March 23, 2017
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A study out of Sweden suggest that the support adult children provide aging parents may contribute to seniors living longer in comparison to those without children. ( Dreamstime )

Parenthood can boost your longevity, if you don’t die from the stress first

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Want to live longer? Have children. If you don’t die early from child-rearing stress, parenthood will boost your longevity chances, according to a new study out of Sweden.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute used national registry data to track 1.5 million Swedes born between 1911 and 1925 as they lived through their last years. While the risk of death naturally increased with age for all adults, the team found that those with children had greater longevity.

“Support from adult children to aging parents may be of importance for parental health and longevity,” researchers write. “At old age, the stress of parenthood is likely to be lower and instead, parents can benefit from social support from their children. In addition, parents have on average more healthful behaviors than childless individuals.”

A long road to a diagnosis: Lyme disease symptoms can be mistaken for other ailments

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If it wasn’t for a bull’s-eye rash 10 years prior, the achy joints, fatigue, brain fog and eventual locked jaw Victoria “Tori” Salerno has experienced as a teenager could have gone misdiagnosed for decades.

The symptoms of Lyme disease are often attributed to other ailments and chronic illnesses such as fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and thyroid disease. Some older adults have even been misdiagnosed with dementia, according to medical journal reports.

Sugar-free empathy: Central students support classmate

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Students in Karen Ditthardt’s class at Central High School were not obligated to take part in a 28-day sugar challenge. Giving up confections would not sweeten their grade.

They also didn’t eliminate sugar from their diet as a religious obligation — though some will carry the fast through the Lenten season.

‘Take charge’ against cancer: Area African-American women urged to get regular checkups, eat right, exercise

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Much of Racine’s central city area and a smaller portion of Kenosha have some of the highest incidences of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses, according to cancer prevention specialists and educators who presented early studies at a program for African-American women held at Gateway Technical College last month.

Melinda Stolley, a clinical psychologist and associate director for cancer prevention and control for the Medical College of Wisconsin, and her colleagues have been studying disparities among income, racial, ethnic and gender groups in the southeast corner of the state.

Love story: Former governor shares his experiences in caring for wife with Alzheimer’s

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Marty Schreiber learned to love his high school sweetheart and wife of 56 years all over again.

The former Wisconsin governor offered his experience as a caregiver and shared his many struggles in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease in a presentation, both informative and touching, on Thursday at the Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave.

Heart care a priority at UHS

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For several years, patients of United Hospital Systems have received diagnostic and interventional cardiac care at its two Kenosha medical centers.

In 1992, a cardiac catheterization lab and cardiac surgery unit was installed at Kenosha Medical Center, named the Michael DeBakey Heart Institute of Wisconsin.

Heart care close to home

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When Kenosha resident Debra Hill experienced chest pains 10 years ago, she found herself traveling to Aurora St. Luke’s in Milwaukee for a heart catheterization to diagnose her condition.

In January of this year, Hill again had a bout of severe chest pain. This time the 58-year-old woman was able to get her heart examined locally, at the new Interventional Cardiology Suite at Aurora Medical Center.

Brain pollution? Researchers look at link between dirty air, dementia

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The air you breathe does more than affect your lungs.

A new study published this week found that older women exposed to air polluted by vehicle exhaust and other damaging particles are almost twice as likely to develop dementia. Others who carried a specific gene were almost four times likelier to develop loss of memory and reasoning skills.

Who needs stress? We all do

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If you could do something to decrease your risk of memory failure, to increase your self-confidence, to be a better public speaker, to improve your brain, to help you deal with back pain, to bust out of your comfort zone, to make your children more resilient … would you do it?

What if it involved embracing what we all to our utmost to steer clear of — namely, stress?

Seeking her independence: Young woman with epilepsy hopes service dog will bring her freedom, peace of mind

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Christina George hopes to one day help kids with special needs live their lives to the fullest potential.

The 19-year-old woman from Pleasant Prairie knows that can be a very delicate balance.

Winter biking spikes in popularity

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CHICAGO — It may be 5 degrees below zero with the wind chill, but Matt Barrington, 31, of North Lawndale, still bikes to work every day.

“It’s nice to get some fresh air every morning,” Barrington said. “Once you get going, you get warm pretty quick.”

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.

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

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