State Representative John Nygren of Marinette nearly lost his daughter to a heroin overdose in 2009. The state Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved measures making it easier for emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses.
The bills also enable callers to remain anonymous when calling in an overdose to medical personnel. Nygren talked to Ken Krall about how this move will save lives.
Flu cases are rampant in Wisconsin and locally this time of year. The state ranks as one of the lowest in the country in terms of vaccination rates.
Oneida County Health Department Director Linda Conlon says officials are seeing higher rates of incidence for young and middle aged adults. That’s because the most common strain this year is the H1N1 swine flu.
“That strain does attack certain populations. And as the year goes one, we will probably see another 1-2 peaks in the rates of influenza infection.”
A new clinic has opened its doors inside Rhinelander High School. The new Aspirus clinic won’t serve students - but it will serve school district employees and their families. The clinic can provide basic primary care. A visit costs just ten dollars.
Rhinelander Schools Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says clinic access will be good for employee health, as well as save the district money.
January is National Radon Action Month. Exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Smokers have an even larger threat of developing lung cancer if radon is present in their surroundings.
Charlotte Ahrens from the Oneida County Health Department describes radon...
A health insurance sign-up session was fully booked Wednesday in Rhinelander. Application counselors from Bridge Clinic in Wausau were on hand to walk people through the process of enrolling in the online exchange.
Though a fickle internet connection was a frustration, at mid-day AyLee Her said he’d already helped three people sign up.
“We are gonna be on the clock every hour. So we’re hoping we don’t have any technical issues. We should be able to get individuals enrolled within that hour and go on to the next individual.”
The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association is hosting an event next weekend near Rhinelander to raise money for area silent sport trails.
RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory talks about the Snowshoe hare race...
"...it's a great opportunity for folks who have never snowshoed before, or folks who are doing it a lot and doing different races to come out and enjoy the day. It's January 11 and it will be at Holiday Acres...."
In a cold snap like this one, it doesn’t take long for temperatures to become a health risk. Amy Lavin is a nurse practitioner at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes. If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening.
The Langlade Hospital Center For Health and Performance has received a grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation which should help local athletes be in top shape.
Center Supervisor Greg Renfro says the $2,000 grant will enable them to purchase equipment for the "SportFit" program...
"....the program is set up so student athletes can come into our facility. We design a program for whatever their sport is...lets say baseball...we design a program that is designed to help that individual perform optimally as a baseball player..."
With temperatures expected to stay well below zero for several days, humans are not the only ones suffering. Animals kept outside may also be having a hard time.
Dr. Ron Reupert at Animal Health Care Center North in Rhinelander says most pet owners know how to take care of their animals. But he says many dog breeds like hounds aren’t built for weather this cold.
“Short haired dogs I have seen not do well. If they are kept outdoors, they need to have a supplemental heat source, and a lot of people do do that.”
The Oneida and Vilas Public Health and Emergency Management Departments have released a list of facilities open 24 hours that people could go to if they need to warm up in the extreme cold.
In Oneida county, Trig's Riverwalk Centre and Wal-Mart...both in Rhinelander... are facilities that are open 24 hours. In Minocqua, Trig's and WalMart along Highway 70 are open 24 hours, as is Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff..