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.

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