Health & Science
3:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Actor Michael York Embraces His Role As RENEWAL Project Ambassador

Since being diagnosed with amyloidosis, Michael York has served as an ambassador for raising awareness of the rare and destructive disease.

Actor Michael York is known for heralded roles in films as diverse as Cabaret, Logan’s Run, and the Austin Powers movies.  But today, the actor hopes to stand in a spotlight of a different kind.

York suffers from a condition called amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in your organs. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can be life threatening. Unfortunately there is not yet a cure for the disease, but there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms.

The RENEWAL Project seeks to raise awareness and research dollars for the condition. It is based at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where Doctor Parameswaran Hari is a leading researcher into the disease.

York was in Milwaukee this morning to launch the RENEWAL project, and he recently joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the studio along with RENEWAL Project coordinator Paul McComas over the phone.

"It's primed at a time when significant things are happening all over the world. It's so rare, it's 150,000 people in the United States and Europe combined," says York. "So I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had - finally - the correct diagnosis."

Health & Science
10:43 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Can Emotions Be Measured In Your Brain?

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When Richard Davidson first began his doctoral work more than 30 years ago, the disciplines of neuroscience and psychology didn't play well together.

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Health & Science
11:43 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Perspective Of The World


In the days since the Apollo missions, few astronauts have attained icon status the way Chris Hadfield has.

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Arts & Culture
8:14 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Former Vatican Astronomer Reconciles His Beliefs in Science & God

The Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope
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When Lake Effect first spoke with Father George Coyne eight years ago, one of the areas we covered was his life’s devotion to both faith – and science.

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Health & Science
3:05 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Just Because You Can Learn About Your Genes, Does It Mean You Should?

Our ability to decode the human genome has come a long way in the last decade.  And so has the availability of information about our genes.

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Health & Science
2:59 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Citizen Science: Harnessing The Power Of Interest

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Articles in peer reviewed scientific journals feature a lead author, and secondary authors who also participated in the research the article presents.  But an increasing number of scientific projects are involving a potentially huge list of supporting researchers.

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Health & Science
1:19 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Homelessness, Housing, and HIV: What are the Connections?

There's a connection between homeless and those affected by HIV. Can housing programs change that?
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Earlier this week, we heard about the effectiveness of one Milwaukee-based organization in helping the quality of life for AIDS patients.  The strength of the work of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin lies in its so-called “medical home” model, in which a variety of services, from medical care to pharmacy to mental health support, are provided under one roof. But reaching and helping people with HIV and AIDS can be especially challenging, when we’re talking about the homeless population.

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Health & Science
10:23 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Dr. Michio Kaku Focuses on the Future of the Mind

Dr. Michio Kaku will speak on Thursday night in Milwaukee.
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Phenomena like telepathy, video-taping our dreams, implanting new memories into our brains, or performing telekinesis have long been the province of science fiction.

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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)
Rick Guidotti

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

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Health & Science
2:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

ESSAY: Mixing Methane and International Politics Is a Gas, Gas, Gas

A methane pipe
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Could a molecule composed of one carbon atom and four hydrogen atoms ignite Armageddon?

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