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by PEPPER BALLARD | June 24, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Cigarettes and some cough suppressants now have one thing in common: Users must be at least 18 years old to buy them at some local stores. Martin's Food Markets, Giant Food Stores and Tops Markets in May began carding anyone trying to buy over-the-counter cough and cold remedies containing dextromethorphan, a nonnarcotic cough suppressant some teenagers are abusing, said Tracy Pawelski, spokeswoman for Martin's Food Markets. "Sales restrictions strike an appropriate balance between curbing abuse and preserving consumer access," said Elizabeth Funderburk, spokeswoman for The Consumer Healthcare Products Administration, which is made up of more than 65 over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors.
NEWS
May 4, 2009
Stay informed. The CDC Web site ( www.cdc.gov/swineflu ) will be updated regularly as information becomes available. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person to person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Take everyday actions to stay healthy. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
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by KAREN HANNA | April 26, 2007
A sickness similar to the flu has forced the Humane Society of Washington County to temporarily close its dog-adoption kennels, according to a press release from the organization. Dogs that recently went home with new owners also might be sick, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said. Cooker said 15 of the 34 dogs at the Humane Society on Wednesday were sick with symptoms that included congestion, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The sick dogs, along with 12 dogs housed near them, are on antibiotics, she said.
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By KAREN HANNA | April 25, 2007
HAGERSTOWN A sickness similar to the flu has forced the Humane Society of Washington County to temporarily close its dog-adoption kennels, according to a press release from the organization. Dogs that recently went home with new owners might also be sick, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said. Cooker said 15 of the 34 dogs at the Humane Society on Wednesday were sick with symptoms that included congestion, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The sick dogs, along with 12 dogs housed near them, are on antibiotics, she said.
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Chad Smith | January 2, 2012
As you're reading this, it is the second day into the same year we were told we were never to see. I looked out my window this morning, and as far as I can see, the world is still here. So what that means is we have another year to work toward achieving our goals. What are you going to do with this year you weren't supposed to have? Take this next year and do some things you've never done before -  set some big, fat, audacious fitness goals and really challenge yourself.
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Alicia Notarianni | Making Ends Meet | January 26, 2012
"It's a cold," Dr. Babin would say in his thick Romanian accent. "They'll feel better in a week and a half or 10 days. " I guess the redundant axiom was the pediatrician's droll attempt to humor my mom. She'd receive the words from a healthy distance across the office as five snot-nosed, coughing kids swung from her purse strap and tugged at her pant legs. She was a patient woman, and apparently wise, because eventually she stopped paying for the sage advice and began dispensing it herself.
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by CANDICE BOSELY | April 24, 2003
martinsburg@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County health officials are treating a person who returned from China with SARS-like symptoms, but said the patient's condition is improving rather than worsening. "With SARS, they become more ill and the temperature continues to go up. This person's temperature has rapidly returned to normal," said Sandra LeMaster, nurse director at the Berkeley County Health Department. LeMaster said when the patient recently returned from an overseas trip, the person had a temperature above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit and a cough, which are symptoms of SARS, which is an acronym for severe acute respiratory syndrome.
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By TRISH RUDDER | October 6, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- More than 100 people attended a seminar Tuesday night in Martinsburg to give their knowledge about H1N1 a boost. Mina Gaudette of Martinsburg said she heard about the program, held at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University Hospital-East's City Hospital campus, on the radio and attended because she wanted to learn more. She and her husband retired from Northern Virginia and moved to Martinsburg a few years ago.  "We need to be informed and just use common sense," Gaudette said.
NEWS
October 7, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Officials at Summit Health, the parent organization of both Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, are urging parents to avoid taking children to the hospital to visit loved ones. Because some schools in Franklin County have seen a surge in the number of students with flu-like symptoms, hospital officials are requesting that parents do not take children younger than 18 years old to the hospital to visit loved ones unless they have been given special permission by the patient's doctor.
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by TIM ROWLAND | August 31, 2004
Do I have this right? President Bush comes to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and a few people are excluded. Sen. John Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, comes to the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and a few people are included. It's neat that Berkeley County is attracting the big political guns, although when it became a bellwether, I don't know: "As goes Vanclevesville, so goes the nation. " Heinz Kerry was here to discuss "issues" among a select few, more specifically the health-care issue.
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Alicia Notarianni | Making Ends Meet | January 26, 2012
"It's a cold," Dr. Babin would say in his thick Romanian accent. "They'll feel better in a week and a half or 10 days. " I guess the redundant axiom was the pediatrician's droll attempt to humor my mom. She'd receive the words from a healthy distance across the office as five snot-nosed, coughing kids swung from her purse strap and tugged at her pant legs. She was a patient woman, and apparently wise, because eventually she stopped paying for the sage advice and began dispensing it herself.
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NEWS
January 19, 2012
Health officials in Berkeley and Morgan counties in the Eastern Panhandle and Hancock County in the state's Northern Panhandle are investigating outbreaks of whooping cough. Berkeley County Health Officer Diana Gaviria told the Berkeley County Council Thursday morning that they have documented 11 confirmed cases of pertussis among preschool and school-age children since November. "Fortunately, it doesn't seem to be showing any antibiotic resistance, it's easily treated," Gaviria said in an interview after the council meeting.
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Chad Smith | January 2, 2012
As you're reading this, it is the second day into the same year we were told we were never to see. I looked out my window this morning, and as far as I can see, the world is still here. So what that means is we have another year to work toward achieving our goals. What are you going to do with this year you weren't supposed to have? Take this next year and do some things you've never done before -  set some big, fat, audacious fitness goals and really challenge yourself.
NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | December 16, 2011
The Humane Society of Washington County is asking people to wait until after Dec. 29 to turn in dogs at its shelter, due to a recurrence of kennel cough. Kennel cough, or bordetella, is the common name for canine tracheobronchitis, the humane society said in a news release Friday. It is a highly contagious disease that affects dogs and is most commonly identified by a dry hacking cough that may resemble honking, the release said. Katherine Cooker, a spokeswoman for the humane society, said in an email that it is the second time this year that the shelter has dealt with the disease.
LIFESTYLE
By BOB GARVER | Special to The Herald-Mail | November 1, 2011
Seven years ago, swarthy assassin-turned-good-guy Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas) stole the show in "Shrek 2. "  The film itself was clever and funny, but Puss made it even better.   As the series went along, the films became much worse and Puss became less appealing along with them. Now the decision has been made to remove the ogres from the equation and see if the films are any better with Puss center stage.   The resulting film is about as unfunny as the lesser "Shrek" movies and proves that their critical failure had less to do with the choice of characters and more to do with the choice of writers.
NEWS
October 7, 2009
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Officials at Summit Health, the parent organization of both Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals, are urging parents to avoid taking children to the hospital to visit loved ones. Because some schools in Franklin County have seen a surge in the number of students with flu-like symptoms, hospital officials are requesting that parents do not take children younger than 18 years old to the hospital to visit loved ones unless they have been given special permission by the patient's doctor.
NEWS
By TRISH RUDDER | October 6, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- More than 100 people attended a seminar Tuesday night in Martinsburg to give their knowledge about H1N1 a boost. Mina Gaudette of Martinsburg said she heard about the program, held at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University Hospital-East's City Hospital campus, on the radio and attended because she wanted to learn more. She and her husband retired from Northern Virginia and moved to Martinsburg a few years ago.  "We need to be informed and just use common sense," Gaudette said.
NEWS
May 4, 2009
Stay informed. The CDC Web site ( www.cdc.gov/swineflu ) will be updated regularly as information becomes available. Influenza is thought to spread mainly person to person through coughing or sneezing of infected people. Take everyday actions to stay healthy. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective.
NEWS
by PEPPER BALLARD | June 24, 2007
WASHINGTON COUNTY - Cigarettes and some cough suppressants now have one thing in common: Users must be at least 18 years old to buy them at some local stores. Martin's Food Markets, Giant Food Stores and Tops Markets in May began carding anyone trying to buy over-the-counter cough and cold remedies containing dextromethorphan, a nonnarcotic cough suppressant some teenagers are abusing, said Tracy Pawelski, spokeswoman for Martin's Food Markets. "Sales restrictions strike an appropriate balance between curbing abuse and preserving consumer access," said Elizabeth Funderburk, spokeswoman for The Consumer Healthcare Products Administration, which is made up of more than 65 over-the-counter medicine and dietary supplement manufacturers and distributors.
NEWS
by KAREN HANNA | April 26, 2007
A sickness similar to the flu has forced the Humane Society of Washington County to temporarily close its dog-adoption kennels, according to a press release from the organization. Dogs that recently went home with new owners also might be sick, spokeswoman Katherine Cooker said. Cooker said 15 of the 34 dogs at the Humane Society on Wednesday were sick with symptoms that included congestion, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The sick dogs, along with 12 dogs housed near them, are on antibiotics, she said.
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