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  • Headbanging caused brain bleed in Motorhead fan Jul 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    It may not destroy your soul, but it turns out heavy metal music can be hazardous to your brain. At least in some rare cases. German doctors say they have treated a Motorhead fan whose headbanging habit ultimately led to a brain injury, but that the risk to metal fans in general is so small they don’t need to give up the shaking.

  • Had your fill of fillings? An electrical device may be just as good Jul 14, 2014 6:00 AM
    There may come a time in the near future when fillings for minor cavities are a thing of the past. Researchers at King’s College London are developing a procedure that uses low-frequency electrical currents to help teeth “self-heal” lesions, or cavities, without drilling.

  • Daredevil seniors: All ages can learn ‘parkour’ Jul 14, 2014 5:45 AM
    On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all of her classmates are over 60. They are members of a unique weekly class for seniors in a sport more commonly known for gravity-defying jumps than helping people with arthritis.

  • Bloomingdale foundation supports families fighting neuroblastoma Jul 16, 2014 10:37 AM
    Patricia Tallungan felt lost when her son, Nick, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She needed to know more about the rare cancer, more about what it would mean to her son, more about how it would change her family. After Nick died, she set out to become that resource for other families. Her Bloomingdale-based Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation hosts its annual Parent Education and Medical conference beginning Thursday, July 17, in Oak Brook.

  • Batavia woman epitomizes triumph over death Jul 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    A 57-year-old Batavia woman and heart transplant recipient is vying for a swimming medal today at the Transplant Games in Houston. “I was lying in a hospital bed near death, and look at me now,” she says. “It's such an amazing feeling as a nonathlete to walk in and walk around that stadium like real Olympic athletes do.”

  • Who pays your doc? Info will be available online Jul 13, 2014 6:12 AM
    When many of us have a medical appointment we’re concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What’s our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. This fall, all that info will be available to you online.

  • Energy assistance available: Jul 10, 2014 6:03 PM
    Low Income Home Energy Assistance applications for summer will be taken until July 23 at the Fremont Township office, 22385 W. Route 60.

  • How should police handle people with autism? Jul 9, 2014 5:17 AM
    Allison Kramer readily admits she had “a meltdown” when she threw a framed photo at a police officer and kneed him in the groin. But she also described the officer as “antagonistic” and, five months later, remains steadfast that Carpentersville police handled poorly their visit to her house. This is the account of an autistic woman and her encounter.

  • Service dogs open a new world for their owners Jul 9, 2014 3:03 PM
    Dogs may be man's best friend, but for a number of Chicago-area children, teens, tweens and young adults, that special bond between human and a four-legged friend is more. For those with mobility challenges, that bond and its benefits is a lifeline to independence.

  • NCH to have bigger presence at Arlington Hts. senior center Jul 9, 2014 1:01 AM
    Northwest Community Hospital will have a bigger presence at the Arlington Heights Senior Center, thanks to a new agreement approved by the village board on Monday. “We’ve been exploring avenues of how we can get increased health programs at the senior center," said Karen Hansen, senior center manager.

  • DuPage County Board approves heroin programming for schools Jul 9, 2014 5:35 AM
    This fall, students at a dozen schools in DuPage County will learn about the dangers of heroin through a program started by the Robert Crown Centers for Health Education. DuPage County board members unanimously approved a nearly $68,000 contract Tuesday morning with Robert Crown to provide the opioid prevention education. The money to pay for the programming is coming from the $100,000 the board set aside to create a public education campaign in response to the record number of heroin deaths last year.

  • 3-D mammogram scans may find more breast cancer Jul 8, 2014 5:30 AM
    3-D mammograms may be better at finding cancer than regular scans, a large study suggests, although whether that means saving more lives isn’t known.

  • Allendale recieves grant to work with schools on mental health outreach project Jul 8, 2014 6:38 PM
    A new three-year grant will give local public-school teachers the opportunity to learn how to help students with emotional and behavioral challenges to remain in school and be successful in the classroom, thanks to the McGraw Foundation and the Alllendale Association.

  • Lake County will seek proposals to replace Winchester House nursing home Jul 8, 2014 4:54 PM
    The Lake County board has agreed to see what the market has to offer by seeking proposals to replace the Winchester House nursing home, which opened as a poor farm in 1847. "I don't know what the outcome will be -- I don't think any of us do," said board member Bonnie Thomson Carter of Ingleside. "But this is a big step forward."

  • Wheaton approves new DuPage County community health center Jul 7, 2014 11:10 PM
    DuPage County Health Department officials are hopeful construction on a new 33,000-square-foot community center can start next month after Wheaton officials approved a special use permit for the building Monday. The one-story building will be just east of the department’s existing public health center in Wheaton. "We’re very pleased we did get approval from Wheaton to proceed,” a DuPage health spokesman said.

  • Treat hypoglycemia with quick intake of sugar Jul 7, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q: I recently started taking medication for Type 2 diabetes. My doctor warned me about hypoglycemia. What signs should I look out for? What should I do if I experience them?

  • Avoid these exercises in your journey to better health Jul 7, 2014 5:27 PM
    Any exercise is better than no exercise, but if you're taking the time to work out, make sure you're choosing exercises that will truly improve your health and fitness. The following exercises are too commonly performed in hopes of measurable results, but often lead to injuries or disappointment.

  • Your health: Could DNA diet help you lose weight? Jul 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    A DNA diet, in which you eat certain foods based on your genes, could help you to lose a third more weight than calorie counting, experts claim.They put dieters on one of five eating plans based on the results of a mouth swab test, the Daily Mail reports. Obese patients using these plans lost 33 percent more weight than those on standard diets, they said.

  • When canine meets 5K: Running with your dog Jul 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of the most important things a running partner can provide is conversation. Many runners are looking for a kind of coach, to push them to go faster or longer; others want a confidant or a gossip or someone to swap the latest tips from Runner’s World with. But for some, the best running partner is one that says only one thing: woof.

  • Indy driver Charlie Kimball tells kids with diabetes to follow their dreams Jul 11, 2014 8:34 AM
    Recently, 51 kids ages 4 to 9 learned how to manage their Type 1 diabetes while having fun at a day camp at HealthTrack Sports Wellness in Glen Ellyn. Charlie Kimball, the first race car driver with diabetes to win an IndyCar Series race, was there to help them build model race cars and encourage them with his own story. “Being able to share my enthusiasm and passion for racing with these kids is very special,” he said. “It reminds them they can do anything — even drive a race car — with diabetes.”

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