Health

Frost May Bite Your Fingers
5:05 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Keep Warm on Cold Days

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.   She says in weather this cold, exposed skin can become frostbitten in about 5 minutes.  If you’re exercising or have certain medical conditions, you might not even notice it happening. 

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Keeping Mercury Out of the Environment
3:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Statehouse Bill Requires Recycling of Mercury Thermostats

Proposed legislation would tighten rules for disposal of mercury-based thermostats.  Though no longer made, many households still use them.  But if thrown away or burned, that mercury can get into the environment.

A new bill would require manufacturers to pay for recycling programs, and make them easy to use by the public. 

Amber Meyer Smith of advocacy group Clean Wisconsin…says it would be similar to the state’s e-waste recycling program.

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Long-Anticipated Start Date
9:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Opening Day For Health Exchange

It’s launch day for Wisconsin’s health exchange.  Individuals will be able to compare and shop for health insurance plans online.  One of the many questions raised by changes to the health care system…is what will happen to private insurance agents…now that people have easy access to purchase insurance directly.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down called up private insurance agent Brian Diel, and found out he’s not too worried.

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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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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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Public Health
5:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Health Dept.: Vaccinate In Time for School

Local health departments are urging families to check on their kids' vaccination statuses.
Credit Centers for Disease Control

Health officials are urging parents to make sure their children are up to date on vaccines before school starts. 

Laurel Dreger is a nurse with the Vilas County Health Department.  She says kids and some adults who have already been vaccinated may be due for a booster shot. 

“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.”

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Toxic Algal Blooms
2:56 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Algae Alert: Murky Water Could Be Hazardous to Your Health

Blue-green algae can form a paint-like scum on the surface of the water
Credit Dwight Burdette

Late summer in the Northwoods means it’s time to watch out for blue green algae blooms in lakes and ponds.  

The algae often produces toxins that can cause rashes and breathing problems in humans.  Pam Pedersen is a nurse with Vilas County Public Health Department.  She says it can be especially harmful for pets that may drink or swim in murky water.          

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Wisconsin Kids Need Dental Care
3:31 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Wisconsin's Low-Income Kids Lack Dental Care

A new study finds almost three quarters of children enrolled in Medicaid in Wisconsin don't receive any dental care.
Credit United States Postal Service

Wisconsin has a problem with low-income access to dental care.  

That’s according to a new study from the Pew Charitable Trust.   It finds the state ranks second worst in the nation for the number of low-income kids receiving dental care.  Jane Koppelman is Research Director with the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign.

“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.  Not even a routine exam.”

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