Health

UW annual study
5:42 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Some Northwood Counties Rank Low in Population Health

Credit UW Population Health Institute

Rural areas continue to lag behind other Wisconsin counties in overall wellness. That is one aspect of a  2014 County Health Rankings report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Researcher Kate Konkle says this is the fifth year the report has been released. Konkle talked with Ken Krall about some of the findings. She says a variety of things lead to a healthy population including education, community safety, smoking, housing, diet and exercise.

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Protecting victims
5:17 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the public should support survivors, holding offenders accountable and working toward prevention of sexual assault.

Locally, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault  spokesperson Melissa Dailey says

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March 26 is Purple Day
4:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Wearing Purple For Epilepsy Awareness

Bryan and Lynne Wakely have learned a lot about epilepsy while raising their son Eli.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Rhinelander students wore purple on Wednesday to spread awareness about epilepsy. 

Lynne and Bryan Wakely have an 18-year-old son named Eli who has frequent seizures.  In his case, he also needs help with daily routines, and has to be monitored 24 hours a day.  But his mom will be the first to tell you, their son nothing short of awesome. 

“He’s always, no matter how many seizures he has at night, he wakes up with a smile on his face, ready for the next day.” 

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Hopes Everyone Gets Screenings
4:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Northwoods Legislator Battling Cancer

State Rep. Mary Czaja(R-Irma)
Credit Wisconsin.gov

Mary Czaja is a state legislator from Irma. She's  a businesswoman with an insurance background. She's also facing cancer again after having the disease 10 years ago. 

As she told  WXPR  her story from a medical facility in Madison, she wanted to get the message out that prevention is something everyone should consider.

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Uninsured Will Face Penalty
1:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Health Insurance Deadline Draws Near

People who need health insurance have just about one week left to sign up on the online health exchange. 

The open enrollment period ends March 31st. 

Mary Testin at Wausau’s Bridge Clinic is healthcare Regional Coordinator for Central Wisconsin.  She says a lot of people may have been putting off their decision until now.   

“It seems like people are waking up, because my phone is just ringing off the hook.  The deadline is real, it is not extended.  March 31st is the day, everyone must have healthcare or they’ll get a penalty.”

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New cards beginning in April
3:48 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

New VA Health Card Designed To Cut Identity Theft

Credit Veterans Administration

  A new and more secure  Health Identification card will soon be given to enrolled veterans. A spokesperson for the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain says the new card helps protect a veterans' identity. Brad Nelson says the older cards had information on them that could be stolen...  

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High-Tech Treatment, Locally
4:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can rotate to provide more accurate radiation therapy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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Signed this week
3:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bill Gives State Authority To Use Oxygen Monitoring

Adult meter
Credit OxyWatch

  This week Governor Walker signed a bill enabling the state to include additional types of newborn screening methods for newborns. Pediatrician Dr. Eunice Corujo-Incha at Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander says pulse oximetry testing has been used at Ministry Health Care for about two years....  

"....pulse  oximetry

     testing is a very simple procedure. You test the oxygen level in three areas of (the newborn's) extremities before discharge...."

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Reducing Heart Disease Risk
9:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

In February, Remember Your Heart

Eating fruits and vegetables is one way to reduce your risk for heart disease.
Credit John Morgan

Valentine’s Day may be over but there are still plenty of ways to take care of your heart.

February is Heart Health Month.

Oneida County Public Health Department is encouraging people of all ages to try and reduce risk factors for heart disease. 

Community health specialist Kyla Waksmonski  says behavior changes include daily exercise, healthy eating and limiting alcohol use.  Quitting smoking can also cut your risk of heart disease. 

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Boosting Food Aid
9:55 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ruby's Pantry Heading to Lac du Flambeau

Ruby's Pantry will deliver to Lac du Flambeau on the second Tuesdays of each month.
Credit Kevin Marsh

Ruby’s Pantry will deliver to another distribution site in the Northwoods.  Lac du Flambeau will host the once-a-month food distribution on second Tuesdays at the Bingo Hall.    

Gloria Cobb is a case worker with the Lac du Flambeau economic support department.  She says many families in the area are feeling the financial strain.

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