Health Care

Health & Science
4:03 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Mentorship to Help Breast Cancer Patients (and Families)

Mark Young is the president of the organization After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, Inc.
Credit ABCD

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews After Breast Cancer Diagnosis' Mark Young.

Much of the public effort surrounding breast cancer involves raising money for research and awareness. But for people who are diagnosed with the disease – and their families – the needs are often much more personal.

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Health & Science
11:43 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Trick Knee: How Metal Joint Implants Are Messing Up MRIs

A regular MRI image versus the MAVRIC SL image of a knee
Credit Hospital for Special Surgery, New York/GE Healthcare

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews GE Healthcare physicist Kevin Koch.

Metal joint implants are wreaking havoc on the MRI images doctors use to determine treatment, but a new process improves picture quality.

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Foster Care
7:58 am
Tue October 23, 2012

New Health Care Model for Kids Seeks to Better Identify Abuse, Neglect

Dr. Lisa Zetley (left) treats many children in the foster care system in Milwaukee County.
Credit Erin Toner

We now continue our series on Wisconsin’s efforts to improve the health of children in foster care. Child welfare officials admit the existing system is not meeting many kids’ needs. As we reported Tuesday, the children’s health records are often incomplete and scattered among the many caregivers and doctors who’ve passed through the kids’ lives. To address the problem, the state plans to roll out a “medical home” program that would centralize each child’s care. Today, WUWM’s Erin Toner highlights another state initiative – a sharper focus on helping children heal from trauma and abuse.

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Foster Care
7:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

State Aims to Fix 'Fragmented' Health Care System for Kids

The state, which runs the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, aims to improve health care for thousands of foster children in southeast Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

The state of Wisconsin says it will soon roll out a new health care system for children in foster care. They often have far more serious medical and mental health needs than peers, yet people involved with the children say, too often, their needs are not met. In the first of a two-part series, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on a big shortcoming of the current health care system for foster children – their medical records are scattered and incomplete. What the state plans to do to address the problem, is create for each child, a “medical home.”

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Health & Science
4:57 pm
Wed August 1, 2012

High Deductible Plans Benefit Some, Headache for Others

High Deductible Health Care Plans are growing in popularity.

One of the biggest financial burdens individuals and businesses face is the rising cost of health care. In order to ease that weight, some people and employers have been turning to High Deductible Health Care Plans. They keep monthly premiums low by requiring patients to spend a significant amount of money before their insurance kicks-in. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, those high deductible plans can pay off, but are a gamble.

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