Oneida County Has Second Highest Cancer Rate in Wisconsin

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  February is National Cancer Prevention Month and according to the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System Oneida County has the second highest cancer rate in the state behind Vilas County.  Reports from 2008 to 2012 show Oneida County has an incidence rate of 514.4 per 100,000 people compared to the state rate of 459.5 per 100,000. Oneida County UW- Extenstion Family Living Educator Sarah Richie says she doesn't have an explanation for the alarmingly high numbers, but says nearly 75% of cancer deaths are caused by poor lifestyle choices such as obesity and tobacco use.

Midwest leaders from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services are reminding rural uninsured residents that the deadline to enroll for healthcare is coming soon. The next open window in the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act closes on Sunday.

Stan Gruszynski is state USDA Rural Development Director. He says prior to the the Act, rural families paid nearly 50 percent of health care costs out of pocket. He says nearly one in five farmers are in debt because of medical bills....

Seven persons have died in fires this week in Wisconsin and an American Red Cross spokesperson says it's time for everyone to check for fire hazards.

Two children in Sheboygan Falls died this week in a house fire. Another fire in Antigo injured a teenager. Several other fires have been reported in the Northwoods this winter.

American Red Cross spokesperson Barbara Behling says fires kill more people each year than tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning strikes combined. She says one of the deadly fire starters is smoking in bed...

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is reminding veterans enrolled in VA healthcare that flu shots are still available. Veterans  can visit a VA Community Outpatient Clinic in the U.P. or northern Wisconsin.

Public Affairs Officer Brad Nelson says while most people get the vaccine in the late fall, the respiratory virus can hang around until late spring.

New Reports See Sharp Rise In Youth E-Cig Use

Jan 21, 2016

CDC reports suggest the unrestricted marketing and dramatic increases in tobacco use among youth is reversing the progress made to prevent kids using tobacco.

A vital signs report shows about 7 in 10 middle and high school students are exposed to e-cigarette advertising in stores, online and on television making e-cigarettes the most common tobacco product among youth in 2014.

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says the same marketing strategies that were used for cigarettes are leading kids to e-cigarettes...

National Eye Institute

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with one of the nation's top glaucoma researchers, Dr. James Tsai, M.D., M.B.A. from the National Eye Institute....

Businesses in Oneida and Vilas county can take advantage of grants to implement or continue worksite wellness programs.

Northwoods Lean--Linking Education, Activity and Nutrition--spokesperson Maria Otterholt says the Worksite Wellness Mini Grants are designed for any sized business in the two counties...

Last May, Sandra Anderson accepted the role of Regional Vice President for Ministry Health Care’s Northern Region and President of the Northern Region Hospitals.

Last week she spoke before a business breakfast at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff about how the hospital is accepting the new challenges of the future and talking about the accomplishments that have happened. We have excerpts of her talk...

The recent federal approval of a waiver to continue Wisconsin's SeniorCare drug prescription program gives the program life through 2018.

SeniorCare is Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Assistance Program for Wisconsin residents who are 65 years of age or older and who meet enrollment rules. It is unique in the nation. Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson says the program has been popular with seniors...

Smoking Adds to Holiday Stress

Dec 28, 2015

  With the pressures of family gatherings and the financial burdens of gift giving, the holidays can be a stressful time. The Oneida County Health Department reports people rely on smoking as a stress reliever during the Christmas season, but despite the temporary stress relief it may give, spokesperson Corie Zelazoski says it only adds to financial burdens. She says for someone who smokes a pack a day, they’d save $56 a week, $243 a month or $2,922 a year if they quit. She says that adds up to almost $30,000 after 10 years of quitting.

Report Shows Statewide Health Care Disparities

Dec 21, 2015

  Citizen Action of Wisconsin released their 10th annual report of Health Insurance costs. The report shows the impact on health care cost before and after the passing of the Affordable Care Act, and ranks Wisconsin cities based on cost, inflation and quality of healthcare. The report shows Rhinelander’s health coverage is up 220%, only 4% more than the statewide increase since 2000. While Director Robert Kraig says Rhinelander’s health coverage is average, southeast and northwest Wisconsin are the most expensive.

An hour-long forum on Alzheimer's Disease was held at the WXPR studios this month. Ken Krall was host...

There's lots of cooking going on during Thanksgiving, but a little known statistic might give cooks a a pause to think about safety.

Here's Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesperson Tod Pritchard...

"....I don't know if people know Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for home cooking fires. 67 percent of the fires start when the food is on the stove and is not attended to...."

Aspirus Wausau Hospital has again been recognized as one of the Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics,(tm) a leading health care data tracker.

This achievement marks the ninth time Aspirus has been recognized with this honor. No other hospital in Wisconsin has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital as many times. Dr. German Larrain is medical director of Aspirus Heart & Vascular. He says Truven looks at specific areas of performance...

Turkey Tips: Food Safety for the Holidays

Nov 23, 2015

  The holiday season is here and the Oneida County Health Department is reminding everyone to keep food safety in mind while preparing turkey for family and friends.  Sanitarian Jody McKinney says refrigerator thawing is the best and safest way to thaw a turkey. She says it takes about 1 day for every pound of turkey to thaw.