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Walk to End Alzheimer’s gears up for September walk Video included

MADISON (WKOW) – Event organizers are starting to prepare for the 2014 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. The two mile walk starts at 10am Sunday, September 21 at Monona Terrace. The Kick-Off Party and walk will take place September 21 at the Monona Terrace. Registration begins at 8:30am and the walk starts at 10:00am. All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care,... More>> Top Headlines

Local woman on ABC's "Extreme Weight Loss" Video included

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin woman was featured on the ABC show "Extreme Weight Loss" Tuesday night.Cassie Kramer was physically fit growing up, but that all changed when she became pregnant at 20.Last year, Cassie hit her breaking point and wrote a letter to trainer Chris Powell asking for help.She says being on national television was never her intentions.“Going through this process saved my marriage, it saved everything. I didn’t want to be alive a year ago,” said Cassie.She says her de... More>>

UPDATE: Uptick in hand, foot & mouth disease cases in Madison Video included

Doctors say they're seeing an unusual increase in cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among children in the Madison area. More>>

USDA proposes new ground beef regulations Video included

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) --The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposes new regulations to require stores to better trace ground beef. More>>

New report details "Burden of Suicide in Wisconsin"

MADISON (WKOW) --Wisconsin health officials say a new report will help guide state suicide prevention programs. More>>

CDC finds more girls getting cervical cancer vaccine

Local doctors say national statistics underline the importance of continued education for parents about getting teenagers vaccinated against HPV. More>>

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>>

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.

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>>

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.

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>>

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