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Authorities in Arizona last week announced they’d made dozens of arrests for human trafficking crimes in the events surrounding the Super Bowl. But young women are vulnerable in every city in the country, including Milwaukee.

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There was good news and bad news in the global fight against Ebola yesterday. 

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On the surface, the news about Wisconsin and cardiac arrest seems good. If you go into cardiac arrest in the Milwaukee area, your chances for survival are greater than they are in most other parts of the country. 

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Actor Michael York is known for heralded roles in films as diverse as Cabaret, Logan’s Run, and the Austin Powers movies.  But today, the actor hopes to stand in a spotlight of a different kind.

York suffers from a condition called amyloidosis, a rare disease that occurs when an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in your organs. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can be life threatening. Unfortunately there is not yet a cure for the disease, but there are treatments available that can help manage symptoms.

The RENEWAL Project seeks to raise awareness and research dollars for the condition. It is based at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where Doctor Parameswaran Hari is a leading researcher into the disease.

York was in Milwaukee this morning to launch the RENEWAL project, and he recently joined Lake Effect's Bonnie North in the studio along with RENEWAL Project coordinator Paul McComas over the phone.

"It's primed at a time when significant things are happening all over the world. It's so rare, it's 150,000 people in the United States and Europe combined," says York. "So I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had - finally - the correct diagnosis."

The Dept. of Health and Human Services has declared 35 U. S. hospitals prepared to treat Ebola victims, including two medical centers in Milwaukee.

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It is World AIDS Day, and the devastation the disease has caused around the globe is sobering and grim. But there is cause for quite a lot of hope as education and new advancements in medicine help those infected live healthier lives.

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The story of Dennis Munson, Junior, was one of those news stories that many of us probably noticed briefly and then forgot about.  A young kickboxer from Milwaukee who died only hours after his first official match.

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Lucigen Corporation, headquartered in Middleton, reports developing a test that can detect Ebola quickly and anywhere -  no lab needed.

Froedtert Health, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and the UW Hospitals and Clinics are prepared to treat Ebola cases, if any surface in Wisconsin.

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Ebola has once again risen to the top of newscasts. But doctors and public health officials around the country say they wish a similar state of alarm would exist over the upcoming flu season.

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Dr. Geoffrey Swain says, for the most part, people here are worrying needlessly.

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More than 130 passengers who flew on a Frontier Airlines flight between Dallas and Cleveland must watch for signs of Ebola.

If you visit an emergency room in the Milwaukee area, the staff may ask you whether you’ve recently traveled to West Africa. 

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 1.1 million people in this country over age 13 are living with an HIV infection, including as many as 207,000 who are living with it but have not yet been diagnosed.

The diagnosis of AIDS today is no longer necessarily the death sentence that it was when the disease emerged on a wide scale in the 1980s, but that does not mean it is not a personal and public health challenge.

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Researchers and institutions working on the issues of concussions in sports have come to the fore with high-profile injuries at the professional and near-professional collegiate level, but they're also prevalent in everything from youth sports to recreational leagues.

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