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Women's Health panel discusses impact of obesity

The Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation will host their interactive sixth annual dialogue, "Obesity in Women: The Generational Impact."

The event will take place on Sept. 12 at the Madison Concourse Hotel located at 1 West Dayton St.

A panel will discuss issues regarding obesity prevention and treatment, said a press release.  Looking forward, the panel will discuss action needed to improve healthcare in Wisconsin.  They will also talk about the economic impact of obesity in the work place.

Monona Terrace hosts free T'ai Chi

Monona Terrace hosts free T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi classes will be offered at Monona Terrace beginning in September.

Monona Terrace and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin will offer the course, which is said to enhance energy and sharpen focus according to a press release.  T'ai Chi includes gentle martial art movements and relaxation.

This free course will be offered on the Monona rooftop.  The 45-minute sessions begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 12 p.m.  Instruction will be provided by Terri Pellitteri.  The rain date is Thursday, Sept. 6.

The first 100 people who attend the event will receive a free smoothie in a take home tumbler, courtest of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.

Future courses will take place at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. on the Monona Terrace rooftop.  The courses will end on September 27.

In the case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

AARP bus tour stops in Madison

A national AARP tour will stop in Madison on Saturday.

The "You've Earned a Say" bus tour is adding its voice to the debate about Medicare and Social Security, a press release said.  Madison is among the first stops on the tour, which will also stop at national conventions for both parties, candidate debates, and state fairs nationwide.

The two 28-foot trailers are equipped with six iPads which offer activities, online questionnaires, a quiz, and online Social Security and Medicare tools.  The tour bus will also include a photo booth to record short videos.

Officials see increase in whooping cough cases


Whooping cough cases are increasing in Wisconsin, and health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.

Since the start of the year, state health officials have investigated nearly 3,500 cases. That's about 11 cases for every 100,000 people.

People who don't have school-aged children may not be thinking about immunizations, but doctors said they should be.

"Everybody sees it as I saw it before I had it as an adult -- that it's a childhood disease and it doesn't happen to adults," said Maxine Dwyer, a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who has had two bouts with whooping cough. 

"This is the (cough) that sounds like it's coming from your toes. It's deep and it goes on and on and on to the point you feel like you may not be able to catch your next breath," Dwyer said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the highest instances are in Dane County.  

Cooling centers to be open for heat relief Monday night

The city of Madison is opening some cooling centers for Monday night to help people struggling with the heat.

Mayor Paul Soglin announced that beginning at 9 p.m. Monday, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center (main level ballroom) and Warner Park Recreation Center will remain open overnight to those in need of relief from the high temperatures.

The Red Cross is providing staff, water and cots. People should bring any necessary medication and medical equipment. Pets will not be allowed.

These facilities are only scheduled to be open tonight, Monday.

On Tuesday, the city of Madison will review weather conditions and make decisions as to which buildings to use if necessary for the rest of the week.

2 UW researchers win Shaw Scientist Awards

2 UW researchers win Shaw Scientist Awards

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison professors will receive 2012 Shaw Scientist Awards, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation announced on Wednesday.

Chosen by a panel of prominent scientists from around the country, $200,000 Shaw prizes will be awarded to Andrew Mehle, assistant professor of medical microbiology and immunology, and David Pagliarini, assistant professor of biochemistry.

Mehle studies the way influenza viruses interact with human cells -- especially why avian influenza viruses do not normally replicate or spread efficiently in humans. His research into ways the virus may more successfully spread could open the door to new antiviral therapies and better prediction and prevention in the event of influenza outbreaks.

Radiothon raises half million for sick kids

Radiothon raises half million for sick kids

Listeners of Tracy and Mike in the Morning on 96.3 Star Country radio in Madison pledged $528,507 for American Family Children’s Hospital in the eighth annual Champions for Kids Radiothon. 

Officials said that eclipses last year’s Radiothon which raised $506,238.

The three-day, 39-hour radio broadcast hosted by Tracy Dixon and Mike Heller of Clear Channel Radio station 96.3 Star Country ended Friday night with the announcement of the grand total. 

Former and current patients, some of the most seriously ill children, and their families told their personal stories during the Radiothon.

For more information on American Family Children’s Hospital, go to www.uwhealthkids.org.