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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.

Ebb and flow
Jamie Durner, a Brookfield-based Ayurveda natural health practitioner, is all about getting to know yourself. Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine that began in India more than 5,000 years ago, is a health model that provides the knowledge of how to live your life in harmony with the world.

A new dimension
Wisconsin physicians have a new weapon in the battle against breast cancer. In April, ProHealth Care became the first health care system in Wisconsin to offer three-dimensional mammography, which helps detect breast cancer at the earliest stages.

A new hope
When Debra Clissa of Germantown first learned that the pain in her left knee was caused by a tumor, she said, "Tell me how long I have."

Great expectations
Stacy Victor and her fiancť, Jonathan Berg, were eagerly anticipating their trip to Las Vegas to celebrate his 30th birthday. But it was only one week to departure, and Victor could no longer ignore the shooting pain from her right shin to her hip.

Bad behaviors
Itís no longer just bulimia and anoxeria when it comes to eating disorders. The American Psychiatric Association introduced a new category of eating disorders in the 1990s ó aptly named the Eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS). Some of the disorders under this umbrella include orthorexia, pregorexia, binge eating, anorexia athletica and drunkorexia.

Eye makeup 911
Itís a morning ritual for many women: standing in front of the mirror applying your eye makeup. But when is the last time you replenished your supplies? You may think your eye makeup is your friend, but it can turn into your foe without proper care.

Apple of your eye
The eyes are the window to the soul, they say, but what happens when those windows are faulty in some way? Parents such as Patrick Brown and Carmen Gely have lived through the uncertainty of having children with serious eye issues.

Your body on meditation
With calendars packed with appointments, activities and other distractions, itís difficult to imagine finding time for peaceful meditation. But experts say tuning out the outside world for even 10 minutes a day can lead to better health.

Lift your computer monitor to ergonomic heights 01-12-2015

Newly approved 'smart' device in woman's brain controls severe epilepsy 01-05-2015

How to tell a cold from an allergy in winter 01-05-2015

Drug that illuminates brain tissue advances tumor treatment 12-29-2014

Massage for cancer patients is a touch of care, controversy 12-22-2014

Best way to conceive? Start with good health, experts say 12-22-2014

Keys to heavenly peace: How to ease holiday stress 12-15-2014

Vaccine problems may signal rocky flu season 12-15-2014

Is magnesium deficiency a hidden clue to many ailments? 12-08-2014

How to keep from getting sick during the holidays 12-08-2014

New outpatient surgery helps patients with fluid buildup in tissue 12-08-2014

Vision issue: Looking at Irlen syndrome through a different lens  12-01-2014

Low libido in women typically reflects difference in desire, not biological problem 12-01-2014

Temperature, mobility may be clues to taming some viruses 11-24-2014

Athletes should pay extra attention to dental care, expert says 11-24-2014

'Distress Thermometer' a new focus of patient concern 11-17-2014

Diabetes and sleep loss: Evil twins that can wreak further health havoc 11-17-2014

Brain science: How to manage fear and anxiety  11-10-2014

Are you at risk for breast cancer? Doctors can't always say 11-10-2014

Color contacts are popular for costumes but bad for the eyes 11-03-2014

Blood tests, for both diagnosis and treatment, in the works for breast cancer 11-03-2014

Magnetic stimulation gains in treatment of depression 10-27-2014

10 things you can do right now to live longer 10-20-2014

Diet detours: The many ways people can sabotage their efforts 10-20-2014

Prediabetes a wakeup call to get eating, lifestyle choices on track 10-20-2014

Cancer doc: You can't change your genes but you can improve your life 10-20-2014


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