Health

Half Self-Inflicted
2:01 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Deer Season Gun Injuries Up, But Only Slightly

Eight people were injured in firearm accidents during the gun deer season that closed Sunday.
Credit Ken Thomas

Total firearm accidents during the gun-deer season number eight, one more than last year. 

Six happened during opening weekend, and two more were reported last week.  None of those were fatal, but a hunter shot Thanksgiving Day was seriously injured.

DNR hunter education specialist Jon King says it happened in Dunn County.                       

“The victim in this point was shot by a member in his deer drive, and he was shot in the stomach.  So he was airlifted from the scene.”

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Preventing Food Poisoning
4:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Food Safety Reminders From Local Health Officials

An improperly cooked turkey could be an opportunity for food-borne illness.
Credit Sharon Mollerus

Preparing a Thanksgiving meal can be a big production, and so can following proper food safety procedures.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Oneida County Health Department Sanitarian Jody McKinney to find out how to minimize risk of food poisoning…from things like salmonella. 

TAG: That’s Jody McKinney, Sanitarian for the Oneida County Health Department. 

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Hoping to Lower Cancer Risks
2:12 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Quit Smoking for Smoke Out Day

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
Credit Thomas Leuthard

Quit smoking for a day, and see if you can stick with it.  

That’s the message from the American Cancer Society for the Great American Smoke Out Thursday.  On this day the organization encourages smokers nationwide to quit the habit for a single day…or use it to jump start their plans to quit permanently.

Spokeswoman Diane Hapka in Lake Tomahawk says it’s not easy. 

“It is very difficult for people to quit.  But it is something that we try to have people do at least for that one day.”

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Program next weekend
10:22 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Alzheimer's Panel Discusses The Disease On WXPR

The panel November 14 at the White Pine Room
Credit Peg Arnold-WXPR

November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month and National Caregivers Month. Earlier this month, WXPR public radio gathered experts at its studios to talk about the disease, the warning signs, treatment and research, support services and how caregivers cope with a family member with Alzheimer's Disease. The one-hour program will be broadcast twice: Friday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. and again Sunday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.

WXPR is heard at 91.7 FM, 100.9 FM near Ironwood-Hurley, and 91.9 FM in central Wisconsin. More information is available at 715-362-6000.

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New Pantry Could Double Food Aid
4:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

New Food Pantry On the Table for Rhinelander

Ruby's Pantry collects extra food from big grocery stores and distributes it in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Credit Salvation Army USA West

A new food pantry could be coming to town, if a Rhinelander woman can find the right distribution space.  

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Chrissie Peterson who thinks Ruby’s Pantry would benefit the Northwoods.  

Chrissie Peterson says Ruby’s Pantry would be held one day a month, and would serve working class families.

“The target market that I think Ruby’s pantry is for is those familes less fortunate that live paycheck to paycheck.  With Ruby’s Pantry you pay 15 dollars for roughly 100 dollars worth of food.”

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Social Program Feels the Pinch
2:24 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Sequester Cuts Impacting Meals For Seniors

Diane Jacobson
Credit LinkedIn

Much was debated in Congress about mandatory across the board  budget cuts called sequestration. The impacts the federal sequester made in areas such as air traffic controllers and military bands were widely reported,  but the  cuts are having an impact on meals delivered to senior citizens.  

Ken Krall talks with Dianne Jacobson, the Director of the Oneida County Department on Aging about tough times for the Senior Nutrition Program.

Oneida County Department on Aging Director Dianne Jacobson. More information is available at the office in Rhinelander.

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Fumes can be deadly
4:23 pm
Sun November 10, 2013

Hunting Shacks Need CO Detectors Too

Credit atlantawirelesssecurity.com

Hunting cabins will be busy in the next several weeks, and after that, ice fishing shacks. But a utility spokesperson says stay vigilant against a silent, odorless killer.

Leah VanZile from Wisconsin Public Service says with the cold weather here, the portable heating devices also come out for the shack or camper....

 

"....now is the time to make sure those furnaces are working properly and also that they are properly vented. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless and tasteless and can build up if an appliance is not properly vented...."

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Saturday in Rhinelander
1:37 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Hospice Fundraiser Spotlights Near Death Needs

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An event this weekend benefits Ministry Home Care-Hospice program.

Volunteer community outreach coordinator Melissa Houg says the Seventh Annual "Christmas From the Heart" is Saturday at Ministry-Saint Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander. She says the fundraiser helps people who either don't have insurance or are underinsured and need help paying for care at the end of life...

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Watch Out in Winter
4:11 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Drivers: Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Deer

As the nights grow longer, greater numbers of drivers may be hitting deer.

JP Wieske  is spokesman for the Offices of the Insurance Commissioner.  He says drivers need to pay attention, because this time of year is especially risky. 

“I think the main reason is the activity of the deer.  There’s a lot of travel, it’s getting darker, but also there’s a lot more deer activity at this time of year.”

Wieske says animal collisions are a significant expense for insurance companies.  He says deer hits were up last year.

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Sunday, Nov.3 at 4:06 p.m.
11:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

WXPR To Broadcast ACA Information Program

As the debate continues in Washington, D.C. over the  implementation  of the Affordable Care Act, the law begins in full on January 1.  In mid-October, Kevin Kane from the group Citizen Action Wisconsin gave a presentation at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church in Rhinelander on how the ACA will work. He discussed how people can sign up, who it affects and costs.

The program will be broadcast Sunday, November 3 at 4:06 p.m. after a short NPR newscast. All Things Considered will not be heard this Sunday only.

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