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Relaxing with water
Back to basics is the best way to describe the spa trends to watch coming out of Europe this year. For centuries, Europeans have been "taking the waters" in places like Baden-Baden or Bath, and now hot springs have never been hotter as more spas rediscover the use of water for everything from improving skin conditions and relieving muscle and joint pain to lowering stress and improving overall health.
   









 

 



Managing a concussion
Advances in medical technology can present a vast array of treatment options and sometimes-miraculous outcomes. But thereís one area of health care that still challenges doctors because their patients wonít give them a straight answer.
   

Smart phone savvy
Technology, specifically handheld devices, appears to be everywhere in todayís society. However, when it comes to this type of equipment and children, how young is too young? 
   

Looking at the whole picture
People today may be living longer, but often theyíre living with significant health issues. While conventional medicine routinely relies on medication to treat symptoms, another approach, which focuses on identifying the cause of health problems, is gaining ground in the health care industry.
   

New test helps predict juvenile diabetes
In diabetes, the body has trouble regulating its blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels. Type 1 diabetes (T1D), commonly known as juvenile diabetes because it is often diagnosed in young children, is an autoimmune disease in which a personís pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. 
   
A pregnant problem
With gestational diabetes on the rise, how can a woman prevent a diagnosis? And if she canít, what does a diagnosis mean for her and her baby?
   
Are pancreatic cancer and type 2 diabetes related?
Does pancreatic cancer lead to Type 2 diabetes or is it the other way around? Itís the medical version of the chicken or the egg. Researchers know that there is a correlation between the two diseases, but they are still not sure which one comes first.
   
Settling into Hypnosis
Those who want to quit smoking, lose weight, overcome fears or create greater athletic and career success are wrapping their minds around hypnosis.
   
Mommy makeovers
Motherhood is a beautiful thing. But after surviving pregnancy, childbirth, midnight feedings and those terrible twos ó not to mention the stresses that come with work, hubby and home ó it can be difficult for some moms to capture the confidence they carried long before they were called "Mom."
   
Selfie crisis
Southeastern Wisconsin is holding up a new mirror to itself and sees room for improvement. The selfie has given rise to more than a flood of self-portraits on Facebook and Instagram; the ability to show oneís face in an up-close-and-personal manner has increased visits to plastic surgeons to improve those images.
   

On the Mound
"Sooner or later, the arm goes bad. It has to." That prescient observation, made by Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Whitey Ford a half century ago, still holds true today. But modern medicine can delay that inevitable outcome.
   

Deflating a running myth
While a recent medical article suggests running may not increase oneís chances of developing knee arthritis and may even help prevent the disease, two local physicians offer reasons to challenge and support the findings.
   


Understanding body dysmorphic disorder
There can be a fine line between validation and a cry for help. If a friend or family member constantly asks about their appearance, they could be showing early signs of body dysmorphic disorder.
   
Is your heart hard of hearing?
Gen Xers and baby boomers experiencing a hearing loss should no longer dismiss it as a casualty of the loud rock concerts of their youth. There are very real signs that link hearing loss to cardiovascular disease.
   

Revolution of the Pacemaker
On the other end of the phone, Stephen Francaviglia, president of Greater Milwaukee South Aurora Health Care, sounds excited. "This really is a big deal for cardiac care," he says, "and if it works the way the studies have shown it will work, itís a huge leap forward. Iíd say this is more than a technological evolution, itís a revolution."
   

HeartSafe Haven
On Oct. 17, 2013, the unimaginable happened to Jeff and Amy Schoen of Grafton. Their 10-year-old son, Grant, died of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). According to Jeff, Grant wasnít feeling well and stayed home from school that day. Grant took a nap, and when Jeff went to check on him, he found his son wasnít breathing. Jeff immediately called 911.
   

Pulling out toxins
Oil pulling or oil swishing is an ancient Ayurvedic practice whereby sesame seed or coconut oil is placed in the mouth and swished or pulled through the teeth. 
   

Navigating medical school
Becoming a doctor is about understanding relationships. How do organs work together to function properly? How do medications interact with one another? How do underlying conditions affect overall health?
   

Health care takes a team approach
As health care becomes increasingly complex, a team-based approach is becoming a widely accepted practice to deliver patient care. Several health care organizations in the Milwaukee area recently shared with M Magazine how they are embracing team-based care to improve quality and promote efficiency in all fields of health care.
   

Forecasting your body's future
Your knee hurts, you get a MRI. But what does it really show? While your doctor knows what they mean, those black-and-white MRI images can seem as lifeless as the Kansas landscape in "The Wizard of Oz."
   

Diet rescue at your fingertips
The encouragement you need to stick to your healthy-eating goals is in the palm of your hand. A newly released smartphone app, "In The Moment," helps users with their right-now food challenges and decisions.
   

West Allis woman part of Extreme Team
Experts will tell you that having a workout buddy or a weight-loss mentor will help you stick to your fitness program. But millions of TV viewers as your cheering section?
   

Prescription: One video game
Video games have been criticized because they can lead to inactivity. But that bad reputation could be changing as neuroscience researchers test the games as a treatment for ADHD, autism, depression and even Alzheimerís disease.
   
Patients of courage
Morgan Glodowski, 18, is a college freshman thinking about a career in physical therapy, where she would work with young children.
 
Let's talk cancer
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but the sooner the disease is found, the more treatable it is. Kohlís Conversations for a Cure is all about getting women educated and screened.

Recognizing skin cancer
The good news is that found early, most skin cancers are curable. To find it early, you need to know what to look for.
 
Living with cancer
Michael Roshar never suspected his vaguely nagging back and abdominal pain was cancer. Instead, he ordered a more ergonomic chair for his office and took Prilosec as prescribed by his internist. Then in January 2013, Roshar discovered a blood clot in his right calf. 
 

Is stress contagious?
You may not realize it, but your stress level could be negatively affecting those people who are closest to you. Secondhand stress is on the rise, but there are steps you can take to counteract it.
 

A little dirt won't hurt
Babies and toddlers can cough, sneeze and wheeze through the allergy season just like adults. In fact, the first year of life is a critical period in the development of the immune system, and especially in the development of allergies and asthma.
 

Electronic eye strain
Advances in technology may boost our productivity in the workplace, but increasing evidence shows those advances also are making our collective eyesight worse.
 

Sketching Wellness
Two Bay View women who make their living in the restaurant business have paired a passion for healthy food with artistic talent.
   
Living with OCD
Who hasnít circled back around the block to check that the door was locked or that the curling iron was turned off?
   

 


The brain
Weighing in at about 3 pounds, the brain is the bodyís supercomputer. It controls everything we do consciously, like walking or eating, and unconsciously, such as breathing. It tells our eyes when to blink, our hearts when to beat. It coordinates our senses and moods.
   

Walking Tall

Years of ankle pain nearly grounded Eric Swenson, a commercial pilot who works international routes for a major airline. 
   

The good fight

Anthony "Showtime" Pettis knew 2013 was his year. After winning a World Extreme Cagefighting Lightweight Championship at age 23, Pettis was hungry for another belt.
   

Trendy procedures not always the best
There are countless cosmetic surgical procedures out there designed to make someone look more appealing from head to toe. Two of the latest surgeries, targeted specifically for the head and toe, are gaining some traction in different parts of the country. 
   

More than a Pretty face
The field of plastic surgery is like a tree with two main branches. Cosmetic surgery, an elective procedure, aims to improve aesthetic appearance. Reconstructive surgery is focused on improving function, often after trauma or disease. 
   

Cool therapy gains in popularity
Modern spas have traditionally used heat to de-stress and detoxify, but lately the health and wellness industry has been favoring cold therapies to bring relief and relaxation to clients.
   
The disturbing new face of heroin addiction
During his first stint with the Ozaukee County Anti-Drug Task Force in the 1990s, Lt. Rod Galbraith of the Ozaukee County Sheriffís Department remembers only one resident who used heroin. "We didnít see it as a problem," he says. "We were more worried about crack cocaine migrating north."
   

Flower Power
Embrace the spirit of Mother Nature by using organic beauty products with floral extracts that are filled with antioxidants, lipids and other nutrients. These petal-packed products will cleanse, tone and firm your skin naturally.
   

Spreading the word
After Jean Davidsonís beloved 4-year-old grandson tragically drowned in a water-filled ditch while playing with friends, the teacher in her used the experience to prevent other tragedies.
   

Building the perfect body
Although nobodyís perfect, a growing number of us seem to be search ing for a way to achieve perfection, judging by the increasing demand for cosmetic procedures. In fact, the total number of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States by plastic surgeons has nearly doubled since 2000.
   

DIY Doctor
When the United States Food and Drug Administration ordered DNA testing company 23andMe Inc. to withhold certain results from new customers last December, fresh attention was drawn to the burgeoning home medical testing industry.
   

Heart health report card
Wisconsinís overall health ranking in the nation continues to decline. Now in 20th place of all 50 states, the Badger State has slipped from its 2012 score of 16th, and 12th in 2011.
   


The Tooth Time Line
Our teeth are overutilized and underappreciated, so give your pearly whites a little love. Here are a few tooth basics to help you through any stage of life.
   

Green doesn't mean lean
Itís not easy being green ó green coffee bean extract, that is. Thereís no debating that an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid can be extracted from unroasted ("green") coffee beans. But is it the quick-fix weight loss solution that TVís Dr. Oz and the supplement industry claim it is?
   


The proactive fight
It was a lightening rod when Angelina Jolie wrote, "My Medical Choice," about her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy. The article was published in The New York Times and the phones started ringing off the hook at the Wauwatosa office of Dr. Hanadi Bu-Ali, a breast cancer surgeon with Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group. 
   

Easing treatment
Stem cell and bone marrow transplants have come a long way since the early 1970s when physicians first began using the technique to treat patients with advanced leukemia. Today, the life-saving therapy has been expanded to treat other types of cancer that affect the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic system, including non-Hodgkinís lymphoma, Hodgkinís disease and multiple myeloma.
   


Balance your chakra
If you are feeling out of balance, chances are one or more of your seven chakras need some attention. "A chakra is a energy center in your body that correlates to different accepts of your physical, emotional and spiritual self," explains Zuzia Jarzebska, a massage therapist and esthetician with Neroli Salon & Spa.
   

Power of scent
Your sense of smell does more than help you determine when the cottage cheese has gone bad in the fridge. Scents can evoke memories, help us process our external environments and aid us in achieving tranquility.
   


Avoiding common eye problems
Burning itchy eyes, blurry vision, redness ó these are some of the eye problems we all get, particularly if we use computers and high-tech gadgets. "Eye problems are more common now than ever because of our lifestyle," says Dr. John Conto of the Eye Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
   


Risky business
Itís risky business when your family tree has heart disease written all over it. Not to say your parents didnít pass along a number of nice things like good looks, a great mind or a sense of humor. But if your DNA puts you at an elevated risk of heart disease, you need to be aware and proactive.
   


Training her brain
Gina Gruenewald says she has always been a hard worker. Her first real job was as an entrepreneur, starting her own cleaning business in Racine. After a few years, she moved to Milwaukee to take another job for a company that introduced her to the restaurant business.
   

Find your zen
The line between traditional and complementary medicine has blurred. Patients seeking relief from chronic pain want to know all of their options before turning to medications, injections or surgery.
   


The ocular migraine - A 'Kaleidoscope' effect
Deborah Falkenstein was doing a little shopping when she had a frightening and somewhat "psychedelic" experience. She looked in the dressing room mirror and a third of her vision in one eye was drastically distorted. "I could see my head and my toes, but right in the middle it was as if I was looking through a kaleidoscope.
   


Rebuilding the male
More men are zapping their wrinkles and lifting their drooping eyelids. The trend is quantified in a 10 to 15 percent jump in the number of guys getting a "nip/tuck," according to several area plastic surgeons.
   

Sipping from the fountain of youth
Wrinkles can jolt us into pleading with Father Time, but your skin actually starts aging in your 30s when your complexion becomes ruddy and age spots appear. Thatís when plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Campbell with Quintessa Medical Spa says you should start sipping from The Fountain of Youth with Broad Band Light, a noninvasive skin therapy that gets a thumbs up from Stanford University researchers.
   

New cancer drugs offer choices
Several important new uses of chemotherapy drugs hold promise for controlling certain cancers. And new drugs or combinations of drugs, as well as new delivery techniques, are helping to improve the quality of life for people with cancer. 
   

On the front line
Itís a milestone year for the Medical College of Wisconsin ó the 100th anniversary of the founding of its predecessor, the Marquette University School of Medicine. But every year is big for researchers at MCW (as it became known in 1970). 
   

Taboo talk ignited
Historically, people hate talking about death, but the tide is changing. In "Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject," most people randomly interviewed on a Manhattan street corner say they want to be at home surrounded by family and friends. 
   

The colorful world of sound
Imagine experiencing the world of sound through more than your ears. What if you could "see" sound? Music legend Billy Joel has said he is hit with a kaleidoscope of colors when he hears music.
   

Listen to your fascia
Plantar fasciitis is a nightmare for those who want to be active. Sharp pain in the heels makes those first steps in the morning a challenge, and standing or walking for long periods of time can be almost unbearable.
   

Learn about your bones
An erector set of 206 ever-changing pieces ó in fact, we start out with about 231 bones before they fuse during our early years. From the tiny stapes in the inner ear (just one-tenth of an inch long) to the workhorse femur (thigh bone), every bone plays an important role.
   

The DNA Diet
In our world of designer clothes, cars, jewelry, furniture and cookware, consider a designer diet based on your DNA.
   


Blood test may help predict heart disease
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which will affect half of all men and a third of all women at some time in their lives.
   

The earliest diagnosis
Damien Chavez has a special heart. The active 5-year old can light up a room with his smile and is already charming the girls in his kindergarten class. But whatís really incredible is how his tiny heart cleared a giant hurdle.
   

The big freeze
The term "Arctic Freeze" conjures up uninviting images of blowing snow and biting cold temperatures. In medicine it gives patients an easier, safer and more effective way to treat atrial fibrillation, a common and potentially deadly heart condition. There are 400,000 new cases diagnosed in the United States every year.
   


Sweet dreams
Ringing in the New Year signals the end of the holidays, but often the lingering stress from the season-long frenzy leaves us with an unfortunate side effect ó insomnia.
   

In search of the perfect smile
Beauty may well be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to a winning smile, itís also in the numbers ó the length of your teeth, the amount of gum showing, and other measurable factors. So, how do you capture the perfect smile?
   

Rebuild your body
Study after study touts the benefits of an active lifestyle. But injuries happen. Joints wear out. Our aching and aging bodies beg for help. Technology to the rescue! Read on to learn about new ways to treat orthopedic cases.
 
   

VIP Service
"Welcoming, immaculate, a palace," is how Mary Vollmar describes a recent stay away from home.
   
   
 


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Heroin, fentanyl deaths on the rise. Can a Narcan kit change the picture? 06-15-2015

3-D scanners speeding up messy tooth restoration process 06-15-2015

Robin Williams link? Depression tied to Parkinsonís 06-08-2015

Debunking 5 myths about organ donation, as need for donors increases 06-08-2015

Tips to prevent leading cause of childhood injury: falls 06-08-2015

EPA sets up centers to test thousands of chemicals we come in contact with daily 06-01-2015

Livers donated after cardiac death safe to use in liver cancer 06-01-2015

As weather warms, doctors warn of danger of kids' falls from windows 06-01-2015

Playing it safe on bikes, skateboards and in-line skates 06-01-2015

Study finds autism rates probably haven't changed even as cases have climbed 06-01-2015

Asthma, allergies and the new hope of immunotherapy 06-01-2015

As vaping culture gets hot, some drop cigarettes but maybe not all the risks  05-25-2015

Windows onto ailments: First database of brain-cell types released  05-25-2015

It's not psychology, it's you: Don't blame behavior on 'disease' psychiatrist says 05-25-2015

Researchers finally see hope for Alzheimer's treatment, prevention 05-18-2015

Doctors advise against long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme Disease 05-11-2015

FDA aims to dispel 'myth of the medication-free pregnancy' 05-11-2015

Study's food swap confirms risks of colon cancer 05-11-2015

Doctors test 'balloon' procedure for lesser weight-loss goals 05-11-2015

Stroke survivors turn to yoga therapy 05-04-2015

Hi-fidelity earplugs aim to preserve both hearing, sound quality 05-04-2015

 
 



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