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Holiday blues may lead to depression

It’s normal for most of us to get a little melancholy over the holidays. As we reflect on the year gone by and those family and friends no longer here to celebrate with us, it’s not unusual to feel the “holiday blues” set in. The stress of rushing to find that perfect gift, coupled with ...

Tis the season to be jolly

Some regional radio stations have been playing Christmas music for a month. A few Christmas trees have been in evidence. Christmas merchandise has been on display since before Halloween. And that seemed to some of us to be jumping the gun a bit. Now, these few days into December, everyone is ...

Learn to avoid the Alzheimer triggers

The changes in mood and personality that accompany Alzheimer’s can be especially devastating for those caring for loved ones with the disease. The physical changes to the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease can lead to intensified feelings of anger and aggression in some people or can ...

What happens to the children?

Our region has recognized the realities of the opioid epidemic, and that it spreads across the country, not just in our area. There has been a lot of discussion about overdose deaths and Naloxone. But how much discussion have you heard about the effects of the opioid epidemic on the children, ...

Our tax dollars shouldn’t go to fuel rise of China

When U.S. taxpayers send their hard-earned money to the government, they shouldn't worry that it's being used to fuel economic and military growth in China. But that's exactly what's happening today. Every year, more than $150 billion in U.S. taxpayer money goes toward cutting-edge research ...

Fun, friends, and food safety for the holidays

Can you believe 2019 is winding down? Many of us can remember the fears of Y2K a mere 20 years ago! Halloween is behind us and in less than a week it will be Thanksgiving, the prelude to all of the festivities to be celebrated in December. There will be a lot of sharing of food and fun with ...

Suicide survivors: Day of healing and support

You've noticed some things. Or maybe you haven't but someone else has, and they brought it to your attention. You have never had to deal with such a thing before. It was just a word that you had heard, that you thought only happened in far off places. Nobody you know would ever attempt to take ...

Thank you, caregivers

“Thank you, Grandma, for taking care of me.” That child is now 23 years old. At the time he might have been 4 years old. I said to him, “I will take care of you now and when I am old and can’t take care of myself, you can take care of me. OK?” “I will, Grandma.” He didn’t ...

Carseats: Safety for the little ones out there

Parents usually do what they perceive to be important to assure the safety of their children. There are so many things to consider. Sometimes, though, there just aren’t enough resources available to them to provide everything the child needs. There isn’t any reason for a young child in the ...

The beauty and benefits of music therapy

Music to their ears Top songs used by music therapists 1940s “Oh, What A Beautiful Morning” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” “My Wild Irish Rose” “Don’t Fence Me In” 1950s “Tennessee Waltz” “Hey Good Lookin” “Love Me Tender” ...

How safe is the U.S. power grid?

At any one time, the United States uses more than 400,000 megawatts of electricity. That's a lot of power, and it takes a lot of non-stop work to keep it flowing. But how safe is America's power grid from cyber attacks and other disruptions? Cyber intrusions are no longer a theoretical ...

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, ...