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You’ve heard it so much, but you may not even know what it stands for: ADHD is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  It affects 6.4 million children ages 4 – 17, and 4% of adults in the U.S. ADHD is two times more prevalent in males than...
When school starts and the temperature drops, fitness routines often suffer. However, autumn is ripe with opportunities to spend time with your family and sneak in a little exercise, too. “Staying active in fall may help you prevent injury in the winter months,” says Steven E. Mayer, MD,...
What Your Smile Says About Your Health The next time you forget to floss, remember: What’s good for your gums is good for your heart. Gum disease increases the risk of heart attack by 49%. People with gum disease, or periodontal disease,...
When your child doesn’t feel well, eating may be the last thing they want to do. But it’s important to encourage foods and fluids when possible. “When I see a pediatric patient, my first concern is, ‘Can they eat?’ Then it’s, ‘Are they eating?’”...
From the moment your child is born, they start using their eyes.  “The early years of life are vital to the vision development of children,” says Northwestern Medicine Pediatric Ophthalmologist Bahram Rahmani, MD. “If anything during that period interferes with vision, it can potentially have...
Staying in the Game This article originally appeared in Kane County Magazine. Your child may be fearless on the field, wearing grass stains like badges of honor, but when are sports injuries more than something they can just “walk off?”
When Digestion Stops  You do it all day, but take it for granted.  “You never think about your ability to swallow and eliminate food until the process doesn’t work,” says Northwestern Medicine Esophageal Gastroenterologist John E. Pandolfino, MD. “Then, it can be...
Spend a few minutes each day working on these four functional fitness exercises that mimic your daily activities like carrying groceries or walking down stairs: 30-Second Sit-Stand for Lower-Body Strength and PowerTrack the number of times you can stand...
For some people, migraines are triggered by stress, certain foods, lack of sleep, hormones, allergies and changes in the weather. “There are many triggers,” explains Subhash K. Patel, MD, neurologist at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. “If you’ve had migraines for a long time, you may understand your...
Elburn, IL – Kristina Hughes was weaning her 14-month-old son from breastfeeding when she felt a lump. As a 27-year-old nurse practitioner with no family history of breast cancer, Hughes wasn’t overly concerned. But tests confirmed, she had stage 2 breast cancer and an inherited genetic mutation in a tumor...
This story was shared today by the DeKalb County (IL) Health Department. To read the entire, much longer article with photos go to CNN: ("Anti-vaxers' adult son gets measles; now, he has this message for the world") " Nerius remembers the scariest part of his bout with measles. "He contracted the disease in...
Northern Rehab and Braden Counseling Center have partnered together to create a new chronic pain support group in the DeKalb/Sycamore area. Living Well With Pain Support Group will meet on the first and third Mondays of each month from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Braden Counseling Center, 2600 DeKalb...