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Ann Cochran

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Such a problem to have – more food than you can eat. The Dallas County Health Department offers some advice on how to handle your bounty. When preparing your feast, start by washing your hands, counters, cutting boards and seldom-used...
Are you aware of the problem of the improper use and overuse of antibiotics worldwide? We are now using antibiotic medications, cream, soap, cleanser, spray and who-knows-what. Because bacteria are living organisms, they change or mutate in order to resist...
You almost certainly know someone who has diabetes. That person may control the disease well enough that you don’t even realize they have it. For many others, diabetes disrupts their lives in countless ways. Persons living with diabetes often have...
You can’t turn around without seeing or hearing about Medicare open enrollment. It’s also open enrollment time for persons with health insurance through the Marketplace – also known as Affordable Care Act insurance or Obamacare. If you have this type...
Is it your imagination, or are we less physically fit than we used to be? Data from the World Health Organization shows one in four adults globally don’t achieve the recommended amount of physical activity on a regular basis. But...
Medicare is a federal government health insurance. Medicare has different plans to choose from.  Only individual plans are available -- there is no family-plan option. You sign up for Medicare through the U.S. Social Security Administration. If you have been...
There is a nonprofit organization, called Parenting Way Inc., with a mission of helping parents, grandparents and guardians. Their focus is to educate parents for the health, safety and success of children and adolescents. Parenting Way offers a 10-week class...
Sure, you know that good teeth are important, but you don’t have dental insurance. This is a legitimate concern, and Dallas County Health recognizes that many people are in this situation. To be clear, dental wellness involves more than teeth. Periodontal...
Amid all the national and international turmoil, youth violence is rising. Violence witnessed by teens as well as violence personally experienced has become a serious public health problem. Violence is an adverse experience with the potential to derail normal psychological...
Which infectious disease is the most common viral infection in the U.S. and is spread by blood? It’s hepatitis C. There are more than 20,000 Iowans diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C, including about 200 in Dallas County. The actual number of...