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Why Checkups Matter You’ve heard the excuses.  “I’m too busy.”  “I’m perfectly healthy.”  “I can tough it out.”  Women live longer than men by six to eight years worldwide. In the U.S., men have...
The holidays can be a time of great anxiety for someone with diabetes. Eating at odd times, being surrounded by tempting food and neglecting a daily routine can wreak havoc on their blood sugar. And when blood sugar is too high or too low, it can make them feel...
Understanding the Science of Fear Fear. It’s an emotional response to a perceived threat, either real or imagined. Some people — roller-coaster fans and horror movie buffs — thrive on it, while other people avoid it. Have you ever wondered why?
World Mental Health Day was celebrated on Thursday, October 10, 2019. This day was created to make more people aware of mental health concerns worldwide. This day also encourages people to become more concerned with mental health issues and the effects it has on people. As...
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...