Wash Your Hands

Hepatitis A is a great example of why it is so important to wash your hands. Someone infected with the disease can transmit the virus to others via contaminated food or water or by direct contact if good hygiene is not practiced. Complicating matters is the fact the infected person will be contagious for at least a couple […]

To Eat or Not to Eat

“It’s not about the weight … it’s about the inability to deal with feelings and emotions … about using a bowl of pasta or a pound of M&Ms as a narcotic to stem the pain. That’s what compulsive overeating is.” These anguished words are from a participator on a Web site for eating disorders. […]

For Your Ears Only

CORSICANA, TX — Ear problems can signal hearing, balance and other health issues. We’ve all experienced the discomfort of stubborn water remaining in the ear after a dip in the pool or a shower, a ringing sensation after attending a loud sporting event or a concert, or the sudden sensation of the room spinning, […]

Is It an Emergency?

WAXAHACHIE, TX — It could be a headache that’s worse than others, a cough that won’t quit or a cut that keeps bleeding. At some point, you’ve likely had to decide whether a trip to the emergency department is in order. For many symptoms, it can be tough to tell. The tips below may […]

Breast Cancer Awareness

The list no one wants to be on is endless. You cannot be rich enough or famous enough to escape it if you have it. Christina Applegate, Elizabeth Edwards, Amy Mickelson and Sandra Day O’Connor can attest to that. Their names are only a fraction of the numbers of people with breast cancer. Thankfully, […]

Making Connections

Helping others feeds Monika Ringo’s soul. She is an ordained minister, a nurse, and an instructor of CPR, first aid and infant safety — not to mention the mother of four daughters, three of whom are triplets. Meghan, the eldest at age 26, lives in Lubbock while the triplets, Shannon, Callie and Kristen, 21, […]

It’s Wise to Immunize

As back-to-school season approaches, along with those new school supplies, shoes and haircuts, make sure your child has his or her necessary immunizations. School-age children must receive certain vaccines before admission to school — but more importantly, staying up-to-date on necessary immunizations is a matter of good preventive health. If your child has had […]

Do Not Drink the Water

Those happy days of summer spent splashing in the pool without a care in the world may not be so carefree. The closing of public pools because of contamination brought Recreational Water Illnesses (RWI) to the forefront. RWIs occur when swallowing or having some contact with water that is contaminated with pathogens (germs). These […]