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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 ...

Stigma: A mark of disgrace

“There are still attitudes within most societies that view symptoms of psychopathology as threatening and uncomfortable, and these attitudes frequently foster stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems,” writes Graham C.L. Davey, Ph.D., at psychologytoday.com. ...

Use caution and be vigilant

By CATHY THOMAS BROWNFIELD Family Recovery Center publicist If you see a suspicious bottle, often a two-liter bottle that contains a suspicious substance say, white sludge with black spots, in the gutter or at the edge of your property along a street or road, call the Sheriff’s Office. ...

Sometimes ‘intellectuals’ are anything but that

The problem with people who say things that make us scratch our heads — we call them “intellectuals” — is that too often, we accept their ideas simply because they are credentialed members of the deep-thinker community. It helps if they hold doctorates and have been published. They ...

Bullies aren’t born, they are made

School is about to begin. Summer surely has flown, hasn’t it? And with classes about to resume, there are a lot of things to do in preparation. Shopping for clothes, shoes, pencils, pens, notebooks, book covers and a lot of other things is high on the list of priorities. Preparing children to ...

Mosquito bites pose risk of West Nile infection

Walking along the midway of the 174th Columbiana County Fair, you may have noticed a new tent. The Columbiana County Health District is there to help you learn more about the services of the health district, a resource for the health and well being of all residents it serves. There is still ...

Combating mental illness and substance abuse

The more you learn about substance misuse, the better your understanding of why people begin to misuse substances in the first place. Sometimes substance abuse brings to light mental illness a person may not have realized he or she had. Having two mental illnesses, known as co-morbidity, ...

Second hand alcohol studied

Secondhand alcohol? How can that be? Secondhand effects of alcohol are the negative experiences directly resulting from someone else’s drinking, things like being insulted or humiliated by the drinker, a serious argument or quarrel, being pushed, hit or otherwise assaulted, sexual assault ...

Fifty years later, walk on the moon still inspirational

50 years ago, one of Ohio's greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the Moon. On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as grainy footage beamed in from the lunar surface 289,000 miles away to millions of TV screens around the globe. As a 13-year-old, I will never ...