Health

Warning: Flammable
3:11 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

This July Fourth, Be Careful With Those Fireworks

Lighting fireworks at home can be risky.
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For some people Fourth of July is the perfect excuse to play with fire…but it can also be the perfect time to cause an accident or an injury.  That’s the message from Oneida County health officials, who are warning people to use caution around fireworks.  

Public Health nurse Rob Deede says this isn’t the time for experimentation.

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Wisconsin Kids Need Dental Care
3:31 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Wisconsin's Low-Income Kids Lack Dental Care

A new study finds almost three quarters of children enrolled in Medicaid in Wisconsin don't receive any dental care.
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Wisconsin has a problem with low-income access to dental care.  

That’s according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trust.   It finds the state ranks second worst in the nation for the number of low-income kids receiving dental care.  Jane Koppelman is Research Director with the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign.

“In 2011 almost 72 percent of kids on Medicaid in Wisconsin – that’s nearly three quarters of the child Medicaid population – did not receive any dental care in 2011.  Not even a routine exam.”

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Assisted Living
4:17 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Nursing Facility Officially Opens New Location

Staff, patients and community leaders gathered for the ribbon-cutting at Rennes Health and Rehab Center.
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A new assisted living center has opened in Rhinelander.  The Rennes Health and Rehab Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony today.

A few dozen staff members, community leaders and patients gathered at the new nursing facility to celebrate its opening.  But the Rennes Health and Rehab Center has actually been taking care of patients since March 1st.  That’s when the group closed its location in Phelps and moved 33 patients to the new Rhinelander facility.

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Veterans
5:00 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Nine Hired at VA Med. Center

A spokesperson says The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has hired nine mental health professionals to meet the demand.

Those hires are part of more than 1,600 new mental health hires within the VA system.

Spokesperson Brad Nelson says four of the new hires are under an Executive Order signed by President Obama to meet the needs of veterans and their families. He says with more than a decade of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the need is there.

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Police Department promotion
3:18 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Bike Helmets Mean Sweets For Rhinelander Youth

Treats for bicyclists wearing helmets!
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Sweet treats for Rhinelander youngsters out on their bicycles...but only if they're wearing their bike helmets.


Police Chief Michael Steffes has announced the "Safety Is Sweet" campaign. The campaign encourages young bike riders to wear a safety helmet...

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Tick-Borne Illnesses
3:15 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Damp Weather May Encourage Tick Populations

Deer ticks, known for carrying Lyme disease, could be more plentiful this summer.
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If you’ve walked in the woods or in long grass lately…you may have noticed more ticks than usual.  

Entomologists report the recent warm and damp weather could cause an upsurge in tick populations in Wisconsin.  Rob Deede from the Oneida County Health Department says the best way to prevent tick-borne illnesses is to keep the ticks off in the first place.

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Health
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Fix Is In To Host Wausau Area Neutering Event

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A Rhinelander pet clinic is hoping to help control the pet population in the Wausau area by offering discounted neutering services. The "Fix is In" director Karla Ortman says cats are an overlooked population when it comes to treatment.


"...it's not just in Wausau, it's everywhere. Organizations everywhere are trying to come up with creative ways to help cats. One of the easiest thing to do is make sure your cats are spayed and neutered..."


 Ortman says they're hoping to help curb the population of stray cats in the area.

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Car temperatures rise quickly
4:00 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Heat Related Problems Occur Fast For Kids and Pets

Heat could kill pets
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Leaving pets or children unattended on warm summer days is an invitation to real problems says an emergency management spokesperson.


Dawn Robinson from Oneida County Emergency Management says overheating occurs quickly on sunny days...

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Thousands lose healthcare
7:12 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Advocate Says State Should Take Medicaid Money

Wisconsin Capitol
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In the past 10 days, 7 county boards have written the Joint Finance Committee preparing the budget to accept federal Medicaid dollars to help fund Wisconsin's BadgerCare program.


Three of the boards included Oneida, Lincoln and Marathon counties.


Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action of Wisconsin says the counties know they are likely to see first hand what will happen if those dollars don't come in....

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May is Water Safety Month
3:54 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Swim Lessons, Life Jackets Save Lives

Early swim lessons
Credit YMCA of the Northwoods

May is Water Safety Month.


The Head Swim Instructor at the YMCA of the Northwoods Karen Fiocchi says it's a good time to learn to swim and think safety.


Fiocchi says learning to swim and wearing life jackets in a boat are the best ways to prevent drowning...

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