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As any good scout knows, we should always be prepared. September is Preparedness Month, a good time to plan what to do “just in case.” Non-profit organizations, such as the American Red Cross and Salvation Army, help persons experiencing house...
Chemotherapy is cancer treatment using medications, including cytotoxic drugs, containing chemicals that prevent cells from reproducing or growing. Chemotherapy accounts for the survival of many cancer victims. A well known side effect of chemo drugs is that they cannot tell...
The beginning of the schoolyear brings up both hopes and worries, eagerness and dread. Parents aren’t immune to concerns, usually on a different level than their children. While students might stress about social media, keeping up with studies and extracurricular...
Raise your hand if you have items in your home that you’d like to get rid of. Keep your hand up if those items originally belonged to someone else. Even if you don’t need, don’t use or don’t like an item,...
Taking a role in watching over an aging friend or relative can be both rewarding and frustrating. It’s important to strike a balance between keeping your loved one safe and healthy and allowing the loved one as much independence...
The link between good health and readiness to learn means the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services and the Iowa Department of Education serve as critical partners in preparing students to do their best in school. Iowa law requires...
The word endemic is being used more often this year. What does it mean, and how is it different from an epidemic or a pandemic? First, an epidemic is a sudden outbreak of a disease that spreads quickly within a...
The Dallas County Public Health Department is helping distribute vouchers to low-income residents over the age of 60 that can be used at farmers markets for fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh herbs. The point of this U.S. Department of...
The Dallas County Emergency Management office encourages anyone who uses electric medical devices or assistive technology to create a plan in case your power goes out during a storm or other disaster. Such equipment includes oxygen, home dialysis, power...
Name a behavior that many people continue even when they know it can lead to cancer. Smoking is a big one. Another is exposing your skin to the sun. Avoiding sun exposure is a tough topic for many parents to address...