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Life Saving Transplants For Two Children in the Milwaukee Area


Parker Scaife and Kennedy Kiefer both have received life saving kidney transplants from their mothers and have collaborated with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA).


Prior to his transplant, Parker was on a 12 hour home dialysis treatment called peritoneal dialysis. His is life changed when he received his life-saving transplant in 2010 from his mother Lindsay. Parker now lives a healthy and happy life as a 4 year old.


Kennedy Kiefer was born October 6, 2009, and lost her first kidney to Wilm's tumor at 8 months old.  

Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Event
Sisters Network 2013 Gift for Life Block Walk engages Sherman Park Community

In an ongoing effort to fight the war on breast cancer, Wheaton Franciscan St. Joseph Campus hosted a Breast Cancer Awareness Community Education Program on Saturday, June 15, 2013 as a part of the 2013 Gift for Life Block Walk. The event is organized each year by the Milwaukee Affiliate of the Sisters Network® Inc., a national organization focused on bringing attention to the impact breast cancer has in the African American community.



Diabetics on Medicare Face Critical Deadline


By Terry Blankenship


If you have diabetes and are on Medicare, you have an important decision to make in less than one month.


You have probably heard that Medicare is changing the system through which you get your diabetes testing supplies.  So unlike now, when you can order supplies from thousands of mail order companies, beginning July 1 you’ll only be able to order from 18.




Knowing Your Family History of Breast Cancer is Important


So often we hear stories about celebrities dealing with breast cancer and their personal journeys with this devastating disease. Most recently, Angelina Jolie, who lost her mother to breast cancer years ago, chose to have a preventative mastectomy. We applaud her for not only aggressively taking action against breast cancer, but also thank her for sharing her story. Because through sharing her breast cancer journey, she is starting a conversation about breast health. And right here in Southeast Wisconsin, we are starting these conversations everyday …



Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University partnering on two nurse-managed community health clinics


New clinics will improve primary care options for Milwaukee neighborhoods

MILWAUKEE (7/1/13) – Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and Marquette University College of Nursing will partner on two new nurse-managed community clinics aimed at bringing health care options closer to patients in areas of Milwaukee that are most in need of primary health care, the two organizations announced today.

Reduction in Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Prevalence Among Young Women 


  • In the United States, there are roughly 26 million girls under the age of 13.


  • If none of these girls are vaccinated, 168,400 of them will develop cervical cancer and 54,100 will die from this disease over the course of their lives. 


  • If 30% were vaccinated, 45,500 cases of cervical cancer and 14,600 deaths would be prevented. Each year we would see 4,400 cases and 1,400 deaths.


  • If vaccination increased to 80%, 98,800 cases and 31,700 deaths would be prevented.


by Robert Thomas

Many residents in the city of the Milwaukee’s central city remember me from my years as Youth Director at the North Central YMCA.  Others recall their visits to Robby’s Billiards on Teutonia Avenue, followed by Robby’s Drive In, also on Teutonia Avenue.

Others probably visited the Fox Trap or one of the many service stations we owned.  We employed thousands, over the years, at these places of business, including Robby’s Catering and Robby’s Corn Roast, at Summerfest for over 40 years.

I have always been a hard worker and I also admit a hard partier in my younger years.  


By Mikel Holt
In the time it takes you to read this magazine, an African American will die from a hypertension-related illness.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading contributor to Black health disparities, and is directly linked to various aliments from kidney disease to heart attacks and strokes.
American Heart Association data reveals that one in three Americans have high blood pressure; 81% are aware of it; but 47.5% don’t have it controlled. 
Forty two percent of Black men and 47% of Black women have high blood pressure.
Alarmingly, those latter figures are expected to increase by seven percent by 2030.
Which means by that time, there will also be an increase in the percentage of African Americans who die from the malady.


Green Tea Benefits Now Include Lower Risk of Stroke  By Rebecca Klein

Your morning cups of coffee and green tea may do more than just give you an extra kick of energy -– they may also lower your risk of stroke.  A recent study conducted by Japan’s National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center found that people who drink coffee and green tea daily have a lower risk of stroke than people who rarely con- sume these beverages. Previous research in this area has been largely limited or inconsistent, ac- cording to research published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.  The study followed 83,269 Japanese adults aged 45 to 74 over the course of 13 years. Study partic- ipants who drank at least one cup of coffee per day had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke than participants who rarely drank the beverage. Par- ticipants who drank two to three cups of green tea a day had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke, and participants who drank four or more cups of green tea daily had a 20 percent lower risk of stroke.

Too Many Drug Types Are Compromising Heart Health

About 80 million Americans suffer from heart disease, the nation's No. 1 killer, and most are on multiple drugs.  Some cardiologists think prescribing has gotten out of hand.  The criticism was voiced by a number of leading heart doctors who attended the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology, held on March 9-11 in San Francisco. They said eliminating certain drugs could potentially improve care without compromising treatment. Evidence is growing that some medications are not effective.

Patients who need multiple daily doses of a given drug often fail to take them, said Dr. Steven Nissen, head of cardiology at the Cleveland Clinic and a past president of the ACC. "There is also the question about whether the benefits are additive."
Among the medications cardiologists are giving a second look: AbbVie's Niaspan, or prescription niacin, 

Tips For Raising Children With A Positive Body Image
by Carolyn O'Neil - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Many of us struggle with body image is- sues, most of which start at a very early age.
Approximately 30 percent of girls be- tween the ages of 10 and 14 are on a diet at any given time, ac- cording to The Hos- pital for Sick Children in Toronto.  And, body image disturbances can begin as early as the pre- school years, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Children subconsciously mimic what they see and hear from the adults around them, so par- ents and other adult role models play an im- portant role in promoting a positive body image.

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