Category: Health

Alarm: Many older individuals committing suicide

By Deena Sherman –  Some news reports have called suicide a national health crisis after many recent deaths that include high-profile individuals such as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Many want to take comfort that it is solely about an illness that overtakes some, and nothing more. I don’t believe...

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The Heroin Highway

Kane County Sheriff, Don Kramer, discusses the Heroin Highway at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. Highways heading west from the West Side of Chicago, a central hub, are known as the Heroin Highway. Kramer answered questions and explained how law enforcement is working...

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Mindset that pills will cure every ill counterproductive

She wasn’t alone, though, because many of her generation, early to mid-20th Century, bore a deep understanding of what it really meant to be healthy. Sadly, they lived during times when medicine was changing from the old-fashioned holistic approach to the modern beliefs about drugs, surgery, and radiation, thank you,...

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Good health: Shedding opioid epidemic, good food drive

Good health is not a single track proposition. Good food and drug-free living offer the best head start. The two are connected. Last week the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. Navy, from Indiana, was in Kane County for appearances on the opioid epidemic, which has grown exponentially, recently....

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Presentation on positive effects cannabinoids have on the human body

Rick Niksic, left, an education and outreach representative with Greenhouse, a licensed medical marijuana dispensary and pharmacy, shares a presentation at the Rotary Club of Aurora Monday. He spoke about the positive effects cannabinoids have on the human body. Patients as young as four suffering from seizures can make it...

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Kane County Health Department roundtable on the opioid drug epidemic

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. Navy, gives remarks to approximately 60 individuals in Aurora at the Kane County Health Department roundtable on the opioid drug epidemic. On the panel to his left are Chris Lauzen, Kane County Board chairman, U.S. congressman Randy Hultgren, 14th District. In the audience...

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Reader’s Commentary: No fresh vegetables in 3 years

By Grace Grzanek –  April 15 marked three years that Eddie has lived in his memory care nursing facility in southeast Aurora. Not once in those three years has he been offered a fresh tomato, or a fresh carrot, or a fresh mushroom, or a fresh piece of celery or...

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Innovative prescriptions make popping pills easier than good food

​The University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. recently reported on its study results about a new, innovative, ​antioxidant. The report was entitled, “Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again”, which certainly grabs the reader’s attention. Who wouldn’t want to have blood vessels that seem younger? The work demonstrates...

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Assistance for Parkinson’s:

Master Xin Qi, right, looking into the middle of the circle, of Panda Kung Fu & Tai Chi in Naperville, leads a fitness routine Saturday for those who may suffer from Parkinson’s disease. The special event was at Jesse “The Law” Boxing Club in Aurora at the Fox Valley Park...

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Boxing-inspired fitness to slow progression of Parkinson’s

North Aurora resident Mary White explains the benefits of a boxing-inspired fitness routine to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease at the Kiwanis Club of Aurora Tuesday at the Prisco Center in Aurora. For three years she has worked out with the Rock Steady Boxing program at Jesse “The Law”...

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TEAM T.O.M. to hold ALS fundraiser April 26 in Aurora

My name is Marie Schindlbeck Pierce. I founded our ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) group TEAM T.O.M. with my six siblings in 2013 after the loss of our brother, Tom Schindlbeck, to ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disorder that occurs when motor nerve cells cease...

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Purple fruits, vegetables, pack powerful punch of health

The color purple is popular with religious organizations and there is a movie entitled “The Color Purple” with Oprah Winfrey. AARP (American Association for Retired Persons) writer Kim Hayes submitted the following article regarding purple superfoods such as cauliflower which provides key vitamins for a diet. Hayes wrote: “The late...

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We take personal responsibility for our medical changes

A 71-year-old man reports he’s been taking numerous drugs for years, including statins to lower cholesterol. He’s so weak he can hardly get around and has, “no power for anything,” he has said. He had a heart attack years ago and had a stent installed. His doctors want him to...

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Grow Your Groceries seminar in Elgin

“Grow Your Own Groceries – in Containers,” a free seminar to help save money, build health, find more pleasure in tastier food, and acquire more energy by eating healthy, will take place Sunday, April 8, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 738 West...

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Age nothing but a number: Oldest female bodybuilder

Ernestine Shepherd, 81, the world’s oldest female body builder, shares physical fitness tips at an Aurora health fair Saturday.   Al Benson/The Voice By Al Benson –  Determined. Dedicated. Disciplined to be fit for life. That was the mantra shared by fitness guru Ernestine Shepherd, 81, in Aurora Saturday. Speaking on...

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Athletic Training Month

Robert J. O’Connor, Aurora alderman-at-large, center, pauses for a photo after presenting a proclamation to Aurora University’s athletic training program at the Aurora City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall. March was proclaimed as Athletic Training Month. From left to right, athletic training students Christina Hurtado, Alejandra Villagomez (O’Connor), Dr....

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Health Fair in Aurora

Aurora resident Nicole Garcia, 4, practices basketball shooting at the 13th annual community health fair at Aurora Christian School Saturday. Aurora African-American Health Coalition was the sponsor. See pages 7 and 8.  Al Benson/The Voice...

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Self-Care for Caregivers over 50 workshop in Batavia Tuesday

“Self-Care for Caregivers”, an interactive workshop for family caregivers older than the age 50, will be presented at Panera Bread, 154 W Wilson Street, Batavia, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27. The workshop will be led by Karen Hunter, a certified holistic wellness coach and family caregiver...

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New Pique tea big hit in natural foods industry

Last of two parts Elizabeth Segran continues her article in Fast Company regarding a new concept in making tea. “It worked like this: Pique tea was brewed in very large amounts until all the water evaporated, leaving a tea paste. This paste was dehydrated, and when someone wanted to drink...

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