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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.

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Tuesday marked World AIDS day, and people were encouraged to get tested. In Wisconsin, despite all the education efforts, the number of HIV cases diagnosed annually is not dropping, but it is holding steady. 

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Public health leaders talk about diabetes in epidemic terms. In Milwaukee alone, 40% of people are at high risk for developing diabetes, which is 14% higher than the state average.

The direct and indirect costs of diabetes in Milwaukee County alone is nearly $1.2 billion annually. The average medical expenses for a person with diabetes are $13,700 per year, according to the American Diabetes Association - approximately 2.3 times higher than people without diabetes.

But, what exactly is diabetes?

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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In the 1960s, lining urban rivers with cement was considered to be state-of-the-art storm water management. But the practice  proved otherwise, in places like Milwaukee's south side where the Kinnickinnic River flows.

Over the years, during major storm events water has over-topped the concrete, causing damage and tragically, sometimes taking lives.

However, heaps of work and partnerships are going into naturalizing it. 

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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.

Milwaukee Health Commissioner Bevan Baker says the city needs to address its violent crime as a public health threat.

Baker was among the leaders who testified Thursday before Common Council's Public Safety Committee. Its chairman convened the meeting in response to the surge in the city's homicide rate. The count of those killed already matches that for all of 2014, and quite a few of the victims have been children.

Although UW-Milwaukee's Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is still in its fledgling stages, the school has already begun to make a difference.

Now the school is starting the process of looking for new leadership. After leading the school through its formative years, founding Dean Magda Peck is stepping down July 1. 

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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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When it comes to cancer detection and treatment, it usually feels like medical science can’t do enough quickly enough. But there has been great progress made in the past decade in devising more specific types of treatment, particularly against breast cancer.

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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.

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