Students at the 2024 Indigenous Health and Wellness Day event taking the pulse of a medical mannequin
May 20, 2024

Showcasing health careers for Native students

For the 20th anniversary of Indigenous Health and Wellness Day, organizers knew the keynote speaker had to be someone special. They wanted to draw as many middle and high school students as possible to UW–Madison on April 26 for this long-running recruitment event, and they were looking for a person students could relate to, with a compelling story to tell.

Woman standing at a mammography machine
Health & Wellness
April 30, 2024

New study supports recommendation to begin mammogram screening at 40

Breast cancer screening every two years beginning at age 40 has the potential to reduce the number of women who die of breast cancer while minimizing the harms, according to a large study published today.

Exterior of a Madison Public Library with a "Vote Here" sign on the sidewalk
Health & Wellness
March 21, 2024

Civic infrastructure tied to better health

New data show counties in the United States that make it easier for residents to participate in civic activities and provide ample information sources – such as broadband or public libraries – are often healthier.

A smiling group of people
Science & Technology
December 6, 2023

Researchers pursue easier, earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease in Black adults

A blood biomarker and a method of testing cognitive processes such as memory and thinking could hold promise for identifying middle-aged Black people who are at risk for later developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

A military veteran holding a happy puppy
Science & Technology
November 16, 2023

UW study links past military service to Alzheimer’s disease

The brains of deceased military veterans had higher levels of two abnormal proteins considered hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting that military veterans face a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

baby toes
Health & Wellness
August 24, 2023

UW awards funding to improve maternal, child health throughout Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has awarded four grants to help health systems and community partners in the state improve the health outcomes of mothers and their infants during the prenatal and postpartum periods.

Check out your county snapshot at
Health & Wellness
April 3, 2023

New rankings show healthiest and least healthy counties in Wisconsin

Ozaukee County ranks the healthiest in Wisconsin and Menominee is the least healthy county in the state, according to new County Health Rankings & Roadmaps data from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

Neighborhood Atlas map
Health & Wellness
March 30, 2023

Federal agency uses UW–Madison Neighborhood Atlas research to shape national health policy

A data tool developed by UW–Madison researchers showing health-relevant metrics for every neighborhood in the United States is guiding a national model to help Medicare beneficiaries from under-resourced communities access health care more effectively.

purple Alzheimer's disease ribbon
Science & Technology
December 27, 2022

Alzheimer’s, related dementias cause high economic burden among Indigenous populations

Indigenous people living in Wisconsin and throughout the nation experience significant health and financial burden from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, according to new research published by a University of Wisconsin–Madison team and collaborators.

ventricular tachycardia ECG
Science & Technology
December 16, 2022

New study finds disparities in cardiac arrhythmia treatment

A large, population-based study has found cardiac ablation for ventricular tachycardia (VT) procedures is more likely to be performed on patients who are white males from wealthier neighborhoods.

illustration of lungs
Health & Wellness
August 17, 2022

Antibody treatment reduces asthma attacks in children living in disadvantaged urban areas

A monoclonal antibody drug called mepolizumab decreased asthma attacks by 27% in children and adolescents who have a form of severe asthma, are prone to asthma attacks and live in low-income urban neighborhoods, according to a clinical trial sponsored and co-funded by the National Institutes of Health. The majority of the trial’s participants were Black and/or Hispanic—populations that have been under-represented in clinical trials and are at greatest risk for morbidity and mortality from asthma.

doctor holding a patient's hands
Science & Technology
June 10, 2022

Black patients in Wisconsin 50% less likely to be treated for pancreatic cancer

Black patients with pancreatic cancer have lower survival rates than white patients, and a new study suggests why: They are much less likely to receive life-extending treatments.