Get ready to celebrate this year, with this helpful PDF of tips for a healthier Halloween.
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:
Take these simple steps to help your children have a fun – and safe – Halloween
Oswayo Valley Comprehensive Blood Analysis Sponsored by Cole Memorial and the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library from 7:00 to 10:00
a.m. at Oswayo Valley Elementary School. Screenings include 30 common tests for $45 with optional test such as the TSH ($15), PSA ($25), or A1C ($35). To register go online to www.colememorial.org or call (814) 274-8200.
On World Stroke Day, October 29th, the American Heart Association/AmericanStroke Association urges all Americans to learn and share F.A.S.T.
F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1) is a simple acronym that will help you remember the common signs of a stroke. Sadly, one in three Americans can’t recall any of the stroke warning signs.
Why learn F.A.S.T.? The quicker you recognize the stroke warning signs and call 9-1-1, the more likely you may be able to reduce disability and
even save a life.
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Per the CDC, flu activity is low across the United States now but usually begins to increase in October It most commonly peaks between January and March. Make plans to get your flu vaccine this fall.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has provided the following information. Please click on this link: Ebola – FAQ
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has been monitoring the Ebola outbreak since it began earlier this year. To find out more about Ebola please visit the Pa Department of Health Ebola information web page.
David R Macinga, PhDMicrobiologist and Research Fellow, GOJO Industries
It’s making headlines across the country, a rare type of enterovirus – EV-D68 – that primarily causes respiratory illness. As of September 9, 2014, cases affecting children and teenagers in Missouri and Illinois have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and several other states are reporting possible cases as well.
Symptoms related to EV-D68 include mild to severe respiratory illness. The virus usually starts like the common cold; symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and a cough. These are all symptoms of an enterovirus. Yet, with EV-D68, patients will get a severe cough, have difficulty breathing and/or develop a rash. EV-D68 is sometimes also accompanied by a fever or wheezing. The full spectrum of EV-D68 illness is not yet well defined.
A vaccine for EV-D68 is not currently available, and there are no specific treatments. Some people with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 may need to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy.
Like other enteroviruses, this illness is likely spread from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes or touches contaminated surfaces. According to health officials, taking commonsense steps to reduce the risk is your best approach to preventing infection. The following are the recommendations from the CDC:
The increase of EV-D68 cases is a good reminder there are many times you should wash or sanitize your hands to help prevent illness and infection. Important steps for good hand hygiene are to wash or sanitize your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer: