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Questions surface about mumps vaccine amidst NHL outbreak

Players on 5 NHL teams diagnosed with disease

While the National Hockey League works to curb an outbreak of mumps, there are questions about whether the vaccine for the disease loses its effectiveness over time. To date, more than a dozen NHL players on five teams have been diagnosed with the mumps.

At-home colon cancer screening test available at Meriter

New test sold by Madison company approved by FDA in mid-August

Meriter-UnityPoint Health officials announced they will be offering Cologuard, the only FDA noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer, according to a release.

Dane County leaders develop Ebola response plan

Medical professionals ask patients if they have visited West Africa

While Dane County Emergency Management leaders emphasize there is an extremely small chance Ebola will hit the area, they are developing a written plan for anyone who could be a first point of contact with anyone who has the virus.

Walker asks federal government for travel ban

Gov. calls for commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola

As concern over the possibility of an Ebola outbreak grows, Gov. Scott Walker called on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola.

Cryptosporidium prompts pool closing

Person falls ill

A case of cryptosporidium prompted the closing of a pool in Oregon late last week, according the Public Health Madison and Dane County.

FDA approves local company's DNA-based colon cancer test

Exact Sciences has received Medicare approval, is working with other carriers

Madison-based Exact Sciences' new colon cancer test could be a game changer when it comes to detecting and preventing the nation's second-most-deadly cancer.

Road construction crews feel the heat of summer

Temperatures in 90s big change from when construction started in February

The heat of a summer sun offers little escape for the people who are working on the miles of roadway currently under construction in Wisconsin.

Smoking PSA features Wis. mom

Eau Claire mom is one of several former smokers in new CDC ads

A powerful public service announcement about the dangers of smoking while pregnant is hitting the airwaves, and a Wisconsin mom is featured.

3 area hospitals recognized for patient care, clinical excellence

St. Clare, St. Mary's, St. Mary's Janesville recognized by health care improvement company

Three Madison-area hospitals were named among the best in the nation at providing consistent, outstanding patient care while maintaining a high standard of clinical excellence, according to a release from SSM Health Care.