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Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae were spotted on Lake Mendota near the University of Wisconsin campus and in Lake Waubesa, according to a release from UW officials.

Officials said cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae blooms, were spotted Tuesday in the area of Memorial Union and Hoofers.

The public is urged to avoid contact with the algae and not swim at night when the blooms can?t be seen.

The algae blooms occur when there is little wind and hot temperatures combined with lake nutrients.

Symptoms of a reaction to algae blooms include eye, throat, nose or skin irritation, and vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can happen between several hours and a few days after being exposed.

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season off to an annoying start

Mosquito season is off to an annoying start in northern Wisconsin, where the problem has been so bad that one canoeing company has been turning away customers rather than sending them out on a bug-infested river.

Fortunately, though, the rest of the summer might not be so bad. A Madison entomologist said early indications suggest this season may end up being no worse than usual, and that standard precautions might be enough to keep the pesky critters away.

Some hardware stores up north have been having trouble keeping bug repellent on the shelves, and some residents said they can't remember a summer with such abundant swarms.

PJ Liesch, who studies insects at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was in northern Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend. That Friday and Saturday were pleasantly mosquito-free, but hordes of the blood-sucking pests appeared as if out of nowhere that Sunday, he said.

Passerby, police officer credited with saving man's life

Passerby, police officer credited with saving man's life

A man who collapsed at a Madison park on Tuesday was saved by a police officer and a passerby, according to a release from Madison police.

The 47-year-old man collapsed at James Madison Park at 1:16 p.m. from what's believed to have been a heart attack.

A 39-year-old man and a bicycle police officer used continuous chest compressions (CCR) until paramedics arrived and took the stricken man to a hospital.

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

Facility celebrates cancer survivors with ice cream social

A local cancer healthcare facility will host a free event next month serving ice cream lake side.

Organizers of the Turville Bay’s Survivor’s Day Ice Cream Social said there's no cost to attend the event June 8 and the social is open to everyone. 

The event is a special day for cancer survivors, their families, friends and caregivers as well as healthcare providers. The 2-hour ice cream event at Turville Bay MRI & Radiation Oncology Center, 1104 John Nolen Drive, begins at 1 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy 10 flavors of ice cream provided by Chocolate Shoppe and beverages under big white canopies, while taking in Turville Bay's Lake Monona shoreline. People can explore the Healing Garden, listen to live music and win prizes. 

Tours of the center are available upon request. Parking is free.

Dog that bit man outside coffee shop sought

Dog that bit man outside coffee shop sought

Health officials are looking for information about a dog that allegedly bit a man outside a near east Madison business Saturday. 

Public Health of Madison and Dane County said the man was bitten outside the Cargo Coffee at 750 E. Washington Ave. 

Animal Services Officer Tim Frank said the man was trying to pet the dog and let the pet sniff him when the dog bit him on the hand. 

The dog was described as medium-sized with brown and white mottled fur, according to the report. The dog had one brown eye and one blue eye and was with a tall blonde woman. 

Anyone with information about the dog is asked to call 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer. 

The Department of Public Health said if the dog is not located, the man may have to complete a series of painful and costly injections to prevent rabies. 

Free clinic helps Madison residents on April 26

In our well-to-do community it’s easy to forget that many families still struggle with providing basic necessities such as groceries, clothing, or even getting a haircut.

“I can understand the struggle for many of these families to provide dental care due to the high cost of insurance, but what really gets me when I walk through the clinic is when I see the long lines for haircuts. Just something as simple as paying for a haircut is an extra for many of these families,” said Felicia Pendleton, a MMSD teacher an volunteer.

It’s all part of a biannual volunteer effort by Touched Twice, the local branch of a national non-profit whose goal is to combine the manpower of the local churches, service professionals, and volunteers to together provide one day of FREE services for those in need. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Calvary Gospel Church, 5301 Commercial Ave on Madison’s east side on Saturday, April 26th.