Stories tagged with: Prevention

April 25, 2013 - 7:07pm
2 years 40 weeks ago

Eric Hipple, former quarterback for the Detroit Lions now works as an outreach spokesman for the University of Michigan to help to prevent suicide. As part of his job he came to the Suicide Awareness Banquet at the Coburn United Methodist Church Thursday night to tell his story to over 140 people.

"I got involved in mental health because I lost a son to suicide at age 15 but I also had my own ups and downs with depression. I didn't know what it was and didn't know what it was...

May 6, 2011 - 5:17pm
4 years 39 weeks ago

An outbreak of Measles in Europe in leaving local health officials on high alert.

Reports show that nearly 6,500 have been detected in 33 countries. With so many Americans traveling internationally everyday, it could be brought back to the U.S. The disease is preventable. Those who are not vaccinated are at a greater risk for exposure.

"People forget how critical it is to get those vaccinations, they don't have that memory pushed of how bad it can be or a family member or a...

April 6, 2011 - 2:12pm
4 years 43 weeks ago

With the recent meningitis scare in Morgan County, a local doctor is reminding parents to make sure their kids are in good health.

Dr. Vicki Whitacre with the Zanesville-Muskingum Health Department said that while this form of Meningitis is rare, it's still important to take precaution. She said toddlers are especially susceptible to various illnesses since they tend to put their hands in their mouth a lot.

"Parents just need to encourage their children from an early age to...

November 4, 2010 - 3:57pm
5 years 13 weeks ago

Health officials have declared a whooping cough outbreak in Franklin County, with close to 800 cases discovered.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department wants to spread awareness to the public about this disease, that can be prevented by having your child receive their routine immunizations.

So far in Muskingum County, only nine cases have been reported this year, compared to last year's 200.

"Whooping cough is a bacterial infection that causes a very...

October 19, 2010 - 7:32pm
5 years 15 weeks ago

It is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

To help raise awareness about the severity of lead poisoning, health officials are reminding the public about the cause and effects of this preventable disease.

"It's usually associated with homes that were built before 1978 and it has to do with the lead that was used in the paint that was used in those times," said Dr. Whitacre of the Muskingum County Health Department.

Dr. Whitcare says that children under the...

June 27, 2010 - 6:22pm
5 years 32 weeks ago

Engaging in activities on mine property have proven to be extremely dangerous.

Statistics indicate over the past 10 years, 300 people have died in recreational accidents on mining properties, and most of those individuals were between the ages of 15 and 25.

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Ohio Aggregates and Industrial Minerals Association, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are teaming to prevent these tragedies from occurring. They're promoting...

April 18, 2010 - 3:31pm
5 years 42 weeks ago

It's prime season for ticks, which are known to have their greatest populations from now until August.

Ticks like to attach themselves to humans or animals to feast on their blood.

That's why the Licking County Health Department wants to remind everyone about serious tick-borne illnesses, such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These illnesses can cause symptoms of fatigue and muscle pain.

It says ticks tend to be found in overgrown areas, especially bike and...

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