HEALTH BRIEFS: Walk to benefit research into neurological disorder

2013-07-23T00:05:00Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Walk to benefit research into neurological disorderTimes Staff
July 23, 2013 12:05 am  • 

HIGHLAND | A fundraising walk to benefit Conquer Chiari is scheduled for noon Sept. 21 at Wicker Park, 2000 Ridge Road.

Chiari malformation is a neurological disorder in which the bottom part of the brain – the cerebellum – descends out of the skull and crowds the spinal cord, putting pressure on both the brain and spine.

The Conquer Chiari Walk Across America is a series of coordinated awareness and fundraising walks being held across the country on the same day.

A minimum donation of $25 is suggested. Registration begins at 10 a.m. the day of the walk, but participants are asked to pre-register online at T-shirts will be provided to those who register by Aug. 16 and contribute at least $25.

For more information, contact Tina Putnam at or Todd Collins at or call (219) 650-4050. Evenings, you may contact Paul at (219) 322-6196 or


Bariatric information shared at 12 seminars in region

People considering surgical weight loss options can learn more at free seminars offered by Franciscan Alliance hospitals in Dyer, Crown Point and Michigan City. 

Registration is required and is available by calling the Midwest Bariatric Institute at (219) 852-2518.

Upcoming meetings include 6 p.m. July 31, Aug. 28 and Sept. 25, and 1 p.m. Aug. 11, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6 in the Reginald Board Room at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Dyer, 24 Joliet St.; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 23 at the Marian Education Center, Room D, 1201 S. Main St. in Crown Point; and 6 p.m. Aug. 15, Sept. 4 and Oct. 16 at Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital in Michigan City.


Free seminar Aug. 1 will focus on relieving shoulder pain

CALUMET CITY | At a free upcoming lunch discussion, Dr. Phillip Nigro, an orthopedic specialist, will discuss the latest treatment options for shoulder pain.

Nigro is on staff at the Advanced Orthopedic Institute at Ingalls and has expertise in treating shoulder and elbow pain and improving mobility with a focus on using the least invasive treatments. The lunch discussion will be at noon Aug. 1, at the Ingalls Family Care Center, 1600 167th St.

Reservations are required to attend the lunch discussion and can be made by calling (800) 221-2199. 


Franciscan doctor to provide endocrinology care in Munster

MUNSTER | Dr. Olena Hungerford has joined Franciscan Medical Specialists Department of Endocrinology. She is board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in endocrinology.

Hungerford practices at the Munster Medical Center, 761 45th St. She is accepting new patients and is available to treat a variety of endocrinology disorders including diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth and development disorders, blood sugar irregularities, osteoporosis and unexplained weight gain.

She is fluent in English, native Russian and basic Ukrainian.

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