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Veterans Day: Thank you for your service

Veterans Day recognizes all American veterans of all wars, living or deceased. Originally it was called Armistice Day to observe the end of World War I and honor the veterans of the war. But later, after World War II and Korea, veteran service groups requested that Congress honor all American ...

Set the date, then execute your plan

I remember getting motion sickness when our family got into the car, my brothers and me in the backseat. Dad was a smoker. He would crack the driver’s door window so the smoke would vent outside the car, but I remember the smell of the smoke. I remember feeling like I was going to throw up, ...

Turn off the tap to schools

Thomas Jefferson coined the phrase “The government closest to the people serves the people best.” The United States spends $10,821 per student, which ranks it fourth among developed nations. We throw more money at our schools than just about any other country, and what do we get in ...

Cancer remains a Columbiana County health priority

Health partners in Columbiana County are working to find ways to meet the health needs of the county. They have looked at data and information provided by CDC, the state of Ohio, local health departments, hospitals, community surveys, focus groups including vulnerable populations, the ...

The scourge that is Alzheimer’s

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia. It is a progressive disease which begins with mild memory loss and can lead to the loss of a person’s ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their surroundings, since it ...

Be informed before you choose

It is a controversial issue: Marijuana. The U.S. Surgeon General, Jerome Adams, is” emphasizing the importance of protecting our Nation from the health risks of marijuana use in adolescence and during pregnancy.” Dr. Adams said, “Recent increases in access to marijuana and in its ...

Prostate cancer screening appointments available

Men: Part of your commission is to see to your good health and well being so you are able to continue to take care of the people in your life who depend on you, and to enjoy the many moments of memory-making and pleasure in your life. The cancer clinic at the Columbiana County Health ...

Providing SUPPORT against the opioid addiction scourge

As a member of the Presidential Task Force on Opioids, I’ve witnessed firsthand President Trump’s commitment to address and eliminate the scourge of opioid addiction. It’s no secret that Ohio, particularly Eastern and Southeastern Ohio, has been hit particularly hard by the opioid ...

Ohio schools, communities focus on bus safety this week

COLUMBUS—Every day in Ohio 800,000 children ride more than 15,000 school buses between their homes and schools. School bus transportation plays a critical role in the education of Ohio’s children, and National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 21-25, serves as a reminder for students, parents, ...

Risk and resilience: Effects of adverse childhood experiences

In a recent conversation, someone suggested that many people are damaged in childhood. Then they spend the rest of their lives trying to fix it. The words instigate some profound thought. Everyone is a product of the environment in which they grew up and childhood experiences help to form the ...

Get ready people: It’s flu season

Frost has shown up on the pumpkins and it won’t be long before the air is cold, the wind is biting, and the rain and snow associated with the cold months of the year will be around us. It’s time to prepare for flu season which typically begins this month. It’s time to visit the Columbiana ...

We’ve made progress treating addiction, but there’s still more to do

For far too long, prescription pain medication, heroin, and fentanyl have broken families apart and devastated communities in Ohio. In 2017, our opioid overdose death rate was almost three times the national average, with nearly a dozen Ohioans dying from these dangerous drugs every day ...

When a veteran struggles with suicide

You probably have a military veteran in your family or among your friends and neighbors. You watched that young person grow up and go off to serve their country. And maybe you prayed for that young person’s safety often when you learned he or she was going to a country where there is war ...

Digital mammography offered by county health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Columbiana County Health District wants to remind women to get their mammograms and to routinely conduct self-breast exams. County residents can take advantage of digital mammograms offered through the health department’s Cancer Detection ...

U.S. must prioritize mining to win clean energy race

Right now, the United States and China are competing to capture the production of advanced energy technologies like solar panels, electric cars, and lithium-ion batteries. And unfortunately, China is winning. The hard truth is that China has already captured much of the renewable energy ...

October: Recognize domestic violence

“Callie” paced the floor. Her mother had left her in charge of her siblings while she hid the family car. Callie worried that her mother would not get home before her father, that she would have to face him and deal with his anger. And he would be angry. Her mother did not arrive home ...

A Message From Angels

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 ...

Upcoming skin cancer screenings

The bride-to-be’s grandmother chided her for the sunburn. A bride should not have a tan on her wedding day. In fact, it was better to avoid the sun altogether. Didn’t she, herself, wear a wide-brimmed hat when she worked in her flower beds? Back in the day it was to protect the skin from ...

Utilizing an ounce of prevention

Some things are just plain harmful, even if we don’t want to admit it. Denial doesn’t help protect us from those things that can hurt us but knowledge and wisdom can. The U.S. Surgeon General has issued a report specifically about e-cigarettes and urged that pregnant women and teens ...

What Ohioans told me during my travels

At the end of each summer, Congress typically adjourns, letting me spend more time in Ohio instead of commuting back and forth to Washington every week. I love it because I get more time to travel the state and meet people in every corner of Ohio. This summer was no exception. I traveled ...