Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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Past articles by Devi:

COVID-19 claims more than 2,300 Milwaukee County lives since first case reported three years ago

County health advisor urges people to get the booster, especially those 65 and older. → Read More

Scammers are targeting FoodShare recipients. Here's how to protect your benefits.

Scammers are using fake texts to steal food stamp benefits. What to know. → Read More

Here's how to get 10 free COVID-19 rapid tests in Wisconsin every month

Wisconsin's health department is expanding its free COVID-19 test program again. Here's how to get more tests for your family. → Read More

Milwaukee Common Council passes moratorium that would prevent new vape shops for 6 months

If passed by the mayor, the pause will give city leaders a chance to create clearer restrictions on stores that sell vapes and e-cigarettes. → Read More

Wisconsin updated its vaccine requirements for kids and teens. Here's what to know.

For the first time, Wisconsin is requiring a meningitis vaccine, not just recommending it. → Read More

FoodShare benefits are dropping. Here's what to know and what to do.

Starting in March, the extra FoodShare benefits that started during the COVID pandemic will end. Here's what to do before that happens. → Read More

Gee's Clippers hosting second free skin cancer screening to raise awareness in people of color

Doctors from Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin will check out patients' concerns and help them get further treatment if needed. → Read More

Milwaukee council members move toward 6-month moratorium on new vape shops

If passed, the moratorium would curb a "proliferation" of new vape shops in Milwaukee while a more permanent solution is created, supporters said. → Read More

Cancer is scary. Meet the Froedtert employee who hand-decorates masks to help kids cope.

Courtney Shanmugabaskaran spends hours at home painting masks for childhood cancer patients. → Read More

Milwaukeean becomes first Black woman mathematician to have her papers in Library of Congress manuscript collection

Gloria Gilmer, a teacher and leader in ethnomathematics, is the first Black woman mathematician to have a collection in the Library of Congress. → Read More

Wisconsin sees first child death from influenza as case rates continue to rise

State health officials are encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get vaccinated → Read More

Flu season off to an aggressive start as doctors implore people to get vaccinated

A decline in RSV cases over the past two weeks has provided little relief to pediatricians as a quick rise in flu cases keeps doctors busy. → Read More

Fresh off win on same-sex marriage, Sen. Tammy Baldwin proposes federal travel fund for women seeking abortions

The chances of the bill become law may be "slim," the Wisconsin senator said. But she hopes to at least raise awareness. → Read More

A transformative donation is putting mental health care within reach of more children

Across Children's Wisconsin's primary care offices, kids have access to free mental health care ― without waiting lists → Read More

Dobbs decision claims one of state's 4 abortion clinics. Here's why and what's next for the doctor.

Affiliated Medical Services CEO Dennis Christensen said the work to open an abortion clinic in Rockford, Illinois, is slowly moving forward. → Read More

$16 million in grants will support maternal and infant health initiatives across Wisconsin

The funding, which comes largely from federal pandemic aid, will support efforts to close the states maternal and infant mortality gaps by race. → Read More

Wisconsin Department of Health Services warns thousands of Medicaid members about data leak

More than 12,000 Wisconsin Medicaid members will be eligible for a year of free credit monitoring after their personal health data was posted online. → Read More

Aurora St. Luke's hospital a national leader in using implant to monitor heart failure, give patients added freedom

The device, which takes 30 to 45 minutes to insert, has given patients and their doctors more peace of mind. → Read More

New Omicron-specific booster shots are available in Wisconsin. Here's what you should know about them.

Anyone over the age of 12 who had their last COVID-19 shot at least two months ago is eligible for the new, Omicron-specific shots. → Read More

Monkeypox has spread to Wisconsin. Here's what you need to know about the disease and how to avoid it.

Wisconsin health officials are asking for people to be aware of their personal risk factors and quickly seek medical advice if exposed. → Read More