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Legal Opioids More Restricted, But Heroin Abuse Grows

WHEELING — It’s the “catch-22” of contemporary medicine: As access to legal opioids is restricted, drug users turn to dangerous illegal substances, such as heroin, with potential deadly results. To reduce misuse of narcotics, prescription painkillers have been reformulated and ...

Ask an Audiologist: Why Was I Unaware That I Was Losing My Hearing?

If you’re in generally good health and are the type of person who doesn’t like to think of yourself as less capable than anyone else, you might have found that you started blaming other people for frequent miscommunication. This is very common. You may think others are not speaking ...

Officials Monitoring Spread of Zika Virus

WHEELING — Anxiety over mosquito-borne Zika virus shows major public health concerns can come in very small packages. Although the local area is at low risk for mosquito-borne Zika infection, according to Howard Gamble, administrator of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, that ...

Local Experts Offer Nutrition, Exercise Advice

Dietary and exercise advice is plentiful these days, and trends can seem to trump well-established standards. For example, “Is it healthy to eat coconut and palm oils?” and “Are burst cardio workouts right for me?” are among the new considerations. Experts from The Howard Long ...

Knowing the Signs Of A Stroke — FAST

In the United States, nearly 800,000 people a year will suffer a stroke. About 690,000 of these strokes occur when a clot cuts off blood flow to a part of the brain. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the country, killing about 130,000 people in the U.S. each year. However, education, ...

Steps to Achieve A Better Work-Life Balance

Many people face the challenge of balancing work and family. Workloads may be hefty on both fronts, and the pursuit of a healthy balance between home and career may seem like an unattainable goal. Stress can build from feelings of being pulled in too many directions. According to Mental ...

Take Precautions And Guard Your Health

ST. CLAIRSVILLE —Drug addiction and influenza season are some of the most prevalent concerns on the minds of officials with the Monroe, Belmont and Harrison county health departments. Monroe County Health Commissioner Linda Dick said one of the most pressing health concerns in Eastern Ohio ...

Flu Vaccine Available Now To Prevent Illness Later

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Influenza season is coming, and local health officials urge residents to get vaccinated in an effort to prevent the illness. The Belmont County Health Department received a shipment of flu vaccine for the 2016-17 flu season. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

The Best (and Worst) Foods for a Healthy Heart

No one wants to hear from their doctors that they have joined the millions of people across the globe to be diagnosed with heart disease. The Heart Foundation reports that heart disease, which includes diseases of the heart and cardiovascular system and stroke, is the No. 1 cause of death in ...

Coffee and Colon Health

Coffee compels many people to rise out of bed every morning. While individuals have many reasons to drink caffeinated beverages, the most notable is often the pep such beverages provide. But coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages actually may provide additional benefits, including ...

Music May Improve Health

Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” Music often communicates messages that are not easily expressed, which is one reason why music is such an integral part of so many people’s lives. While many people ...

Strategies to Get Back in a Good Mood

Adults know that life has its ups and downs. While it’s important not to get too down when things don’t go as planned, no one is immune to bad moods. But just because bad moods are a fact of life, that does not mean they cannot be combatted. While bad moods are nothing to get too worried ...

Why Dental Hygiene Is Essential for Overall Health

The importance of maintaining clean teeth and healthy gums goes beyond having fresh breath and a white smile. Many people are surprised to discover that oral hygiene plays an integral role in overall health. Research indicates that oral health mirrors the condition of the body as a ...

Recognize and Prevent Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs, can impact muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Though The Mayo Clinic estimates that 3 million people in the United States are affected by such injuries, some may not fully understand just how they reached a point where they are suffering from an ...

Don’t Just Think Pink in October — Take Action

Soon we will be seeing the color pink out in full force, as the official color of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But has “Think Pink” lost its effectiveness? Woman may be seeing the color, but many are still not taking the action necessary to save their lives. That action means talking to ...