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Free massage workshop to teach self-care

Free massage workshop to teach self-care

College students to host session at Middleton Library Dec. 6

A free workshop on self-massage techniques will take place Dec. 6 at the Middleton Public Library on Hubbard Avenue.

The class, hosted by students from career college Globe University-Madison West, will take place from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

"Self-Care Through Massage” class participants will learn different ways to practice massage techniques by using simple household items such as tube socks and tennis balls. They will also learn easy ways to de-stress and relieve muscle tension.

The class is free and open to the public.

Contact community manager at Globe University-Madison West Jennifer Hilgendorf for more information.

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

The Restoring Hope Transplant House opened Wednesday after years of work.

The house in Middleton offers organ and bone marrow recipients a place to stay while they focus on their recovery.

The house, located on Terrace Avenue, will serve as a home away from home for families getting transplants at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Patients will find guest rooms, living spaces and experienced staff. It costs $35 dollars to stay at Restoring Hope per night, unlike hotels, which can cost more than $100.

"We are full of gratitude for those that have actually helped us get there,"Cindy Herbst, executive director of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, said. "As a nonprofit, you never do it alone. You need those people in the community, those donors and those friends that come together and say, 'We understand.'"

St. Clare Hospital offers 25 coupons for discounted mammography services

St. Clare Hospital offers 25 coupons for discounted mammography services

 BARABOO, WI  (September 28, 2012) 

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, St. Clare Hospital is offering 25 coupons as part of a reduced –cost mammography screening program for low-income women older than age 35.  Women may purchase a single coupon, valid anytime throughout the following 12 months, for just $75 which includes the mammogram and reading.  With just 25 coupons available, they are intended for those who do not have health insurance, who may have high deductibles for mammography or whose insurance does not cover the service. 

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.  

Elaine Graber Memorial Ride for Hope event set for Saturday

Elaine Graber Memorial Ride for Hope event set for Saturday

The Elaine Graber Memorial Ride for Hope will be held on Saturday, May 19. Registration will be starting at 9 a.m. at the Paoli Pub.

The motorcycle ride/poker run to benefit the Restoring Hope Transplant House of Middleton.  

Live band afterwards featuring Johnny Rocker & the High Rollers and Four Below starting at 6 p.m.

For more details, go to the Facebook page for Elaine Graber Memorial Ride.

Whooping cough on the rise in Dane County

Whooping cough on the rise in Dane County

Over the past several months, whooping cough, or pertussis, has been on the rise in Dane County, according to Public Health Department officials.

Since March 1, more than 90 cases have been reported in Dane County and more cases are expected, officials said.

Most of the reported cases are school aged children -- and within the age group, the hardest hit is 10 to 14 year old people, officials said. More than 160 total cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. 

While cases of pertussis have been found in quite a few areas of the county, clusters of cases have been reported in Sun Prairie, Monona and Cottage Grove. 

Other counties in Wisconsin have also seen an increase in pertussis. 

City, county leaders announce steps to reduce heroin overdoses

City, county leaders announce steps to reduce heroin overdoses

City of Madison and Dane County leaders on Monday announced the latest steps under way to tackle the root of heroin usage.

Law enforcement officials are honing in on prescription drugs as the gateway to heroin.

Officials said they hope an expansion of Safe Communities MedDrop locations can help curb the problem with opiates.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday they are more than doubling the number of Safe Communities MedDrop locations, from four locations to 10, where residents can get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted medicine.

The new boxes will be at police departments in Cambridge, Deerfield, Madison West District, Mazomanie, McFarland and Waunakee. The four current locations include police stations in Fitchburg, Madison East District, Middleton and Sun Prairie.