Why should you care about heart disease? It is the number one killer for Americans and is affecting more people in Hispanic and African American communities. There are things that you can do on a regular basis to take care of your heart and your health to prevent more serious problems. Did you know that if you have diabetes or are obese that you should be even more concerned about taking care of yourself? Come hear about a few things you can do and ask your questions.
Aimee C. Welsh, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
Kelly Duffy, PhD
Academic Program and Research Consultant, Cardiovascular Center
Our ability to make decisions based on motivating factors in our environment is fundamental to survival. Years of neuroscience research has defined the brain pathways and neurochemical events that mediate these important functions. Notably, the same mechanisms and pathways in the brain that guide what we consider to be normal, healthy behaviors are engaged, albeit to a greater extent, by addictive drugs. With repeated drug abuse these pathways are fundamentally altered in ways that render drug addicts highly susceptible to triggers for continued drug use and devalue otherwise meaningful stimuli in addicts’ lives.
Genetic and environmental factors play critical roles in determining vulnerability to the onset of these changes in brain function and therefore can serve as important risk factors for addiction. Fortunately, neuroscience researchers have made significant strides in understanding the addicted brain and the neural processes that drive drug use in addicts. The goal of this research is to guide the development of new and more effective treatment approaches that will provide hope to drug addicted individuals and help them survive their addiction.
John R. Mantsch, PhD
Professor, Marquette University College of Health Sciences, Chair Biomedical Sciences
Science Cafés have been popular since the 1990s. They are a way to bring community members and researchers to talk about science in ways that are meaningful and accessible for everyone. However few cafe organizers have measured the payoffs of what individuals from the community take away from attending the cafes. In Milwaukee, the science cafés organized through CTSI are intended to improve scientific and health literacy.
We have been evaluating the impact of the CTSI Science Cafes for several years. Now we want to share this information with the broader community. We are asking our partners to reflect with us on the meaning of these findings. We also want our partners to help us think through next steps to make collaborative discussions between scientists and the general public even more powerful.
Zeno Franco, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Asthma can occur in both adults and children. Wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness are symptoms of asthma. If untreated, these can result in an asthma attack and restricted breathing. With proper care, most children with asthma may lead a normal life. However, if the child’s asthma is not under control there are risks for long-term health problems.
A key for success in controlling asthma is to provide quality care to all children. It’s also important to know different groups of people may be more likely to develop asthma. Some treatments make a point of educating both patients and caretakers about their condition, treatment options, and environment. Community members and academics may work together to improve the care for this treatable disease in the most at-risk children.
Matthew Gray, MD
Michael Levas, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine