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Red Cross urges blood donation in face of looming shortage Video included

The American Red Cross announced Tuesday it is facing a looming blood shortage and has an urgent need for donors of all blood types.
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Wisconsin to stop enforcing birth control law

Gov. Scott Walker's administration will no longer enforce the state's contraception coverage law for employers with religious objections following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month. More>>

Scientists working on a "biological pacemaker" Video included

LOS ANGELES (WKOW) -- Researchers have come up with a new method for making a "biological pacemaker" that might one day serve as an alternative to electronic ones. More>>

Wisconsin judge clarifies abortion law

A Dane County circuit court judge has ruled that Wisconsin doctors do not have to be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed for a medical abortion. More>>

Wisconsin releases new Medicaid enrollment numbers

Newly released figures by Gov. Scott Walker's administration show that more than 60 percent of the people who lost state Medicaid coverage earlier this year did not purchase private insurance through the online marketplace. More>>

Wisconsin Mom in national ad highlighting dangers of smoking while pregnant Video included

 In the ad, Amanda Brenden says she knew the dangers of smoking while pregnant, but didn't think anything bad would happen to her or her baby.
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Voluntary guidelines released for how schools protect kids with food allergies

The federal government is issuing its first guidelines to schools on how to protect children with food allergies.

The voluntary guidelines call on schools to take such steps as restricting nuts, shellfish or other foods that can cause allergic reactions, and make sure emergency allergy medicine - like EpiPens - are available.
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Food allergies increasing dramatically

Food allergies have doubled since the late 90s and are causing alarm for both parents and physicians.  Now schools are responding to the dramatic increase. More>>

Aly Wolff Foundation to fund cancer research in McFarland native's name

Aly Wolff's friends and family have created a charitable organization in her name. More>>

Enrollment deadlines approaching for health insurance

The Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance is reminding everyone there are two Affordable Care Act (ACA) deadlines coming in the next several weeks. More>>

Red Cross seeks more donors after winter weather cancels blood drives

A steady crowd of volunteers at the Madison Red Cross Thursday was a welcome sight after several blood drives were canceled during the bitterly cold weather we had last week. More>>

State offers tips to avoid tobacco sales to minors

Wisconsin state health officials are offering tips to help retailers avoid selling tobacco products to minors. More>>

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