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Wood Co. beaches closed due to E. coli Video included

Three Wood County beaches are now closed because of high E. coli counts, according to the Wood County Health Department. More>>

Investigation into what's causing skin irritation, headaches at school

Several students at Adams-Friendship Elementary School are dealing with skin irritation, headaches, and nausea, according to a letter posted on the district's website. More>>

Senate committee to vote on raw milk bill

A state Senate committee plans to vote on approving a bill that would legalize raw milk sales in Wisconsin, but several obstacles remain to the measure becoming law.    More>>

UW-Madison eye center lays off entire staff of 60

The UW-Madison medical school has laid off all 60 employees from a nationally known eye research center that had run up a deficit of $4.6 million.  More>>

Milwaukee company recalls chicken, ham salads

Garden Fresh Foods of Milwaukee has recalled 19,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products because of possible Listeria bacteria contamination.
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The American Cancer Society seeks study participants

A nationwide effort searching for the answers behind the causes of cancer needs your help. This is the third in a series of decades-long studies by the American Cancer Society and holds an important position in the fight to eliminate cancer. More>>

Health officials: Listeria outbreak tied to Wisconsin cheese

Minnesota officials say one older adult in the state died and another older adult was hospitalized after illnesses linked to Les Freres cheese, made by Wisconsin producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Classic Cheeses. More>>

UW-Stevens Point seeks older adults for study on balance

UWSP physical education professor, Rory Suomi, is seeking older adults to participate in a study from June 17 through August 16. The study will be conducted on both male and female adults, ages 50 to 80 years old. Participants will be asked to stand with both legs on a Biodex Balance System apparatus to evaluate dynamic postural balance. The study will be done at the UW-Stevens Point Health Enhancement Center in two test sessions, each approximately 20 minutes in length. For more information ... More>>

Insurance leaders detail uncertainty of overhaul

The leaders of four major health insurance companies in Wisconsin say the roll out of new private market exchanges under the federal health care law will be filled with uncertainty and horror stories. But they also said during a panel discussion Tuesday that over a series of months and years the problems will be worked out as everyone involved better understands how the new system will operate. The panel hosted by Wisconsin Health News included leaders WPS Health Insurance, Dean Health ... More>>

Vermont gov signs marijuana decriminalization bill

Vermont has become the 17th state to get rid of criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
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North Carolina exec named Aspirus president

WAUSAU (WAOW) - A North Carolina health network executive is Aspirus Inc.'s new president, bringing what Aspirus calls expertise in areas like efficiency, service improvements and strategic planning that are necessary in a changing health care industry. More>>

Report: Nation's kids need to get more physical

The Institute of Medicine is recommending that schools provide opportunities for at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day for students, and that P.E. be designated a core subject. More>>

Angelina Jolie says she had double mastectomy

Jolie authored an op-ed for Tuesday's New York Times where she writes that in April she finished three months of surgical procedures to remove both breasts. More>>

Allergy season kicks into overdrive

Allergy season kicks in across our area. More>>

Plastic fragments prompt recall of Wis. pizzas

Nestle Pizza Co. of Little Chute is recalling four frozen-pizza products that might be contaminated with plastic fragments. More>>

NEW: Another HIV vaccine fails as govt halts US study

Bad news in the fight against the AIDS virus: The government is halting a large U.S. study of a possible HIV vaccine because the experimental shots aren't preventing infection. More>>

Proposal changing informed consent law up for vote

Doctors would not be required to give patients as much information about alternative treatments available to them under a Republican-sponsored bill up for a committee vote. The proposal is backed by many in the medical community despite concerns from some that patients won't get helpful information.
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Cinnamon challenge: warning against latest food fad

The latest food fad known as the cinnamon challenge involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water. The `prize' could end up being a hospital stay. More>>

Medical warning against latest food fad

The latest food fad known as the cinnamon challenge involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water. The `prize' could end up being a hospital stay.
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Envelope with powder leads to quarantine in Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- An official in Beloit says about 65 have been quarantined after a suspicious envelope was delivered to a health clinic there and at least 11 will be taken to a hospital. Beth Jacobson is the assistant to the city manager of Beloit. She says a man hand-delivered an envelope containing powder to the Beloit Area Community Health Center on Wednesday morning. Employees called 911 after three people who handled the envelope experienced burning and discomfort in their eyes ... More>>

Uncle: UW student with meningitis brain-dead

The uncle of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student hospitalized with bacterial meningitis says his nephew has been declared brain-dead. The university says the family of 21-year-old senior Henry Mackaman of St. Paul, Minn., has removed him from life support. Mackaman's uncle, Dan Mackaman, says his nephew was declared brain-dead Wednesday and his organs were to be harvested for donation Thursday afternoon. Henry Mackaman was an economics and English double major. The university ... More>>

NY judge makes morning-after pill available to all

A New York federal judge has ruled that the Food and Drug Administration must make emergency contraceptives available to women of all ages within 30 days. More>>

UWSP referendum on tobacco policies

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Students at UW Stevens Point recently weighed in on the school's tobacco policies. More>>

Ministry Health Care merger completed

MILWAUKEE (WAOW) - Ministry Health Care, which has hospitals and clinics in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota, said that its merger with a St. Louis-based company was completed Monday. More>>

FDA says longer use of nicotine gum is OK

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File). FILE- In this Tuesday, April 27, 2010, file photo, smokers without medical insurance receive free nicotine patches and gum at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File). FILE- In this Tuesday, April 27, 2010, file photo, smokers without medical insurance receive free nicotine patches and gum at the Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

The Food and Drug Administration says smokers who are trying to quit can safely use over-the counter nicotine gum, patches and lozenges for longer than previously recommended in a move to help millions of Americans kick the habit. More>>

Spring allergies could hit hard

This year's allergy season will probably be much worse. More>>

Report: Health costs to rise 80 percent in Wis.

A new report says insurers who sell medical policies to Wisconsin individuals will face an 80 percent increase in claims costs by 2017 thanks to the national health care law. More>>

Marshfield students raise money for baby battling cancer

Marshfield high school students are trying to help a baby battling leukemia. More>>

Healthiest counties in Wisconsin

A new report says Ozaukee County is the healthiest of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Dane County is 15th, and Milwaukee County is second-worst at No. 71, above only Menominee County. More>>

Health officials: 1 in 50 school kids have autism

A government survey of parents in the U.S. says 1 in 50 schoolchildren has autism. That surpasses another federal estimate for the disorder. More>>

Wis. lawmaker wants healthier use of food aid

A Wisconsin state lawmaker has a plan to get food stamp users to eat healthier -- whether they want to or not.
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Excessive alcohol use blamed for $6.8 billion dollars in costs for 2011

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A new report blames excessive alcohol use for $6.8 billion dollars in costs for Wisconsinites during 2011. More>>

Studies tie stress from storms, war to heart risks

New studies show the toll that stress can take on the heart. Researchers have found higher rates of cardiac problems in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, in New Orleans residents six years after Hurricane Katrina and in Greeks struggling through that country's financial turmoil. More>>

Bear hugs for pediatric cancer patients

Bear hugs for pediatric cancer patients are available through the American Cancer Society office in Wausau. More>>

Another 17 flu-related deaths confirmed in Minn.

Flu-related deaths in Minnesota continue to rise, even as the influenza season wan
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Panel questions value of calcium, vitamin D pills

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New recommendations from a government advisory group say healthy older women shouldn't bother with relatively low-dose dietary supplements. Calcium and vitamin D are crucial for healthy bones and specialists advise getting as much as possible from a good diet. The body also makes vitamin D from sunshine. If an older person has a vitamin deficiency or bone-thinning osteoporosis, doctors often prescribe higher-than-normal doses. But for otherwise healthy postmenopausal women... More>>

Event aims to educate on heart disease

February is American Heart Month. More>>

Women's Health: The 40's

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Staying fit isn't always easy. But it can help keep us healthier as we age. Andi Burns of Weston knows this so she makes exercise a regular part of her routine. Burns says, "I work out regularly and I can tell my health is in a good place because I take the time to exercise." More>>

Gov. Walker announces investment in cancer research

Gov. Scott Walker is making cancer research a priority in the state budget. More>>

New app promotes heart health

Have you ever wondered about your risk factors for heart attack or stroke? More>>

Eye implant can restore some vision in rare cases

Patients who have lost their sight due to a rare disorder may be able to regain some vision using a new implantable device that takes the place of damaged cells inside the eye.   More>>

Women's Health: The 30's

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Wendy Adams is a wife, mother of two young boys and she works full-time at the State Crime Lab in Wausau. At 33, she is a busy woman. Sometimes she has a tough time finding time for herself. "It is just go, go, go, all the time."
Adams is like many women in their 30's juggling family and a career.
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Women's Health: Your 20's

When it comes to women's health, you are never too young to start monitoring it. Eating right and exercising are crucial.  More>>

School lunch: What's in, what's out?

The Agriculture Department is proposing new nutritional rules that would apply to most all foods sold in schools. The rule would apply to "a la carte" lines in school cafeterias, vending machines, snack bars and any other food sold regularly on campus. It wouldn't apply to fundraisers, after-school concession stands, class parties or foods brought from home. Most every food sold in school would be subject to fat, calorie, sugar and sodium limits. Snack foods would have to be und... More>>

Gatorade to remove controversial ingredient

PepsiCo Inc. is removing a controversial ingredient from its Gatorade sports drink in response to customer complaints. More>>

New Wisconsin flu numbers

We have new numbers in the fight against the flu in Wisconsin.The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says there have been 5,630 confirmed cases in our state this flu season.Health officials tell us 2,049 people have been hospitalized with the illness, and 65% of them were age 65 or older. More>>

Court rejects bid to have marijuana reclassified

A federal appeals court Tuesday rejected a petition to reclassify marijuana from its current federal status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use. More>>

New numbers: Flu remains widespread in US; eases in some areas

Health officials say nine more deaths of children from the flu have been reported, bringing the total this flu season to 29. In a typical season, about 100 children die of the flu, so it is not known whether this year will be better or worse than usual.   More>>

New report: cancer death rates drop

The overall death rate from cancer has dropped 20 % from its peak in 1991, according to new statistics from the American Cancer Society.That translates to nearly 1.2 million deaths from cancer that were avoided during that time. More>>

CDC releases new numbers on flu

Health officials say flu is more widespread across the nation, but the number of hard-hit states has declined. Flu season started early this winter, and includes a strain that tends to make people sicker. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said flu was widespread in 47 states last week, up from 41 the week before. More>>

Poll: Obesity's a crisis but we want our junk food

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. More>>

Wisconsin's SeniorCare program gets waiver

Wisconsin's SeniorCare prescription drug program for senior citizens has been granted another waiver from the federal government to continue operating until at least 2015. More>>

Judge deciding if stores must post tobacco apology

A federal judge will soon decide whether your next tank of gas or bottle of soda comes with a free apology from the Marlboro man and Joe Camel. More>>

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for treatment of a lingering cough. More>>

Medical College of Wisconsin plans to locate in Wausau

A new medical school will soon call Wausau home. College leaders expect to have the school up and running by July 2015. But they say there's a lot of work to be done by then. More>>

Medicare premiums going up $5 a month for 2013

Medicare premiums are going up $5 a month in 2013, the government said Friday. It's less than expected, but still enough to eat up about one-fourth of a typical retiree's cost-of-living raise next year. More>>

Glance: Implementation of 'Obamacare' by state

An early look at the routes states are taking to implement President Barack Obama's health care law, along with the number of people in each state who don't have health insurance. More>>

UPDATE: Walker says Wisconsin won't set up health exchange

Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin will not set up a health insurance exchange under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. More>>

Congressional Democrats send Walker letter

Democrats in Wisconsin's congressional delegation are calling on Gov. Scott Walker to implement a state-run health care exchange under the federal law championed by President Barack Obama. More>>

Obama's health care overhaul turns into a sprint

Its place assured alongside Medicare and Medicaid, President Barack Obama's health care law is now in a sprint to the finish line, with just 11 months to go before millions of uninsured people can start signing up for coverage. More>>

Obama's win forces Walker's hand on health care

President Barack Obama's re-election is forcing the hand of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who had stopped all efforts to implement the federal health care reform law in the hopes that Republicans would take over in Washington. More>>

NH hospital in hepatitis C case must give records

A New Hampshire judge says a hospital tied to a hepatitis C outbreak must grant public health officials broad access to patient records. More>>

Earlier puberty seen in boys, just like in girls

When it comes to the birds and the bees, some parents may want to have that talk with their boys a little sooner than they expected. More>>

BadgerCare Plus program faces financial woes

At least three of the four organizations that manage Wisconsin's BadgerCare Plus program say they're losing money on it. More>>

Goin' Out for The Girls

Goin' Out for The Girls takes place Tuesday at Aspirus Wausau Women's Health Center. More>>

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