you’d notice it right away.

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  • Spring is Allergy Season in Chicago
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    allergy seasonDo you suffer from spring allergies? Do you stay indoors? Have you ever used a neti pot to help clear your breathing passages?

    The allergy season begins in February and can last until the early summer. Spring rain showers can cause an increase in mold and leave you feeling miserable well into the fall.

    Do you know what triggers your allergies? You may think you know that pollen or mold is causing your suffering, but other substances may be involved as well. Did you know that more than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round symptoms?

    Relieving sneezing or itchy, watery eyes could be as simple as taking over-the-counter medicine, lozenges or trying a nasal rinse. If your spring allergies are more severe, a nose spray prescribed by a physician may be the answer to alleviating your allergy symptoms.

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  • High Blood Pressure Tips
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    High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can trigger serious health problems, including heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and vision loss. Changes in the way you eat and live can bring down your blood pressure and help you avoid the future health problems.

    High Blood Pressure TipsWatch your weight

    Your blood pressure rises as your weight increases. If you lose 5 – 10 percent of your total body weight, you can help lower your blood pressure.

    Eat a well balanced diet for high blood pressure

    A diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, and low in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol can help control high blood pressure. Orenda’s Clean Burn and Shape program has shown to lower blood pressure in research studies. Clean – assists in nourishing the body with nutrients that help support the body’s natural detoxifying process. Burn – supports the body’s ability to lose weight naturally. Shape – helps you lose weight, and helps your digestion and regularity.

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  • Kick Off the New Year with a Free Clean Day Trial Pack
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    clean day trial packComprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine would like to send you a FREE sample of Clean Burn Shape to try out for a day. So many of our patients love this program, we thought you would too! Simply click on this link, enter CBS-57330 in the code, and we will send you a 1 Day Clean Day Trial Pack FREE.

    The Clean Day Trial Pack has Orenda Clean, Orenda Burn and Orenda Shape. You will get all the components of a Clean Day on the program. We’ll send you 2 Clean stick packs, 3 Burn capsules and 1 Vanilla Shape individual serving… all for free.

    Clean assists in nourishing the body with nutrients that help in clearing out and detoxifying unwanted substances from your body.

    Burn is your daily partner in weightless throughout your 100-day transformation, helping fan the flames of your weight loss efforts in a variety of ways.

    Shape is a Hyper Premium nutritional shake in Vanilla or Chocolate full of nutrition including huge amounts of greens, vitamins, minerals and flavor. Curbing cravings and satisfying hunger is Shape’s specialty.

    Orenda International is a company on the leading edge of natural health. Health Professionals across the United States and United Kingdom are using the Orenda products in their practice and with their patients, and are experiencing exceptional results. Orenda’s Clean, Burn and Shape program will have you seeing and feeling results faster than you thought possible.




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  • Holiday Diet Tips
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    As the holidays approach, we need to be extra mindful of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Starting with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year’s Eve, we are continuously tempted to overindulge. We’ve added some holiday diet tips including healthy recipes.

    Food has become an integral part of the holiday season, and it’s important that we formulate a strategy for getting through the holidays without gaining weight. It can be done, but it requires thinking ahead and planning for temptation.

    Maintaining a Healthy Diet During the Holidays

    Turkey is good for you- high in protein, vitamin B6 and niacin- but we ruin its nutritional value by smothering it in gravy or deep frying it. Try to choose an organic turkey, and invest in a good meat thermometer. Organic turkeys tend to be juicier, and making sure you don’t overcook will eliminate the need for gravy.

    Winter squashes, like acorn and butternut, are a concentrated source of alpha linolenic acid, an omega 3 essential fatty acid that is very good for heart health, and are loaded with vitamin A. Other winter vegetables, such as brussel sprouts, parsnips, broccoli, sweet potatoes, carrots and rutabagas, are also loaded with vitamins E and C and beta-carodene, all antioxidants that help boost your immune system and repair cellular damage. Instead of making a sweet potato casserole with tons of calories, roast a selection of winter vegetables. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of these delicious vegetables.

    Choose your desserts wisely! Fresh fruit is always the best choice, and a fruit pie is better for you than a cream pie. Skip the whipped cream and ice cream, and cut a small slice. You’ll still get to indulge your sweet tooth, but you won’t regret it in the morning.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    We home you enjoy our holiday diet tips.

    The Staff at CCWM

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  • Redefine Acute Care is a game-changer
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    If you’re looking to remove wrinkles, Forbes says Redefine Acute Care is a game-changer! Think of it as an at-home alternative to an injectable filler for wrinkles.

    Redefine Acute Care

    Skincare Product for Wrinkles

    When you use Redefine Acute Care at night, the skincare treatment patches fit comfortably under the eye or above the lip, to quickly smooth targeted lines and wrinkles for a naturally younger-looking appearance. REDEFINE Acute Care Skincare for Expression Lines delivers hyaluronic acid and peptides that produce visible results in the majority of users from just one use. Further benefits are seen and sustained with continued usage. Use one set every third night for a month and repeat every two to three months as needed. The majority of people see an improvement overnight.

    If you are looking for a quick and painless wrinkle remover, Redefine Acute Care is a perfect solution. REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ smooths expression lines with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for a more youthful appearance.

    Buy Redefine Acute Care and receive a FREE gift! To purchase Redefine Acute Care, visit

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  • Ten Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage
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    Ten Tips to Get the Most From Your Massage1. Be as receptive and open to the massage process as possible.

    2. Don’t eat just before the session. Let your body digest your meal first.

    3. Be on time. If you arrive in a frenzied, rushed state, it may take longer to relax.

    4. Take off only as much clothing as you are comfortable removing. If you don’t want to remove your clothing, wear clothing that will be comfortable during your session and will allow the massage therapist to touch and move the areas of your body you expect will need to be massaged.

    The therapist will either leave the room or otherwise provide privacy while you undress. A sheet or towel is provided for draping during the massage and the therapist will uncover only the part of your body being massaged, ensuring that modesty is respected at all times. After the massage is finished, you will be provided with privacy while dressing.

    5. Communicate with your therapist.

    – Before the session, give accurate health information and let the therapist know your expectations and reasons for the massage.

    – Allergies to Oils, Lotions, Powders – The therapist may use oil, lotion or powders to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or powders, tell your massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.

    – Some massage therapists play recorded music during the massage session. Others find music distracting. If it’s provided, let your massage therapist know if you have any music preferences or if you would prefer they turn off the music.

    – Some people like to talk during a massage, while others remain silent. Tell your massage therapist what you prefer.

    – During the massage session, report any discomfort, whether it’s from the massage or due to any problems or distractions related to the environment, e.g., room temperature, music volume, lighting, etc.

    – Give feedback to the massage therapist during the massage on the amount of pressure, speed of hand movement, etc. If anything happens that you dislike or seems improper, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop. If necessary, you also have the right to end the session.

    – Don’t be afraid to discuss any apprehensions or concerns. It’s important that you be as comfortable as possible during your massage. Your massage therapist is a professional dedicated to do his or her best to help you feel at ease.

    6. Remember to breathe normally. Breathing helps facilitate relaxation. People often stop or limit their breathing when they feel anxious or a sensitive area is massaged.

    7. Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive. Let your massage therapist know this is happening. They may need to adjust the massage technique they use and may also be able to help you relax the affected area. If you find your thoughts are racing during the massage, one way to be more body-centered and to quiet your mind is to follow the hands of the massage therapist and focus on how the touch feels.

    8. Drink extra water after your massage.

    9. Don’t get up too quickly and do allow for some open, quiet time after your massage session. If you’re dizzy or light headed after the massage, do not get off the table too fast. It also may take a little time to integrate or absorb the results of the session.

    10. Be prepared to schedule several sessions. Massage has its greatest benefits over time. The therapeutic effects are cumulative, so the more often you get a massage, the better you will feel and the more quickly your body will respond. From one session to the next, relaxation deepens as the chronic patterns of stress in the body are affected and released. If you’re getting massage to address chronic muscular tension or recovery from a soft tissue injury, more than one session is usually needed.

    Massage Therapy

    If you could like to schedule an appointment with one of our therapist, please call Comprehensive Center for Women’s Medicine at 773-435-1150.

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