Health en UPDATE: Star Lake Woman Dies After Rescuing Kids From Drowning <p>A Star Lake woman has died, after helping rescue a group of kids from drowning.&nbsp;</p><p>47-year-old Karen Wessel was walking Tuesday with two other women and four children…along Trampers Trail of East Star Lake.&nbsp;</p><p>According to one of the surviving women, the group stopped for a swim and three of the kids began to swim across a channel that runs between the shoreline and a sandbar further out in the lake.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:50:43 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 21532 at Advanced Directive: Helping Out Your Loved Ones <p></p><p> No one likes to think about it, including, apparently,&nbsp; the medical community...<br /><br /><em>".....not sure how accurate this statistic is, but of the entire Internal Medicine department here at the Minocqua Clinic, only 20 to 30 percent&nbsp; have their Advanced Directive filled out...."</em></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:50:43 +0000 Ken Krall 21520 at Advanced Directive: Helping Out Your Loved Ones Two Hospitalized After Nearly Drowning <p>A woman and child have been hospitalized after nearly drowning in Star Lake in Vilas County Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Shortly before one o’clock Tuesday, the Vilas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call reporting two adult women were trying to rescue three children swimming in Star Lake.&nbsp;</p><p>The women apparently rescued two of the children without incident, but when rescuing the third child, one of the women went under the water, along with the child.&nbsp; A family friend arrived on a boat to pull them out of the water.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:04:10 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 21474 at End Smoking To Help A Child's First Breath <p> Public health officials have made a strong impression that pregnant women should not drink or possibly harm their unborn child. Now an effort to have women cut out smoking during pregnancy is also underway.<br />Called "First Breath",&nbsp; health workers hope to get the nearly one-in-four Oneida county women who smoke while pregnant to stop.</p><p><br />Public health nurse and program coordinator Dawn Klink says both mother and child feel the results of smoking...</p> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Ken Krall 21313 at End Smoking To Help A Child's First Breath Two Rabies Cases In Vilas County Leads To Warning <p></p><p>Two bats in Vilas county have been diagnosed with rabies in the past week and a Vilas county health official cautions the public to make sure pets are vaccinated.</p><p><br />Rabies is an infectious disease affecting the nervous system of mammals, including humans. People and unvaccinated animals can get rabies from an infected animal. If caught soon enough in humans, it can be treated, but if left untreated, it is almost always fatal.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:32:01 +0000 Ken Krall 21235 at Two Rabies Cases In Vilas County Leads To Warning Swimming And Boating Safety Highlighted <p>Even with our cool summer, kids will want to head to the beach for some water fun.<br />Marta Koelling is a Community Health Specialist at the Oneida County Health Department.<br />She says freelance swimming is less safe than being in a designated swim area....<br /><br /><em>".....number one rule: make sure you're not diving or swimming in unfamiliar water. That can lead to come potential dangers there. Making sure you're swimming with a buddy, especially with children and inexperienced swimmers, making sure they are supervised at all times...."</em></p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:16:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20984 at Swimming And Boating Safety Highlighted Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy <p>Firefighters are lining the streets of an intersection in Rhinelander. &nbsp;For&nbsp;the sixth year in a row they’re asking for donations to support kids with muscular dystrophy.</p><p>On the corner of North Stevens Street and Highway W, firefighters in yellow safety vests are holding big rubber boots full of money.&nbsp; Rhinelander Fire Lieutenant Aaron Swaney says it’s a unique way to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:37:03 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20918 at Firefighters Hope to "Fill the Boot" for Muscular Dystrophy High School Students Get Technical Degrees <p> Thirty-three area high school students recently got a jump on college and careers in health care by graduating from Nicolet College's Certified Nursing Assistant program. What's unique&nbsp; is&nbsp; all of the students completed the program by taking Nicolet classes&nbsp; held&nbsp; in their high schools. State officials and educators have been working on ways for high school students to gain technical college credits while still in high school as a way to jump-start a career.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:47:00 +0000 Ken Krall 20655 at High School Students Get Technical Degrees LEAN Coalition Event Considers Health Equity Across Demographics <p>A Northwoods health coalition is putting the spotlight on health equity next week, through a discussion with an expert on health in Native American communities.</p><p>Health equity tries to measure the quality of healthcare that different populations receive.&nbsp;</p><p>Oneida County Community Health Specialist Kyla Waksmonski explains that health inequity is evident when certain demographics are less healthy than others.</p><blockquote><p>“The ideal situation is that everyone, regardless of demographics – poverty, education status –that we all have similar health outcomes.”&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:19:50 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20511 at Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic Adds Cardiac Rehab <p></p><p> Aspirus&nbsp; Rhinelander Clinic recently expanded its cardiac rehab and therapy services.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:36:12 +0000 Ken Krall 20497 at Aspirus Rhinelander Clinic Adds Cardiac Rehab