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Local Columns

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 ...

District to mark 100 years of public health with open house

If you are a baby boomer you probably remember the line in the gym at school where you drank from small paper cups the vaccine that would protect us from polio. Or maybe you recall someone who was stricken with polio, perhaps a neighbor or a visitor next door who used crutches and leg braces to ...

Sound nutrition for healthy living

Fast food makes for a quick meal when you’re on the run. Eating out saves time in the kitchen and lets you enjoy friends and family in a social setting. But malnutrition still is an issue in this country and around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that people in all ...

Hear the voices of recovery

It is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, celebrating the 30th year of acknowledging that substance use disorder exists. This is 30 years of celebrating the recovery of millions of Americans who regained their well being and have gone on to achieve dreams and goals. Treatment ...

Healthy aging: Holding on to independence

“J” is a familiar face. She walks briskly every day and has for years. She presents the picture of good health, of taking care of herself. “M” bought a new, pretty, red car. She’s planning to get cataract surgery behind her so she can drive that little beauty. Sidelined with some ...

The drug abuse devil does exist

The finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist,” wrote French poet Charles Baudelaire in the mid-19th century. Since then, the line has been paraphrased many times, including in the 1995 film, “The Usual Suspects.” Clearly, the purveyors of death we know as ...

Trouble in Texas hints at wider power shortages

In recent years, Texas has become a bellwether for advances in wind turbines and renewable energy. The wide-open, breezy Texas panhandle offers some of the best wind resources in the country. But some surprising shortfalls are emerging in Texas' electricity production-and that could prove ...

Workplace violence: Always be prepared

Today is Labor Day, the official last day of summer. We can still barbecue for a while yet, but, we all know that the days are getting shorter; the seasons are going to change. So enjoy the holiday. Everyone doesn’t have the day off. Police officers, EMTs, firefighters, emergency rooms, ...

Connect with your children

Adolescents. They look so grown up on the outside, don’t they? They can be very responsible, mature, taking on challenges. But inside they still are adolescents – kids – and still have life-coping skills to learn. Sometimes grown-ups don’t think about such things. We see a tall, ...

For your child’s health: Vaccines effective

School has resumed. Immunizations against preventable childhood diseases, such as measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis and whooping cough, are some of the thoughts a parent has in preparation for the new school year. If children are entering kindergarten 7th, or 12th grades, the state law in Ohio ...

Preventing mass murders in the US

If you could somehow could gather up and melt down every AR-15 or AK-47 clone in the United States, you would have virtually no success in preventing mass murders. My guess is that they’d occur about as frequently as they do now. But the gun control advocates say that if we could just get ...