Category: Health

Possible bill in Illinois State Senate could pave path to legalizing adult recreational marijuana

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois phancock@capitolnewsillinois.com   A key supporter of an initiative to legalize adult recreational marijuana in Illinois said substantial bill language will be filed soon, and the issue could be one of the first discussed by State lawmakers when they return to the Statehouse in Springfield…...

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Fox Valley Older Adult Service expands to Batavia

By Barb Nadeau –  Fox Valley Older Adult Service (FVOAS), a far west Fox Valley non-profit serving the needs of seniors since 1972 in Sandwich, is expanding its service into the tri-city area of Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles. FVOAS helps senior citizens continue to live at home by offering…...

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Medicare focus at Oswego Center

The Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington Street, Oswego, will be host to many events for seniors. All events will take place at the Oswego Senior Center unless otherwise noted. • Medicare Discussions: Understanding Supplement Plans, Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m.. Choosing a supplement, known as Medigap, plan can be…...

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Free hearing screening: Lions

The Aurora Evening Lions Club will sponsor a free hearing screening for hearing loss. The earlier the detection the better the chances are for successful treatment. The Lions Mobile Hearing screening unit service will be at Prisco Community Center, at 150 W Illinois Avenue, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m…....

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Laurie Frieders, executive director of the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA), presents the 2019 Public Official Award to Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley at the Village Board meeting Monday. The award is given to a public official who has documented significant contributions in clean water legislation, public policy, government service, or another area of public prominence that results in improvements to the water environment. Frieders said Brolley was nominated because the Village of Montgomery has several environment-friendly policies.

IWEA 2019 Public Official Award to Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley for environment-friendly policies

Laurie Frieders, executive director of the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA), presents the 2019 Public Official Award to Montgomery Village president Matt Brolley at the Village Board meeting Monday. The award is given to a public official who has documented significant contributions in clean water legislation, public policy, government service,…...

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U.S. senator Dick Durbin, third from left, and acting principal deputy under secretary for health, Steven Lieberman, M.D., join Hines Veterans Hospital director, Steven Braverman, M.D. recently when Hines VA receive $5 Million donation to support geriatric research and patient-centered care. Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital received a ceremonial check for $5 Million.  Daniel DuVerney/Hines Media Service photo

Illinois donor leaves $5 Million to Hines VA Hospital

U.S. senator Dick Durbin, third from left, and acting principal deputy under secretary for health, Steven Lieberman, M.D., join Hines Veterans Hospital director, Steven Braverman, M.D. recently when Hines VA receive $5 Million donation to support geriatric research and patient-centered care.  Hines VA Hospital received a ceremonial check for $5…...

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Donna Crane

Fruits, vegetables, could become medical prescriptions

Researchers at Tufts University in Massachusetts made the case that subsidized fruits and vegetables could prevent millions of cases of chronic diseases. Prescribing fruits and veggies would save $100 Billion in medical costs. Rina Raphael contributed the following article to FastCompany. “Perhaps it’s time for doctors to start prescribing more…...

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Larry Frieders

Resistant bacteria neutralized by proper disposing of chemicals

In a perfect world, medicines would become inactive in our bodies after they’ve done their jobs, and leave nothing to cause harm. The opposite is true. Often, chemical reactions in the body convert all or part of the medicine we consume to other compounds which are eliminated into the environment…....

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Veterans’ discussion, speaker, on PTSD

The Aurora University Veterans Association will be host to a keynote speaker and panel discussion to inform community members and concerned individuals about PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) among many walks of life at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 9 at the Aurora University Crimi Auditorium, 347 S. Gladstone Avenue, Aurora. The…...

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Discussion of cannabis at Waubonsee Community College Downtown Campus: From left: Stephanie Kifowit, Linda Holmes, Heather Steans, Joe McMahon. See page 2. Carter Crane/The Voice

Discussion about cannabis:

Cannabis legislation was the focus Saturday morning for the panel at Waubonsee Community College Downtown Campus in Aurora. Bills in both the State Senate (316) and the State House (2353) would make cannabis legal to take it off the illegal market. Joe McMahon, Kane County State’s attorney, was against the…...

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Carter Crane editor of The Voice

It does matter, make a difference, when we vote: April 2

Often we hear the phrase, “It does not matter.” Or, “They do not pay attention, anyway.” Or, “My vote is only one and will not make a difference.” It does matter. They do listen. One vote does add up, one vote as a time. Our vote should reflect our conscience,…...

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Donna Crane

Breathe Green, breathe easily, for smelly shoes: Odor disappears

First of two parts Rita Hatthaway published the following article for Home & Garden magazine: “Mary Johnson, 42, was at her wit’s end. She loved her three sons more than life itself. They were all bright boys, ranging from freshmen to seniors in high school. But she had violent thoughts…...

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Wayne Johnson

Kidney stones traced to Stone Age, to Paleolithic Age

As I sit here composing this piece, at this very moment, no, that moment is past, at this very moment, no, that one is past now. These moments go by too quickly to latch on to one. Anyway, I’m psyching myself up for another kidney stone surgery, which will be…...

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St. Baldrick’s in Naperville

The Naperville Police and Fire Departments will be hosts to the 15th annual St. Baldrick’s Event in Naperville Saturday, March 23. The signature head-shaving event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to raising money for children’s cancer research, will be held at the Chicago Naperville Marriott,…...

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Konen, Keystone, plan through Chamber

One of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce services partners, Konen Insurance and Keystone Insurers Group, recently finalized a group health insurance plan! The plan was built using member data to ensure competitive rates and plan features. Thursday, March 21, at 11 a.m. will be an introduction to the program…...

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African American Health Coalition Fair Saturday

The Aurora African American Health Coalition will hold its annual community Health Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at the Aurora Christian School, 2255 Sullivan Road in Aurora. This year’s theme is “Healthy Mind. Healthy Body. Healthy U.” The free event is open to the public…...

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Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. He shared information about the book, “A Fox River Testimony” which shows 73 original paintings by Joel Sheesley. He spent two years travelling up and down the Fox River from West Dundee south to Ottawa, to capture all of its moods, meanders, and seasons, on canvas. McDonald answered questions about the health of the Fox River, including the dams. He said dam-removal is needed because the worst water quality is behind the dams. Ecologically, they are barriers which impede fish from going upstream to reproduce. Jason Crane/The Voice

‘A Fox River Testimony’:

Brook McDonald, CEO of The Conservation Foundation, answers questions about the Fox River Monday from members of the Rotary Club of Aurora. The Foundation preserves and restores natural areas and open space, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes stewardship of our environment. McDonald shared information about the book, “A Fox…...

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Auroran Rodrigo "Bobby" Menendez, Aurora Noon Lions Club president, shows members at a recent meeting a certificate of appreciation from Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation awarded the Aurora Noon Club the certificate for donation of $3,062 for Foundation programs and services aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults. Al Benson/The Voice

Aurora Noon Lions Club honored for aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults

Auroran Rodrigo “Bobby” Menendez, Aurora Noon Lions Club president, shows members at a recent meeting a certificate of appreciation from Lions of Illinois Foundation. The Foundation awarded the Aurora Noon Club the certificate for donation of $3,062 for Foundation programs and services aiding visual- and hearing-impaired children and adults. Al…...

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Larry Frieders

Health solutions not always 100% safe; fear counterproductive

I once published a newsletter about the many uses of common hydrogen peroxide and some individuals began telling me about the possible dangers from using this long-available product. The mere chance of a problem seems to have triggered some of my readers to issue dire warnings, even suggesting I retract…...

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Andrea Scott, former Michigan State University gymnast, gives fitness program advice

Andrea Scott, former Michigan State University gymnast, gives fitness program advice

Andrea Scott, a former Michigan State University gymnast, shares the keys to sticking to a fitness program at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora meeting Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. She holds a master’s degree in adult fitness along with certifications in cardiac rehabilitation. She is a humorist who…...

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