illustration of a hand holding a phone with stacked emojis going from sad to happy
Health & Wellness
May 30, 2024

Adolescent moods improve during smartphone use

According to a new study, adolescents report better moods when using their smartphones than when not using them, and that their moods improved while they were using their phones.

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.

Black and white photo of University Hospital surgeons from 1939
Health & Wellness
April 15, 2024

UW surgery turns 100

The first day of classes must have felt like a leap of faith. It was 1924 and just three faculty members charged with teaching three medical students made up the new surgery academic department in the University of Wisconsin’s new School of Medicine. At the Wisconsin General Hospital, community surgeons were called in to help teach the students how to set bones, treat sepsis, alleviate inflammation and perform minor surgery.

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 doctor sitting beside a patient in a hospital bed, illustration by Beth Atkinson
Health & Wellness
February 2, 2024

When doctors sit, patients feel better

A new study indicates that the simple act of a doctor sitting in a chair during hospital bedside discussions improved the experience for physicians and patients alike.

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.

Teen girl staring at her mobile in her room
Health & Wellness
August 16, 2023

Study finds teens, young adults benefit from clinician advice about safe social media use

Teens and young adults who received a brief social media counseling session during a health care visit remembered the lessons and reported safer online behavior six months later, according to a large new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

woman checking her insulin levels
Health & Wellness
July 24, 2023

Inflation Reduction Act’s cap on insulin out-of-pocket costs boosts prescription fills

The Inflation Reduction Act $35 cap on out-of-pocket costs for insulin led to increases in the total number of filled insulin prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Southern California Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics.

woman holding a child
Health & Wellness
April 24, 2023

UW School of Medicine and Public Health accepting applicants for grants to improve maternal and child health

Nonprofit health organizations in Wisconsin seeking to improve the health outcomes of mothers and their infants during the prenatal and postpartum periods have until May 30 to apply for funding from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Staff from the UW Population Health Institute
Health & Wellness
April 6, 2023

UW Population Health Institute helps bolster community health worker workforce with CDC grant

During the COVID-19 pandemic, community health workers like Hmongshee Khang were on the front lines focusing on an equitable response to reducing the disease’s spread.

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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.