• Health and Fitness

    You are here, navigating the mental illness diagnosis maze

    October 2, 2015

    By Asha Tarry, LMSW, PLLC, Behavioral Health Consulting Services Mental illness is something many people live and cope with but rarely openly discuss. On average, about 43 million Americans have some form of treatable mental illness ranging from depression, to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Unfortunately, 12 million adults are misdiagnosed each year in a mental… [Read More]

    New precision medicine approach to cancer treatment offers promise in eliminating cancer disparities gap

    October 2, 2015

    Someone who is diagnosed with cancer today would typically receive treatment for their disease based on the type of cancer they have. For example, there are specific, standard treatments for patients with breast cancer or colorectal cancer or prostate cancer. That strategy is now evolving, thanks to a new approach to medicine that is focused… [Read More]

    Before vaccinating your child, here’s what you should know

    August 20, 2015

    With all the constant showing of back-to-school commercials from Target to Staples, it’s pretty clear that back-to-school season is officially in full effect. But, along with purchasing new clothes and new school supplies come vaccinations. If you’re a parent of a young child or teenager, then this is probably at the top of your list… [Read More]

    Your laptop on your lap: Not a good combination

    July 30, 2015

    Nowadays, we work just about anywhere. From a corner table in Starbucks, to a big office on Main Street. More and more people are working from home or wher- ever and thus use their porta- ble laptops any kind of way. But actually putting them on your lap could do some dam- age. The prolonged… [Read More]

    Knowing the cause of pneumonia is critical for older adults

    July 30, 2015

    Viruses cause more pneumonia-related hospitalizations among American adults than bacteria, although the cause of the lung infection is undetected in most cases, a new federal study says. The findings show the need for improved diagnostic tests, according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducted the study…. [Read More]

    City of Milwaukee Health Department announces dates and locations for 15th Annual Back-to-School Health Fairs

    July 23, 2015

    With school season already around the corner, Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD) have announced that the City’s 15th annual Back-to-School Health Fairs will be held Friday, Aug. 7, at North Division High School (1011 W. Center St.) and Friday, Aug. 14, at Bradley Tech High School (700 S. 4th… [Read More]

    Why Alzheimer’s affects Blacks differently

    July 23, 2015

    Alzheimer’s disease seems to develop differently in the brains of black patients than in whites. And, black people seem more likely to suffer different types of brain changes that also contribute to dementia, a new study reports. Alzheimer’s disease dementia is generally associated with a build-up of substances known as plaques and tangles inside the… [Read More]

    Childhood stress may explain your adult weight gain

    July 16, 2015

    Could your childhood play a role in how quickly you gain weight? The answer is yes, according to a new study conducted by Michigan State University (MSU) and published in the journal Social Science and Medicine. Researchers at MSU analyzed data from nearly 4,000 people who participated in the Americans’ Changing Survey. The individuals were… [Read More]

    Too much sitting may raise a woman’s cancer risk

    July 16, 2015

    Lots of time spent sitting may increase a woman’s odds for cancer, but it does not seem to have a similar effect on men, a new study suggests. “Longer leisure time spent sitting was associated with a higher risk of total cancer risk in women, and specifically with multiple myeloma, breast and ovarian cancers. But… [Read More]

    Cut your heart failure risk in half as you age

    July 10, 2015

    In more good news for those who don’t let aging keep them from practicing healthy habits, a new study finds the fittest seniors are half as likely as others to suffer from heart failure. “Older adults can make simple changes to reduce their heart failure risk, such as not smoking, engaging in moderate physical activity… [Read More]