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David Michael Miller

Fatal opioid overdoses are on the rise in Dane County. It’s time to legalize cannabis and opioid use and treat drug abuse as the public health problem it is. more

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James Heimer

For decades, Dane County has been a model for services for the elderly and those with disabilities. Now the state is forcing the county to join Family Care. Many who have relied on the old system feel betrayed — and worry about what’s to come. more

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After Dan Levitis and his wife had two devastating miscarriages, he wondered how human reproduction, a process with such a high error rate, has persisted. He also wondered whether the high percentage of failures was limited to humans. more

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Allison Geyer

Activists occupied U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s office for more than eight hours on July 6 as part of a nationwide protest of the GOP health care bill. more

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Democrats have introduced a bill that would allow all Wisconsin residents the chance to purchase BadgerCare. This pragmatic, realistic proposal shows that the minority party is ready to govern again. more

Madland

The Republican-controlled Legislature shows little interest in allowing medical marijuana. But that hasn’t stopped advocates from pushing for reform. more

NEWS

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David Michael Miller

The governor’s budget gives school districts a $200-per-student boost in funding, but there’s a catch. To get the money, district employees must pay 12 percent of their health insurance premiums. more

Opinion

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David Michael Miller

As if the health care system weren’t confusing enough as is, the uncertainty about what will happen to Obamacare is enough to drive anyone mad. Despite daily changes on efforts to repeal and replace the plan, we try to give some perspective. more

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Quincy Bioscience has made a fortune on its brain enhancement supplement, Prevagen. Now, the FDA and New York State claim it’s defrauded customers of millions by making bogus claims. Will the company survive the lawsuit? more

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David Michael Miller

For progressives, the real challenge is to push back against a vision of society that says kids should only get as much health care, education and opportunity as their parents can afford. more

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Medical providers who receive federal funds are required to provide non-English-speaking patients with translation services. But not everyone follows the law, and enforcement is lax. more

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Bryce Richter/UW-Madison

Katie Brenner knew there had to be an easier way to monitor her fertility cycle in order to get pregnant. So she helped invent one, with a new app that has potential not just in aiding reproduction, but in monitoring women’s health. more

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Steven Potter

Heroin mixed with fentanyl--a potent synthetic narcotic--is becoming “the new normal” around the country, officials believe. Locally, that’s coincided with a spike in overdoses. And authorities fear the worst is yet to come. more

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Laura Gharrity

The Madison Symphony Orchestra’s HeartStrings program recently received a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to continue its mission of bringing a professional string quartet into health care facilities. more

MUSIC

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Lauren Justice

Thousands of aging and disabled people in Wisconsin depend on personal care workers. But workforce shortages and legislative changes to the state’s long-term care plan threaten their support system. more

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Steven Potter

A group of volunteer doctors, nurses and others has started offering free foot care for the county’s most transient population — the homeless more

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The Ebola Survivor Corps presents a workable model for compassionate aid in times of crisis. Scientists from the UW-Madison are playing a key role. more

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David Michael Miller

​Electronic records have completely changed the way nurses do their jobs. But some need reminders to nurse the patient, not the computer. more

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The PATCH program trains teen educators to teach area health care providers how to provide nonjudgmental, effective communication to adolescent patients. more

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Todd Hubler

Doctors often don’t have a good picture of which of their patients are healthy or sick. A Madison company is trying to give them to tools to figure that out. more

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