Health

A third of the students sick
9:44 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Second RSD School Closes Due To High Absenteeism

A virus
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Rhinelander School District's Pelican and Crescent elementary schools are closed today after large numbers of students went home sick this week. The school district closed the schools on the recommendation of the county health department.

The high absenteeism is attributed to gastrointestinal and upper respiratory problems.

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Signing Up Can Be Challenging
11:27 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Health Exchange Gains Momentum, and Critics

The Mercer Library held an info session last week to help answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

More people are signing up for health insurance through the federal health exchange, now that some of the website’s bugs have been fixed.  But not everyone’s finding it easy…or affordable. 

Alicia Cook is a certified application assistant at Aspirus Grandview in Ironwood, Michigan.  That means she helps people in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula sign up for health insurance. She says two months into the open enrollment period, people are just starting to come to her for help. 

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Aiding in Peace and Comfort
4:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Go With the Flow: A Conversation About Hospice Care

Florence Reisgies has been a hospice volunteer for three years.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Dying is something that everyone faces, sooner or later.  For those close to death, hospice can make that prospect a little easier.  

It’s a form of care that focuses on comfort and pain relief…for those who are thought to have less than six months to live. 

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with hospice volunteer Florence Reisgies, about the experience of spending time with patients in their last months of life. 

Florence Reisgeis volunteers through Ministry Home Care Hospice Services.  That program is currently seeking new volunteers for a training next month.  

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Explaining Obamacare
12:00 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

Mercer Library Hopes to Aid in ACA Understanding

The Mercer Public Library is holding a series of info sessions on the Affordable Care Act this week.  Several certified health exchange navigators will be there to help explain the online marketplace.

Staff from Iron County UW Extension and area health professionals will present the explanatory sessions on Obamacare this week.  Mercer Library Director Teresa Schmidt says experts will help point individuals in the right direction if they need one-on-one help.                

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Keep Them Clear
12:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Snow-Blocked Vents Mean CO Danger

Snow piling up around houses can block heating vents from working properly.
Credit Aliazimi via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snow-in-Maryland-Feb-09.JPG

With a cold snap hitting the Northwoods this weekend it can take some effort to keep your car and heating systems up and running. 

WPS Spokesperson Leah Van Zile says outdoor maintenance is important to make sure your heating appliances are working properly…especially with newer high-efficiency furnaces that vent out the side of the house. 

“For any of your vented appliances, your natural gas or vented appliances – be sure that those are kept free of ice and snow buildup.”

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Fishermen Use Caution
2:35 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Beware the Perils of Thin Ice

Once covered in snow, it can be hard to tell if an icy lake is frozen enough to walk or drive on.
Credit Joisey Shawaa

Intrepid ice fishermen are already hitting the frozen lakes.  But unstable conditions can make it dangerous. 

Antigo DNR Recreational safety warden Jeff Dauterman says ice thickness can vary even within the same lake…and visual checks are not reliable. 

“You got ice out there, once there’s some snow on it you don’t know if it’s once inch thick or two feet thick.  It can vary that much within a single lake. So you’ve always got to remain cautious.”

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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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