Health

Signing Up For Care
4:10 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Helping With Insurance Enrollment

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.”

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Fundraiser for trail support
5:12 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

RASTA Offers Snowshoe Competition

Handmade snowshoe
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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...."

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Frost May Bite Your Fingers
5:05 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Keep Warm on Cold Days

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. 

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SportFit program
5:05 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

Packers Foundation Funds Athletes In Antigo

Langlade Hospital Center for Health and Performance
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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..."

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Cold Times for Canines
5:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Keeping Warm a Challenge for Some Animals

Horses can survive a cold winter, as long as they are kept out of direct wind.
Credit Aonghus Flynn

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.” 

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Cold could be life -threatening
3:51 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Warming Shelters Set Up In Northwoods

Frostbitten hands
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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..

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Cold snap continues
3:04 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Don't Forget Pets And Your Safety In The Bitter Cold

Even the Iditarod dogs are protected
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The cold snap can cause problems for not only humans but pets and a Division of Emergency Management spokesperson says just because they have fur doesn't mean they're cold-proof.

Tod Pritchard says there are a few things to remember....

"....dogs and cats can get frostbitten ears, and nose and of course their paws are especially vulnerable to not only the cold but to other things like salt we put down on our sidewalk, and to anti-freeze which people know is very deadly to pets and that sometimes can leak out...."

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E-cigs not F.D.A. approved to end smoking
9:52 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Bill Would Make E-Cigarettes Legal In Bars, Restaurants

E-cigarette designed to look like a filtered tobacco cigarette
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A bill in the Wisconsin Senate would update the language in Wisconsin's statewide smoking ban to make electronic cigarettes legal in public places. An e-cigarette is a device operated by a battery where the user inhales a water vapor. The user also inhales nicotine in the draw. The devices don't have the restrictions of tobacco cigarettes, which are banned in public places.

Oneida County Public Health Tobacco Coordinator Niki Kostrova says the feds have not yet approved them as a smoking cessation device....

 

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Source of Crime
10:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

Unused and outdated prescriptions are the source for significant drug abuse.
Credit Bradley P Johnson

The Vilas County Sheriff says drug abuse continue to be a growing problem in the area.  Sheriff Joe Fath says the department works closely with Lac du Flambeau tribal police in its investigations. 

“Prescription medication, synthetic THC, heroin, those are the three big ones that we see affecting our communities.” 

Lac du Flambeau tribal leaders declared a state of emergency last spring to address a growing drug problem on the reservation. 

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More money but contracts to change
1:11 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

Mental Health Contracts Based On Performance Possible

Human Service Center office in Rhinelander
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A consultant has been hired to help the three-county Human Service Center develop outcome-based contracts for local counseling providers.

Board President Bill Korrer said Center staff contacted the three partner counties about getting a pay hike for providers, something Korrer says hadn't been done for a long time...

 

"....we've had the rates frozen for a number of years now, and a lot of the smaller providers haven't had the luxury of a rate increase...."

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