Stories tagged with: Dr. Vicki Whitacre

August 27, 2015 - 4:55pm
2 days 20 hours ago

This year the fair brought games, fun and entertainment, with just one downfall.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department has seen a spike in viral-related illness since fair week, but Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said it's not uncommon to see.

"We've noticed since the fair's been over with, or the third week of August there's been an increase in adults with cough, cold and congestion problems," Whitacre said. "When you're in crowds, people have...

August 20, 2015 - 3:42pm
1 week 2 days ago

Parents and teachers have a new concern with the first day of school being right around the corner- a new super-resistant strain of lice has spread to over half of the country.

Large numbers of lice populations have evolved in a manner allowing them to be resistant to the active ingredient in over-the-counter treatments. One hundred and nine samples from 30 different states carried these gene mutations and Ohio was on that list. As for known cases here in Muskingum County, Medical...

August 10, 2015 - 5:05pm
2 weeks 5 days ago

So far in 2015, there have been six drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County.  

Now, for the second time since June, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department and Muskingum Behavioral Health will teach up to a dozen people how to use a nasal spray to counter a drug overdose.  However, Steve Carrel, executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, said Naloxone shouldn't be a replacement for calling 911 in the event of an overdose. 

"If you have a...

June 11, 2015 - 5:09pm
11 weeks 2 days ago

Already this year, there have been two drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County. 

In 2013 there were ten across the county and 2,110 in the state of Ohio. Now, on June 18, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and Muskingum Behavioral Health are offering Project D.A.W.N. to lower these numbers.

D.A.W.N. stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, which is a drug that will counter the affects...

January 6, 2015 - 4:57pm
33 weeks 4 days ago

Cold weather can affect more than just road conditions.

Zanesvlle-Muskingum County Health Department's Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said the cold makes it more difficult for both older and younger people to regulate their body temperatures.

Whitacre said elderly people's body temperatures are around 97 degrees. As that is a full degree lower than average they can feel the affects of the cold faster.

"If they get down to below 95, which is not very much, they...

August 27, 2014 - 3:13pm
1 year 2 days 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
1 year 5 weeks 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
1 year 30 weeks 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
1 year 33 weeks 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
1 year 34 weeks 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...

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