Health

Swimming Accident
4:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

UPDATE: Star Lake Woman Dies After Rescuing Kids From Drowning

A Star Lake woman has died, after helping rescue a group of kids from drowning. 

47-year-old Karen Wessel was walking Tuesday with two other women and four children…along Trampers Trail of East Star Lake. 

According to one of the surviving women, the group stopped for a swim and three of the kids began to swim across a channel that runs between the shoreline and a sandbar further out in the lake. 

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Information session
3:50 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Advanced Directive: Helping Out Your Loved Ones

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No one likes to think about it, including, apparently,  the medical community...

".....not sure how accurate this statistic is, but of the entire Internal Medicine department here at the Minocqua Clinic, only 20 to 30 percent  have their Advanced Directive filled out...."

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Rescue Attempt
5:04 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Two Hospitalized After Nearly Drowning

A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday. 

Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake. 

The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child.  A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water. 

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1 in 4 pregnant women smoke
5:06 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

End Smoking To Help A Child's First Breath

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Public health officials have made a strong impression that pregnant women should not drink or possibly harm their unborn child. Now an effort to have women cut out smoking during pregnancy is also underway.
Called "First Breath",  health workers hope to get the nearly one-in-four Oneida county women who smoke while pregnant to stop.

Public health nurse and program coordinator Dawn Klink says both mother and child feel the results of smoking...

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Human and animal cases
10:32 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Two Rabies Cases In Vilas County Leads To Warning

The fledermaus
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Two bats in Vilas county have been diagnosed with rabies in the past week and a Vilas county health official cautions the public to make sure pets are vaccinated.

Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of mammals, including humans. People and unvaccinated animals can get rabies from an infected animal. If caught soon enough in humans, it can be treated, but if left untreated, it is almost always fatal.

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Cool summer, but water activities abound
4:16 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Swimming And Boating Safety Highlighted

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Even with our cool summer, kids will want to head to the beach for some water fun.
Marta Koelling is a Community Health Specialist at the Oneida County Health Department.
She says freelance swimming is less safe than being in a designated swim area....

".....number one rule: make sure you're not diving or swimming in unfamiliar water. That can lead to come potential dangers there. Making sure you're swimming with a buddy, especially with children and inexperienced swimmers, making sure they are supervised at all times...."

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Taking to the Streets
2:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy

About fifteen firefighters from the Rhinelander Fire Department are hoping to raise money for muscular dystrophy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski

Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander.  For the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.

On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.  Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Jump start on career
2:47 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

High School Students Get Technical Degrees

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Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique  is  all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes  held  in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.

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Differences in Health Outcomes
4:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

LEAN Coalition Event Considers Health Equity Across Demographics

A Northwoods health coalition is putting the spotlight on health equity next week, through a discussion with an expert on health in Native American communities.

Health equity tries to measure the quality of healthcare that different populations receive. 

Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski explains that health inequity is evident when certain demographics are less healthy than others.

“The ideal situation is that everyone, regardless of demographics – poverty, education status –that we all have similar health outcomes.” 

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Less travel for patients
2:36 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic Adds Cardiac Rehab

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
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Aspirus  Rhinelander Clinic recently expanded its cardiac rehab and therapy services.

The clinic opened on Rhinelander's north side in March, 2008. Regional Director for Aspirus Clinics, Rob Fabich says the clinic has had the therapy department open for more than three years. He says they found a need for a new physical therapist.  At the same time they determined they also needed more help with the cardiac rehab offerings...

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