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