The recent natural disasters in Texas and Florida highlight the need for all of us to prepare for emergencies or terrorist attacks that could potentially displace us from our homes and in some cases our communities.
You and Your Health
Regardless of the causes for the warming of our environment, public health officials are very aware of how environmental changes lead to catastrophic health problems for a population because of drought or flooding, starvation from crop failures, or effects of increasing environmental pollution leading to a rise in respiratory problems, such as a
It appears that warm weather is finally here to stay. This is a great time to be outside in our area, but there are precautions that you and your family members should follow to avoid sunburn and exposure to poison ivy and other plants that cause skin rashes, as well as bug bites (especially ticks).
Lyme disease is the best known, but by no means the only infection transmitted by tick bites. The highest incidence of Lyme disease (LD) are in the Northeast, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Other tick-transmitted diseases include babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis (HGA).
Heart disease remains a leading cause of mortality and disability in the U.S. and worldwide. It is estimated that there are 27.6 million adults with some form of heart disease, representing 11.5% of the adult population in the U.S. There are over 18.6 million annual office visits and 1.9 million ER visits for evaluations of cardiac symptoms.
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that worldwide, nearly 44 million people have Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Dementia is most common in Western Europe and North America. In the United States, one in nine individuals over the age of 65 have a chronic dementia condition.
Readers of The River Reporter are familiar with our local, state and national epidemic of heroin addiction, along with other opioid abuse. What is lacking in much of the information is a discussion about the actual substance, reasons why it is so addictive, and short- and long-term health effects with its use.
The holidays and change of seasons can affect many people negatively. Individuals with limited support systems can dread the onset of the holidays because it makes them feel more isolated. Those who have experienced significant personal loss of loved ones often experience a renewal of grieving during the holidays.
Most of us have had the experience of being stung by an insect—most commonly in this area by a bee, wasp, or yellowjacket. The majority of us will notice a mild swelling at the sting site and a temporary discomfort that gradually fades away.