Health

Spreading the Word
5:12 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Health Officials Call For Yearly Mammograms

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

  Public health officials are urging women over the age of 50 to get an annual mammogram.  Vilas County Public Health Nurse Pam Pederson says the breast x-ray can help catch early signs of cancer.

“Breast cancer if detected early is very treatable.  If they do these yearly exams, chances are we’re gonna catch it in a early stage, and be able to treat it and save lives.” 

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Keeping the Chill Away
12:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Before Winter, Make Sure the Heat is On

A moratorium on winter shutoffs begins November 1st.
Credit Naijamayor

With winter on its way, the Public Service Commission is telling residents who may be behind on utility payments to get connected.  

Starting November 1st, there is a moratorium on utility shutoffs – that means companies can’t cut off service until mid-April, even if customers don’t pay their bills.  But PSC spokesperson Carrie Templeton says for that rule to apply, you must start off the season as a customer in good standing.

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Food Insecurity in Northwoods Communities
12:52 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Film Screening to Focus on Hunger

A film screening next week is putting the spotlight on hunger issues in the Northwoods.  St. Augustine’s Church in Rhinelander is showing A Place at the Table.  Father Dean Einerson says many families deal with uncertainty about getting enough to eat, and A Place at the Table looks at the reasons behind the problem.

“That’s a movie that tries to get at why so many Americans face food insecurity.  Last year there were 50 million Americans who didn’t know where the food for their family was gonna come each week.”

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Thousands Served Each Month
4:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Food Need Remains, Says Pantry Volunteer

The Lakeland Food Pantry is reporting a steady need for food donations.
Credit Matthew Hurst

News Director Ken Krall talks with John Winkelman of the Lakeland Food Pantry in Woodruff about the continuing need to keep people fed.

John Winkelman from the Lakeland Food Pantry in Woodruff. More information on the Pantry is on their website.

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Affordable Care Act Not Changing VA Health Plans
2:17 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

VA Health Services Staying Open, Not Changing

Veterans’ health services are not being affected by the government shutdown.  Iron Mountain VA Health Center spokesman Brad Nelson says other aspects of Veterans Affairs may be impacted, but clinics and health services are funded well in advance.

“We already have advance appropriations for 2014, so we’re remaining fully open in that regard.  So we are not impacted by this current lapse in appropriations.”

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New Statewide Numbers
4:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Domestic Violence Real in Northern Wisconsin

A new report says 89 deaths in Wisconsin were the result of domestic violence in the past two years. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's Shellie Holmes about the report from the statewide advocacy group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. She says the report is numbers, but the people involved are real as are the impacts.

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Long-Anticipated Start Date
9:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Opening Day For Health Exchange

It’s launch day for Wisconsin’s health exchange.  Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.  One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system…is what will happen to private insurance agents…now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he’s not too worried.

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Healthcare Burden May Fall On Counties
12:10 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Counties Vote Against Walker's Medicaid Expansion Denial

The Wisconsin Counties Association voted this week in disapproval of the state’s rejection of extra federal funding for Medicaid.  Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf, Senior Legislative Associate for Wisconsin Counties Association, says the vote reaffirmed a position the group has held since 2011.

“As counties, when we all have the same position, when we all talk from one voice, it really provides support for our issues.”

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Helping With Disaster Relief
4:52 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Lending a Hand in Denver, CO

Rescue crews helped evacuate Fort Carson, Colorado after flooding shut down roads in the area.
Credit Nicole Manzanares / US Air National Guard

A Rhinelander volunteer is in Colorado with the American Red Cross.  Carol Miller is stationed at Disaster Relief Headquarters near Denver, south of where the floods have done the most damage.  

She says there are 600 volunteers on the scene with hundreds more set to arrive.  The job of Red Cross nurses is to take care of those who get sick or injured while volunteering for FEMA or other partner organizations.

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Lower number of illegal sales
2:04 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Illegal Tobacco Sales To Minors Drops In Northwoods

Youth smoking levels decrease in Northwoods
Credit healingtalks.com

Violations for selling tobacco to minors in the Northwoods has taken a marked decrease.


The Oneida County Health Department administers tobacco law compliance checks in a six county northern region.


Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the downward trend from 2012 shows education is working...

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