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A Milwaukee researcher says new testing for an often fatal blood infection can diagnose the issue and find the right treatment days faster than the previous method.

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In the years before I went to medical school, I worked as a nurse’s aide. Early one morning, one of the surgeons dropped by the Emergency Room in a particularly good mood. The ER doctor asked him why he was so happy.

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Does it matter whether your doctor seems to really care about your well-being? In fact, yes, it does.

Wisconsin lawmakers will convene in a special session Monday to consider putting state Medicaid reform on a three-month delay.

Gov. Walker will call legislators into special session Dec. 2, to give people losing BadgerCare three more months to enroll in the federal exchange.

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Gov. Walker is asking the Legislature for three more months. He wants to extend the state’s timeline for moving people off BadgerCare and into the federal government’s new private marketplace.

Gov. Walker's initial plan was to withdraw coverage from adults earning more than the poverty level and to refer them to the new federal exchange to buy private coverage.

Problems with the federally run website, healthcare.gov, have dragged down enrollment in the exchanges, including here in Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin plans to drop 77,000 people from BadgerCare on Dec. 31, but problems plague the new federal exchange, where they're supposed to go for health insurance.

Paper applications are headed to the people Wisconsin is dropping from BadgerCare, to help them sign up for the new federal exchange.

On this Veteran’s Day, we’re going to focus on the VA's efforts to improve health care for women.

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If you’ve seen a Milwaukee County bus lately, you may have noticed a new digital message on the front. It alternates with the one telling you where the bus is headed.

Essay: We Must Address Prescription Painkiller Addiction

Oct 30, 2013
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Lake Effect essayist Nilesh Patel looks at the death of a well-known hockey player two years ago as evidence that change is needed inside and outside of sports:

I wish I had known about Derek Boogaard before he died.

The 28-year old Canadian was a fan favorite in the National Hockey League when he lost his battle to addictive prescription painkillers two years ago.

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The Obama Administration is taking heat for early glitches in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, largely as a result of problems with the website, healthcare.gov.

President Obama has promised a “tech surge” to fix the problems with the online healthcare exchange. Time to enroll in the exchange is shrinking for thousands of Wisconsin adults who will lose their Medicaid coverage in January. Gov. Walker rejected federal money to expand Medicaid here, so in 2014, the state program will drop all adults living above the poverty level. Instead, his administration will refer them to the exchange. Claire Smith is a spokesperson for the state Department of Health Services.

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