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The 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, medical conditions.



Brushing 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.
Nothing to Sneeze At
Few 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 fall.
A Joint Effort
A 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 activities.

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.
Reasons to Smile
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.
The 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.
Under 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 from them.
Here 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.
Home 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 gone by.
Calming The Storm
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).
Doctor, My Eyes: In the age of online eyewear, a local eye care professional is still your best value
Credit the hipsters? A few years back, the 20-something trendsetters suddenly made wearing glasses not just cool, but de rigueur — the bigger and blacker the frames, the better — perhaps in reaction to diminishing eye care benefits, coupled with the hassle of keeping contacts and costly supplies on hand.

A Meaningful New Path: Today’s nursing students aren’t always in their 20s
Just two weeks before he passed away from a brain tumor, Andrea Verschage’s husband, Brad, wanted to have a talk about the future. For most of their 20s, the couple had been coping with the ups and downs of Brad’s illness, as well as other health crises in their family.

Understanding Tourette: A local family teams with experts to ease the stigma and stress of Tourette syndrome
It started with a single tic. Sometimes it would be an eye twitch. Other times, it was a cough or a chirp. For Grant Freeze of Fox Point, who was 7 years old at the time, the tics were irrepressible urges that often bubbled up in emotional situations, when he was excited or upset.

To 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 Home’s amenities.

Fresh 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.

Bad 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 foods.
The 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.
Brand-New 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).
Tube 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 ludicrous.
Smile 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.
A 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 cardiac unit.
Redefining Wellness
From intergenerational programming to robotic pet therapy, local senior living facilities provide innovative, life-enriching amenities to residents.
Healthy 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 their thoughts.

Under Attack
Advances in the treatment of autoimmune disorders aim to combat symptoms head-on — and are being made right here in Milwaukee.
Understanding Online Addiction
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 devastating.
Turning Truth Into Power
To 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.
Caring For The Caregivers
As 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.

Rethinking 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 care.

Beating The Odds
In 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 the hospital.

Easing The Challenge
When 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 movement.
Uncommon Threads
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 room.
Less 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.
Joint Efforts
Think joint surgery will end your active lifestyle? Local orthopedic specialists and their patients prove it’s not always the case.
Now 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.
See Worthy
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 20 million Americans suffer from severe vision loss. Many of the causes are environmentally related.
Your 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.
The 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 necessary.
Chronic 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 system.

Oral 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?

Into 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 brains.

Your 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.
Senior 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.

Understanding 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 who has.
Education: 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.

Hearing: 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.
Eye 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.
A 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.
100 Years Young
According 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 longevity.
Is 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.
Pediatrics 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 trepidations.
The 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 much money.
A 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.
A Privilege to Serve
How teaching teams — led by one local specialist — are bringing emergency medicine and cardiac care to Belize and beyond.

15 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.
A Guide for the Kids
How to choose a senior living facility that suits your parent’s needs and lifestyle.
The 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.

Touching Hearts
Three area programs work to improve life for cancer patients — both physically and emotionally.
Proper 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 effects.
Breaking Down Stigma
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.
Planting 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.
What 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. 
Eye Care Through The Ages
While 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 VisionWatch study.
Managing Persistent Pain
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.
Young at Heart
Drew 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 51.”
Saving Baby Dominic
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.

Need 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.
And The Band Played On: How one local band provides nostalgic entertainment to seniors
For many local music lovers, the hottest concert this summer won’t be Tom Petty at Summerfest or John Mellencamp playing State Fair. The Milwaukee Letter Carriers’ Band (MLCB), which performs at area senior living centers every Tuesday night from April until the week before Christmas, is booked solid for 2017.
Meeting 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.
WOMEN’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.

Focus On Eyes
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.

Compassionate Care
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 exhibited.

Real Stories From Real Caregivers
Five local nurses share touching moments from their time on the floor.
Hot or Cold?
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?
Managing Superstars
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.
Hey, 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.
Cosmetic 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.
Meet Joe Frederick
Mortgage lender, marathon runner and yoga teacher.
Finding Balance
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.” 

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.

Body of Work: The latest and greatest in Milwaukee area medical innovations
Dr. Ajay Sahajpal, head of the abdominal transplant program at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, developed a technique known as En Bloc, where he combines the liver and kidney externally and then inputs them into the body simultaneously. The result? Faster healing and overall surgery times.
Finding 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.

Chronic Pain: It Could Be in Your DNA
Acute pain resulting from a cut finger or stubbed toe is a normal sensation triggered in the nervous system to alert you to possible injury. Acute pain may fade relatively quickly. Then there is chronic pain — a persistent pain that doesn’t fade or stay away for long.
>>Healthy habits can prevent pain

Well 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.

Seeds 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.

Mediation 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 soul.
Restoring 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.
The integrative difference
Years before Amberlea Childs was diagnosed with breast cancer, she was an educator, founding a nonprofit dedicated to breast health awareness in Florida.
Purity 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.

Healing 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.
Battling 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. 
The 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?
Considering Lasik?
It’s 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.
Slow 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.
An 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 it should. 
Heal 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 advanced MCC.

Put 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. 
Stress 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.
Cognitive 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.
Far 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.
Use 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.
Staying Social
Bringing 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.
Signs 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 health. 
Newborn 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.
Acting their age
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. 
Closing the 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.
Color 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 the
current adult coloring book craze.
The 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.
Breathing 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.
The 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.
Slim 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 grower
Foxy Organic.
Worry 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?

Mind over matter
Don’t have time to relax? Then make time.
For some, the act itself seems overwhelming or cumbersome, requiring too much time and effort. But what if carving out time to relax was really more manageable than you thought?

Facial 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.
Organ 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.
Instant relief
Orthopedic 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.

Paving the Way
For those suffering from painful hip joint pain and arthritis, replacement provides much needed relief and allows for better movement and function.

Near normal
Reverse 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.

RNS device helps patients with epilepsy
A device slightly smaller than the human thumb has the potential to dramatically change the lives of people who have epilepsy.

New 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. 

4-D 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.
Urgent 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 health care."
Diagnose 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 foot. Now.
Eat 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.
A 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.

Too much protein
Protein is a critical part of any diet, but too much protein can cause problems. An excess of protein can result in:

Intravenous nutrition
"Start 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.

Integrative 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.
A 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 system.
New 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 the U.S.
Clinical 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 positive results.
Choosing to fight
The day before Thanksgiving 2011, Jess Senn Salmonowicz was looking forward to her mom’s traditional Black Friday party.
Feeding your eyes
Your stomach growls when you are hungry. But your eyes are asking to be fed, too. Proper nutrition is essential for eye health. Structures including the tear film, cornea, lens and retina all benefit from a healthy diet.
New 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.
Is 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. 
Healing 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.
Are 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 top priority.
Relieving 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.

Digital 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.

Hurts 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.

Pain - 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.

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 there’s one area of health care that still challenges doctors because their patients won’t give them a straight answer.

Smart 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? 

Looking 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.

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 person’s 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 can’t, 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? 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.
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 — 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."
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 one’s 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 one’s 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, it’s a huge leap forward. I’d say this is more than a technological evolution, it’s 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 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 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 Alzheimer’s 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. Kohl’s 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 hasn’t 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 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.

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 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."

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 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.

Building 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.

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
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.

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
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?

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-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s 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 — 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
It’s 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.

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. 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 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
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). 

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 — 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 what’s 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 — 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, 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?

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Study: Light alcohol consumption linked to cancer 12-30-2019

Mayo will test robotic heart procedure for rural patients 12-30-2019

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What parents need to know about pink eye 12-23-2019

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Mayo Clinic Q&A: Lasik eye surgery — understanding the risks and complications 12-23-2019

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The health care promises we cannot keep 12-16-2019

University of Maryland researchers testing potential vaccine for E. coli, Shigella 12-16-2019

Time-restricted dieting can lead to weight loss, lower blood pressure 12-16-2019

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Treatment for vaginal prolapse depends on severity, symptoms 12-16-2019

Hard-to-treat cancers are responding to proton therapy 12-16-2019

Mayo Clinic Minute: Minimally invasive procedure for emphysema 12-16-2019

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Mitral valve repair with minimally invasive heart surgery 12-09-2019

Hair dye, straighteners may increase breast cancer risk, especially for black women, study 12-09-2019

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Scoliosis most often develops during growth spurt just before puberty 12-09-2019

Research shows South Asians make up 60% of heart disease patients 12-09-2019

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