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Drunk and Drugged Driving December, Impaired Driving Prevention Month

By Jeffrey Meyers ASAC · 2:33pm November 24th, 2014
December marks that perfect time of year when everything but the weather is winding down, a time of holidays, family, friends, food, and celebration. It’s a month that closes out the year, only to help usher in what promises to be an exciting new year ahead. It’s a month of joy, bonding, and laughter.

Make Tighter Pants Your Only Thanksgiving Meal Regret

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 8:11am November 21st, 2014
Families across Iowa will gather for their annual Thanksgiving feast soon, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) wants to help ensure the only post-meal regret they may have is that they ate too much – not that they ate something that made them sick. “IDPH often sees a rise in foodborne outbreaks following holidays that include big meals,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr.

Available resources for Veterans

By Brad Johnson · 12:48pm November 19th, 2014
It is estimated that twenty American Veterans commit suicide each day. There are a number of resources available to veterans and their families that can provide help. I have listed three of them below and a website that can direct people to additional resources. Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 Online Chat: http://www.

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes: Steps Toward a Healthier Life

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:28am November 17th, 2014
People with diabetes have a problem with blood sugar. Their blood sugar, or blood glucose, can climb too high. Having high levels of sugar in your blood can cause a lot of trouble. Diabetes raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, amputations, and other serious issues. But the most common type of diabetes, called type 2 diabetes, can be prevented or delayed if you know what steps to take.

Quitline Iowa Offers Support for Great American Smokeout Participants

By Iowa Dept. Of Public Health · 10:58am November 14th, 2014
Nicotine replacement therapy offers patches, gum and lozenges The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans who need help quitting smoking or using smokeless tobacco of a great incentive to enroll in Quitline Iowa before the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout® on November 20.

Benton County Extension offers Words on Wellness

By Benton County Extension · 12:09pm November 12th, 2014
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Could Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline?

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 7:54am November 12th, 2014
As we get older, remembering new stuff—an updated computer password or the name of that person whom we met last night (or was it two nights ago?)—can bring a busy day to a head-scratching halt. But are these “senior moments” just something that we have to accept? Maybe not. In a study published in Nature Neuroscience, a research team partially funded by NIH has provided evidence that changes in a specific brain region are associated with age-related memory loss.

Community Blood Drive

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 9:37am November 7th, 2014
Donate Blood at Virginia Gay Hospital during the Vinton Community Blood Drive Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives! It takes just one hour to make a life-saving blood donation, which will impact the lives of up to three different hospital patients. You can make a difference in our community by helping to maintain our local blood supply.

Dept. of Public Health says one Iowan quarantined solely as Ebola precaution

By Iowa Dept. Of Public Health · 12:15am November 7th, 2014
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) is updating the numbers of travelers who are currently being monitored for Ebola. As of November 6, 2014, 13 travelers, who were in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea in the last 21 days, are now in Iowa. Twelve had low risk of having been exposed to Ebola in those countries, so they are being allowed to resume normal activities; however, IDPH has ordered them to self-monitor, meaning they are required to take their temperature twice a day and report their health status to p...

What To Do When Your Throat Hurts

By Virginia Gay Hospital · 7:55am November 5th, 2014
We’ve all had sore throats around this time of year. Your throat feels scratchy and may hurt when you swallow. What can you do to soothe a sore throat? And when is it a sign of a more serious infection? Most sore throats are caused by viral infections such as the common cold or the flu. These throat problems are generally minor and go away on their own.

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