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Death and Dying
3:40 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

Palliative Care a Holistic Complement for Terminal Patients

How does palliative care fit into broader medical treatments for patients with life-threatening and terminal diseases?
Credit Photo by Mrs. Logic, via Flickr

We continue our series on death and dying in the 21st century by turning our attention today to the growing field of palliative care. This kind of medicine actively cares for people with life-threatening and terminal diseases, working to effectively transition between treatments focused on a cure to managing symptoms in order to maximize quality of life and respect patient wishes.

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Death and Dying
3:52 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

'Camp Lloyd' Helps Grieving Kids Process Loss

Camp Lloyd's big buddies and little buddies on a trip to Bay Beach amusement park.
Credit Photo courtesy of Camp Lloyd

As we've explored so far in our death and dying in the 21st century series, adults, frankly, don't like to talk about dying. So it comes as no surprise then that most adults avoid the topic of death with children - perhaps even going so far as to think kids don't know what death is.

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Mining
11:26 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Leaders Balance Demands as Proposed Frac Sand Mines Queue Up

Trempealeau County is just one sand-rich place where mining drives deep divisions.

Stop in at a town or county meeting in western Wisconsin, and frac sand mining is likely to top the agenda - namely, balancing the demands of a mining operation with concerns of residents.

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Mining
7:36 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

What Makes a Frac Sand Mine Tick

Bluff gives way to frac sand mining.

We continue our exploration of frac sand mining that is sweeping western Wisconsin landscapes.

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Death and Dying
3:59 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

The High Cost of Dying in the 21st Century

Credit By Boris Rasin, via Flickr

It’s no secret that health care in this country costs a lot. That’s especially true at the end of life. A new study indicates a quarter of Medicare recipients exhaust their entire savings and more on out-of-pocket health care expenses during the last five years of their lives.

This goes along with previous numbers that have shown that the last few years of life are the most expensive, medically speaking.

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Civil War
1:29 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Remembering the Initial Emancipation Proclamation

"The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet," painted by F.B. Carpenter and engraved by A.H. Ritchie
Credit Courtesy of LOC

"That...all persons held as slaves within any State or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free..." We know those words: they're from the opening lines of the Emancipation Proclamation, which upon being issued by President Abraham Lincoln, went into effect January 1, 1863.

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Mining
7:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Town Gingerly Steps into Silica Sand Mining

Jill Koenitzer and her dad Oscar Skoug on the family dairy farm in Sioux Creek.

Towns and counties in western Wisconsin are scrambling to keep up with the demand for its silica sand. Some residents celebrate the jobs and commerce the mines bring; others worry about their environment and rural quality of life.

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Death and Dying
4:04 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Thanatology - the Study of Death - a Young, But Growing Field of Research

How does the internet change how we experience and cope with death and grief?

This week on Lake Effect, producer Stephanie Lecci has been exploring issues surrounding death and dying. While death is as old as time itself, the study of it is considerably younger. The relatively new and growing field of thanatology - that is, the study of death, from the Greek word "thanatos" - extends beyond just the medical aspects to dying. Rather, it crosses boundaries through interdisciplinary fields. And as technologies in medicine and society advance, so does the research.

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Wolves
7:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DNR Denied Permission to Include Dogs in Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

Wolves perform ritual displays during mating season in February.
Credit P McConnell

One remaining point of contention in Wisconsin's wolf hunt is the law's allowance for dogs to be used to trail or track wolves. The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday denied the DNR permission to draft emergency rules so dogs could be used this first year.

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Death and Dying
4:09 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

New Technology Means Staving Off Death, More End-of-Life Questions

Medical technology, like feeding tubes, allow us to live longer than we otherwise would, but do they make end-of-life care decisions more complicated?
Credit Photo courtesy of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services

This week, Lake Effect producer Stephanie Lecci is exploring issues surrounding death and dying in the 21st century. Indeed, the questions surrounding end-of-life care today are much different from the way they were in the past. Technology is allowing us to live longer with more disease, and to sustain life even when we are no longer able to communicate our wishes.

As we heard yesterday, that can put a lot of stress on caregivers making proxy decisions. But how did we get here? And what do we have to consider when we try to lay out our wishes ahead of time?

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