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IMAGE: This is a graphic representation of areas of a child's brain that are affected by stressors such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse. (Image provided by UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. – Chronic, toxic stress such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting impact, according to a study just completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the co-authors of the study, Sarah Romens, says early childhood stress can affect a child for the re...Read More

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PHOTO: An independent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health says there's no difference in concussion risk among high school football players using different brands of helmets. Photo credit: University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

MADISON, Wis. - A just-released study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health concludes there's no difference in concussion rates among Wisconsin high school football players using different brands and ages of football helmets. Tim McGuine, se...Read More

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PHOTO: A new study from UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health shows too little healthy food is available to many Wisconsinites, and food insecurity is a statewide problem that has led to more obesity. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin Extension Service.

MADISON, Wis. – In the land of cheese and bratwurst, a surprising 740,000 Wisconsinites are worried about going hungry. A recent study by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health shows a significant portion of the state's population is worried about not having enough to...Read More

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Photo: Blood donations fall off during the summertime, and the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross says donations are needed right now, particularly O-negative blood. (Photo Courtesy American Red Cross)

MADISON, Wis. - Blood donations fall off in the summertime, but a Red Cross official says the need for blood does not. "People become busy with vacations and summer activities," said Ben Corey, external communications manager for the Badger Chapter of the American Red Cross. "Also, we do host blood...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Wisconsin Budget Project says state legislators are shortchanging the public and hampering the state's growth by giving tax cuts to the wealthy and stripping investments to education and health care. Photo courtesy Wis. Budget Project.

MADISON, Wis. – The future of economic progress in Wisconsin is being questioned in a new report from the Wisconsin Budget Project, which shows state lawmakers may be hindering the tradition of investing in education and other assets that contribute to business growth and development. Resear...Read More

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PHOTO: Three-quarters of the sand used in fracking operations worldwide comes from western Wisconsin. A UW-Madison researcher says there are far too many unknowns about the environmental impacts of fracking, and that more studies should be done. Photo courtesy of The Sierra Club.

MADISON, Wis. - It may be a little too much of a gamble. The biological impacts of hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" to release pockets of natural gas and petroleum from shale formations underground are still largely unknown, according to University of Wisconsin conservation fellow Sara Souther. I...Read More

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PHOTO: Wisconsin farmers have until Sept. 12 to renew their contracts with the Conservation Stewardship Program, to get help in improving soil, water, air and habitat quality on their land. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture.

CADOTT, Wis. – Wisconsin farmers have two months to decide whether to renew their federal agreements to be good stewards of their land. George Polzin is a fifth-generation dairy farmer with 600 acres and 90 head of milk cows near Cadott in Chippewa County. Polzin participates in the Conser...Read More

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PHOTO: Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PED, has killed millions of baby pigs in 30 states, but the Wisconsin State Veterinarian says PED has hit other pork-producing states much harder than Wisconsin. (Photo courtesy of Univ. of Illinois)

MADISON, Wis. - Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been hitting pork producers all across the nation for a little more than a year. Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw is on the federal committee which has developed a vaccine for PED, which he called a devastating virus. "It will kill nea...Read More

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