Health

Complaints about living in the Midwest often hinge on its seasonal extremes as a top reason to steer clear of the region, and a July 2019 study highlights the health risks posed by dangerously high summer heat in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
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State Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchburg, is asking for a change to Wisconsin Assembly rules to allow him to call in to committee hearings, which he says is a necessary accommodation for his disability. He said about working for his constituents: "They elected me, wheelchair and all."
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Wisconsin politicians have sparred over how to provide mental health resources to the state's farmers. UW-Extension agriculture and health safety specialist John Shutske discusses the groundwork necessary to help farmers struggling with mental health issues.
For many school children, the summer months mean a lack of adequate food, including a well-balanced school lunch on a daily basis.
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With brutal heat affecting Wisconsin, National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan office meteorologist Tim Halbach discusses the risks associated with heatwaves.
Nurse-midwife Karli-Rae Kerrschneider wanted the same supportive birth experience she promises her own patients — and that included the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to dull her discomfort.
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Milwaukee County is looking into ways to change juvenile incarceration, proposing a $42 million renovation to its existing facility. County supervisor Marcelia Nicholson talks about how the county wants to improve conditions for its juvenile inmates.
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Every year, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps issues data about how a myriad of factors contribute to health. UW Population Health Institute director Sheri Johnson discusses how the 2019 rankings emphasize housing to explain the interconnectedness of inequality and health.
Wisconsin fares well among other states in child wellness overall, but when the data is broken down by race, stark disparities emerge. Erica Nelson of Kids Forward discusses what the state can do to bridge the racial divide.
The book We've Been Here All Along: Wisconsin's Early Gay History chronicles the history of LGBTQ Wisconsinites prior to the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York. Author R. Richard Wagner discusses how many people lived their lives amid pervasive homophobia.