Wisconsin basketball has captivated the state over the past few years. The Badgers have enjoyed deep runs in the NCAA tournament, culminating with back to back final four appearances in 2014 and 2015. It is not just college players and fans that love basketball. By age 9, and through age 17, basketball is one of the most popular competitive sport played by boys and girls. A survey done through the United States Tennis Association from 2006-2010 found that 40% of adolescent boys and 25% of adolescent girls play competitive hoops.
While most of us don’t have a problem talking about ear infections, pneumonia, or strep throat, talking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be a difficult conversation to start and is often considered a taboo topic. Herpes is one of the infections at the top of that list, despite the fact that it’s an infection that can be spread both through sexual and non-sexual contact and that is quite common. Since knowledge is power (and prevention!), today we’re going to spend a little time getting to know more about herpes.
Believe it or not, we are very lucky to experience winter in Wisconsin; snow and cold temperatures being part of that definition. I personally like to be able to put away my bike and take out my winter toys as it gives me something different to do for the season. But to be completely honest, I was not a winter fan until I learned how to dress correctly for the weather. I can now be outside for the day, regardless of the temperature.
Here are a few tips on how to stay warm:
It’s hard to avoid politics, especially during election years. We are weeks away from the first Presidential primary and are being inundated with news stories, catch phrases, and declarations of how each candidate will fix all the issues of the United States. This election (thus far) has once again shown the deep partisan divisions among our elected officials and candidates. I am concerned that this polarization has the potential to turn off an entire generation from politics. In this political environment, civic education (Political Science, Government class, Social Studies, etc) and frank conversations about the issues are important to help young voters form opinions and act accordingly (vote), which may play a big role in the upcoming elections.
Many children will be told they need to wear glasses. This may be necessary in order to correct blurry vision, or because wearing glasses will help treat wandering or crossing of the eyes. In either situation, wearing glasses will become part of your child’s daily routine. Consequently, it is important to choose the “right” glasses.
At the end of your clinic visit, your child will be given a written copy of his/her eyeglass prescription. The prescription contains the information necessary for an optician to order the correct lenses for your glasses. For our patients’ convenience, there are optical shops located within UW Health’s clinics although you can take the prescription to any optical store of your choice.