Health

High-Tech Treatment, Locally
4:57 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New Machine Offers Precise Radiation Therapy

The TrueBeam Linear Accelerator can rotate to provide more accurate radiation therapy.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Rhinelander is home to a new piece of state-of-the-art cancer treatment technology.  As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, Ministry Health Care’s James Beck Cancer Center held a ribbon cutting for the machine Wednesday.

The True Beam Linear Accelerator offers radiation therapy that’s much more precise than previous technology at James Beck.  It also has powerful imaging capabilities which help to give a more accurate picture of a tumor.   

Radiation therapist Lynnette Fittante demonstrates how the machine even rotates around the patient.

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Signed this week
3:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bill Gives State Authority To Use Oxygen Monitoring

Adult meter
Credit OxyWatch

  This week Governor Walker signed a bill enabling the state to include additional types of newborn screening methods for newborns. Pediatrician Dr. Eunice Corujo-Incha at Ministry Health Care in Rhinelander says pulse oximetry testing has been used at Ministry Health Care for about two years....  

"....pulse  oximetry

     testing is a very simple procedure. You test the oxygen level in three areas of (the newborn's) extremities before discharge...."

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Reducing Heart Disease Risk
9:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

In February, Remember Your Heart

Eating fruits and vegetables is one way to reduce your risk for heart disease.
Credit John Morgan

Valentine’s Day may be over but there are still plenty of ways to take care of your heart.

February is Heart Health Month.

Oneida County Public Health Department is encouraging people of all ages to try and reduce risk factors for heart disease. 

Community health specialist Kyla Waksmonski  says behavior changes include daily exercise, healthy eating and limiting alcohol use.  Quitting smoking can also cut your risk of heart disease. 

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Boosting Food Aid
9:55 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ruby's Pantry Heading to Lac du Flambeau

Ruby's Pantry will deliver to Lac du Flambeau on the second Tuesdays of each month.
Credit Kevin Marsh

Ruby’s Pantry will deliver to another distribution site in the Northwoods.  Lac du Flambeau will host the once-a-month food distribution on second Tuesdays at the Bingo Hall.    

Gloria Cobb is a case worker with the Lac du Flambeau economic support department.  She says many families in the area are feeling the financial strain.

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Final Deadline Approaching
5:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Rhinelander Health Insurance Sign-Ups Scheduled

Northwoods residents have several chances to get help signing up for health insurance through the online marketplace.  Bridge Community Health Clinic has four sessions coming up in Rhinelander, providing one-on-one help. 

The clinic’s Central Wisconsin Enrollment Coordinator Mary Testin says Oneida County residents have been some of the most ready to sign up for health care. 

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Maintaining Bone Health
4:00 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Vitamin D Supplements May Keep Bones Strong

Vitamin D could help prevent osteoporosis and falls in older adults.  That’s the message from an aging specialist from Madison giving a talk at this week’s Science on Tap discussion.    

Winter in the Northwoods means…not a lot of sunshine.  And that means not a lot of Vitamin D.  Dr Neil Binkley is Director of the Osteoporosis Clinical Research program at UW Madison.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski talked with Dr. Binkley to find out why Vitamin D supplements might be important for preventing osteoporosis and bone fractures.    

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Northwoods ties
12:04 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Dr. Sookochoff Named MMG President

An area health care provider has selected a new President. Ministry Medical Group

has named Dr. Robert Sookochoff to lead the group of clinics in the Ministry Health

Care system.

Ministry spokesman Geoffrey Huys says Sookochoff has been seeing patients and

showing leadership in the organization for over 30 years. "He has served as a regional

Vice President for Ministry Medical Group’s northern region, so he spent a lot of time

up in the northern region of Rhinelander, Eagle River, Woodruff, but he’s been involved

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No Income Limits
10:26 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Ruby's Pantry to Deliver in Rhinelander

Ruby's Pantry is set to drop off up to tens of thousands of pounds of food each month in Rhinelander.
Credit Salvation Army USA West

Rhinelander will soon be home to a new food pantry.  Ruby’s Pantry is slated to make a large delivery of surplus and donated food once a month. 

Organizer Chrissy Peterson says she originally had trouble finding the right space to house what could be thousands of pounds of food and hundreds of people.   Eventually she found Grace Foursquare Church on Highway 17. 

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8th annual conference
4:49 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Conference Honoring Caregivers Coming To Nicolet College

Honoring caregivers
Credit en.wikipedia.org

Professional and family caregivers who provide direct care services at home or in long-term care settings are invited to attend the 8th Annual Direct Caregivers Conference next month at Nicolet College.

Sandy Bishop from Nicolet College is a member of the Northern Wisconsin Long Term Care Workforce Network. She says it's a day to celebrate those who give care to others...

 

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New procedures for quick response
12:00 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

Cold Weather Deadly if Alzheimer's Patient Wanders

Credit Alzheimer's Association

Next we hear from Diana Butz from the Greater Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. 

Cold weather is tough on anyone, but for a person with Alzheimer's Disease who wanders, it could be deadly. She says there's a new approach for quicker response should someone wander away from home.

Diana Butz, spokesperson for the Alzheimer's Association. There's an Alzheimer's Association Outreach Office in Rhinelander.

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