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UW Surgeon Restores Man's Ability To Speak

A cutting-edge surgical procedure at the University of Wisconsin Hospital has brought back the voice of a Monona man who lost his ability to speak.

"The original surgery was nine years ago this month," said Bill Seitz, a Monona man who battled vocal cord cancer for years.

Nine years ago, parts of his vocal cords were removed because of the cancer. As the years went on, he slowly lost his ability to speak.

"After the surgery, my voice wasn't the same as it was before the surgery," Seitz said. "I was basically down to a whisper, which makes it real difficult to communicate, particularly in sales."

Seitz sells cars at a dealership in Stoughton, which is why he imagined trouble for his career when his voice started going away.

A person's vocal cords are made up of a flexible tissue and work much like a piano string. Vibration causes sound. In Seitz's case, because part of his vocal cords had to be removed, his sound nearly disappeared.

Meditation Class To Return To Monona Terrace

Meditation Class To Return To Monona Terrace

With an overwhelming response of more than 70 people per class last session, the Monona Terrace has announced the return of Meditation at Monona Terrace.

The free sessions will take place at Monona Terrace from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 13 through Apr. 9, but not on March 19.

The sessions are held in the Community Terrace located on level 2. 

Mindfulness meditation can reconnect you with a sense of calm and inner peace, organizers said.  It is simple, inexpensive and doesn't require any special equipment. They said mindfulness can be brought to any of your daily activities, while out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor's office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting. 

The session are led by Lisa Rambaldo, a mind-body practitioner and licensed psychologist with Dean Clinic.

Kosama Fitness To Launch In Februrary

Kosama Fitness To Launch In Februrary

How’s that fitness resolution going?

If self-motivation and standard gym equipment are putting a damper on your plan to get in shape for this year, perhaps you should consider giving Kosama fitness a try. The new fitness center opening at High Point Center Shopping Mall on 7475 Mineral Point Road focuses on group fitness, a strategy that Kosama’s co-owners say provides both accountability and reliability.

“We literally have a version of every exercise for every type of person,” said co-owner Ryan Amundson. “Anybody can walk in and have a good workout without getting hurt and feeling like their having fun, too.”

Hundreds Come Out For 'Lily's Luau'

Hundreds came out Saturday night in support of finding a cure for epilepsy.

The fundraising event Lily’s Luau was held this weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Memorial Union.

Organizers said efforts to fight the disease are underfunded while the need remains great, with one in 26 people at risk to experience a seizure or develop epilepsy.

"We have about 500 people joining us tonight for our fourth annual Lily's Luau,” said organizer Dave Giroux. "All of the money raised tonight will support research right here at the UW-Madison."

The event was hosted by WISC-TV's Sarah Carlson and Charlotte Deleste.

For more information, go to the Lily's Fund



Whooping Cough Cases Raise Concern In, Around Dane County

Officials with Public Health Madison & Dane County have issued an advisory on Thursday to health care providers in Dane County regarding measures to minimize the spread of whooping cough.

The advisory urges clinicians to consider testing any patient with the symptoms and begin treatment immediately. Of particular importance is the recommendation that anyone with the symptoms should isolate themselves until they’ve completed five days of treatment.

Officials said there were seven cases of whooping cough reported in the county in November and 12 new cases reported since the beginning of December.

All of these newly reported cases are involving patients age 14 and under. Higher numbers are being reported in nearby communities, officials said. Though these numbers are only a little higher than what is expected at this time of year, it is of concern, since whooping cough is very contagious and can be life-threatening to infants, PHMDC officials said.

Center Supports Seniors Despite Funding Hurdles

Center Supports Seniors Despite Funding Hurdles

On Monday evenings, Jack and Ruth Ann Loew drive about one mile to 602 Sawyer Terrace for dinner. They sit together, conversing with other couples over a tasty meal, served to them in courses. Their dining destination is the West Madison Senior Center and tonight, chicken, beets, rolls and ambrosia are on the menu.

In 2010, the United States Census bureau found that nearly 22 percent of Dane County citizens are currently over 55 years old. The Loews are two of them. Jack served as an aircraft mechanic in World War II and married Ruth Ann in 1948. The newlyweds moved from Milwaukee to Madison, where Jack began working at the University of Wisconsin as a refrigeration repairman. After 36 years, he retired.

The Loews are just one example of the diverse senior population that utilizes the West Madison Senior Coalition's services.

UW Sends Two To Elite Epidemic-Investigation Training

UW Sends Two To Elite Epidemic-Investigation Training

Two people trained at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine have been chosen for a highly competitive federal program that hones the skills needed to investigate epidemics. The two-year exhaustive training program in epidemiology will take place in the elite Epidemic Investigation Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stephanie Salyer, who graduated from UW-Madison's dual Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Master of Public Health degree program last spring, and Ryan Wallace, a fourth-year veterinary student who will graduate from with a DVM degree in May, are representatives of an emerging collaboration between veterinary medicine and public health, said Christopher Olsen, professor of public health and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Veterinary Medicine.