ACROSS THE US - A new study from the Queen Mary University of London shows aspirin may reduce your chances of getting cancer in your digestive tract.
The research released this week found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer deaths by 40 percent.
The study looked at people between 50 and 65 taking the drug. They would need to take 75 to 100 milligrams of aspirin a day for at least five years to see the benefit, but health leaders say that benefit does come with risk.
"There would be a risk of bleeding. You could have bleeding internally, too, if you were taking things that cause blood-thinning," said Oneida County Public Health Nurse Dawn Klink.
A daily dose would increase the risk of digestive tract bleeding by about two percent. Klink says aspirin was originally made to help with pain, but doctors found out it works as a blood thinner.
Health leaders say the pill should be used on a case-by-case basis for patients.
"You have to weigh that for themselves, and like I said, every person is different. No two people are the same, and it depends a lot on the person's family history," Klink said.
Nurses say you should ask your doctor before starting any medication. Doctors say the best way to prevent getting cancer is to avoid or stop smoking.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
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