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Ever since the evidence-based 5-2-1-0 initiative was endorsed in 2017, the Iowa Department of Public Health has recommended no more than two hours of recreational screen time daily. Screen time includes watching TV, using a computer, phone or other electronic...
A baby is determined to have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) if no cause of death can be identified following a death-scene investigation, an autopsy and a review of the clinical history. SIDS as a cause of death...
Wednesday, Oct. 6 is National Walk or Bike to School Day. As communities in Dallas County increase the number of safe sidewalks and recreation trails, more students and school staff are taking advantage of the opportunity to sneak in a...
Here at the Dallas County Health Department, we’re getting calls about bed bugs. This seems to happen every now and then. Here are some tips on preventing and exterminating bed bugs. Bed bugs look like small, flat apple seeds. They...
Even in the midst of a global pandemic, other diseases continue to threaten our health. More than 360 residents of Dallas County were diagnosed with cancer in 2020, according to the University of Iowa College of Public Health. The good...
Older adults often worry about health changes and related costs. There is no shortage of advice. From AARP to insurance companies to travel and recreational businesses, everyone has an opinion about your money. The Social Security Administration has an online...
Medicaid insurance covers regular health screenings (or exams) for children. For more than 50 years, an important component of children’s health insurance has been Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT.) The regular EPSDT screenings include physical, vision, hearing...
Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. Accidental overdose of opioids has touched our communities, maybe your family. In the U.S., more than 760,000 people have died since 1999 from a drug overdose. Two out of three drug overdose deaths...
The Dallas County Hospital in Perry is offering free testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Ann Cochran is the health navigation coordinator in the Dallas County Public Health Department.
This is the time of summer when the gardens are really producing. Maybe you’re already up to your ears in sweet corn and every square inch in your kitchen is occupied by tomatoes. On the other hand, you may be in...