Health

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Did you ever wonder why you can roll your tongue and your relative can't? Or, why your earlobes are attached (or unattached)?

Discovery World is joining with the Medical College of Wisconsin to display a traveling health sciences exhibit created by the Smithsonian that seeks to provoke thought about these and other topics.

The World Health Organization has deemed that processed meats — such as bacon, sausages and hot dogs — can cause cancer.

In addition, the WHO says red meats including beef, pork, veal and lamb are "probably carcinogenic" to people.

A Milwaukee hospital is trying a new approach to get newly insured residents to stop using emergency rooms as their main source of medical care and develop relationships with doctors instead.

The pilot project at Aurora Sinai Medical Center, the only hospital left in a mostly poor, black area of downtown Milwaukee, is labor intensive. But it's showing promise in getting patients connected with primary care doctors and in cutting ER costs.

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School lunches take a lot of heat from all sides, especially the lunches that students buy at school. Kids complain about the taste, and nutrition advocates complain that they’re often not healthy enough.

But what about the lunches kids bring from home? Often in the shuffle of getting ready in the morning, nutrition gives way to expediency -  to the point that some schools have sent home notes with children, admonishing parents to pack them a healthier lunch.

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The annual doctor's issue of Milwaukee Magazine is out this month, featuring over 500 doctors in the metro area evaluated and rated by their peers. The issue includes doctor rating as well as growing medical trends.

A few trends to watch are:

Virtual Clinics

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Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo, low-carb, no-carb, juicing, cleansing… there are countless weight loss programs out there. So many in fact that choosing the right one can be a difficult and daunting task.

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Many people visit nutritionists, therapists, psychologists, and health professionals to improve their overall well-being. However, when you need a tailored and personal self improvement plan to work in tandem with treatments provided by specific professionals, many find visiting a wellness coach to be beneficial.

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The people behind the Milwaukee-based Brain, Brawn, and Body website created it to engage men more actively in managing their own health. But they discovered something interesting – even though it’s a site geared to men, the majority of the people who read it are women.

That fact helps shape an event the group has organized tomorrow, also about men and wellness. The Health and Wellness Summit brings together a variety of experts and organizations with a stake in keeping men healthy.
 

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There’s invariably a flurry of stories about personal fitness near the first of the year – around the time people make a commitment to eat better, spend less time on the couch and generally get into shape.

But by mid-May, that commitment can fall by the wayside for various reasons. Featured in Lake Effect's first fitness segment, Fit For You, is the Latin-inspired and infused exercise Zumba Fitness.

Terri Bradford has suffered debilitating headaches all her life. Some days the pain is so bad, she says, "By 11 o'clock in the morning, I'm on the couch in a darkened room with my head packed in ice."

Over the years, Bradford, who is 50 years old and lives in Bedford, Mass., has searched desperately for pain relief. She's been to the doctor countless times for countless tests. "Everything I've had, I've had twice," she says. "I've had two spinal taps; I've had so many nerve blocks I've lost count."

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Depression is a mood disorder that by some estimates seriously affects nearly 15 million Americans a year. 

From cognitive behavior therapy to hypnosis to medication, there are a variety of ways of treating it.

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.

Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.

And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have wiped a few dozen species right out of our digestive tracts. One missing microbe helps metabolize carbohydrates. Other bygone bacteria act as prebiotics. And another communicates with our immune system.

It's another busy morning at Dr. Anthony Aurigemma's homeopathy practice in Bethesda, Md.

Wendy Resnick, 58, is here because she's suffering from a nasty bout of laryngitis. "I don't feel great," she says. "I don't feel myself."

Resnick, who lives in Millersville, Md., has been seeing Aurigemma for years for a variety of health problems, including ankle and knee injuries and back problems. "I don't know what I would do without him," she says. "The traditional treatments just weren't helping me at all."

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It used to be that if you wanted to see a doctor for your annual checkup or the flu, your options were Monday through Friday, during the day. But things are changing.

Many providers now offer extended hours to make seeing a doctor more convenient, and discourage visits to emergency centers.

Dr. Mushir Hassan is working through a busy morning of appointments, popping in and out of patient rooms, and pulling up charts on the laptop he totes. All pretty routine, except it’s a Saturday, a day doctors normally have off and many healthcare clinics are closed.

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Caregiving for a loved one who is chronically or terminally ill is an important job. And for people who can’t afford, or otherwise aren’t using paid nursing care, it’s also a huge and daunting task. 

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