Health

Most pass first time
4:18 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Nicolet College EMT's, Firefighters At High Percentage

Credit Nicolet Area Techincal College


Nicolet College is turning out a new batch of EMTs and state certified firefighters. 25 out of 26 students passed the most recent national certification for Emergency Management Technicians. 17 out of 18 passed the state's practical firefighting exam. Director of public safety and campus security Jason Goeldner says a new curriculum helped bring in the high passing rates.


 

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Northern Wisconsin walks underway
2:29 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Alzheimer's Disease Affects 5 Million Americans

Credit alz.org

September is a busy time for Alzheimer's Associations across Wisconsin and the rest of the U.S. with fundraising walks.


Area chapter spokesperson Diana Butz(butts) says nationally, nearly 600 walks take place this time of year....


 



"....we use these events to increase awareness and funding for Alzheimers programs and research. And right here in our chapter area we have 30 walks taking place throughout northern and northeast Wisconsin...."

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Anticipating the ACA
3:34 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Health Insurance Rates May Rise, Especially for Young People

JP Wieske gave an overview of how the Affordable Care Act will affect community members.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

State officials visited Rhinelander today to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.  

About 30 people gathered in the conference room of the public safety complex in hopes of clearing up often-hazy understandings of changes to come.  One of those people was Mike Barnes, who says he and his wife purchase their own insurance. 

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Early morning and afternoon
4:02 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Drivers Asked To Be Alert As School Begins

Kids on the way to school
Credit futurity.org

County health departments treat the ills of the public, but they also are concerned about the safety of children to and from school.


Public Health Nurse Rob Deede in Oneida county says while walking can be a great way for kids to get some exercise, drivers should be cautious...


 

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Rhinelander Info Session
2:00 pm
Sun September 1, 2013

Questions About Obamacare? State Officials May Have Answers Tuesday

Health insurance questions abound as the state's health exchange prepares to launch.
Credit Daniel Oines

With the state health exchange opening in less than a month, state officials are working to demystify changes to the health care system. 

The state Insurance Commissioner’s office is holding an info session in Rhinelander Tuesday to answer questions consumers may have. 

Topics won’t be limited to the health exchange; discussion will include all parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. 

The Rhinelander session will be at the county sheriff’s department training center from 10:30 to noon.

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Could be open by January
2:08 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Rhinelander Schools-Aspirus Working On School Clinic

Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic
Credit Aspirus.org

By early next year, staff at Rhinelander schools could be getting some of their health care from a clinic in the school.


The Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic and the school district are discussing how to implement the program. Regional Director Rob Fabich says the school district is looking at ways to cut health care costs and thought having the services on campus would be one way to do that...


 

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Changing Insurance Landscape
5:02 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October

Advertising for health insurance in New Port Richey, Florida.
Credit Daniel Oines

Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.  That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin. 

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Lyme Disease numbers also rise
7:25 am
Sat August 24, 2013

Numbers Of New Tick Diseases Rising

Ticks by size
Credit aftergadget.wordpress.com

As many as 300,000 people each year could have Lyme disease, about 10 times the number that has been established. The Centers For Disease Control made that estimate last week.

Oneida County Health Director Linda Conlon says reported Lyme Disease numbers have held steady here over the last few years... 

"....114 for 2012, 106 for 2011, and then total between probable, suspect and confirmed the year before, in 2010, was 115..."

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Celebration of Life
4:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Honoring Cancer Patients, Present and Past

Event organizers will release 50 painted lady butterflies.
Credit William Warby

Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors.  

It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life.  Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center.  She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer. 

“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event.  We wanted it more of a celebration – of life, that would honor not only our cancer survivors but also our patients that have passed on.”

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Breastfeeding Important for Babies
4:00 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Building Resources For New Moms

Mothers-to-be have a chance to learn more about breastfeeding resources. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting several educational sessions this week. Cheri Nemec is a dietician who works with the Wisconsin WIC program and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She says a lot of moms plan to breastfeed, but may switch to formula if they start to worry about whether they’re doing it right.

 

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