Stories tagged with: Dr. Vicki Whitacre

August 27, 2014 - 3:13pm
17 hours 20 min ago

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the state of Ohio.

Muskingum County in particular ranks 51 of 88 counties with a suicide rate of 10.6%. Medical Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre says while 80% of individuals have contemplated suicide, there are specific groups at higher risk.

"People most significant at risk are white males in the elderly group. They have the highest rate. Our children don't have the highest rate...

July 21, 2014 - 4:59pm
5 weeks 2 days ago

Following the death of a central Ohio teenager, more warnings are now being issued about the use of powdered caffeine.

Many of us like to have a cup of coffee in the morning or a caffeinated beverage to give us an extra boost, but recently energy drinks and now even caffeine powder have become increasingly popular.  With the powdered substance, especially, it doesn't take much to cause problems.

"The dose is 1/16th of a teaspoon, and I wouldn't even hardly know how...

January 27, 2014 - 4:33pm
30 weeks 2 days ago

The dangerously cold temperatures can be a serious threat to your health.

Medical Director at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that already this January two people have been sent to the hospital with cases of frostbite and hypothermia. She suggests dressing appropriately while battling the frigid conditions.

"They need to bundle up well with layers. You need to keep your ears covered if you are going to be out a long time, probably...

January 6, 2014 - 6:52pm
33 weeks 2 days ago

To avoid weather-related health problems such as frostbite, Dr. Vicki Whitacre of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, says to pay close attention to your ears, nose and hands, and if you feel pain, head indoors.

Dr. Whitacre explained, "First you get onset of pain and redness to the area and then it sort of becomes numb, or can turn white or waxy looking and feels hard when it's actually frozen."

Shivering, confusion, memory loss, fumbling hands and...

January 2, 2014 - 6:22pm
33 weeks 6 days ago

With the wind chills expected to hit below zero, the elderly and the young need to take extra precautions.

"Elderly people aren't able to make as much body energy like other people can, and the children have so much more surface area like a bigger head to lose the heat through that they can't maintain themselves," explained Dr. Vicki Whitacre, of the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department.

Two other groups of people that should also take extra precautions...

December 30, 2013 - 6:38pm
34 weeks 2 days ago

Flu activity is on the rise in Ohio and the Ohio Department of Health is encouraging people to get vaccinated.

The Medical Director of the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says that flu cases are popping up in Northern Ohio and they are likely to spread to our area in the following weeks. People who have not received vaccinations still have time to get their flu shot.

"No it's not too late. The more people who get immunized the less it will be...

November 27, 2013 - 6:51pm
39 weeks 17 hours ago

Sprains, strains, cuts and falling are common injuries when completing the seasonal chore. But if you've had medical problems such as a heart attack or any other serious medical condition, you may want to think twice before picking up the shovel.

"Shoveling snow is a vigorous exercise and very hard work and people don't realize that," explained Dr. Vicki Whitacre. "And if they don't listen to clues from their body and stop, they can actually precipitate or...

November 27, 2013 - 5:58pm
39 weeks 17 hours ago

Everyone has taken prescription drugs at some time in their life. But sometimes the cure can turn into a problem.

"Prescription pills are heavily addictive," said Muskingum Behavioral Health CEO, Steve Carrel.

"The ability to get it is easier now than it ever has been," said Zanesville Police Department Captain Tony Coury.

"It is a huge problem and it is just exponentially getting worse year to year in our community," added Heather Rice, the...

November 26, 2013 - 7:41pm
39 weeks 1 day ago

Morphine. . . Codeine. . . Hydrocodone. . . the list goes on. All have the same main ingredient.opium. The potent ingredient, typically used to relieve various forms of pain is derived from the opium poppy plant, can be traced back to ancient times and is used frequently in modern medicine.

"We have natural pain controllers in our body to some degree, so there are receptors there, so when those drugs hit those receptors, as fast and as hard as they do, that's when you've got that...

November 13, 2013 - 5:53pm
41 weeks 17 hours ago

Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department Dr. Vicki Whitacre says area hospitals haven't seen any cases of the flu so far this season, but they have been seeing an increase of ER patients with symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing and sinus problems.

"Vomiting and diarrhea is gastrointestinal or stomach flu, that's not the same things as seasonal flu," explained Dr. Whitacre. "Seasonal flu is fever, aches, you feel terrible, you'll have a non-productive cough...

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