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Food safety a new frontier for legal pot

Posted: 06/20/2014 - The marijuana in those pot brownies isn't the only thing that can potentially make consumers sick. Regulators are now taking a closer look at how those pot-infused edibles are actually made.

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Wausau Agency Gets Grant To Train Much-Needed Psychiatrists

Updated: 06/19/2014 - One in five Americans suffers from mental health issues. But a shortage of psychiatric help across the nation is leaving some patients high and dry. There is some good news though, as one local Wausau agency just got a half million dollar grant to train much-needed psychiatrists.

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Asthma Rates Drop but Experts not Breathing Easier

Posted: 06/19/2014 - A new survey suggests asthma in the U.S. may finally be on the decline. But the results are so surprising that health officials are cautious about claiming a downturn.

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Dr. Oz Scolded at Hearing on Weight Loss Scams

Posted: 06/17/2014 - Under pressure from Congress, celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz is offering to help "drain the swamp" of unscrupulous marketers using his name to peddle so-called miracle pills to millions of Americans desperate to lose weight.

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Pro Cyclers Encourage Biking For a Healthy Lifestyle

Posted: 06/16/2014 - We all know health is important, but while going to the gym and pumping iron is fun for some, most people need a little more play to stay active. Local professional athletes are pushing to get people out and moving in a fun way.

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NORTHSTAR joins Aspirus, Effective July 1, 2014

Updated: 06/16/2014 - NORTHSTAR Health System (NHS) leaders today announced that it will join the Aspirus health system. Effective July 1, 2014, NHS will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aspirus, which is based in Wausau, Wis. Aspirus has offered to retain all current NHS staff members.

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The Psychology of Color: Is Blue Making You Fat?

Updated: 06/06/2014 - A new study by Northwestern University suggests the blue lights on our cellphones may be making us fat. Researchers found a link between blue light emitted by our phones and tablets and increased hunger levels. But it's not the color giving us those love handles.

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More Americans Surviving Cancer than Ever

Posted: 06/03/2014 - The number of cancer survivors in the U.S. will grow to almost 19 million in 2024, according to a new report from the American Cancer Society. The report says there are currently 14.5 million cancer survivors living in the country.

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People Celebrate Kicking Cancer's Butt

Updated: 06/03/2014 - Cancer is an awful, life-threatening disease, so when someone beats it, there's reason to celebrate. That's exactly what many people did Monday on National Cancer Survivor's Day.

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New Allergy Tablets offer Alternative to Shots

Posted: 06/02/2014 - For decades, seasonal allergy sufferers had two therapy options to ease the misery of hay fever. They could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or they could get allergy shots for years.

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Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau Receives $105K Grant

Updated: 05/29/2014 - The Aspirus Health Foundation in Wausau was awarded a $105,942 grant from the Central Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help provide free breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services.

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Wisconsin Again Considers Self-Insuring Workers

Posted: 05/28/2014 - Wisconsin is accepting bids in a renewed effort to self-insure more than 200,000 state employees who receive health insurance through the Department of Employee Trust Funds.

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University of Wisconsin Researchers Take on Ticks

Updated: 05/24/2014 - A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin is taking on deer ticks -- with hopes of giving people a tool to protect themselves from the bugs that can transmit Lyme disease.

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Celiac Support Group to meet Tuesday Night in Wis. Rapids

Posted: 05/20/2014 - The public is invited to attend the free monthly Celiac Support Group meeting, Tuesday, May 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Water's Edge Dining Room on the Lower Level of Riverview Medical Center, 410 Dewey Street in Wisconsin Rapids.

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