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State officials estimate that 110,000 adults in Wisconsin live with dementia or one of its forms — Alzheimer's disease.

Nationally, one in three adults knows a spouse, family member or other blood relative with Alzheimer's. Congress and President Donald Trump recently OK'd spending $100 million over the next five years to combat the problem.

A Brookfield man, Harlan Mueller, knows the issue all too well. His spouse, Gail, died of Alzheimer's.

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It might be cliche to say that Susan Miller dealt with a parent's worst nightmare — but it's also true. Ten years ago, Miller's previously healthy 14-year-old daughter was suddenly diagnosed with a brain tumor and died just days later.

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Around 5.7 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, and that number is expected to skyrocket in the next 30 years. Dementia can be very isolating, both for patients and for their caregivers. In addition to memory loss, people can experience trouble communicating, poor judgment, and personality changes.

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Emergency Room visits have been steadily rising in the United States over the past few decades. The influx in patients has led to overcrowding at many hospitals and the implementation of a policy known as "ambulance diversion." The practice allows a hospital to temporarily close its ER to ambulances.

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Many girls in Wisconsin are dealing with sexual violence, human trafficking, bullying, and mental health issues. Girls of color tend to be more affected than their white counterparts. That's according to a new report from Alverno College in Milwaukee.

To get an idea of how girls are faring, Alverno researchers looked at demographic and economic trends — on physical, mental and sexual health, incidents of violence and abuse, substance use, social support and media engagement.

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Mold is all around us. From those wet towels stuffed in an old gym bag, to the forgotten carton of tomatoes sitting in the back of the fridge — molds have found a comfortable home in just about every human domain. And depending on who you are, it could be impacting your health.

Jill Crista is a naturopathic doctor based in Janesville, Wis., who was having difficulty treating some of her patients until there was a breakthrough.

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It’s the new year, a time when many are turning to resolutions — including diets. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are testing a new model of a weight loss intervention device. It zaps a nerve into making your stomach feel full so that you eat less.

Lead researcher Dr. Xudong Wang of UW-Madison has been developing the device. “[It] has two wires that connects to the vagus nerve," he says. "The device will generate small electrical pulses and stimulate the vagus nerve and tell the brain that the stomach is full and stop eating.”

Greg Kelly's grandson, Caden, scampers to the tree-shaded creek behind his grandfather's house to catch crawdads, as Kelly shuffles along, trying to keep up. Kelly's small day pack holds an oxygen tank with a clear tube clipped to his nose. He has chairs spaced out on the short route so he can stop every few minutes, sit down and catch his breath, until he has enough wind and strength to start out again for the creek.

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Chronic wounds like foot or leg ulcers can take months or years to heal. They can be uncomfortable and sometimes lead to amputations. But a recent graduate is helping lead research that aims to do a better job of healing these chronic wounds.

Christina Megal just earned a doctorate of nursing practice from Alverno College, one of the first graduates of Alverno's new doctorate program. Megal's already been working at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a nurse practitioner, specializing in chronic wound care.

Lindsay Bunker woke up from a nightmare.

The 32-year-old lives with her sixth-month-old daughter on the Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Reservation in northern Wisconsin. She's struggled with addiction for over 10 years, mostly to heroin. Then came the nightmare: She dreamt two men were attacking her baby while she could think only about drugs.

"In my mind I was thinking, 'If I can just get one hit, if I can get one line, I can save her,'" she recalls, pausing before continuing, "I woke up and I was panicking. How can a mother think like that?"

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Over the last year, there has been a flurry of news about a disease known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). The Centers for Disease Control has called it a “polio-like” disease, and many news reports have compared it to polio, as both diseases are mainly contracted by children.

The marketing is enticing: Get stronger muscles and healthier bodies with minimal effort by adding protein powder to your morning shake or juice drink. Or grab a protein bar at lunch or for a quick snack. Today, you can find protein supplements everywhere — online or at the pharmacy, grocery store or health food store. They come in powders, pills and bars.

A single season playing football might be all it takes to change a young athlete's brain.

Those are the preliminary findings of research presented this week in Chicago at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Researchers used special MRI methods to look at nerve bundles in the brain in a study of the brains of 26 young male football players, average age 12, before and after one season. Twenty-six more young males who didn't play football also got MRI scans at the same time to be used as a control group.

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