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Obesity in Wisconsin: Special issue of WMJ explores prevalence, efforts to effect change

Madison (Dec 1, 2016)—Although the health risks associated with being obese have been well-documented for decades, it’s an issue that continues to affect Wisconsin’s children and adults. In the latest issue of WMJ, researchers report on the causes and prevalence … Continue reading

WMJ Study: Minnesota winning border battle for better health

Madison (Sept. 28, 2016)—When it comes to the health of its residents, the state of Minnesota is faring better than Wisconsin, according to a study in the latest issue of WMJ. “Overall, Minnesota has better health outcomes than Wisconsin, with … Continue reading

WMJ: Report illustrates potential harm of herbal supplement kratom

MADISON (February 29, 2016)—Kratom is advertised on the Internet as a “nonaddictive” herbal alternative to opioids for pain management. But as more information on kratom becomes available, the herb’s potential for addiction and associated withdrawal syndrome may be linked to … Continue reading

WMJ: Wisconsin’s smoking burden varies widely across the state

MADISON (January 20, 2016)—Despite a significant decline in smoking rates among U.S. adults, smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. A study published in the current issue of WMJ, which ranked the relative burden of … Continue reading

WMJ: Wisconsin’s Hmong at increased risk for diabetes

MADISON (November 16, 2015)—Type 2 diabetes is becoming more prevalent among Wisconsin’s Hmong population, according to a study published in the current issue of . In fact, they are 3.3 times more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes than their … Continue reading

WMJ: Is there an association with student drinking and alcohol outlets near college campuses?

MADISON (August 17, 2015)—Excessive alcohol consumption by students on college campuses is a growing concern across the United States, and a study in the current issue of reports that the proximity and/or the density of alcohol outlets to students at … Continue reading

WMJ: New registry identifies more than 300 savants worldwide

MADISON—(August 13, 2015) Savant syndrome is a rare but remarkable condition in which individuals with developmental disabilities, brain injury, or brain disease have some spectacular “islands” of skill or ability that stand in marked contrast to overall handicap, and according … Continue reading

WMJ Report: System-wide approach creates a culture of mindfulness in medicine

MADISON (July 28,2015)—Awareness around physician burnout and its potentially negative impact on patient care has increased, and thanks to a growing body of research, so too has the idea that mindfulness can help increase physicians’ well-being and assist in the … Continue reading

WMJ: Identifying pediatric sex trafficking victims is an issue in Wisconsin

MADISON (May 18, 2015)—Sex trafficking victims in Wisconsin have been identified in more than half of the state’s 72 counties since 2007, with the majority being recruited from rural areas. The state’s medical personnel, however, are at a disadvantage when … Continue reading

WMJ: Can social marketing increase immunizations for urban, low-income children?

MILWAUKEE (March 26, 2015)—A study published in the current issue of WMJ shows that a targeted social marketing campaign in an urban setting can increase awareness of childhood immunizations and motivate parents to get their children immunized. The study used … Continue reading

WMJ: Increased incidence of shoulder repair surgeries significant

MADISON—(December 22, 2014) The incidence of shoulder surgeries performed in Wisconsin is of major concern, as a specific shoulder surgical procedure—superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) repair—increased by 91.4 percent between 2002 and 2010, according to a study published in … Continue reading

WMJ: Aspirin use underutilized for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease

MARSHFIELD (October 13, 2014)—Aspirin use is on the rise with at least 41 percent of all U.S. adults older than 40 regularly taking it for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, regular aspirin use by adults living in central … Continue reading

A dangerous gap in the emergency care of student-athletes: Wisconsin high school coaches lack CPR certification

MADISON (August 18, 2014) – An on-the-field collapse of a student athlete or an adult bystander at a high school sports event is a heart-stopping scene. And in Wisconsin, it’s the coaches—78 percent of the time—who are the first responders … Continue reading

La Crosse’s ‘food desert’ brought to light in WMJ

La Crosse (August 14, 2014) – More than 5,000 La Crosse residents are living in a five census-block “food desert,” as identified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. According to research published in the August of WMJ (vol. 113, no. … Continue reading

Pilot study finds use of herbal medicine prevalent; suggests need for further understanding of interactions with mainstream medicines

Madison (May 7, 2014) – Herbal medicine use is common in the United States, especially among immigrants, with estimates that approximately 20 percent of the US population and 30 percent of Latinos regularly use herbal medicines. However, understanding of plant … Continue reading

Facebook may be opportunity for inexpensive, targeted alcohol-prevention messages, journal report says

MADISON – A high prevalence of Facebook content related to the Mifflin Street Block Party prior to the event warrants concern and represents potential opportunity, according to research published in the current issue of WMJ (). After studying 66 first-year … Continue reading

Clinical, research experiences benefit students considering medical school, journal report says

MADISON – (October 31, 2013) – Undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career as a physician face several obstacles to gaining quality clinical and research experience needed to make an informed decision, according to research published in the current issue … Continue reading

Most fishermen in study aware of fish consumption advisories, journal article says

MADISON – Almost all of the men 50 and older who responded to a survey about fish consumption knew about mercury-based advisories while 67 percent were aware of advisories related to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in fish, according to a … Continue reading

Journal article outlines benefits of professional doula labor support

MADISON – Professional doula labor support in a hospital setting would improve birth outcomes and decrease medical expenses in Wisconsin and the country, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (). Doulas who provide labor support offer … Continue reading

Program reduces health risk factors among Hispanics in Waukesha County, journal article says

Madison, Wis. – A community-based program in Waukesha County reduced cardiac and diabetes risk factors in Hispanic adults by increasing knowledge and positive attitudes about healthy behaviors, according to a research report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, … Continue reading

Physician health programs focus on individual well-being, quality of patient care, journal article says

Madison, Wis. – The majority of physicians with potentially impairing illnesses who participate in a physician health program (PHP) return to a productive career and a satisfying personal and family life, according to a review article in the current issue … Continue reading

Smoke exposure drops, no-smoking policies in households increase after smoke-free law, journal article says

Madison — Secondhand smoke exposure has decreased and no-smoking policies in households have increased since Wisconsin’s smoke-free legislation was enacted in July 2010, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. 4). Using data from … Continue reading

Journal articles show potential for technology to change medicine

Madison — The current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. 3) highlights how new technology might affect clinical decisions, placement of clinical resources and creative approaches to improving quality and linking health care to the environment. Four papers in this … Continue reading

WMJ article outlines health system’s mandatory influenza vaccine policy for employees

Madison — A large integrated health care system in eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois increased its influenza vaccination rate to 97.7 percent after adopting a condition-of-employment policy in 2011, according to an article in the current issue of WMJ (vol. … Continue reading

Journal article outlines current state of concussion medicine

Madison, Wis. – High profile cases involving athletes, battlefield injuries and new research have brought concussion to the forefront for medical professionals and the general public, according to a review article in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 111, no. … Continue reading

Elder abuse statistics provide guidance for clinical practice

Madison, Wis. – Physicians and other health care professionals need to make every possible attempt to recognize elder abuse because failure to do so can have devastating consequences, according to a study in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 110, … Continue reading

Interactive education model helps create vision-friendly hospital

Madison, Wis. (November 7, 2011) – Health care workers who participate in an interactive learning experience are more likely to be sensitive to the needs of patients with low vision, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ … Continue reading

Students with more than 1 job more likely to be injured, study finds

Madison, Wis. (September 12, 2011) – High school students who were enrolled in School-Sponsored Work Programs and were working multiple jobs were 1.6 times more likely to be injured on the job compared to those working one job, according to … Continue reading

Partnership identifies challenges in promoting healthier lifestyles

Madison, Wis. (June 27, 2011) –  A partnership to improve the health of people in six rural communities reported several positive outcomes, including the success of workplace wellness programs, according to an article in the current issue of WMJ (vol. … Continue reading

Diversity and disparities in health and health care

Madison, Wis. (March 8, 2011) – Two studies in the current issue of WMJ (Vol. 110, No. 1) examine diversity issues in health care. Maternity care and cancer prevention are addressed. “Culturally Specific Maternity Care in Wisconsin” stresses the need … Continue reading

Art project weaves humanities into medical education

A unique art project at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) emphasized the importance of the humanities in medical students’ education, according to a study in the Wisconsin Medical Journal (Vol. 109, No. 6). The Memory Art Project brought together … Continue reading