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Mental gymnastics


They are said to improve your memory, sharpen your attention and help pick up the pace of mental processing, but can computer software, online games and phone apps actually train your brain to be a more efficient thinking machine?

At this point, “cautiously optimistic” might be the best way to describe the position of some experts.

Concerns range from products that utilize a “one size fits all” mindset to gains being limited to game performance situations only.

Cholesterol confusion: Scientists debate impact of removing dietary guidelines


Recently the annual Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report stated that cholesterol was “not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

Some people celebrated, expecting once again to fill their bellies with unlimited amounts of butter, cheese, sausage and steak. But several notable doctors and scientists balked — and even protested.

Migraine studies yield fresh approaches to ward off pain


If you suffer from migraine headaches, you’ve got plenty of company. More than 10 percent of the population is hurting right along with you, including 18 percent of women. Migraines are most common from the ages of 25 to 55. The good news: New research can help change your approach to managing your migraines. Here are five strategies to try.

Worry can cause a headache, but a recent study from Yeshiva University in New York found that the relief experienced after a stressful situation can also bring on the pain. The cause may be a drop in stress hormones including cortisol, according to study co-author Dawn Buse, director of behavioral medicine at Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. Calming yourself the right way can cut your risk. “If the stress has already passed, it’s wise to use all of the factors that may protect against migraine including sleep, proper nutrition, physical activity and exercise, and relaxation practices, which balance the nervous system,” Buse said in an interview. Those practices could include cognitive behavioral therapy, guided visual imagery or simply closing your eyes for 30 seconds to focus on your breath.

Tapering off meds


Cold turkey is a term used when describing an abrupt and complete withdrawal from the use of an addictive substance.

It may be common knowledge that quitting narcotics like heroin and opium can inflict terrible withdrawal symptoms, but other opiates like Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Vicodin can do the same.

Eating clean: Whole foods can improve health, ward off disease


One of the big buzz terms in the nutritional health field right now is “eating clean.”

Those wanting to lose weight, tone their muscles, detox their systems or just feel better are all advised that the first step is to begin to “eat clean.”

Kenosha area is in need of more doctors


With the coming of new industries and multiple retail big-box stores into Kenosha County, it’s safe to assume that people will be moving into the area for the thousands of new jobs.

Beyond housing and transportation needs, one of the concerns could be medical care.

New tools for seniors


It’s Tuesday morning at Azura Memory Care on Kenosha’s north side, and the place is up for grabs. Some of the residents are singing; others are on their feet dancing to “YMCA.” Staff member Maria Gonzales is in the mix, modeling the letters of the song and holding hands with dancing residents.

A few miles south, at Brookdale’s assisted living residence in Pleasant Prairie, Bill Stein, using computer software, is working on his upper body strength while taking a virtual stroll along a trail in the Sonora desert.

Feeling groggy? Here’s how to wake up refreshed


DALLAS — When Susie Phillips wakes at 5:30 a.m., before the sun rises, before cars zoom down the street bearing the bleary-eyed to work, before children stomp down the sidewalk on their way to school, it isn’t drudgery.

She slips out of bed, fills a hefty mug with coffee and listens to the birds chirping outside her Dallas home. Early morning sunlight streams through the window. For Phillips, this is the most peaceful time of day.

Hiring a caregiver


One of the challenges of aging is caring for the generations that came before you and, eventually, for yourself.

An option to senior care facilities is “aging in place.”

Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush and other gadgets for a healthier home


Controlling your environment goes a long way toward controlling, and improving, your health. And the market is exploding with new offerings designed to help you do just that.

“Consumers are demanding more,” said Jon Hall, senior brand manager for Whirlpool. “They want more flexibility. They want to be able to see more. They want personalization.”

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