January 22, 2017
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Holmes Davis, right, and Allison Cavazos work on strength training during a class taught by Mercedes Owens at Tread Fitness in Dallas. What do you resolve to do in the year ahead? ( Dallas Morning News photo )

The process of change: How to be one of the cool kids who make New Year’s resolutions stick

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When the new year dawns, thoughts often turn to resolutions. Will this be the year you (fill in the blank) stop smoking? Start swimming? Limit sodas? Increase vegetable intake? Stop being snarky? Start being grateful? All of the above?

Whatever your plan and however bold your intentions, there’s always the danger of a slip-up, alas. With that in mind, two University of North Texas faculty members in the Department of Disability and Addiction Rehabilitation have tips to keep those resolutions strong. Paula Heller Garland is a senior lecturer; Justin Watts, an assistant professor.

Ask yourself why you’re doing this. Start with this: “What will I gain from making such a change?” suggests Watts.

Jim Kruse finds hope despite medical challenges

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Twenty-six years ago, Jim Kruse spent his time raising miniature horses, announcing horse shows, working with 4-H and the county fair, attending Green Bay Packer games and bowling.

These days, most of his waking hours are spent just feeding himself.

‘I can taste food again’: Miracle fruit comes to the rescue for thousands of cancer patients

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MIAMI — Her water tasted like rusty pennies; the pepperoni pizza like metallic cardboard.

The more chemotherapy sessions Monica Faison-Finch got, the faster her taste buds gave out. Over time she became thinner and thinner as her appetite diminished. Everything that touched her tongue was tasteless.

What to do when someone is choking

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Choking occurs when a foreign object becomes lodged in the throat or windpipe, blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food often is the culprit. Young children often swallow small objects. Because choking cuts off oxygen to the brain, administer first aid as quickly as possible.

The universal sign for choking is hands clutched to the throat. If the person doesn’t give the signal, look for these indications:

Making a ‘fast appeal’: Slowing down senior’s hospital discharge requires swift action

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The old man slept quietly as his daughter sat by his hospital bed. Suddenly, an aide walked in and announced that a move was imminent.

“Your time here is up,” Bonnie Miller Rubin remembers the aide explaining. “He’s going to a nursing home.”

Fighting depression: 4 things those symptom checklists don’t tell you

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Let’s just get this out of the way up top: I have depression.

That doesn’t mean that I’m weeping inconsolably as I write this. Or that I need an emergency visit from Clarence Odbody, AS2. And it doesn’t mean that I’m just a sad guy.

What’s being done to prevent falls?

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The now retired Spanish and French teacher was talking with students 10 years ago when she caught her foot under her desk, tumbled and fractured her hip.

“I could actually hear the hip crack,” Fredman, 77, recalled. “I knew I needed something more than masking tape and Krazy Glue.”

The big picture

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Thinking about a bigger picture when it comes to exercise — and what you want to get out of it — will change your workout philosophy in a wonderful way. It’s OK to want a “hotter body.” It’s also OK to want to get better at (insert your athletic goal here). But you’ll get better results — and achieve those other goals, too — if you adopt a new exercise philosophy.

It’s easy to say, “Go forth and work out,” but to get the most out of the prescription, you’re going to need a few extra tips. So here it is — your Exercise Prescription. Use it in good health!

Because golf balls and yoga mats are so predictable ... 10 gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts

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From spinners to CrossFitters and all the barre lovers in between, here’s a look at 10 gift ideas to keep every sweaty body in your life moving and motivated.

* Exo protein bars: The latest “it” bars will hit every picky dieter on your list. Exo bars are gluten-, soy- and dairy-free, offering 10 grams of protein per bar from cricket flour. Yep, as in insects. The company says crickets are full of zinc, iron and calcium to help power you through a spin class. They’re sweetened with natural sugars like dates and come in flavors like peanut butter and jelly and banana bread. $3 per bar or $36 for 12-pack

The art of dying: Sensory therapies help ease the mind, body and soul of hospice patients

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Red, white and blue are James Simmons’ favorite colors and in two recent art projects he made sure that he used all of them.

Simmons, a Kenosha resident, is also a hospice patient. His art projects — a rainstick and a puppet — have been art therapy sessions facilitated by Rebecca Roberts-Kerns of Hospice Alliance.

Call the midwife: Giving birth at home is growing option for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies

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Brandy Brey attended her first birth at the age of 17 and right then and there, she knew she would be a midwife.

Brey, of Wholesome Birth Service in Salem, serves women in Kenosha, Racine, Walworth and Milwaukee, and is the only certified professional midwife in Kenosha County.

Being her greatest: Flesh-eating bacteria claimed vet’s limbs, but not her drive

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DACULA, Ga. — A year ago, Cindy Martinez was struggling to walk even just a few feet and lift just five pounds.

A flesh-eating bacteria had ravaged the 35-year-old Marine veteran’s body. She had a grim choice: Amputate both legs, an arm below the elbow and parts of the fingers on her remaining arm — or face almost-certain death.

Toning and talking: Kenosha Senior Center’s exercise class doubles as a social event

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It’s 9 a.m. on a Monday at the Kenosha Senior Center and things are heating up: While leading members of an exercise class as they warm up in stretches, instructor Nikolai Laitamaki checks in with a participant to ask after her grandson.

She replies and others engage in conversation about house projects, hobbies and sports while watching Laitamaki for exercise cues.

Managing the discomfort of heartburn

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Heartburn is a burning sensation in your chest, just behind your breastbone. Technically called gastroesophageal reflux disease, heartburn occurs when stomach contents back up into your esophagus. Sour taste and the sensation of food coming back into your mouth may accompany the sensation.

Heartburn usually happens after you’ve eaten a meal, and it may occur at night. The pain usually worsens when you’re lying down or bending over.

Key steps can help patients recover from a stay in the ICU

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Your 80-something-year-old dad has just been admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit after a stroke or a heart attack. Now, he’s surrounded by blinking monitors, with tubes in his arms and alarms going off around him.

You’re scared and full of uncertainty. Will the vital, still-healthy man you’ve known recover and be able to return home?

House calls around the world: Kenosha doctors volunteer overseas

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For some physicians, there’s more to medicine than writing prescriptions, reading lab reports and dealing with insurance providers.

While working traditional medical careers, two Kenosha doctors are also making “house calls” to places where hospitals have dirt floors and operating room lighting comes from the windows.

Women of Worth: Treatment program designed to help women recover from drug addiction

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Addiction can take away a woman’s self-worth, but there is a treatment option that is geared specifically toward a woman’s needs.

Women of Worth, a treatment program for women struggling with addiction living in Kenosha and Racine counties, is in its third year.

Maximize your results

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Regardless of age or ability, almost all runners would like to improve. They would like to run faster. They would like to be able to run farther. They would like to maximize their talents. And, equally important, they would like to make running easier and more fun regardless of time spent and distance covered.

Here are a dozen ways by which runners can improve, not only in competition, but in their ability to glide comfortably down the road during workouts. Few of us are athletically gifted enough to compete in an arena, but we all want to enjoy our sport and avoid the pitfalls of poor training, which often result in overuse injuries that keep us from running on a daily basis.

New concussion education resource website launches

As football season kicks off for young athletes across the country, Caring 4 Concussions is launching a first-of-its-kind website. Caring4concussions.org provides a comprehensive, unbiased collection of information on brain injury research and protocol.

The website’s mission is simple: reduce the number of concussion-related injuries through awareness and education. Caring 4 Concussions centralizes credible information, aggregating useful resources, research and tools on its website to create a one-stop shop for parents, coaches and athletic trainers.

Recipes, not prescriptions: Grassroots movement aims to prevent disease and treat illness with food

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Watch television for any length of time and you’re sure to see countless commercials for prescription drugs. And whose ears don’t perk up when those spots end with a laundry list of potential side effects — everything from diarrhea to death? Flulike symptoms? Depression? Suicidal tendencies? Those, too.

But what if there were alternatives to many of the prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs that treat what ails you?

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