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Methamphetamine use rising

The woman’s heart broke for her nephew when she recognized “meth mouth.” His life had been troubled. His mother had come right out and told him she had wanted nothing to do with him. His extended family reached out to make a difference in his life to no avail. The damage was done, ...

Arthritis not just ‘old people’s’ disease

Americans often think of arthritis as a disease that only affects older adults, the body’s joints wearing out after years of use. However, there are over 100 conditions that can cause pain or loss of use in the joints. Not all of them are the result of wear, and not all of them are exclusive ...

Vaccines are key in our fight against coronavirus

Ohio, like the rest of the country, is currently experiencing an unprecedented surge in coronavirus cases. The number of new cases per day in Ohio has more than doubled over the last three weeks. In short, the trajectory is not good, with not just more cases, but more hospitalizations, more ...

Time for giving thanks

There is a children’s picture book, The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin.Through the story, all Papa Bear can think about is besting his friend, Farmer Ben, in the great pumpkin contest. Farmer Ben has a pumpkin farm. He has won every year for about ten years. Mama Bear repeatedly ...

Making the mold through family

November is Family Stories Month. People don’t just write novels in November (NaNoWriMo, in case you’re interested). With the holidays around the corner, it is a time of families sharing stories about their lives, their families, their most valued, most treasured memories of the loved ones ...

Fighting war on wrinkles

Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the local Visiting Angels ...

The very real dangers of being invisible

“Susie” wears the cloak of invisibility. She is a good girl who recognizes there are problems in her family and the best thing she can do for her parents is to be a good girl, not cause any more problems than already exist. She fades into the background. She doesn’t understand anything ...

GUEST COLUMN: To the Polls Ye Sons of Freedom

America is under assault like never before by left wing elements in and out of Congress, aided and abetted by an ultra left national media, that wish to undermine our Constitution, obliterate our Judeo-Christian culture, and thrust upon us a Socialist lock down of our economy. Donald Trump ...

The state of the pandemic

Have you looked at the global map for the pandemic? Take a look at it and put on your critical thinking caps. Politics aside, the medical and scientific communities are assuring us that the virus is very real. If you know someone who has had it or has died from its complications, you know what ...

The Top Ten scams of which to be aware

Tips on avoiding scams The United States Senate Special Committee on Aging offers these tips for avoiding scams. Con artists force you to make decisions fast and may threaten you. Con artists disguise their real numbers, using fake caller IDs. Con artists sometimes pretend to be the ...

SRMC offers tips for flu season

SALEM – Every year, millions of Americans get sick with influenza, commonly known as the seasonal flu. This year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, protecting yourself from the flu is more important than ever. Symptoms of Flu and COVID-19 “The flu and COVID-19 are both ...

Why I voted for Judge Amy Coney Barrett

This week, I was proud to vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court. She is an impressive person and a distinguished legal scholar who is well qualified for the job. In fact, the American Bar Association judges her to be “well qualified”, their highest rating. ...

Are you addicted to your phone?

“What is genuinely worth your attention on an interrupted basis?” asks Tristan Harris, founder of the Time Well Spent non-profit. A former project manager at Google, he travels around the country talking about the effects our smart phones have on our brains, causing addiction to our ...

Generation Z can use a little help

EVERYONE has grown tired of the virus. Gov. DeWine advises we have to learn to live with it until we have a cure, a vaccine, or herd immunity. If you have small children who want to play with the other kids in the neighborhood, you are tired of the restrictions. If you are planning a wedding ...

Elderly prime fraud targets

Editor’s Note Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the ...

Understanding addiction 101

What is addiction? Some people still think it’s a choice a weak-willed, morally flawed person makes. These critics do not understand the workings of addiction, that “sustained use alters the brain.” The Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation goes on to explain that the disease which is “the ...

October: Distracted driving awareness month

As her car keys and driver’s license were taken away by her family, Louise spoke up, “I have been driving all of my life!” She was not a happy woman at that moment. Her daughter knew better than to argue with her or the progressing health condition that affected response time behind the ...

You are, and feel, what you eat

Thanks to breakthroughs in medicine and nutrition in recent years, we are living longer than ever before. But this increase in life expectancy also brings an increase in the number of diseases, injuries and impairments that affect older adults. With this in mind, we at the local Visiting Angels ...

COVID-19 fallout is going to worsen, folks

By Jan. 1, nearly 1% of West Virginians will have been killed by COVID-19, with Ohio not far behind, predicts a scientific think tank at the University of Washington. That translates to 1,747 people in the Mountain State and 10,270 in the Buckeye State. As of Monday, the death tolls in our ...

Hope: The foundation for recovery

Hope is the foundation for recovery. When you sit down to read about the road the reliable resources for addiction and recovery, you begin to pick up terms and phrases that describe other chronic illnesses. Recovery. Remission. Relapse. Resilience. Hope. Recovery is the process of change ...