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Ann Cochran

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According to the Dallas County Emergency Management Department, we’re most likely to experience a disaster during May or July. Typically, the disasters in Iowa are wind and flooding damage. So why bring this up in the dead of winter? Because...
A routine well-child check-up includes an annual screening for lead poisoning. Even if your children are not going to get any immunizations, it is important that they be screened for lead at ages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and...
In June 2014, it became illegal in Iowa for anyone under age 18 to purchase alternative nicotine and vapor -- e-cigarette -- products. Vaping is banned statewide on school property, and local restrictions prohibit use in other locations. Even so,...
The answer to the question is, unfortunately, yes. There are indeed hungry people in my town. Both the very small towns and the large metro suburbs in Dallas County contain families and individuals who cannot count on having enough to...
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by bacteria. The disease is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Although it can be prevented through vaccination, pertussis occurs regularly in Iowa....
The Dallas County Health Department occasionally receives calls asking about bed bugs, which are insects that feed on the blood of animals and people. Bed bugs look like a flat apple seed and are attracted to...
It seems as though there is a national day or week or even month for nearly everything. Many organizations draw attention to their message via special days on the calendar. Dec. 2-8 is designated Hand Washing Awareness Week. This is of...
If you believe you cannot afford to heat your home this winter, please consider applying for the LIHEAP program. LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is intended to help both renters and homeowners who are within certain income guidelines. LIHEAP pays...
Adults are 100 times more likely than children to die of diseases that vaccines can prevent. Each year in the U.S., vaccine-preventable diseases claim the lives of 500 children and approximately 50,000 adults. While childhood immunization rates are at an...
People with diabetes are much more likely to become blind than those without diabetes. Diabetic eye disease can cause permanent vision loss or reduced vision that cannot be corrected with glasses. It’s absolutely necessary for anyone with diabetes to have...