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Health care program recognized for work treating MS

During March, which is multiple sclerosis awareness month, an area health care program is recognized by a national group for its services related to treating the disease.

The Dean Multiple Sclerosis Program, which is housed within the Dean Neurological Institute & Spine Center, was recognized as a center for comprehensive MS care through the National MS Society's Partners in MS Care program. The recognition is part of a push for access to an array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services to address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 

The recognition honors Dean's coordinated, comprehensive MS care and a continuing partnership with the National MS Society to address the challenges of people affected by MS.

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Parenting workshop offers doctor's advice on topics from bullying to teen alcohol use

Raising healthy, happy kids is no easy task, which is why Dean Clinic is again joining forces with area educators and community leaders for Parent University.

The 2014 Parent University will take place March 15 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Rome Corners Intermediate School, at 1111 S. Perry Parkway in Oregon.

Parent University is free for families with kids of all ages. 

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

City warns residents to take precautions in bitter cold

Amid forecasts of extreme cold in the next few days, the city of Madison said residents should take precautions to stay safe and be vigilant for the well-being of others. 

News 3 Chief Meteorologist Gary Cannalte said low temperatures Thursday will fall into the teens below zero with wind chills as cold as minus 30. Wind chill advisories go into effect Thursday evening and continue through Friday morning.

Friday will be partly sunny and windy with high temperatures in the mid-teens and wind chills as cold as minus 15.

The city suggested several precautions residents should take during the extreme cold, including:

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Scope of hunger in Dane County is getting worse

Vincent Washington took his place in line outside of the Bread of Life Food Pantry. It's certainly not his first time at St. Paul's. He and his wife used to volunteer there, until the temp jobs ran out, along with the food in his kitchen.

Now unemployed, Washington said coming to the pantry once a month is about survival.

"Without it, what are you going to do? Go out there and steal and rob, and then where would you be?" Washington said.

Teriann Strassi will also have Thanksgiving dinner thanks to Bread of Life. She started coming in 2010 after her job was shipped overseas and her unemployment benefits ran out.

A mother of three, Strassi is working toward her paralegal degree. Since her husband works full time, the family doesn't qualify for food stamps or other government help when it comes to food.

"There have been plenty of tears. Plenty of days when I feel like I can't make it," Strassi said. "Tomorrow's always better."

St. Mary's receives accolade for care

St. Mary’s Hospital was named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in a study that focuses on care. It was the only hospital in the state of Wisconsin to receive the award from Truven Health Analytics.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluated performance in areas like risk-adjusted mortality, complications, process of care and 30-day readmission rates. This is the 15th year of the study.

The winning hospitals were announced in the Nov. 4 edition of "Modern Healthcare" magazine.

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health: Assistance available for Marketplace sign-up

Public Health of Madison and Dane County would like to remind residents of assistance programs that are available when signing up for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Residents can ask questions or sign up for coverage by going to the website or calling 1-800-318-2596 and talking to a Marketplace representative, according to a release. Both options lead residents through a step-by-step process, but until the website is running more smoothly, calling a Marketplace representative is the best option.

Below is the information needed to sign up: