Health

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12:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

If You Had Dementia, What Songs Would Be on Your Playlist?

Wisconsin's Music and Memory program is providing personalized music playlists for dementia patients in 100 nursing homes across the state to aid with memory retrieval and behavioral issues.
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Lake Effect essayist Dr. Jung Kwak talks about her research into the use of music therapy with dementia patients, and describes what playlist she would create for herself.

A UW-Milwaukee gerontologist looking at the impact of music on patients with dementia finds an unexpected connection:

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Health & Science
1:28 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Report Finds Surpring Increase in Milwaukee's Infant Mortality Rates After Years of Decrease

The rising rate of infant mortality leaves a lot of empty cribs and heartbroken families around Milwaukee.
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Milwaukee’s efforts to reduce the rate of infant mortality in the city took a blow yesterday, when the city released new data showing the rate climbed to 10.3 deaths for every thousand births in the city.  That came after consistent decreases in the last decade. 

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Health & Science
12:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Milwaukee Doctor Collaborates on Neuroprotective Drug Research for Back Health

Spinal cord compression is one of the many common back injuries.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Dr. Shekar Kurpad.

Earlier in the week, we featured an interview about the history of Superman.  For many of us of a certain age, the first Superman we remember was actor Christopher Reeve, who portrayed the Man of Steel in movies in the 1970s and ‘80s.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Former Fashion Photographer Aims to Create 'New Standard of Beauty' Beyond Physical Differences

Photographer Rick Guidotti hopes his Positive Exposure organization will show the beauty in us all, beyond genetic differences and disorders. (From Albinism 2012)
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews photographer and Positive Exposure founder Rick Guidotti.

Photographer Rick Guidotti has spent his career capturing beauty on film.

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Health & Science
3:54 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

With No Legislative Movement, Fight Over Raw Milk Foments in Wisconsin

Pasteurized milk or raw milk? That is the real question
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Erik Gunn.

A bill that would loosen restrictions on sales of raw milk in Wisconsin is still pending. The bill passed a state senate committee in November, but has not advanced past that stage. 

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Health & Science
2:33 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Why Athletes Time Their Diets - and Drink Chocolate Milk

Chocolate milk does an athlete's body good.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Kristen Kipp, employee wellness coordinator at Marquette University and a registered dietician.

If you spend any time watching the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, you’re likely to see a barrage of commercials, in which athletes sing the praises of food-related sponsors, from McDonalds and Subway to Kashi breakfast cereal.

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Health & Science
12:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Is There a Dark Side to Electronic Medical Records?

Doctors are increasingly dissatisfied in their jobs. Is the trend toward electronic over paper medical records to blame?
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Ardis Hoven, the president of the American Medical Association.

Despite a federal mandate requiring most physicians to adopt electronic medical record-keeping, the president of the American Medical Association says doctors are increasingly frustrated with the technology.

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Health & Science
1:24 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Open Wide! Better Dental Care Starts with Going to the Dentist

It is recommended that everybody sees the dentist twice a year. Many people aren't.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Tim McCormick and Sara Rae Lancaster, both from Milwaukee Magazine.

Even for people who have few cavities, a trip to the dentist can seem like, well, pulling teeth.

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Health & Science
5:19 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Oconomowoc Hospital Leads in Treating Severe OCD with Expanded Center

Dr. Brad Riemann is a leading expert in anxiety disorders and the clinical director of Rogers Memorial Hospital's OCD Center.
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Dr. Brad Riemann, clinical director of Rogers Memorial Hospital's OCD Center.

A Wisconsin hospital has opened a new, expanded residential center to treat some of the world's most severe cases of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

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Health & Science
5:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Are You Obese Because Grandma Starved? Milwaukee Researcher Says It's Possible

Epigenetics explained: "Three generations at once are exposed to the same environmental conditions (diet, toxins, hormones, etc.). In order to provide a convincing case for epigenetic inheritance, an epigenetic change must be observed in the 4th generation."
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Dr. Rob Lane, an expert in epigenetics.

We all know our inherited DNA shapes us, but a Milwaukee researcher says how our parents - and even our grandparents - lived could also affect our genes.

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