Health en Keep Warm on Cold Days <p>In a cold snap like this one, it doesn’t take long for temperatures to become a health risk. Amy Lavin is a nurse practitioner at the Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.&nbsp; &nbsp;She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes.&nbsp; If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:05:33 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 12831 at Statehouse Bill Requires Recycling of Mercury Thermostats <p>Proposed legislation would tighten rules for disposal of mercury-based thermostats.&nbsp; Though no longer made, many households still use them.&nbsp; But if thrown away or burned, that mercury can get into the environment.</p><p>A <a href="" target="_blank">new bill </a>would require manufacturers to pay for recycling programs, and make them easy to use by the public.&nbsp;</p><p>Amber Meyer Smith of advocacy group Clean Wisconsin…says it would be similar to the state’s e-waste recycling program.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:02:07 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9653 at Opening Day For Health Exchange <p>It&rsquo;s launch day for Wisconsin&rsquo;s health exchange.&nbsp; Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.&nbsp; One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system&hellip;is what will happen to private insurance agents&hellip;now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.&nbsp; WXPR&rsquo;s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he&rsquo;s not too worried.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 14:44:12 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8712 at Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October <p>Northwoods residents looking to buy health insurance will have options when it comes to choosing a plan on the health marketplace.&nbsp; That’s according to a report from progressive advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 22:02:58 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 7066 at Health Insurance Purchasers Will Find Choices, Come October Honoring Cancer Patients, Present and Past <p>Rhinelander’s Ministry St. Mary’s Hospital is hosting a gathering for cancer survivors. &nbsp;</p><p>It’s the sixth annual Celebration of Life.&nbsp; Event organizer Kim Hetland is a Manager in Radiation Oncology at Ministry’s James Beck Cancer Center.&nbsp; She says the evening is also a chance to honor those lost to cancer.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“We wanted it more than just a cancer survivor event.&nbsp; 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.”</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:24:52 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6487 at Honoring Cancer Patients, Present and Past Building Resources For New Moms <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="4">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.</font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6374 at Health Dept.: Vaccinate In Time for School <p>Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts.&nbsp;</p><p>Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas&nbsp;County Health Department.&nbsp; She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p><em>“Parents can check with their health care providers or the public health department in their area, and we will look up their children’s records and let them know if they might be needing some shots before they enter school in the fall.”</em></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 22:56:13 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 6212 at Health Dept.: Vaccinate In Time for School Algae Alert: Murky Water Could Be Hazardous to Your Health <p>Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans.&nbsp; Pam Pedersen is a nurse with </span>Vilas<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Public Health Department.&nbsp; She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 19:56:28 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 5808 at Algae Alert: Murky Water Could Be Hazardous to Your Health Wisconsin's Low-Income Kids Lack Dental Care <p>Wisconsin has a problem with low-income access to dental care. &nbsp;</p><p>That’s according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trust. &nbsp;&nbsp;It finds the state ranks second worst in the nation for the number of low-income kids receiving dental care.&nbsp; Jane Koppelman is Research Director with the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign.</p><blockquote><p>“In 2011 almost 72 percent of kids on Medicaid in Wisconsin – that’s nearly three quarters of the child Medicaid population – did not receive any dental care in 2011.&nbsp; Not even a routine exam.”</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:31:06 +0000 Natalie Jablonski & Ken Krall 4205 at Wisconsin's Low-Income Kids Lack Dental Care