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Michael Greger is an American physician, author, and professional speaker on public health issues, particularly the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. He is a vegan and the creator of the website NutritionFacts.org.

He had a New York Times best-selling book in "How Not To Die" and has followed up with "How Not To Die Cookbook", with recipes built around a plant-based diet.

Ken Krall talked to Dr. Greger about his work and new book...

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Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed January “Cervical Cancer Awareness Month” in Wisconsin. A recent survey found many of Wisconsin’s teens are not fully protected against the human papilloma virus because they have not completed the HPV vaccine series. The virus can lead to reproductive cancer for young women and men.

Surveys found 62 percent of 13-17 year olds in Wisconsin have started the HPV vaccine series, but only 46 percent have completed it. Stephanie Schauer is Immunization Program Manager for the Wisconsin Division of Public Health...

Severe Flu Season Is Hitting Wisconsin

Jan 15, 2018
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MADISON, Wis. - In many states, a deadly flu season is already making news headlines. But in Wisconsin, it hasn't so far, although public health officials are warning the flu season could be just as severe.

Confirmed flu cases are at high levels in northwest Wisconsin, at moderate levels in the Fox Valley and below average in the southern third of the state. More than 560 Wisconsinites were hospitalized with severe flu symptoms last week.

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An invisible, orderless and tasteless gas is a leading cause of lung cancer, even among non-smokers. It also can be here in the Northwoods.

January is Radon Action Month. 1 in 10 Wisconsin homes have high radon levels, a cancer-causing naturally occurring radioactive gas. But a local health spokesperson says you can fix the problem in your homes.

Kyla Waksmonski of the Oneida County Health Department says it has been found in Oneida county and appears at random....

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There appears to be fewer problems involving air quality in the basement offices at the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport.

Air quality became an issue a few years back when UW-Extension staff reported they were made uncomfortable by the exhaust from airplanes arriving and going at the airport. The diesel exhaust from the jets was getting sucked into the ventilation system. In March, work was completed on an upgraded ventilation system that was said to cut the amount of fumes in the basement offices.

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More than 100 Rhinelander High School freshmen students went through a program designed to provide information about making smart health choices.

Called "Street Smarts", the program is a venture of the Oneida County Health Department and Kids Impacting our Neighborhood, or KIN.

Jenny Chiamulera is a Community Health Specialist with the Oneida County Health Department.

She says "Street Smarts" is evidence based programming  to high school age students....

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Green Bay police are investigating the death of a 60-year-old woman, but they don't consider it suspicious.

The woman had taken a taxi cab to her home. After she was dropped off, police say it appears she fell while trying to retrieve a key she'd dropped, then hit her head. Her body was found by a relative. Bitter cold temperatures have blanketed Wisconsin for several weeks.

Wisconsin Among States With Most Reported Flu Cases

Jan 3, 2018
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The federal Centers for Disease Control(CDC) has determined Wisconsin is one of 35 states where the flu is now officially considered to be "widespread."

The state of Wisconsin reports 776 patients have had to be hospitalized after contracting the influenza virus this season.

Oneida County Public Health Nurse Jennifer Bates says the weekly state report shows the flu is moving north...

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A program at the YMCA of the Northwoods helps adult cancer survivors rebuild strength and stamina. The "Y" and LIVESTRONG partnered to create a physical activity and well-being program to help cancer survivors achieve their health goals.

LIVESTRONG Coordinator at the YMCA is Marilyn Duschl says the goal is to get the survivors to get closer to the activities they had before they had cancer...

"...it runs for 12 weeks and it's a free program at the YMCA because we feel it's a real needed program in the community to assist those people with cancer....."

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The American Red Cross is making an appeal for blood.

Blood representative Marc Sutton says there is an increased need due to the weather and holidays as donations tend to go down.

The drives are scheduled for Peace Lutheran church on Lincoln street in Antigo on Tuesday January 2nd from 10 to 3pm...Three lakes schools on Wednesday January 3rd from 12 to 5....Sutton says at both of these drives all those that attend will get a free long sleeve T-shirt.

There will also be a drive January 10th at White Lake Schools from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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The advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin late last week released it's annual report on regional health insurance costs.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says the report shows the hyperinflation before the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the lessening of inflation after A.C.A. went into effect..

"...healthcare hyperinflation has slowed dramatically in the large group market since passage. It certainly is not fair to say the the Affordable Care Act has increased costs..."

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The holidays often turn out to be a time of increased fire danger says a safety expert.

Lisa Braxton is Public Education Manager at the National Fire Protection Association, whose mission is to eliminate deaths, injury and personal loss from fires. They provide an annual effort called "Project Holidays", offering tips on fire prevention and safety. Braxton has a few examples of fire starters... 

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It's still not too late to get a flu shot says a local health professional.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reported last week that flu activity has been increasing since the start of November. It is now higher than usual for this time of year said the report. As of last week, seven children had died from influenza.

Oneida County public health nurse Jennifer Bates says they're encouraging people to come in and get the shot. She says the best time to get the shot is early in the flu season, usually in the fall....

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Marshfield Clinic has joined with nationally-recognized addiction treatment organizations. Last week the Hazelden-Betty Ford Foundation added Marshfield Clinic as its eighth partner in the Patient Care Network.

Hazelden is based in Minnesota and the Betty Ford Center is named after the former First Lady.

Marshfield Clinic Director of Substance Abuse Services, Sheila Weix  says the collaboration is designed to improve care across the U.S. Weix says by working together it gives them more tools to assess a person and also education and research studies...

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After the most recent series of compliance checks, fewer businesses in Oneida and Vilas counties illegally sold tobacco to minors.

The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition has youth go into area establishments and try to purchase tobacco. The wide majority of retailers don't sell to the minor, but a few do.

Tammi Boers of Vilas County Public Health says the number of Vilas county violations dropped...

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