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Treating overactive bladder


Karen Dinse is not the kind of woman who gets Botox treatments to chase away wrinkles on her face. She is, however, the kind of woman who gets Botox treatments to alleviate the urgency of her overactive bladder.

In the past year and a half, Dinse has found that Botox injections have eradicated symptoms of OAB in ways that oral medication could not.

Approved for OAB treatment by the federal Food and Drug Administration in 2012, Botox is one of two non-oral medication alternatives currently in use by local urologists. The other, percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation, has been in use since 2007, but only recently has been re-approved for coverage by Medicare in Wisconsin.

Healthy holidays: A few tips to help you stay well this season


For those rushing out the door on the way to Grandma’s house for the holiday, here’s the most important safe-travel tip we can offer. In three words:

Wash your hands.

Pulmonary rehab program helps former smoker manage his emphysema


When it comes to recovering his health after a lifetime of smoking, Gary Hagen has discovered that it takes a village.

For Hagen, that “village” has been the staff in the pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation department at United Hospital System’s Kenosha Medical Center campus.

10 minutes of dementia: Virtual tour aims to help caregivers understand illness


No one asks for Alzheimer’s disease or any form of dementia.

No one would willingly sign up for a disease that erodes one’s mental and physical faculties to nothingness. But on Nov. 10, 40 people in Kenosha did sign up for a dose of dementia.

Joyful journey to health


Editor’s note: Jamie Morgan, 38, of Pleasant Prairie, has lost 210 pounds over a four-year period and recently competed in a figure competition. We asked her to share her story by answering some questions for Focus on Fitness.

After spending almost 30 years overweight or obese, I fell into a depression after the sudden loss of my mother in 2004. It compounded several emotional issues from my past that were never addressed. Before I knew it, I was deep within an endless cycle of private binge eating coupled with a socially reclusive and sedentary existence. So, after someone close to me asked me to seek counseling, I began my journey to health.

How to manage fear and anxiety


Everyone knows what it’s like to be afraid.

A snake slithers unexpectedly across the path ahead, and your body automatically responds. You spring backward should it strike. Your heart pounds, muscles tense, breath quickens. You begin to perspire. All attention is on the snake.

Health fair to focus on nutrition


The fall session of Keys to Healthy Living health fair event to be held Thursday at Gateway Technical College promises to be a conduit to making healthier choices.

The event will also bring an integrative medicine specialist from Milwaukee to speak on “The Wisdom of Food.”

Back on their feet


Josephine Mata, 74, doesn’t travel all the way from the north side of Racine to Kenosha lightly, but she’s happy to make the trip to receive an innovative diabetic neuropathy treatment at Dr. Cynthia Cernak’s office.

“My feet were bothering me. They were puffy and numb. Now they’re feeling good again. I can get up off the chair now,” Mata said.

The eyes have it


Rapidly evolving technologies are changing the conversations people are having with their eye doctors. Particularly when it comes to the topic of cataracts.

“Ten years ago it was a very short discussion,” says local ophthalmologist Dr. I. Paul Singh. “The short answer was to have surgery that just removed the cataracts,” he said.

How to live well into your 80s and beyond


Sixty years ago, an American who made it to 65 could expect to live an additional 14 years. Today, Consumer Reports notes, it’s 19 years. So how do we grow older healthfully so that we can actually enjoy those extra years?

No matter whether you’ve just hit 50 or are well on your way toward the century mark, there are strategies that can help you stay healthy, keep you socially and intellectually engaged in the world around you and create a living situation that is comfortable and safe.

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