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By Gina Kraman

Overexposure to noise may cause temporary and permanent hearing loss.  The American National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says that 15 percent of Americans between ages 20 to 69 -- 26 million -- have hearing loss that may be attributed to excessive noise at work or in leisure activities.  About 16 percent of teens also suffer from noise-induced hearing issues.

By C.R. Walker

Many patients require ADHD medication, but there are also natural alternatives that can reduce medication dependency and help you live healthier.

By Denise Freese

Strong, healthy teeth are the result of regular and effective oral hygiene.  It’s important to care for your teeth by brushing and flossing twice a day, and by visiting your dentist twice a year for a thorough cleaning and a cavity check.

By ERIC SCHELKOPF - eschelkopf@shawmedia.com

Jack Axe Games and Festival to be held in August at Kane County Fairgrounds

By Gina Kraman

Earbuds and headphones may look tiny and harmless, but because they nestle so close to the eardrum, they can produce a sound level beyond a safe level -- even equal to a diesel truck.  However, when headphones are used at about half their potential volume, and for a limited time, researchers say they’re safe, according to Parenting.co.uk:

By C.R. Walker

Unlike team sports like basketball and lacrosse, golf is an individual, slow-paced game.

By Denise Freese

Who isn’t searching for ways to look and feel younger?  For a quick fix, a trip to the salon to color away the grays can offer a positive transformation.  Another immediate way to look younger is to have your teeth whitened, and the Zoom teeth whitening system can accomplish that with just one visit to the dentist.

By Martha Maddi - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

We’ve all heard of autoimmune diseases but many of us have little idea what they really are. Yet they are one of the top five medical conditions of great concern women, along with heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and depression. Understanding these diseases is crucial to knowing how to protect against them. Here are the basics.

By Denise Freese

The field of dentistry offers a variety of specialties.  An exceptional practice will provide more than one in order to meet their patients’ needs. 

By Stephanie Kohl - suburbanlifemagazine@shawmedia.com

Many fertility questions can be answered with awareness, simple tests

By Denise Freese

Your wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, located in the back of your mouth.   They tend to appear between the ages of 17 and 25, and are usually spotted on X-rays.   If your teeth are healthy and not overcrowded, you may choose to keep your wisdom teeth.   But there are a variety of reasons as to why your dentist may want to have them come out.

By Gina Kraman

We do it for airline seats, cell phone plans, and dishwashers.  Why not for something as important as hearing?  Upgrades move us up -- replacing the old with a newer version, which usually means better.  Upgraded hearing aids help patients take advantage of new technological developments, with more features to enhance hearing. 

The answer is found in Hinsdale at BrainShapeCenter.com

By Gina Kraman

Three potentially deadly health problems -- high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol -- offer no warning signs in the early stages.   They can be discovered coincidentally when a person visits the doctor for another problem.   Or they can be found during a crisis situation, such as a heart attack.

By Gina Kraman

It’s no surprise that exercise is good for you.   What is surprising is exactly how good it is for the human body and mind.   Exercise not only strengthens your heart and lungs, but it increases chemicals in your brain – norepinephrines -- that impact your brain’s response to stress. Exercise also releases endorphins, which promote happy feelings.

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