Marti Mikkelson

Community leaders called for an “all hands on deck” approach Tuesday to an outbreak of HIV and syphilis in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Health Department says more than 120 people, including some high school students, have been affected. 

Nearly two dozen community leaders packed into a room at Milwaukee City Hall to offer solutions.

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we're healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn't as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don't exercise, the underlying changes can start even sooner.

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WUWM has previously reported on the issue of doctor shortages, especially in already underserved areas.  Many efforts are underway to attract new doctors to practice in these places - efforts like UW’s TRIUMPH program.

READ: UW-Madison Program Places Med Students in Milwaukee's Underserved Communities

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There are more than two decades worth of local restaurant inspection reports on the City of Milwaukee’s Health Department website. So if you want to know how your favorite eatery stacks up, you can look them up, see how they’ve done with health inspections in the past, and see the kinds of violations, if any, they’ve received. But the reports can be confusing and are full of jargon that’s generally unfamiliar to those of us who aren’t health inspectors.

Katie Watson

Professor Katie Watson is a classic polymath - a case of “How many hats can one person wear well?”  She’s a lawyer - having clerked in the federal judiciary and practiced public interest law; she’s an ethicist who has completed fellowships in clinical medical ethics and medical humanities; and… she’s also an adjunct faculty member at Chicago’s Second City theater’s comedy training center.

We live in an age of heightened awareness about concussions. From battlefields around the world to football fields in the U.S., we've heard about the dangers caused when the brain rattles around inside the skull and the possible link between concussions and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

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The University of Wisconsin Medical School’s Training in Urban Medicine and Public Health, or TRIUMPH, program was founded nine years ago in an effort to better prepare students for the realities of practicing medicine in urban communities.  While the medical school is part of the university’s Madison campus, the TRIUMPH program is based in Milwaukee and partners with a number of organizations and provi

Aja C. Holmes planned to go to work last week, but her flu symptoms — a cough, fever and severe body aches that worsened overnight — had other ideas.

"It felt like somebody took a bat and beat my body up and down," said Holmes, 39, who works as a residential life director at California State University, Sacramento. "I couldn't get out of bed."

The nation is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad flu season.

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Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the United States. But your odds of dying from the disease vary greatly based on your race and ethnicity. African-American women in the United States are more likely to have aggressive forms of breast cancer - and less likely to catch the disease in an early stage.

Alex Groth

Doctor video visits aren't new, but they are a growing form of treatment across the U.S. Aurora Health Care began treating patients via video six months ago.

Here's how it works: Patients log on to Aurora's platform and select an on-call provider. The doctor reviews a patient's health records before accepting the video call.

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You might know Jane Lynch from her work on Glee as the antagonistic gym teacher, Sue Sylvester. Or maybe you know her from one of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary films like Best in Show or A Mighty Wind. Or maybe you've seen her in The Forty-Year-Old VirginTwo and a Half Men, Arrested Development, Weeds... The list could go on and on. 

Rachel Morello

School resumes this week for most K-12 students, and back-to-school also means back to sports for some kids.

In addition to figuring out schedules and striking a balance with school work, many parents and students start to worry about the potential for injury -- especially concussions.

Up to 20 percent of student-athletes get one each year.

Back in January, we featured an interview with the leaders of an ambitious effort to improve the health of people living in Dodge County (see below).  The Blue Zones Project takes a page from the examples set by people who live in places with the longest life expectancy and looks at how those practices can be put into place.

Nicotine will now be at the center of the Food and Drug Administration's effort to regulate tobacco, the agency said, announcing that it will aim to lower the amount of nicotine in cigarettes to a level that will help curb addiction.

It would be the first time in the agency's history that it has sought to regulate the amount of nicotine in cigarettes.

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The state of Wisconsin may bump-up the reimbursement rate for personal care workers—the people who take care of some of the most fragile in society. Across the country, industry reports a shortage of personal care workers, in part, because people don’t believe the job pays well enough. In Wisconsin, some leaders hope a 2 percent bump in the reimbursement rate will lead to higher wages that attract more people.