9th annual conference
5:41 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Direct Caregivers Conference In February at Nicolet College


Professional and family caregivers providing direct care at home or in long term care facilities are invited to the Direct Caregivers Conference next month at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

Sandy Bishop, Director of Workforce Development at Nicolet, says the event is a draw for people providing service in skilled nursing facilities, but the conference is growing as another group of people want to find out more information...

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Must Meet Certain Criteria
9:31 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Veterans Choice Card Gives Health Care Options to Some

Veterans living in rural areas should have a slightly easier time getting health care, thanks to a new initiative called the Veterans Choice Card. 

Veterans can use the card to access non-VA health care providers if they live more than 40 miles from a VA health facility, or if they can’t get a desired appointment within 30 days. 

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says the cards are being mailed to everyone enrolled with the Veterans Administration, but not everyone can qualifies to use it. 

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Virus can cause cancer in youth
3:16 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Few Northwoods Students Get HPV Vaccine


Only a small percentage of teenagers in the Northwoods have received the vaccination that could prevent them from getting a sexually-transmitted cancer.

The human papillomavirus can cause cervical, anal and oral cancers. It affects both boys and girls. A vaccine can prevent the virus from turning into cancer in teens. Only 3 in 10 girls and one in 10 boys ages 13 -17 in the Northwoods has had the full three doses of the HPV vaccine.

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Pets too
4:47 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Official: Don't Take Chances In The Cold


Dangerously cold weather has returned to the Northwoods and a state Emergency Management official says you shouldn't take the extreme cold for granted.

The National Weather Service says  wind chill indices in the 35 to 45 below range are likely by Wednesday morning. Frostbite on exposed skin could happen in as little as 15 minutes..

Division of Emergency Management spokesperson Tod Pritchard says being safe and warm isn't always fashionable...

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Second leading cause of cancer
1:59 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

January is National Radon Action Month

Radon test kit

It's an invisible and odorless gas found in every county in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency has declared January as National Radon Action Month.

Locally, Oneida County Community Health Specialist Marta Koelling says radon is something property owners need to check...

"...radon is something that should be tested for, usually annually. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. It's something you should definitely be aware of...."

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Handwashing recommended
4:51 pm
Sun January 4, 2015

Nearing Peak Flu Season In The Northwoods


It's nearing prime time for influenza in the Northwoods.

Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says health officials have narrowed down the types of flu reported..

"....the main viruses...are the Influenza "A-H3N2", that's the predominant virus. We've also had some influenza-like illness circulating around the state of Wisconsin...."

Conlon says Wisconsin has a statistically high amount of flu or flu-like symptoms being reported.

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Group says decisions mean less care
4:46 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Changes Coming For Wisconsin Badgercare

An advocacy group says 101 primary care physicians in Oneida, Vilas, Lincoln, Langlade and Forest counties will lose 45 percent of their Medicaid or Badgercare reimbursements this week.

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Planning key to survival
3:48 am
Tue December 30, 2014

A Plan Can Save Lives During A House Fire

Last year across the United States there were nearly 370,000 house fires, causing more than 2,700 deaths and 12,000 injuries.

This year, the  American Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. In Wisconsin, locally trained workers responded to help more than 3,451 people after home fires.

Spokesperson Barbara Behling  says 7 people die each day in house fires. She says most house fires are preventable....

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Nominations sought
3:50 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Alzheimer's Association To Recognize Caregivers


The Alzheimer’s Association invites nominations recognizing people or groups  involved in helping families who have been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's Association spokesperson Diana Butz says the awards are designed to note those people who spend their lives helping others...

"....each year the Greater Wisconsin Chapter honors caregivers. We understand that caregiving is a tough, tough task for many people....."
Butz says  recognition  provides a way to honor people in a very tough situation...

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Age appropriate choices
3:52 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Watch Out For Unsafe Christmas Toys


Health officials are cautioning parents to think about the safety aspects of the toy you purchase for children.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink says make sure you buy age appropriate toys and that the toys have been tested so it meets safety standards. She says be especially careful concerning toys for the youngest children...

"....anything that can be swallowed or have pieces that can come off and be swallowed and therefore be a choking hazard. Balloons are not good either. because when they pop they become small and become a choking hazard...."

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