Este verano maneje seguro en la carretera

5 consejos de seguridad para mantener las llantas en altas temperaturas…

(Family Features) Cuando se trata de manejar seguro en las carreteras, ya sea que viaje a lo largo del país o simplemente en la ciudad, la verificación rutinaria de la condición de los llantas puede ser imperativa. Las condiciones de las carreteras o el clima también pueden afectar la seguridad. Es importante reconocer que los llantas son lo único que hay entre su vehículo y la carretera.

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Durante los meses de verano, las altas temperaturas y las calzadas recalentadas, junto con el rodamiento, la rotación y los frenos, contribuyen a riesgos potenciales, especialmente en llantas desgastados o inflados de manera inadecuada. Antes de salir a la carretera este verano, tenga en cuenta estos consejos de los expertos de la tienda Discount Tire de su vecindario.

  1. Revise la banda de rodadura. La profundidad de la banda de rodadura se refiere a la extensión adecuada de banda de rodadura de una llanta afecta el manejo, la tracción y la distancia de frenar segura de su vehículo. A medida que el desgaste aumenta y la profundidad de la banda disminuye, la capacidad de las llantas para operar en condiciones adversas, como por ejemplo bajo la lluvia, puede verse comprometida. La mayoría de los autos nuevos comienzan con una banda de rodadura de 11/32 pulgadas, usted puede verificar la profundidad realizando la prueba de la moneda, que consiste en poner una moneda de un centavo en posición vertical en una de las ranuras de la llanta. Si la parte superior de la moneda queda visible, significa que el desgaste de la banda de rodadura excede el nivel que los expertos recomiendan como seguro (menos de 4/32 pulgadas) y que ya es hora de reemplazar las llantas.
  1. Mida la presión con exactitud. La baja presión de aire de las llantas pueden derivar en un manejo deficiente y en el bajo rendimiento del combustible, así como en desgaste excesivo y posibles fallos de las llantas. Recuerde revisar la presión de las llantas al menos una vez al mes, especialmente antes de cualquier viaje de larga distancia, ya que los impactos de golpes y rotaciones durante el uso diario pueden ocasionar la pérdida normal de aire. Para obtener máxima precisión, revise las llantas cuando el auto esté frío. Para conocer la presión de llantas recomendada por el fabricante, consulte la etiqueta adhesiva que se encuentra en el marco de la puerta de su automóvil o en el manual del propietario. Si necesita asistencia, busque su tienda Discount Tire, que ofrece controles de aire gratuitos y inspecciones de seguridad de as llantas.
  1. Rote las llantas a menudo. El nivel de desgaste de las llantas varía según su ubicación en el vehículo. Al rotarlos sistemáticamente, se desgastan de manera uniforme, lo que ayuda a maximizar la capacidad de manejo, tracción y frenado. Para aumentar la durabilidad y mantener una marcha lo más fluida posible, rote las llantas cada 6,000 millas o antes si se produce un desgaste irregular o desparejo.
  1. Inspeccione la cajuela. Algunos de los vehículos más nuevos incluyen kits de inflado de llantas, equipados con selladores de recubrimiento y compresores de aire; o llantas run-flat, que permiten seguir conduciendo el vehículo sin presión neumática durante un período breve, en lugar de colocar la llanta tradicional de repuesto. Revise la cajuela para ver qué contiene su vehículo y asegúrese de tener un plan de asistencia en la carretera,en caso de emergencia.
  1. Evite la sobrecarga. Al sobrecargar el vehículo, el efecto en las llantas puede ser similar al que se produce al conducir con llantas mal inflados. El clima caluroso en las carreteras combinado con la sobrecarga, puede llevar a que las llantas se recalienten y fallen. Antes de cargar su automóvil, verifique la recomendación de carga del fabricante, que puede consultar en el manual del propietario o en la etiqueta que se encuentra en el marco de la puerta del vehículo.

Para obtener más consejos de seguridad para llantas, ubique una tienda en su área o haga una cita para mantenimiento, visite discounttire.com.

SOURCE:
Discount Tire

Sudden Rapid Heartbeat

Revealing a lesser-known heart disorder and what to do about it….

(Family Features) A feeling of dread washed over Donnette Smith after she felt her chest jolt. “Please, God. Not here, not now,” she thought. In the middle of her church choir performance, her heart started racing uncontrollably.

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High off the ground, she fought off feeling faint while perched in the middle of the third row of bleachers. “There’s no way down,” she thought. “I can’t ask the whole row to get off because there are thousands of people out there listening.” Maintaining her wits, she signaled for a stagehand to grab a ladder so she could crawl off the back as the lights dimmed. Once on solid ground, her family rushed her to the hospital.

This was just one of many rapid heartbeat episodes Smith has experienced. She has a lesser-known, but common, heart disorder called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT). Nearly two million Americans live with this alarming arrhythmia that can spike heart rate unexpectantly and suddenly from a normal 60-80 beats per minute (bpm) to more than 250. In addition to the trademark rapid pulse that can last from minutes to hours, symptoms may include dizziness, fainting, sweating, chest pain or pressure, or being out of breath.

“For a time, it truly dominated my life,” Smith said. “I lived in constant fear that I would faint from having an episode while driving my grandchildren. I put off travel and stayed close to home. I didn’t want to be in a strange city and go to a new hospital and explain my condition. Some episodes would happen at 2 a.m. and my husband, my rock, would drive me to the hospital. Of course, that throws off both our next days, leaving us walking around like sleep-deprived zombies.”

The suddenness of PSVT makes it difficult to diagnose. Doctors need to “catch” an episode, or see the unusual heartbeat, on an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) or Holter monitor before they can make a definitive diagnosis. With PSVT episodes being sporadic, occurring randomly and sometimes mere minutes in length, this can be hard. On average, diagnosis can take three years or longer and may be fraught with misdiagnoses.

For Smith, it was nearly 10 years before she had answers. PSVT’s symptoms may masquerade as anxiety or panic attacks. Smith was first prescribed an anti-anxiety medication. While seeking out a diagnosis, patients like her are often left thinking it may be all in their heads and wondering if they’re going crazy. They understandably struggle with how to convey this seemingly invisible illness to friends, family, coworkers and their doctors.

“The uncertainty of living with PSVT is equally challenging, if not more so, than the physical symptoms,” said Dr. Kathryn Wood, associate professor at Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Emory University, who has published research on the emotional toll of PSVT, on women in particular, in the “European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.” “It looms over you, affecting self-esteem and causing you to avoid daily activities such as driving, work and time with family and friends.”

Thanks to lessons from her own journey, Smith has devoted her life to empowering those living with PSVT, and those living with other heart conditions, to live fully and unafraid. She serves as the president of Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization that provides peer-to-peer support for heart disease patients, their families and caregivers. Smith’s advice for outsmarting PSVT hinges on three key actions.

1. Educate Yourself. If you have or suspect you have PSVT, OutsmartPSVT.com is the only online educational website designed to help actively manage the condition. It debunks myths, addresses frequently asked questions and provides useful tips.

2. Speak Up for Yourself. Track your symptoms to inform talks with your doctor. The PSVTPlace.com website is an online patient registry that can help. Increasingly, wearable watches and technology are entering the market that may be able to capture an abnormal heart rhythm to show your doctor. Persist in getting an accurate diagnosis. It may be that you need to seek out a hospital or cardiac treatment center with cardiologists on staff who have experience treating people with PSVT. Be vocal in seeking referrals or second opinions.

3. Call on Your Support System. Whether it be an advocacy group, support group or friends and family, rely on those close to you. Communicate openly about your condition, including what signs to be on the lookout for and how they can best help you. On multiple occasions, Smith’s coworkers were there for her when she had episodes at work. They were armed with her medication history and current treatment plan to have conversations with doctors on her behalf.

“The difference is night and day when you resolve to take control of your health,” Smith said.

What Smith has learned about PSVT has also helped her family members. Her daughter, Dana, began experiencing symptoms of PSVT at age 16. Having overcome PSVT first-hand, Smith was able to offer advice to her daughter, who was accurately and quickly diagnosed – a rarity for those living with PSVT. Dana underwent an ablation at 19 years old, a surgical procedure that works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm. Dana has not had an episode since. Smith’s treatment path was less direct – her first ablation was unsuccessful, but watching her daughter no longer dread the next episode after having a successful procedure gave her courage to undergo a second ablation, which worked.

There is currently no at-home treatment for PSVT, although there is a growing collection of resources, basic techniques and support groups that can help people manage the condition.

“If the resources we have now were around when I was first experiencing symptoms, I could have saved years of living in uncertainty,” Smith said. “I hope to motivate others to never give up in seeking the support they need to get a swift, accurate diagnosis. Having PSVT doesn’t need to define you. There’s hope.”

SOURCE:
Milestone Pharmaceuticals

“Return to Normalcy” EXHIBIT TO LEAVE WOOD COUNTY MUSEUM

Last day for Leisure Time in Wood County exhibit will be May 19, 2019

Last day for Leisure Time in Wood County exhibit will be May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019 will be the last day to take a tour of the exhibit THE RETURN TO NORMALCY: A Life of Leisure in Wood County, 1920-1939. The exhibit features then Presidential candidate Warren G. Harding, desired a return to the pre-World War I lifestyle or a “Return to Normalcy.” Soldiers returned from WWI, to their homes in Wood County with a desire to succeed, to relax, and to enjoy life. Advancements in technology also created opportunities for fun in this rural community. 

As THE RETURN TO NORMALCY: A Life of Leisure in Wood County, 1920-1939 leaves, the Museum is preparing for a new exhibit to open. Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives will open on June 16, 2019, and run until August 11, 2019. This traveling exhibit from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ touring program, “NEH on the Road,” documents the squalid living conditions of New York’s poor immigrants and laborers in “The Gilded Age” of the early 20th century. This contrast to the growing wealth of millionaires, such as Carnegie and Rockefeller, inspired many reforms of working-class housing. Riis was a Danish-born American photographer (1849-1914). This exhibit was made possible with a generous donation from Edwin & Irma Wolf.

The museum will be open for self-guided tours Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM and weekends from 1 PM – 4 PM (closed on government holidays). Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. 

All events detailed at woodcountyhistory.org or by following the Wood County Historical Museum on social media. The Museum is located at 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. 

Weekend Column: Hepatitis A– Not the “A” You Want

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease…..

by Brenda Keller, CNP, Gastroenterology Associates of Northwest Ohio

Outbreaks of hepatitis A are taking place in several states throughout the country, including our neighboring states of Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia. In Ohio, the greater Cincinnati area is leading the state in the number of confirmed hepatitis cases. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) declared a statewide community outbreak of hepatitis A after observing an increase in cases linked to certain risk factors since the beginning of 2018.

According to statistics provided by the ODH, the following is a summary of the hepatitis A outbreak through March 18, 2019:

  • Number of cases between January 5, 2018 and March 15, 2019: 1,979
  • Age range: 1-84 years
  • Gender: 60 percent male
  • Number of hospitalizations: 1,222 (62 percent)
  • Number of deaths: 7
  • Number of (Ohio) counties with cases: 72 (82 percent)

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable liver disease. The virus usually spreads when a person ingests food or beverages contaminated by the stool of an infected person. This is an example of why handwashing is so important! Hepatitis A can also be spread through close personal contact with an infected person, such as through sexual intercourse.

Symptoms of hepatitis A include fatigue, decreased appetite, abdominal pain, jaundice and clay-colored stools. Hepatitis A can result in an illness that ranges from mild, lasting only a few weeks, to severe, lasting several months. In more severe cases, hospitalization may be required.

Persons at risk for hepatitis A include the following:

  • People with direct contact with individuals infected with the virus
  • Men who have sex with men
  • People who use street drugs (whether they are injected or not)
  • Individuals who are incarcerated
  • Persons who are homeless
  • People who have traveled to other places currently experiencing outbreaks

Individuals who believe they are at high risk for a hepatitis A infection should contact their health care provider or local health department for information about vaccination. People who know they have been exposed to someone with hepatitis A should contact their health care provider or local health department to discuss post-exposure vaccination plans.

The diagnosis of hepatitis A is based on clinical and laboratory criteria. The clinical criteria include an acute illness with any sign or symptom consistent with acute viral hepatitis and either jaundice or elevated AST or ALT levels. The laboratory criteria include a positive IgM antibody to hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV) or nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) for hepatitis A virus positive (including PCR or genotype testing).

Prompt reporting and treatment is important in curtailing the virus. Eliminating risk factors is the most critical component of avoiding the kind of “A” that nobody wants.

 

 

                                                                          

 

 

Knowledge is Power

Understanding the rights of nursing home residents…


(Family Features) An estimated 1.4 million older adults and people with disabilities live in nursing homes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If a nursing home participates in Medicare or Medicaid – and most do – it must meet requirements “to promote and protect the rights of each resident.”

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This means nursing homes are required to care for their residents in a way that enhances the quality of life for residents, respects their dignity and ensures they are able to make choices for themselves.

Established by federal law, the “Residents’ Bill of Rights,” states if you live in a nursing home, you are entitled to rights including:

  • The right to be fully informed in a language you understand of all aspects of your residency.
  • The right to participate in all aspects of your care.
  • The right to make independent choices based on your needs and preferences.
  • The right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • The right to safe and appropriate transfer and discharge, including the right to appeal decisions.
  • The right to visits from friends, family, providers and other people of your choosing.
  • The right to participate in social, religious and community activities.
  • The right to organize and participate in resident groups, often called resident councils.
  • The right to complain without fear of repercussions.
  • The right to be free from discrimination.
  • The right to be free from abuse, neglect and restraint.
  • The right to adequate medical care and treatment.
  • The right to get information about alternatives to nursing homes.

Some states have laws and regulations that establish additional rights for nursing home residents. Some states also guarantee a similar set of rights for people who live in assisted living or similar settings.

Every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam have an advocate, called a Long-Term Care Ombudsman, for residents of nursing homes, board and care and assisted living facilities and similar residential care facilities. These advocates work to resolve problems affecting residents’ health, safety, welfare and rights. Residents, their families and others have the right to contact their local Ombudsman program to help them understand their rights, learn about community resources and work through problems.

For more information on these rights, and to find your local Ombudsman program, visit acl.gov/ombudsman. The website also provides information on other programs and services available to help older adults and people with disabilities who need help with daily tasks, like getting dressed, bathing or cooking, to receive this support in their own homes. These programs can help delay or avoid nursing home care, guide nursing home residents looking to transition back into the community and support family members serving as caregivers.

SOURCE:
Administration for Community Living

Reduce Your Residential Risk

Advice to make your home storm-ready


(Family Features) In the United States, more than 100,000 thunderstorms occur each year. These storms, which can be accompanied by high winds, hail and tornadoes, can cause power outages, fires and flooding, all of which pose serious threats to people and property across the country.

When these storms hit, many of the features that make your home more comfortable and enjoyable can also pose serious risks. Learn how to prevent damage and protect your family’s safety from these common hazards.

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Landscaping
Lush, well-developed trees provide valuable curb appeal, but they can also be dangerous in storm conditions. Although it’s virtually impossible to fully prevent damage from falling branches or even entire trees, you can minimize the risk. Prune trees regularly to maintain a safe distance from the house and power lines, and eliminate dead trees or damaged branches that are more susceptible to high winds. Take a similar approach with any large shrubs, bushes or other vegetation that could cause damage to your home or vehicles.

Decorative Features
The strong winds that accompany many storms can turn everyday items in your yard into airborne hazards. If items like decorations and patio furniture aren’t secured, bring them in or safely secure them before the storm hits. Also check for decorative features like shutters, which can shake loose in a strong wind and cause significant damage to your home’s exterior.

Propane Tanks
Numerous variations of severe weather, including floods and strong winds, can cause falling tree limbs or other debris to impair or even destroy a propane tank. More important than the property damage are the potential safety risks, such as gas leaks. In addition to trimming back landscaping that could fall onto a tank, also have a service technician survey your tank for possible risk factors, such as rust, loose fittings or faulty valves.

Doors and Windows
Poorly fitted or sealed doors and windows are especially vulnerable in a storm. They can invite leaks or, even worse, blow in completely when weakened by blustery force. It’s a good idea to give all openings to your home a careful review at least a couple of times a year and again after any major weather event.

For additional information on preparing for severe weather conditions, visit Propane.com/Safety.

10 Storm Safety Tips

If your home uses propane, consider these tips from the Propane Education & Research Council to help keep your family safe.

  1. Create an emergency contact list with information for your propane supplier and emergency services, along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
  2. Consider installing UL-listed propane gas detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, which provide you with an additional measure of security. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding installation, location and maintenance.
  3. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to the storm to be struck by lightning. Metal objects such as propane tanks and equipment, tractors and telephone lines can conduct electricity. Do not go near them. If you are caught outside and cannot get to a safe dwelling, find a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. Make sure the place you choose is not subject to flooding.
  4. In the event of a flood, shut off the gas. Turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank if it is safe to do so. To close the valve, turn it to the right (clockwise). Also, it’s typically a good idea to turn off the gas supply valves located near individual indoor appliances. Before you attempt to use any of your propane appliances again, have a propane retailer or qualified service technician check the entire system to ensure it is leak-free.
  5. If a tornado is approaching, immediately take action. If you are inside your home or a building, go to the lowest level possible such as a basement or a storm cellar. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level. If you are in a mobile home, trailer or vehicle, get out immediately and seek shelter in a sturdy building or storm shelter.
  6. After the storm passes and it is safe to do so, check the entire area for damaged gas lines or damage to your propane tank. High winds and hail can move, shift or damage gas lines and tanks. If it is dark, use flashlights, not candles. Immediately call your local utility company or propane retailer if any of these hazards exist. Do not attempt repairs yourself.
  7. Never use outdoor propane appliances like portable heaters, barbecue grills or generators indoors or in enclosed areas, particularly during a power outage. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning or potentially death. Never store, place or use a propane cylinder indoors or in enclosed areas such as a basement, garage, shed or tent.
  8. Inspect propane appliances for water or other damage, if it is safe to do so. If the appliances have electric components and have been exposed to water, they can create a fire hazard. Do not turn on a light switch, use any power source or inspect your household appliances while standing in water. This can result in electrocution.
  9. Schedule a time for a qualified service technician to perform a complete inspection of your propane system if you suspect any of your propane appliances, equipment or vehicles have been underwater or damaged, or you have turned off your gas supply. Never use or operate appliances, equipment or vehicles, or turn on the gas supply, until your system has been inspected by a qualified service technician.
  10. Exercise sound judgment. Stay calm and use radios, television and telephones to stay informed and connected. If any questions arise, contact your propane retailer or local fire department.

SOURCE:
Propane Education & Research Council

Hanco Achieves EMS Star of Life Award

The team at Hanco EMS will be presented this award at the EMS Star of Life Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22

Hanco EMS, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, has achieved an EMS Star of Life Award presented by the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire and Transportation Services, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services.

Congratulations to Hanco

This award honors the exceptional work of Hanco EMS and recognizes its remarkable life-saving efforts and patient care performed during a particular incident.

Hanco EMS was one of nine organizations in Ohio to receive an EMS Star of Life Award this year out of more than 60 applicants.

“The personnel at Hanco EMS strive to deliver the fastest, most reliable and highest quality care possible in all situations,” said Craig Spieker, assistant chief at Hanco EMS. “It is our honor to serve those in need of emergency services.”

The team at Hanco EMS will be presented this award at the EMS Star of Life Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 22 in Columbus, Ohio. This ceremony will be available for the public to stream live by visiting ems.ohio.gov on the day of the event, and the recording of the ceremony will be kept on the website for six months.

Hanco EMS provides professional and expedient ambulance services and pre-hospital emergency medical care to individuals in Hancock County. The team responds to 911 calls and offers medical transport between care facilities such as nursing homes and the hospital. In addition, Hanco EMS offers medical care at a variety of community events, and its emergency medical technicians take part in continuous medical education and training.

For more information about Hanco EMS, visit bvhealthsystem.org.

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BVHS: Cancer Care Center Achieves Accreditation

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center Achieves Rating….

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, has achieved a four-year accreditation for its radiation oncology department by meeting the standards of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Accreditation Program for Excellence (APEx®).

 

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center achieved accreditation through APEx® by undergoing a rigorous, voluntary, multi-step process during which its policies and procedures were evaluated using consensus-based standards for radiation oncology practice. This accreditation demonstrates The Armes Family Cancer Care Center’s commitment to high standards of safety and quality and shows that it practices patient-centered care by promoting effective communication, coordinating treatment and engaging patients and their families as partners in care.

“Delivering safe, quality care to our patients is The Armes Family Cancer Care Center’s top priority,” said David Spears, service line director for oncology and outpatient specialty services at Blanchard Valley Health System. “In times of need, patients must have the ability to count on their cancer care providers. We achieved this accreditation not for ourselves, but to assure our patients that they are receiving the most elite radiation oncology care possible.”

 

“ASTRO commends The Armes Family Cancer Care Center for achieving APEx® accreditation. The center has demonstrated a commitment to providing its patients with safe, high-quality radiation oncology services,” said Paul Harari, MD, FASTRO, chair of the ASTRO Board of Directors.

 

To learn more about The Armes Family Cancer Care Center, call 419.423.5522.

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How Children Can Receive Free or Low-Cost Preventive Care

Medicaid and CHIP benefits include vaccines, regular checkups, dental visits …..


(Family Features) Children are among the most vulnerable populations when it comes to measles and other highly contagious diseases. Giving babies the recommended vaccinations by age 2 is one of the best ways to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, including measles and whooping cough.

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For many families, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can help cover these vaccines and provide free or low-cost health coverage to help keep kids healthy.

Measles is an extremely contagious virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles is so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune can also become infected.

During the first three months of 2019, 387 cases of measles were reported, more than the total cases reported for all of 2018. More than 20 states have reported measles cases.

Your child may be one of the millions of uninsured children that are eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, which can allow your child to get vaccinated against measles and other serious childhood diseases. He or she can also receive benefits like regular checkups, dental visits, eye exams, emergency services, prescriptions and other preventive care.

Parents with low to moderate incomes (up to nearly $50,000, or even higher in some states) may be able to enroll their children in Medicaid or CHIP. There’s no special open enrollment period; you can enroll your children at any time during the year. To enroll your children, you can apply in-person with your state’s Medicaid or CHIP agency, visit the “Find Coverage for Your Family” section on InsureKidsNow.gov or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).

If you need vaccines immediately, contact your state or local health department’s Vaccines for Children program coordinator, or call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) for assistance.

SOURCE:
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Internet Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Association: 5.5 million Americans over 65 currently live with Alzheimer’s disease


(Family Features) Over the past 10 years, researchers have learned Alzheimer’s disease starts much earlier than the onset of symptoms – 10-20 years before an individual, family member or friend might notice the signs of the debilitating disease.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.5 million Americans, of all races and ethnicities, age 65 and older currently live with Alzheimer’s disease, which is expected to grow to more than 7 million people by 2025.

The first-of-its-kind Alzheimer Prevention Trials Webstudy (APT Webstudy), funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to increase the pace of research by enlisting thousands of healthy volunteers who can quickly be enrolled in clinical trials focused on preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Enrollees in the APT Webstudy can use the internet to help stop the disease while being alerted to changes in their own memory function.

“In order to change the lives of the numerous people and their loved ones who will be affected by Alzheimer’s, we need everyone to get involved with prevention efforts,” said Paul Aisen, MD, co-principal investigator of the APT Webstudy. “The bigger the army of volunteers, the faster we can work to prevent this terrible disease.”

Volunteers can access the Webstudy when and where it is convenient for them, such as on their computer or tablet, or even a public library; anywhere they can access the internet. Volunteers participate in regular online memory testing. If there is a change in memory function, eligible volunteers are alerted and may be invited to a no-cost, in-person evaluation at one of the research sites across the country.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to help future generations avoid the suffering caused by Alzheimer’s,” Aisen said. “With enough volunteers, we will be one step closer to seeing the first Alzheimer’s survivor.”

Researchers are looking for a diverse group of people ages 50 or older who have normal thinking and memory function. Volunteers must be willing to answer a few questions about their family and medical history and provide information about their lifestyles. Volunteers will take online memory tests every three months, each one about 20 minutes long.

If you are interested in participating, visit aptwebstudy.org to learn more.

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SOURCE:
Alzheimer’s Prevention Trials

BVHS Receives Energy Efficiency Award  

One of only three health systems in Ohio to receive this recognition.

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has been awarded the 2019 Energy Efficiency Award by AEP Ohio. This award recognizes AEP Ohio customers that have done outstanding work participating in AEP Ohio energy efficiency programs. BVHS is one of only three health systems in Ohio to receive this recognition.

Blanchard Valley Health Pavilion

By excelling in these programs, BVHS has advanced the efficiency of its operations, buildings and patients by providing better lighting, greater comfort, greater productivity and energy cost savings.

“BVHS is devoted to continuously improving its processes and patient experience,” said BJ Pasztor, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing executive at BVHS. “We are honored to be recognized for our energy efficiency efforts.”