Health

Risk of Carbon Monoxide Exposure
2:01 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Furnace Maintenance Cuts Down on Health Risks

Wisconsin Public Service is urging homeowners to get their furnaces checked to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Credit home.howstuffworks.com

The early cold snap has residents cranking up their furnaces. A Wisconsin Public Service spokesperson offers a reminder to think about maintaining that furnace, to prevent a possibly fatal build-up of carbon monoxide.

News Director Ken Krall talks with Leah Van Zile.

Van Zile says chimneys should be checked to make sure critters haven't taken up residence in them and preventing good ventilation.

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How to Minimize ATV Risk
4:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

ATV Safety Classes Could Reduce Deaths

Oneida County Deputy Brad Fogerty says ATV use is on the rise.
Credit Robert Thigpen

With ATV deaths hitting a high mark this year, ATV safety certification may be more important than ever.

Oneida County Sheriff’s Department helps put on ATV safety classes four times a year.  Deputy Brad Fogerty says his classes emphasize rules and regulations. 

“Rules of the road.  And what causes the majority of the crashes.  In every class I pull out the fatality sheet, and we actually go through each of them, and look at, this is how people are getting hurt, this is how people are dying riding an ATV.  And a lot of it is just basic safety rules. 

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Drug Take-Back Event
5:00 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

What to Do With Unused Prescriptions

Oneida County is offering opportunities to safely dispose of unused prescription.
Credit recyclemorewisconsin.org

If you're not using the prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, there's a better place to put them than down the toilet.

Area law enforcement says the 7th Annual Take Back Initiative is set for Saturday, October 26 in three Oneida county places.

Oneida County Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the unneeded drugs will be collected and destroyed....

"We'll take vitamins, we'll take prescription medications...we cannot take anything that has aerosol or something with a sharp, like some kind of injectable...."

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Succeeds Sheila Clough
3:53 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Hilt Named President at Ministry Howard Young Health Care

Monica Hilt
Credit Ministry Health Care

A Ministry Health Care leader has been given additional duties.

Monica Hilt has been named president of Ministry Howard Young Health Care in Woodruff. Hilt already is president of Ministry Sacred Heart-St. Mary's hospitals in Tomahawk and Rhinelander. Hilt replaces Shiela Clough who resigned in August.

Hilt says she's worked for 23 years at the two hospitals she currently oversees, but the Howard Young facility is familiar to her, having worked with Sheila Clough. She says Ministry has been working toward having officers in regional positions...

 

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Spreading the Word
5:12 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Health Officials Call For Yearly Mammograms

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

  Public health officials are urging women over the age of 50 to get an annual mammogram.  Vilas County Public Health Nurse Pam Pederson says the breast x-ray can help catch early signs of cancer.

“Breast cancer if detected early is very treatable.  If they do these yearly exams, chances are we’re gonna catch it in a early stage, and be able to treat it and save lives.” 

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Keeping the Chill Away
12:30 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Before Winter, Make Sure the Heat is On

A moratorium on winter shutoffs begins November 1st.
Credit Naijamayor

With winter on its way, the Public Service Commission is telling residents who may be behind on utility payments to get connected.  

Starting November 1st, there is a moratorium on utility shutoffs – that means companies can’t cut off service until mid-April, even if customers don’t pay their bills.  But PSC spokesperson Carrie Templeton says for that rule to apply, you must start off the season as a customer in good standing.

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Food Insecurity in Northwoods Communities
12:52 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Film Screening to Focus on Hunger

A film screening next week is putting the spotlight on hunger issues in the Northwoods.  St. Augustine’s Church in Rhinelander is showing A Place at the Table.  Father Dean Einerson says many families deal with uncertainty about getting enough to eat, and A Place at the Table looks at the reasons behind the problem.

“That’s a movie that tries to get at why so many Americans face food insecurity.  Last year there were 50 million Americans who didn’t know where the food for their family was gonna come each week.”

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Thousands Served Each Month
4:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Food Need Remains, Says Pantry Volunteer

The Lakeland Food Pantry is reporting a steady need for food donations.
Credit Matthew Hurst

News Director Ken Krall talks with John Winkelman of the Lakeland Food Pantry in Woodruff about the continuing need to keep people fed.

John Winkelman from the Lakeland Food Pantry in Woodruff. More information on the Pantry is on their website.

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Affordable Care Act Not Changing VA Health Plans
2:17 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

VA Health Services Staying Open, Not Changing

Veterans’ health services are not being affected by the government shutdown.  Iron Mountain VA Health Center spokesman Brad Nelson says other aspects of Veterans Affairs may be impacted, but clinics and health services are funded well in advance.

“We already have advance appropriations for 2014, so we’re remaining fully open in that regard.  So we are not impacted by this current lapse in appropriations.”

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New Statewide Numbers
4:18 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Domestic Violence Real in Northern Wisconsin

A new report says 89 deaths in Wisconsin were the result of domestic violence in the past two years. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. WXPR News Director Ken Krall spoke with Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault's Shellie Holmes about the report from the statewide advocacy group End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. She says the report is numbers, but the people involved are real as are the impacts.

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