An hour-long forum on Alzheimer's Disease was held at the WXPR studios this month. Ken Krall was host...

There's lots of cooking going on during Thanksgiving, but a little known statistic might give cooks a a pause to think about safety.

Here's Wisconsin Emergency Management spokesperson Tod Pritchard...

"....I don't know if people know Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for home cooking fires. 67 percent of the fires start when the food is on the stove and is not attended to...."

Aspirus Wausau Hospital has again been recognized as one of the Top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics,(tm) a leading health care data tracker.

This achievement marks the ninth time Aspirus has been recognized with this honor. No other hospital in Wisconsin has been named a Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospital as many times. Dr. German Larrain is medical director of Aspirus Heart & Vascular. He says Truven looks at specific areas of performance...

Turkey Tips: Food Safety for the Holidays

Nov 23, 2015

  The holiday season is here and the Oneida County Health Department is reminding everyone to keep food safety in mind while preparing turkey for family and friends.  Sanitarian Jody McKinney says refrigerator thawing is the best and safest way to thaw a turkey. She says it takes about 1 day for every pound of turkey to thaw.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan declared November as National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.

At that time, fewer than 2 million people in the United States were affected. That number has grown to more than 5 million. Sunday, WXPR presented a panel discussion on the disease and how it will likely be a larger concern among a growing population of seniors.  Dr.Chris Koeppl of the Ministry Health Care Memory Diagnostic Clinic says as an example, many people forget someone's name...

Last month, Marshfield Clinic informed Ministry Health Care it would no longer be providing medical oncology services at the James Beck Cancer Center. With the change, Ministry officials say they've moved fill the void and keep services patients have come to expect.

Dr. Douglas Reding  will lead the new team at the Rhinelander facility. He's vice-president for the Ascension-Ministry Oncology Service Line across Ministry Health Care. He has 29 years of oncology experience including here in Rhinelander...

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The residential facility in Rhinelander known as Taylor Park closed several months back, but the building will soon be the site of a first of its kind facility for young people with autism, education about epilepsy and a Fab Lab.

The Rhinelander Planning Commission this week gave approval for the facility InterAct Center of the Northwoods. The principals include a very well-known Northwoods name, Don Sidlowski of Three Lakes. He and April Leanna have put together a center that will take care of young people.

Alzheimer's Association

November is National Alzheimer's Disease and Awareness Month.

This disease has the potential to have a profound effect on America's healthcare future. To note the month. WXPR is presenting a one-hour program Sunday(11/22/2015) at noon. We'll hear from doctors, family members giving care, and outreach specialists working here in the Northwoods.

Alzheimer's is the only disease in the top 10 that can't be prevented, cured or slowed.

Join us Sunday at noon on WXPR.

The Assembly Speaker's Task Force on Alzheimer's and Dementia made its only stop in northern Wisconsin Wednesday, with speakers telling the committee the victims and families need more help.

A key legislative committee looking at Alzheimer's will be in Rhinelander Wednesday afternoon to hear from the public.

The Speaker's Task Force is traveling the state to hear about concerns. State Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander says getting the task force in the north gives people here a chance to be heard...


The hospitals and county public health departments in the Northwoods are conducting a survey to assess health issues here. But as officials look at recent surveys they're finding they need more input from one gender.

The Community Health Assessment involves all residents in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties. The survey is designed to help health professionals find and work on specific needs the public identifies.

Oneida County Public Health Director Linda Conlon says to get a fair assessment, they need more men to respond...


Wisconsin residents are paying 47 percent more on average than Minnesota residents for comparable health insurance.

That is a key statistic in a report filed by an advocacy group that would like to see Wisconsin take federal Medicaid money. Citizen Action of Wisconsin analyzed comparable policies under the Affordable Care Act and found no matter where you are in Wisconsin, you pay more than Minnesotans.

Executive Director Robert Kraig says even though Minnesota's rates went up this year, Wisconsin's rose faster...

Flu shots will be available Thursday(11/5/2015) in Eagle River after several clinics in Vilas County.

The Public Health Department is sponsoring the shots Thursday in the morning and afternoon from their offices at 302 W. Pine Street. Assistant Director Laurel Dreger says they're hoping to find people who haven't yet gotten their shots...

Matt Thompson-Ministry Health Care

Pedestrians and staff now have an additional stretch of walking or biking trail to get to Ministry-St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

They also have a spot to rest. Pete and Jackie Cody of Rhinelander donated a bench along a segment of recently blacktopped pathway from the Highway 17 bypass intersection to the parking lot at the hospital. The bench was donated in the name of Oneida County Biking and Walking Trails Council. Jackie Cody said they had been talking with Ministry St. Mary's officials who are remodeling parts of the campus...

A device that has caught the eye of emergency responders has been adopted by the Vilas County Sheriff's Department.