Health Care

UW Health nurses vote for 3-day walkout in September to gain union rights

BY: - August 26, 2022

A Wednesday night vote by hundreds of nurses working for UW Health to strike if the hospital system’s management does not recognize their union followed months of conversations, meetings and strategizing among more than 2,000 nurses employed by the largest health care provider in Madison. Nurses involved in the campaign say that the decision to […]

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Abortion access is on the ballot in November in these states

BY: - August 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Voters in at least three states will determine at the polls in November what abortion access looks like for their neighbors, colleagues, friends and family — becoming some of the first Americans to deliver their own verdicts on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Residents of California, Kentucky and […]

An electron microscope image, colorized, depicting a monkeypox virus specimen. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regnery | CDC via Wikimedia Commons)

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

BY: - August 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus.  The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Federal judge sides with Texas, blocks HHS guidance on emergency abortions

BY: - August 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal district judge has granted the Texas attorney general’s request to temporarily block guidance from the federal government that says federal law protects health care providers who perform abortions to save the life or health of pregnant patients in emergency situations.  Judge James Wesley Hendrix wrote the U.S. Department of Health and […]

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Interactive overdose map visualizes evolving public health crisis

BY: - August 23, 2022

More than homicides or car accidents, communities across Milwaukee County have endured worsening waves of drug overdose deaths. Last year 644 people died of a drug-related cause in the county, eclipsing the 544 lives lost in 2020. Over the last decade, drug overdose deaths have steadily increased with records set year after year. It’s a […]

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What monkeypox outbreak? Little planning by colleges as students resume classes

BY: - August 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — College students are heading back to campus following more than two years of a pandemic that led many schools to empty out for full semesters and later move to hybrid schedules in a struggle to curb the spread of COVID-19.  But the attempt by colleges and universities to return to something resembling normal […]

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Biden administration asks state, local officials to boost monkeypox vaccine outreach

BY: - August 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Federal public health officials said Thursday they are working with state and local health departments to boost messaging and vaccinations for those most likely to contract monkeypox, including at large-scale events. But Biden administration officials at a press briefing also struggled to explain differing statements about how the vaccines should be administered, a […]

Elaine Benz | Photo by Bill Lueders

Closing the book on my mother’s eviction: ‘A sad thing that happened’

BY: - August 18, 2022

Last week my sister, Diane, and I met with two officials from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, at their invitation, to discuss the state’s decision to dismiss two citations it had issued against a Milwaukee-area senior care facility that last fall evicted our then-97-year-old mother, Elaine Benz. It was the first time that anyone […]

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Evers decries GOP lawmakers after they block state’s opioid settlement plan

BY: - August 17, 2022

Republican leaders of the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee blocked a plan Wednesday from the state health department that would spend $31 million awarded to the state in a settlement to address the opioid crisis. The budget committee’s co-chairs didn’t explain their reason for delaying the plan, which the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) created […]

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COVID-19 levels and hospitalizations remain high where more than half of state residents live

BY: - August 17, 2022

One-third of Wisconsin counties have high community levels of COVID-19, a federal designation that carries a recommendation for universal masking indoors away from home. Those counties are home to more than half of Wisconsin residents and range from major metropolitan areas to much smaller and lesser-populated parts of the state. The Centers for Disease Control […]

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Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life.  The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

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Wisconsin works to distribute monkeypox vaccine to areas where risk is highest, health department says

BY: - August 11, 2022

Wisconsin’s public health providers are working to distribute vaccines to guard against monkeypox, the viral illness that has become the subject of a national public health emergency. The  initial focus is on people thought to be most at risk for the illness. The vaccine, which the federal government has been distributing as clusters of the […]