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Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

St. Mary’s Hospital to hold emergency preparedness drill

 Staff at St. Mary’s Hospital on Park Street will be participating in an emergency evacuation drill Friday.

The drill, being held from 9-11:30 a.m., will focus on hospital evacuation procedures in the event of a power outage or other major emergency, according to a release. Staff members will practice patient evacuation procedures with volunteers acting as patients.

Area EMS and fire department crews will also be participating in the drill, organizers said.

“We’re always looking at ways to practice so that we’re prepared for the real thing,” said Jonathan Lewis, St. Mary’s vice president of operations. “This gives us an opportunity to see how our process works and where we can improve.”

Hundreds receive free medical care in Madison

Hundreds receive free medical care in Madison

It's a clinic like no other, and it was hosted in Madison Saturday. The free health care clinic provided hundreds of uninsured residents with medication and other necessary medical care that they might not normally be able to get.

"It's very scary that you have health issues, but don't have the money or resources to get the help that you need," patient Silvana Mercedes said.

Mercedes has been living without health insurance for seven years. As a diabetic she said the free clinic stirred up unexpected emotions.

"I cried. I gave the doctors hugs because it was that much of a relief for me, knowing that I'm going to be able to have a supply of medication," she said.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

New therapy center offers tours

New therapy center offers tours

An open house at a new physical therapy clinic will offer a look at the facility and a chance to win prizes. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health said it will host the open house at its new Therapy Central clinic, 1414 S. Park St., on Wednesday.

The open house from 4-6 p.m. will give the community a chance to tour the new location, meet therapy staff, enjoy refreshments and enter to win fitness prizes.

The new building at 1414 S. Park St. combines a variety of therapies and services that were previously located within Meriter Hospital and at the 1 S. Park facility, Meriter officials said. 

Meriter-UnityPoint Health also offers therapy services at Meriter Hospital and clinics in Madison, DeForest-Windsor, Monona and Middleton.

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

Fortunately, though, the rest of the summer might not be so bad. A Madison entomologist said early indications suggest this season may end up being no worse than usual, and that standard precautions might be enough to keep the pesky critters away.

Some hardware stores up north have been having trouble keeping bug repellent on the shelves, and some residents said they can't remember a summer with such abundant swarms.

PJ Liesch, who studies insects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in northern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. That Friday and Saturday were pleasantly mosquito-free, but hordes of the blood-sucking pests appeared as if out of nowhere that Sunday, he said.

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.