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Kayla Pirus, Environmental Services lead, (left) and Teresa Dreyer, Environmental Services manager, set up the new robot recently that disinfects rooms at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. Staff recently named the robot ‘Dr. Killgerm.’
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Kayla Pirus, Environmental Services lead, (left) and Teresa Dreyer, Environmental Services manager, set up the new robot recently that disinfects rooms at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette. Staff recently named the robot ‘Dr. Killgerm.’
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:00 AM
MARINETTE — Bay Area Medical Center has taken a step into the future with the addition of a germ-fighting robot that uses ultraviolet light to zap harmful bacteria from equipment and areas throughout the hospital.
  • Plan out a holiday eating

    The average American gains one to two pounds during the holiday season. That doesn’t sound like much, unless you don’t lose those pounds following the holidays and they start to add up year after year. So how do you make sure that doesn’t happen to you? The answer is pretty simple: plan ahead.


  • Start out with baby steps
    12/10/2014 Whether it’s 5, 10, 50 pounds or more, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can be a long, and often frustrating, process. 

  • 12/3/2014 MARINETTE — The National Weather Service predicts that this could be the coldest winter on record for parts of Wisconsin. That means furnaces, fireplaces, and other heating equipment will be getting a work out, and Marinette County Public Health wants to remind residents to take action to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. 

  • 12/3/2014 As we head into winter, it’s helpful to know the differences between flu and cold symptoms. A cold is a milder respiratory illness than the flu. Several hundred different viruses may cause cold symptoms. 

  • Connecting a community and creating memories

    During this holiday season what is your focus? As I get older, I feel time is flying by me, and lately I find myself searching for a glimmer of insight on how to slow time.


  • 11/26/2014 According to the 2014 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey, fewer young people are smoking than ever before. 

  • 11/19/2014 The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of  November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life — one that can lead to reducing cancer risk. This year’s Great American Smokeout will be held Thursday. 

  • Safety first when deer hunting
    11/19/2014 The attention to detail that accompanies a hunter’s strategy for bagging the big one should also apply to personal safety this hunting season. 

  • 11/12/2014 By DEE DEE THULL
    RCCP executive director
    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and the spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis is very prominent, with between 2 and 2.5 million people affected globally, yet many people are still unaware of the severity of this disease.
    This disease appears to affect more men than women with the ratio being 3:1. Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease, which means it worsens over time. The myelin sheath that surrounds nerves and conducts nerve impulses is damaged in individuals with MS. This interrupts nerve signals and can cause problems with vision, balance, and muscle communication. Fatigue is a very common part of multiple sclerosis as it affects 87 percent of those with this diagnosis. 

  • November is American Diabetes Month

    American Diabetes Month in November, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association (ADA), focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and its impact on people affected by the disease.


  • How does one stop a toddler from sucking his thumb?

    Thumb-sucking is a common and natural occurrence in children. It offers a form of instant comfort for young ones, conversely, creating angst among some parents who are fearful of the potential for future dental problems in their children.


  • 10/22/2014 By JENNI CAMPBELL
    YMCA Mission Director
    Popular culture, television, movies, magazines, peer pressure, social networking sites and advertising worry grown-ups who want to raise healthy and happy kids. But, the most powerful influence on whether or not kids embrace healthy habits comes from watching the grown-ups in their lives. 

  • 10/22/2014 KINGSFORD, Mich. — In April 2014, the five Community Mental Health agencies in the Upper Peninsula learned that across the State of Michigan, the General Fund allocation would be reduced by 54 percent. These are dollars that are used to provide services to people who do not have Medicaid, MI-Child, Healthy Michigan and those who have Medicaid deductibles. At Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare (Northpointe), that reduction was $454,953. 

  • Starting a water running program
    10/8/2014 Water running is a program that may easily combine the cardiovascular benefits of aerobic conditioning with enhanced flexibility and muscle balancing all in one high-powered, yet protective workout. This is a sports-oriented workout which is really easy to learn and provides a no-hassle enjoyable workout. Running in water requires no swimming skills. The only prerequisite is a love of the water — and you don’t have to get your hair wet. 

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