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Being Access Able: Dealing with Disabilities

Katherine Schneider, Senior Psychologist Emerita in Counseling Service at UW-Eau Claire, discusses the challenges and realities of living with a disability. Schneider offers practical advice for how to be an ally for people with disabilities.

The History and Science of Children with Disabilities

Walton O. Schalick, III, Clinical Assistant Professor in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the UW Medical School, discusses how children with disabilities were historically treated. Schalick highlights the medical and scientific innovations inspired by the needs of the children.

Vaccine Refusal and Public Health

Malia Jones, Assistant Scientist in the Applied Population Laboratory at UW-Madison, focuses on an increasing number of parents refusing to vaccinate their school aged children. Jones discusses diseases which have been virtually eradicated in the United States but are still active in other countries.

Speech Changes in Early Alzheimer’s

Kimberly Mueller, Associate Researcher at the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute at UW-Madison, discusses how analyzing everyday speech may provide early detection of cognitive decline.

Heroin and Other Opioids: A Wisconsin Epidemic?

Lori Edwards, Senior Chemist at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, discusses the history of opium use in society and in Wisconsin. Edwards looks at narcotic impairment indicators and presents case studies of individuals using opioids.

Stem Cells for Treating Blinding Disorders

David Gamm, Director of the McPherson Eye Research Institute at UW-Madison, explains how pluripotent stem cells can be genetically engineered into photo receptor cells and then used in the treatment of degenerative diseases of the retina and the eye. Gamm examines the challenges that need to be addressed before the technology can be used as a significant source for restoring vision.

Age-Related Changes in Swallowing

Nicole Pulia, Assistant Professor at the UW-School of Medicine and Public Health, explores changes in anatomy and physiology as we age which can contribute to problems swallowing. Pulia offers non-surgical suggestions to help with dysphagia.

Are You Really Sleeping? Sleep and the Brain

Stephanie Jones, Assistant Director at the UW Center for Sleep and Consciousness, explains the benefits associated with getting enough sleep. Jones discusses the impact sleep has on brain health, brain development and disease.

Plant Pigmentation: Where Beauty Meets Science

Amy Freidig, Program Assistant in the Master Gardener Program at UW-Extension, discusses the five most common plant pigments. Freidig explains the science behind the colors and highlights the health benefits that each pigmentation provides to fruits and vegetables.

Long Term Care Planning

Angie Joy and Barb Engelhart, Information and Assistance Specialists at ADRC Northwest Wisconsin, focus on what you need to know to get your affairs in order, what long term health care options and services are available, how to finance long term care, options for staying in your own home and what to consider when thinking about end of life issues.

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