February 27, 2017
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Heart care a priority at UHS


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.

According to information provided by Susan Rizzo, UHS community relations representative, under Dr. DeBakey’s direction, the comprehensive program provides diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for cardiac disease,

Heart care close to home


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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