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July 16, 2012
If there's no evolution, there's no need for better antibiotics To the editor: There have been letters back and forth in the creation versus evolution discussions. It is possible to argue that there is no such thing as evolution. It is also possible to argue that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is very dangerous.  It requires a lot of mental gymnastics to insist that there is no evolution and that some forms of Staphylococcus aureus have evolved into  MRSA forms of Staphylococcus.
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 1, 2008
Ice cream recipes can come out of left field, as did the bacon ice cream a "Top Chef" reality show contestant made with liquid nitrogen. And then they can come out of deep left field, as in PETA's request last month that a popular commercial ice cream company use human breast milk in it's ice cream instead of cow's milk. But the truth is, you're in good company if you like your ice cream plain. Vanilla is the most popular flavor in the U.S., according to International Dairy Foods Association, a Washington D.C.-based trade group.
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | March 2, 2006
HARPERS FERRY, W.VA. Jefferson County and West Virginia health department officials are investigating what caused about one-third of C.W. Shipley Elementary School students to be diagnosed with strep throat within two months. Since Jan. 3, 144 students have been diagnosed with strep throat - a bacterial infection most common in young children and teenagers, according to the health department. Steven Nichols, superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools, said school officials have taken precautions to disinfect the buildings.
July 27, 2006
Every week in Loop, we'll highlight concerts and events happening in the Washington/Baltimore area. Nightclub 9:30 Go to for more information. The Wreckers featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp Saturday, Aug. 5 $25 Early show. Doors: 6 p.m. The Rentals with Ozma Saturday, Aug. 5 $25 Late show. Doors: 10 p.m. The Pretenders Sunday, Aug. 6 $45 Merriweather Post Pavilion Go to www.merriweathermusic.
by Christine L. Moats | August 18, 2003
Prevention is the best treatment for pneumonia. To protect your body from developing pneumonia, get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, and practice good hygiene. It is also important to exercise. According to Cheryl Stouffer, pneumonia care specialist at Washington County Hospital, regular exercise increases resistance to respiratory infections. Vaccines also are available to protect against influenzal and pneumococcal pneumonia. Because pneumonia is a common complication of influenza, or the flu, getting a flu shot every fall helps to prevent pneumonia.
January 6, 2012
A reported case of tuberculosis at an area high school has made headlines. Tuberculosis, or TB, bacteria are spread through the air.  When a person with active TB disease of the lungs or throat coughs, sneezes, or speaks, people nearby might breathe in these bacteria and become infected. Facts about TB:  Latent TB infection.  When a person is exposed to (breathes in) the TB germs, they may develop a latent TB infection. People with latent TB have no symptoms and can't pass the germ.
by JANET HEIM | April 28, 2005 HAGERSTOWN - Thanks to the generosity of local Bon-Ton customers, the company donated 75 plush bears through its Bears That Care program to Washington County Hospital. The Herald Bears, an exclusive bear made by Ty Inc., maker of Beanie Babies, have soft white fur with white glittered wings. During the 2004 holiday season, Bon-Ton sold an exclusive Beanie Baby named Star. The proceeds went to Bears That Care, an ongoing program that supports distribution of bears to pediatric patients and children in need.
June 21, 2013
Walnut Street Community Health Center will provide free dental sealants to Washington County children as part of a collaborative effort between the center and the Washington County Health Department, with funding support of nearly $10,000 from the Office of Oral Health of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dental sealants, which can cost up to $60 per tooth, are thin coatings that are applied to the pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of the permanent back teeth.
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | October 10, 1999
An 8,000 gallon gasoline tanker that overturned in an accident last fall is no longer useful for transportation but provides an excellent training resource for the Washington County Special Operations Team. The AC&T tanker was donated to the county by the Hagerstown company and is stored at the Hagerstown Fire Department Training Center. The gasoline truck will be used by rescuers from throughout Maryland during a two-day training seminar held at the fire center Oct. 16 and 17. Funded by state grants, the free seminar will be the first of its kind in Maryland, said organizer John Bentley, deputy coordinator of the special operations team.
by JENNIFER FITCH | May 17, 2007
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - When Caitlyn Hill needed supplies for her science fair project, she and her father turned to the World Wide Web. It was on eBay where they found a key component called capsaicin. The chemical compound is what makes chili peppers hot, Caitlyn explained. Capsaicin apparently also made the 14-year-old's project hot, earning her the title of "champion" at the Franklin Science and Technology Fair last month. Caitlyn, a freshman at Waynesboro Area Senior High School, had a feeling she would win something, but wasn't anticipating the title just one step away from her ultimate goal of grand champion.
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