Window To Your Health The eyes are said to be the “window to the soul.” They
can also be an important window into the condition of
your physical health. During an eye exam, an optometrist
or ophthalmologist checks for common eye problems and
may find signs of serious, but previously undetected,
Up On Heart Health Flossing and brushing your teeth daily makes your smile
sparkle. And, as a bonus, those good habits may give you
something else to smile about — a healthy heart.
to Sneeze At
of us escape the warmer seasons without a bout or two of
rheumy eyes and a stuffy, sneezy nose. Blame it on new
grass, blooming flowers and leafy trees early in the
warmer months and ragweed come late summer and early
creaking knee or minor limp are nuisances, but most
people don’t give the discomfort much thought until it
interferes with their day-to-day lives and their leisure
When Doctor Becomes Patient
In 2010, just weeks before my annual
mammogram, I found a lump in my breast that seemed to
appear overnight. A few days later, ProHealth Care’s Dr.
Kelli Pettit performed a biopsy and delivered news more
than 1 in 8 women will hear in their lifetime: That
“lump” was likely breast cancer.
Even when our dental professionals’ offices are the very
model of creature comforts — burbling fountains,
aromatherapy, personalized musical selections delivered
through state-of-the-art headphones — three quarters of
American adults experience at least some fear when it’s
time for a visit.
Root of Relief To
generations of people, root canals are synonymous with a
particularly torturous sort of pain — comically compared
to everything from bad dating and work experiences to
the sort of customer service that keeps you on the phone
for an hour without connecting to a human being.
Your Skin Skin conditions such as rosacea, atopic dermatitis
(eczema) and psoriasis can often be a source of
discomfort, pain and embarrassment for those who suffer
Comes The Sun June marks the return of Milwaukee’s most beloved
season. Whether you vow to spend every waking moment
outdoors or prefer to limit your sun exposure to the
occasional walk around the block, protecting your skin
from the summer sun is a daily must-do, even when clouds
fill the sky.
Away From Home An unrelenting and stereotypically gloomy April rain
shower has reared its ugly head outside, but the
interior of St. Ann Center’s Bucyrus campus dementia
care wing is warm, welcoming and reminiscent of days
Maybe a rough day at the office kept you wide-awake last
night. Or a spat with your spouse left you feeling a bit
blue. Maybe rainy days and Mondays always get you down
(the song came from somewhere, people).
The Fullest Fresh from their 9:45 a.m. tai chi class, a trio of female
residents strolls through the atrium of Milwaukee Catholic Home,
a senior living community on the city’s East Side. Resident Life
Director Amy O’Connor fluidly approaches the group, introduces
me and then asks the women to comment on Milwaukee Catholic
Treatments While a calming massage and simple facial offer tried-and-true
benefits and relaxation, spas continuously add unique and
exciting services to their repertoire. Nationwide must-dos such
as cupping therapy, microneedling, platelet rich plasma (PRP)
facials, and other newer therapies and surgical and nonsurgical
services are now sweeping this area.
to the Bone(s) As a 30-something female, the impact of aging has become a
not-so-distant reality. I’ve taken stock in my skincare routine,
investing in a serum that promises to “give skin bounce,” and I
try to exercise regularly and fill my diet with nutrient-dense
Bottom Line Here’s what you might think you know about a colonoscopy. One,
it requires a full day spent starving while chugging gallons of
vile tasting laxative and camping out in the bathroom. And two,
a camera … you know, there.
Man Welcome to 2019, where plastic
surgery is no longer a service exclusively in the
purview of coastal socialites and “Real Housewives.”
More Americans than ever are turning to both surgical
and nonsurgical cosmetic enhancements, and it’s not just
women taking advantage of these services — men, too, are
meeting with plastic surgeons in pursuit of treatments
like liposuction, hair transplants and injectables
including Botox (or “Brotox,” if you please).
or Tab? Toothpaste is a sticky subject (no
pun intended) in my household. After nearly six years
together, my husband still refuses to share a tube of
toothpaste with me, insisting that my
squeezing-from-the-middle technique — versus his far
superior squeeze-from-the-end route — is completely
Savers Dental veneers are no longer the
go-to smile perfector for the Hollywood set alone. Once
popular primarily with younger patients, veneers now
appeal more to the over-60 population, according to Dr.
James Michaels of Oconomowoc Dental Care.
Haven for Healthy Hearts When Marge Hendrickson and Julie
O’Neill first crossed paths, Hendrickson was working as
a parish nurse for Aurora Health Care and O’Neill as a
Community nurse educator at the The Karen Yontz Women’s
Cardiac Awareness Center in Auroras St. Luke’s Medical
Center. Little did they know then that both Hendrickson
and her husband would become patients in St. Luke’s
Wellness From intergenerational programming to
robotic pet therapy, local senior living facilities
provide innovative, life-enriching amenities to
Connections? In an age when the patient-physician
relationship is becoming increasingly digitized, are
doctors losing the ability to bond with their patients?
Three Milwaukee area physicians — together boasting
nearly 100 years of patient-facing experience — share
Under Attack Advances in the treatment of
autoimmune disorders aim to combat symptoms head-on —
and are being made right here in Milwaukee.
It’s not yet an officially recognized diagnosis, but for
those who find themselves permanently tethered to their
digital screens, internet addiction disorder is all too
real. And sometimes personally or professionally
Truth Into Power
see the confident, radiant young woman she is now, you’d
never know that Wisconsin Youth of the Year Daijahnay
Canady was just 7 years old when her childhood all but
ended. Repeatedly sexually
abused, the girl knew that what was happening to her was
wrong. But she knew other things too: That she
desperately loved her mom and didn’t want to upset her
by revealing the abuse.
For The Caregivers
more baby boomers begin to age into senior facilities,
employment in the field of long-term care is
experiencing substantial growth. The U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics says the job market in health care is
expected to expand by nearly 20 percent per year through
the year 2024. That’s great news for job seekers.
Mental Health Care Education According to the Association of American Medical
Colleges, mental illness is among the leading sources of
disability in the U.S., addiction has reached public
health crisis levels, and the suicide rate is climbing.
One in five Americans endures some form of mental health
condition, and many don’t receive behavioral health
Beating The Odds
2013, Daniel Knuf — husband, father, baseball coach and,
via his job, a world traveler — was living life as usual
when extreme fatigue, unusual digestive issues and
rapidly decreasing hemoglobin levels ushered him into
Easing The Challenge
a group of Milwaukee-area families came together to form
Life Navigators in 1949, they were — perhaps unknowingly
— on the cutting edge of the disabilities advocacy
Mention “facelift” and most of us imagine a major
surgical procedure that involves cutting, stretching and
removing excess skin. Today there are techniques that
offer pleasing results without a trip to the operating
pain, more games
Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a collegiate or
professional athlete, preventing and treating sports
injuries is vital to maintaining optimal physical
performance. Sports medicine, which has been a specialty
for 60-plus years, specializes in just that.
Efforts Think joint
surgery will end your active lifestyle? Local orthopedic
specialists and their patients prove it’s not always the
Hear This Studies have shown that, along with age, exposure to
noise is the leading cause of hearing loss in America.
Up to 15 percent of children have permanent hearing loss
caused by everyday noise. To take the right steps to
protect our ears, we must first understand what is
considered a harmful level of noise.
According to the American Academy of
Ophthalmology, more than 20 million Americans suffer
from severe vision loss. Many of the causes are
Local Health Care Updates
Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital
Ozaukee recently unveiled its geriatric-friendly
emergency department, which was designed specifically to
meet the unique needs of senior patients.
Power to Heal
Sometimes, a certain melody or song lyric has the power
to heal. In music therapy, patients of all ages, from
toddlers to centenarians, can improve their quality of
life. The only prerequisite for treatment is an
appreciation of music — no band or choir experience
Sleep Deprivation: A Public Health Epidemic Studies
show that more than a third of American adults are not
getting enough sleep on a regular basis. Poor sleep can
make us overweight and sick with headaches, high blood
pressure, diabetes, depression or an impaired immune
Care: Word of Mouth Up and
down, side to side, circular motion, manual, electric,
fluoride rinse, tartar control, enamel protectors, oral
rinses, water picks, dental floss or tape … we are faced
with a lot of choices when it comes to our personal oral
hygiene. Problem is they all claim to be recommended by
nine out of 10 dentists. So how do you know you’re
getting the right product and using it properly?
The Woods Does life have you stressed out, stomach in knots, head
pounding? Studies show that our environment can increase
or reduce the level of stress we feel, but a pleasant
milieu reverses that condition. It’s no wonder that most
people, regardless of age or culture, choose a natural
setting as a retreat when they want to slow things down.
Even brief interactions with nature can soothe our
Guide to the Great Outdoors Summer’s here and the time might be right for dancing in
the streets, but be sure you’re wearing sunscreen and
you’ve taken your antihistamine. The long and lovely
days of summer can bring allergies, skin damage and
other ailments. This summer don’t let them rule your
world. Take some tips from our experts.
Living: Home Sweet Home When I
was in fourth grade, my grandmother moved into what was
then called an “old folks home.” We’d go visit her once
a week or so. My brothers and I loved it. It had a pool
table in the basement; what more could you want?
The answer, of course, is a lot.
Behavioral Health Disorders Millions of Americans live with various types of
behavioral health problems like social anxiety,
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) or autism. These
disorders affect how you think, feel, act or relate to
other people or to your surroundings. They are very
common, and many people have one of them or know someone
Nursing Crisis The U.S.
is an aging nation. According to a 2014 Census Bureau
report, by the year 2050 the number of residents ages 65
and over is projected to be 83.7 million. The number
increases to 98.2 million by 2060, and nearly 20 million
of them will be age 85 or older. This, combined with the
retiring of baby boomers in the health care industry, is
causing a shortage of professionals, especially nurses.
Can You Hear Me Now? According
to the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders, one in 1,000 infants is born
totally deaf, while as many as six per 1,000 are born
with hearing loss of different levels. This makes
hearing loss one of the most common birth disorders in
the United States.
Care: I Can See Clearly Now We all
know that eating right, exercising and getting enough
sleep is good for us, but according to the experts,
these things not only make you look better, they’ll help
you see better too. “A healthy lifestyle
positively affects both a person’s eye health and the
function of their vision.
Seasonal Skin Care Guide As the seasons change, so do the needs of your skin.
Using the right products and doing the right things at
the right time of year will keep your skin feeling fresh
and looking great all year.
to the U.S. Census Bureau, more people are living to 100
years of age than ever before. Between 1980 and 2010,
the centenarian population grew 65.8 percent to 53,364,
with 1,797 of these individuals living in Wisconsin. We
sat down with three to discover their secrets to
Pain Hereditary? When I was 17, I had all four
of my wisdom teeth removed at once. Three were impacted.
I had watched friends endure the same surgery, flush
with swollen faces and painful tales, but I experienced
no such discomfort.
101: A Mini Guide for New Parents Are you having a baby? Selecting a pediatrician — a
doctor who specializes in the care of children – and
learning about common childhood diseases are likely top
concerns for you. As the happy day draws near, the
following information should help calm your
Filler Face-Off From wrinkles and sagging
cheeks to thinning lips and under-eye circles, most
people aren’t thrilled with the aging process. The good
news? With advances in injectable fillers, the solution
to many of these problems is just a needle prick away.
That means you can get that younger, more rested and
rejuvenated look in very little time — and for not too
Spoonful Of Advice About Digestive Health
The digestive — or gastrointestinal (GI)
— tract that runs from the mouth through the stomach and
intestines is responsible for the consumption and
digestion of the food we eat. It also removes nutrients
from food and expels waste from our bodies.
Privilege to Serve How teaching teams — led by
one local specialist — are bringing emergency medicine
and cardiac care to Belize and beyond.
Minutes With: Jim Flint When a group of
North Shore families decided to take action to prevent
teen suicide, they focused on helping young people
develop a sense of balance in their lives and learn to
be resilient in a high-stress world.
Guide for the Kids
How to choose a senior living facility
that suits your parent’s needs and lifestyle.
Time of Your Life
The day before we met, Richard Zanoni and his daughter
were on the tennis court. “We had a 38-shot volley,”
says the Brookfield resident. A rather impressive feat
for the average player, but a pretty remarkable one for
Zanoni, considering he’s an 87-year-old senior. Then
again, remarkable describes a lot of what this man does.
Hearts Three area programs
work to improve life for cancer patients — both
physically and emotionally.
Prep According to statistics published by the American
Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Americans
spent more than $8.4 billion on cosmetic surgery in
2016. Unfortunately, not all of that money was well
spent — if it had been, the show “Botched” would never
have gotten off the ground. But there are steps you can
take to make sure your procedure has the desired
There are many misconceptions and false stigmas
surrounding the disease that is addiction. To uncover
the truths behind the illness, we spoke with Christine
Ullstrup, vice president of clinical services for Meta
House, a women-only addiction recovery nonprofit, and
Dr. Lance Longo, medical director of addiction services
for Aurora Behavioral Health Services.
the Seeds of Healing
Ever take a walk in a park or sit beside a fragrant
garden to de-stress? People often find peace in nature.
Rogers Behavioral Health System has taken the idea a
step further by developing a new therapeutic program:
horticultural therapy. According to the American
Horticulture Therapy Association, horticulture therapy
is an active process that occurs in the context of an
established treatment plan.
Are Milwaukee’s Biggest Health Care Needs? Baby
boomer or millennial, insured or uninsured, in good
health or suffering from chronic illness, eventually we
all require health care services. The citizens of
Milwaukee County are no exception.
Care Through The Ages
most professionals recommend an eye exam every year, 67
million American adults haven’t had an eye exam within
the past two, according to The Vision Council’s
Your immune system protects you from disease and
infection, but if you have an autoimmune disease, your body attacks
its own healthy cells by mistake. Autoimmune diseases
can affect many parts of the body.
Brooks had endured first the loss of his daughter and
later his wife before he found joy on the dance floor —
and, eventually, new love.
“I lost my wife in ’06,” he says. “A year
after she was gone, I decided to take ballroom lessons
and just get out there and start doing things. I was
Ashley Gibson knew something was wrong with her newborn
son, Dominic, from the moment the nurse put him in her
arms. He was breathing fast, and his skin looked pale
yellow. The medical staff at Centegra Hospital-McHenry
in McHenry, Ill., attributed his distress to the
meconium he’d aspirated during the birth process.
a change? Then consider a personal coach
For Julie Edgar, watching her weight yo-yo throughout
the years was nothing new. As a child, she’d been
decidedly chubby, but by college most of the weight had
dropped off. Though the weight cycle continued well into
her 20s, Edgar seemed to be comfortable in her own skin.
Needs: Which type of facility is right for you or your loved one? Assisted living is often used as a blanket term to refer
to any type of residence that caters to seniors. The
reality, however, is that assisted living encompasses a
variety of facilities, with some important distinctions.
Understanding the differences is key to finding one that
best suits your needs or your loved one’s.
HEALTH: How to Stay Fit at Every Age and Stage
“The benefits you gain from exercise
before pregnancy also apply when you are pregnant. The better shape
you’re in, the better you’ll feel,” says Candy Casey, president and
CEO of Columbia Center Birth Hospital in Mequon. It makes sense — if
you are used to keeping fit, you might find it easier to adapt to
pregnancy and improve muscle tone, strength and endurance.
The science behind vision care for both the diagnosis
and treatment of eye diseases has become increasingly sophisticated,
making a visit to the eye doctor easier and faster than in the past.
That’s good news, as computers, tablets, smartphones and other
electronic devices with visual displays cause many of us to seek
relief from tired eyes, digital eye strain and what’s come to be
known as computer vision syndrome.
When treating a patient of any age, empathy and
compassion are key components of all health care interactions.
Margaret Rauschenberger, associate professor, interim dean and
undergraduate program director at Alverno College’s School of
Nursing, says surveys of patients show that much of their
satisfaction with health care hinges on the care and compassion
From hot stone massages to freezing cold showers,
spas and salons have long used temperature for various treatments.
But whether you are sweating away in the steam room or shivering in
an ice bath, what are the benefits of hot and cold on the body?
Lyndsay Young blew out her knee on a ski training run
in Colorado. The Oconomowoc native was a teenager at the time and a
member of the Ausblick Ski Hill club in Sussex.
thanks for the kidney...
People casually throw around the phrase “you’re a
lifesaver,” but very few can use the phrase literally. Milwaukee
judge Derek Mosley is one of those people. Less than one year ago,
Mosley’s best friend and fellow judge, JoAnn Eiring, saved his life
by donating one of her kidneys to him.
surgery trends Cosmetic
enhancements, which were once very hush-hush, are no longer
unmentionable. These days people from all walks of life are getting
work done — and they are talking about it.
Joanna Brooks grew up on Milwaukee’s northwest side,
in what she says was “not the best area in the city.” She had
friends and classmates in difficult family situations, but she
considers herself lucky. “I grew up around a lot of poverty,” she
says, “but my parents protected us from seeing certain things.”
THEIR HEALTH TO HEART
For Miranda*, CardioMEMS allowed her to see her 24th
grandchild. Last April, Miranda, who underwent bypass surgery almost
five years ago, found herself unable to breathe. Doctors found she
was retaining large amounts of fluid related to heart failure.
Hope After Injury
On a Sunday morning in March 2016, 22-year-old Lucas
Lindner got in his car to drive to the grocery store and a friend’s
house. Shortly after he left home, a deer jumped into the path of
his car, and Lucas swerved to avoid hitting it. His right front tire
blew out, causing his car to roll and hit a tree.
Into the Golden Years Forget bingo and macaroni
art. Here's how three local programs are providing innovative
alternative care and resources for the elderly and their families.
of Hope Every Monday night,
teenage Latina girls gather at the Sixteenth Street Community Health
Center on Cesar E. Chavez Drive for group therapy. Melissa Waldo, a
licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist, leads the
group. At this meeting, the teens cut words and pictures from
magazines and create collages about the healthy and unhealthy
messages they’ve received from media.
in Motion Music saves the spirit.
That’s one of the most important messages from Guitars for Vets
(G4V), a nationwide, volunteer-based organization that uses the
humble instrument to help military veterans wounded in heart and
Faith in the Body “Her medical doctor took
X-rays, and nothing was broken,” says Dr. Michelle Zitzke of a woman
in her 70s who came to Z Chiropractic in Bay View after a referral
from her doctor. “Every time she took a deep breath, she would
almost have a spasm, and she’d been dealing with it for two weeks.
integrative difference Years before Amberlea
Childs was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was an educator,
founding a nonprofit dedicated to breast health awareness in
power The use of alternative
healing practices has never been more popular. Some studies show
that nearly 40 percent of adults report using a kind of alternative
medicine, such as acupuncture or massage.
vibes Feeling tight? While
group classes that focus on breath work can ease your stress levels,
you may find yourself creating more muscle tension as you build
strength in your yoga practice, for example. Or you may crave more
one-on-one attention or relief from a condition in a setting
better-suited to cater to your specific needs.
glaucoma Glaucoma is one of the
leading causes of blindness worldwide, and in the United States, it
ranks as the chief cause of irreversible blindness in
African-American adults. "Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease
that can damage the optic nerve," says Dr. Sarwat Salim,
professor of ophthalmology and chief of glaucoma service at the
Medical College of Wisconsin.
Value of Vision If you’re the parent of
an infant, you know to begin regular medical checkups shortly after
your child is born. Dental checkups are required, in many cases,
before your child enters kindergarten. But what about eye
examinations for infants and toddlers?
been almost 20 years since the advent of widespread use of Lasik
surgery to correct near- and farsightedness.Lasik
— formally "laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis" and
commonly referred to as laser eye surgery or laser vision correction
— is a type of refractive surgery for the correction of
nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism.
down for self-care The first
time I tried an Ayurvedic cleanse I followed a program outlined in a
magazine, but the many facets of the cleanse were overwhelming and
so was the time commitment — three weeks.
ounce of prevention When the
sun comes out in Milwaukee, we flock to the beach and beer gardens.
And no wonder! With our city averaging 275 overcast days a year, the
sun is a relatively rare guest. And soaking it up feels good — as
thyself In the
fight against Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare but deadly form of
skin cancer, a small study for the drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) has
had promising results. Dr. Paul Nghiem, a professor of medicine at
the University of Washington, gave Keytruda to 26 patients who had
your best face forward When it
comes to improving and maintaining your skin, taking a short walk
through the beauty aisle can feel a little intimidating. With so
many products highlighting their "miraculous" effects, it’s
hard to know which trends are actually worth your spend.
Less As the
other yoga teacher trainees and I lie in savasana — on our backs,
eyes closed — I listen to our instructor name parts of the body
systematically in a soothing voice. As I hear the words, without
effort I begin to drop into a deep state of relaxation.
function and dental health The
International and American Associations for Dental Research recently
published an article linking dental health to dementia and Alzheimer’s
disease. Researchers have studied the link between dental health and
conditions like diabetes, pulmonary disease, pregnancy
complications, heart disease and stroke for years, but this is the
first time they’ve seen a possible link to brain functions.
Out It ain’t
the humidity — it’s the heat. Infrared saunas are becoming one
of the hottest (pun intended) in-home and spa therapies in the
country. The new technology uses far-infrared rays (FIR) to heat the
body instead of steam or dry heat.
it or lose it Research
into brain plasticity has discovered that human brains continue to
make new neurons in response to mental activity, regardless of age.
Some decline in cognitive function is reversible — a reassurance
worth noting for those who believe forgetfulness is an unavoidable
symptom of aging.
new meaning to the term "party hardy," recent studies have
shown that individuals with strong social connections have a higher
quality of life and live longer. The reports show that love,
encouragement, support, understanding and personal connections help
increase feelings of well-being and of people being part of
something beyond themselves — both of which are key components to
a person’s mental health and easy to lose later in life.
of sleep apnea Whenever
I let my kids stay up late (and I do so more often than I like to
admit), I always feel guilty about it. Aside from providing your
child with a healthy diet, ensuring he or she gets enough sleep may
be the most important thing parents can do for their child’s
Screenings When parents are handed
their newborn child in the hospital, they spend the first hours
gazing at their baby’s face and counting tiny toes and fingers.
But within 24 hours of birth, newborns undergo some important
screenings to diagnose hidden disorders or conditions not previously
detected in utero.
One evening, when my oldest son was barely 3 years old, he decided
he wasn’t ready to come in for the night. He hung from the front
doorknob in protest, yelling "outside!" over and over
again. I was a new parent and had read to ignore tantrums —
"let it play out" was the advice.
Closingthe Loop A
world without Type 1 diabetes. That’s the vision of JDRF, formerly
known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To date, it’s
the only known charitable organization supporting the development of
the artificial pancreas system.
craze If the words burnt umber,
periwinkle, raw sienna or pine green bring a smile to your face as
you remember spending hours with a coloring book as a child, then
you’ve just hit on the root of thecurrent
adult coloring book craze.
dairy debate Long gone are the days of
consumers having only a few beverage choices. For the most part, it
used to be milk, coffee, water, orange juice and maybe one or two
brands of soda. That was it.
freely A year and a half ago,
Jodi Pliszka began feeling short of breath. Over time, normal daily
activities like climbing stairs, walking and even talking left her
out of breath. Initially diagnosed with asthma and allergies,
Pliszka tried various medications and inhalers with little relief.
unexplainable rise It’s estimated that one
in every 13 children in the United States has a food allergy — the
most common being milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish
and shellfish. Food allergies each year alone result in more than
300,000 children being rushed to the hospital by ambulance.
down with these powerful superfoods Dubbed the "new
kale," broccoleaf bundles are the sweet, crisp leaves
surrounding broccoli florets and heads. Eating 100 grams of
broccoleaf provides 100 percent of your daily value of vitamin C and
is an excellent source of folate, vitamin K, vitamin A and calcium,
says broccoleaf growerFoxy
wart It happens to the best of
us: you’re lying in bed, trying to get some sleep, when your mind
starts racing. Am I prepared for tomorrow’s work presentation? Did
the kids finish their homework? Will I be able to pay all my bills?
What if I lose my job? What if my parents fall ill? What if I do?
over matter Don’t have time to
relax? Then make time.
For some, the act itself seems overwhelming or cumbersome, requiring
too much timeand
effort. But what if carving out time to relax was really more
symmetry There’s a math equation
called the golden ratio, which is a number found by dividing a line
into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part
is equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.
Donation Myths When it comes to organ
donation, differentiating between fact and fiction can literally
mean the difference between life and death. Knowing the facts and
understanding the significance of such an act can determine whether
a person actually becomes an organ donor.
surgeon Dr. Clay Frank, who practices and performs procedures at the
Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, was introduced to sacroiliac
(SI) joint pain during his spine surgery fellowship in North
Carolina more than 20 years ago.
the Way For those suffering from
painful hip joint pain and arthritis, replacement provides much
needed relief and allows for better movement and function.
total shoulder replacement surgery is specifically designed for
older patients — less active people who have massive rotator cuff
tears that can’t be repaired. It’s a surgery that was developed
in Europe and arrived in the United States back in 2000.
machine performs imaging and biopsy Breast
tomosythesis, or 3-D mammography, was approved by the FDA in early
2011. Statistics show that this technology, in the five years since
its inception, has increased detection of invasive cancers compared
with 2-D mammography by up to 40 percent.
leads to breakthrough cardio technology Technology
and health care giants in southeastern Wisconsin have joined forces
in a huge way. Aurora Health Care and GE Healthcare have
revolutionized the way cardiologists view the heart and treat
patients with new 4-D cardiovascular ultrasound technology that
debuted this past summer.
business One word
explains the popularity of urgent care clinics: convenience.
"We are an instant-gratification society," notes Dr. Rita
Hanson, chief medical officer for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.
"That part of our culture extends to our expectations for
your medical problem virtually Just back
from a two-week business trip to Africa last July and only days
before his son’s wedding, Tim Ehlinger had no time to waste in a
doctor’s waiting room. He wanted relief from his aching right
well for your mental health Food and
mental health. The two go hand in hand. Food is meant to not only
nourish the body, but it should be enjoyed. However, unhealthy
eating habits can have devastating effects for those dealing with
mental health issues, which is why proper nutrition is so important.
beacon of hope Once the
residence of the hospital’s president, the English Tudor mansion
on the campus of Aurora Psychiatric Hospital now is home to a
variety of support groups.
much protein Protein
is a critical part of any diet, but too much protein can cause
excess of protein can result in:
an I.V." is a universally recognized command issued by doctors
on medical dramas to assist hospital patients facing imminent,
life-threatening illnesses. But an increasing number of people are
walking into clinics and receiving intravenous nutrition to address
a variety of health issues or merely to improve athletic performance
or mental focus.
vs. traditional medicine In the
1990s, a Harvard study unveiled a seismic shift in global health
care, revealing that billions of people around the world were
accessing complementary or alternative medical treatments in lieu of
or in addition to traditional, hospital-based care.
preventative procedure Ovarian
cancer accounts for just 3 percent of all cancers in women, but it
causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive
cancer centers provide lifesaving treatments According
to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million new cancer
cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2015. Nearly 600,000 Americans
— more than 11,500 in Wisconsin alone — are expected to die from
cancer this year, making it the second most common cause of death in
trials can be key in cancer diagnosis When it
comes to fighting cancer, access to clinical trials for patients is
key. For many, clinical trials are often the only option when
standard treatments are not available or no longer producing
to fight The day
before Thanksgiving 2011, Jess Senn Salmonowicz was looking forward
to her mom’s traditional Black Friday party.
your eyes Your
stomach growls when you are hungry. But your eyes are asking to be
nutrition is essential for eye health. Structures including the tear
film, cornea, lens and retina all benefit from a healthy diet.
lenses improve eye problems Intraocular
lens implants — inserted during a surgical procedure to remove
cataracts and improve vision — have been available to visually
impaired patients for more than 60 years. But new technology
presents more options to people struggling with their eyesight.
your green home killing you? Last
December, nonprofit group Global Community Monitor filed a lawsuit
against Lumber Liquidators, claiming the company was selling
Chinese-made laminate flooring with illegally high levels of
formaldehyde. The toxic chemical is linked to numerous health
problems, including respiratory illnesses and cancer.
salt In 2012,
Michael Power was a successful human resources executive with a
great job and dozens of people reporting to him. But he had a slight
problem. He couldn’t breathe.
we ready? When
Ebola first arrived stateside last September, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and
Human Services launched a nationwide initiative to combat the virus
at home. Domestic preparedness became (and continues to remain) a
the pain of TMJ Laurie
Friedrich of Wauwatosa knows all too well the pain associated with
temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD, TMJ). She suffered in agony
for decades, not knowing the root cause of her discomfort.
Dentistry Much to
the patient’s advantage, emerging dental technologies are changing
the way in which procedures are performed. Efficiency is increased,
patient safety is improved, and cost is often decreased.
so good It is a
sentiment that has endured for centuries — the noble pursuit of
endurance itself. Athletes are our modern-day warriors. Many push
themselves past the widely accepted limits of pain and are rewarded
with millions of dollars. But many more put their bodies through
severe training regimens and the accompanying agony merely to
satisfy a self-enforced goal.
- Everyone's Nemesis Pain, the
occasional visitor or the unwanted guest who refuses to leave,
cripples life. The good news is that Wisconsin’s health care
professionals are intent on stopping both.
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
a concussion Advances
in medical technology can present a vast array of treatment options
and sometimes-miraculous outcomes. But there’s one area of health
care that still challenges doctors because their patients won’t
give them a straight answer.
phone savvy Technology,
specifically handheld devices, appears to be everywhere in today’s
society. However, when it comes to this type of equipment and
children, how young is too young?
at the whole picture People
today may be living longer, but often they’re 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.
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 person’s pancreas stops
producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from
pregnant problem With
gestational diabetes on the rise, how can a woman prevent a
diagnosis? And if she can’t, what does a diagnosis mean for her
and her baby?
pancreatic cancer and type 2 diabetes related? Does
pancreatic cancer lead to Type 2 diabetes or is it the other way
around? It’s 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.
into Hypnosis Those who
want to quit smoking, lose weight, overcome fears or create greater
athletic and career success are wrapping their minds around
is a beautiful thing. But after surviving pregnancy, childbirth,
midnight feedings and those terrible twos — not to mention the
stresses that come with work, hubby and home — it can be difficult
for some moms to capture the confidence they carried long before
they were called "Mom."
Wisconsin is holding up a new mirror to itself and sees room for
selfie has given rise to more than a flood of self-portraits on
Facebook and Instagram; the ability to show one’s face in an
up-close-and-personal manner has increased visits to plastic
surgeons to improve those images.
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.
a running myth While a
recent medical article suggests running may not increase one’s
chances of developing knee arthritis and may even help prevent the
disease, two local physicians offer reasons to challenge and support
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.
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
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, it’s a huge
leap forward. I’d say this is more than a technological evolution,
it’s a revolution."
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 wasn’t 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 wasn’t breathing. Jeff immediately
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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?
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
of courage Morgan
Glodowski, 18, is a college freshman thinking about a career in
physical therapy, where she would work with young children.
talk cancer One in
eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but the sooner
the disease is found, the more treatable it is. Kohl’s
Conversations for a Cure is all about getting women educated and
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Wellness Two Bay
View women who make their living in the restaurant business have
paired a passion for healthy food with artistic talent.
with OCD Who
hasn’t circled back around the block to check that the door was
locked or that the curling iron was turned off?
in at about 3 pounds, the brain is the body’s 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.
Tall Years of ankle
pain nearly grounded Eric Swenson, a commercial pilot who works
international routes for a major airline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Sheriff’s
Department remembers only one resident who used heroin. "We
didn’t see it as a problem," he says. "We were more
worried about crack cocaine migrating north."
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.
the word After
Jean Davidson’s 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.
the perfect body Although
nobody’s 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.
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.
health report card Wisconsin’s
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.
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.
doesn't mean lean It’s
not easy being green — green coffee bean extract, that is.There’s 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 TV’s Dr. Oz and the
supplement industry claim it is?
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
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-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and multiple myeloma.
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.
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
common eye problems Burning
itchy eyes, blurry vision, redness — 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 when your family tree has heart disease written all
over it. Not to say your parents didn’t 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.
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
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
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
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
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. That’s 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
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.
the front line It’s
a milestone year for the Medical College of Wisconsin — 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).
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
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.
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.
An erector set
of 206 ever-changing pieces — 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.
DNA Diet In our
world of designer clothes, cars, jewelry, furniture and cookware,
consider a designer diet based on your DNA.
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 what’s really incredible is how his tiny
heart cleared a giant hurdle.
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
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 — insomnia.
search of the perfect smile Beauty
may well be in the eye of the beholder, but when it comes to a
winning smile, it’s also in the numbers — the length of your
teeth, the amount of gum showing, and other measurable factors. So, how do you capture the perfect smile?