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CDC to Launch $54 Million Anti-Smoking Ad Campaign

Updated: 03/15/2012 - The campaign, "Tips From Former Smokers" aims to encourage smokers to quit and prevent young people from picking up the habit by telling the stories of real people who've had devastating health effects caused by smoking.

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Pepsi also Changes Chemical Coloring to Avoid Cancer Warning Label

Posted: 03/09/2012 - PepsiCo Inc. announced it is changing the way it makes the caramel coloring used in its sodas, joining Coca-Cola Co. in a bid to prevent the companies' soda bottles from carrying cancer warning labels as a result of a California law.

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Study Suggests more Women choose IUD if Free

Posted: 03/09/2012 - A major birth control study of nearly 10,000 women is under way in St. Louis that provides a clue about what might happen when a policy takes effect that will make contraceptives available free of charge as preventive care.

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Wis. Professor Gets Grant to Study Concussions

Posted: 03/06/2012 - The Department of Defense is awarding a professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin a $1.9 million grant to study the best ways to diagnose and assess the recovery times for concussions.

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Colon Cancer Second Most Common Cancer in Wisconsin

Posted: 03/05/2012 - In Wisconsin colon cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer in both men and women combined. From 2003 to 2007 only about 40 percent of invasive colon cancers in Wisconsin were diagnosed at an early stage.

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Wis. Health Officials Urge Flu Shots

Posted: 03/01/2012 - MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin health officials are urging residents to get a flu shot after a rise in confirmed cases of influenza.

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Government Eyes Popular Malt Liquor Four Loko

Posted: 03/01/2012 - A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz out of a sweet alcoholic drink sometimes referred to as "blackout in a can."

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Wausau Still A Possibility For School Of Medicine

Updated: 02/29/2012 - A plan to bring a medical school to Wausau has run into a roadblock now that Aspirus Hospital has backed out on the project. But those in charge of the medical school say Wausau is still one of their first choices to build.

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Free Informative Memory Loss Program Held Thursday in Wausau

Posted: 02/23/2012 - The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Wisconsin will present a free program on memory-related conditions February 23 from 1-2 p.m. The program will be in the lower level conference room of the Aspirus Clinics building located on the south end of the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Campus.

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UPDATE: FDA Not Backing Caffeine Inhaler

Updated: 03/07/2012 - The Food and Drug Administration is not supporting the makers of the inhalable caffeine product - AeroShot. They have issued a warning letter to the makers saying they have questions about its safety and concerns about how children and adolescents may use it.

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Feds Reject Request to Exempt Health Insurers

Posted: 02/17/2012 - The federal government has rejected Wisconsin's request to phase in a requirement that health insurers spent 80 cents of every dollar in premiums on medical care. It's one of the provisions of the Obama administration's health care reform.

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School Closes Due to Whooping Cough

Posted: 02/16/2012 - With absentee rates as high as 33 percent, a northwestern Wisconsin school district decided to cancel classes Thursday and give students five days to recover from whooping cough and other illnesses.

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15-minute-old newborn gets pacemaker for heart

Posted: 02/15/2012 - Newborn baby becomes the smallest-ever recipient of a pacemaker. Operation performed by doctors at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

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Company Seeks Law Change on Asbestos Claims

Updated: 02/15/2012 - A company with three manufacturing plants in southern Minnesota wants a change in state law in order to shield itself from future asbestos claims.

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Leaders Try to Attract Psychiatrists to Wis.

Posted: 02/12/2012 - County officials in central and northern Wisconsin say they are experiencing a shortage of psychiatrists -- particularly psychiatrists who serve children.

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