health report card
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
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
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?
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-Hodgkinís lymphoma, Hodgkinís disease and multiple myeloma.
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
cancer drugs offer choices
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
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).
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
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.
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 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.
world of designer clothes, cars, jewelry, furniture and cookware,
consider a designer diet based on your DNA.
test may help predict heart disease
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.
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.
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 ó insomnia.
search of the perfect smile
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?
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.
immaculate, a palace," is how Mary Vollmar describes a recent
stay away from home.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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