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By TIM SHEA | March 13, 2009
Hospice of Washington County recently established a partnership with a hospice in Kenya through the Foundation for Hospices in Sub-Saharan Africa's Partnership Initiative. The local hospice has adopted Coast Hospice of Mombasa, Kenya, as its sister hospice, said Susan Taylor, executive director of Hospice of Washington County. The partnership was approved by the FHSSA about Feb. 1, she said. Coast Hospice serves Kenya's approximately 300-mile Indian Ocean coastal region from Somalia south to Tanzania.
June 4, 2006
REACH is seeking donations of new and/or used air conditioners in good working order (REACH is unable to fix broken air conditioners) for those in our community who suffer from heart disease, lung disease, cancer, AIDS/HIV or other life-threatening illnesses that can worsen in the summer heat. If donors would prefer to donate funds to purchase an air conditioner, REACH will buy it with the donations. REACH also seeks volunteers to pick up and deliver air conditioners to homebound individuals.
April 23, 2011
Thumbs Up To the Watoto Children’s Choir of Uganda, whose members shared their smiles and voices during performances at several local churches last weekend. The children, many of them orphaned by violence and HIV/AIDS, provided a glimpse of hope for the future of Africa. Thumbs Up To Keedysville native and Shippensburg University junior Jonathan Miller, who took the initiative to organize a college fishing team. The Shippensburg University FLW College Fishing Team allows Miller and fellow students to pursue their hobby and an education at the same time.
May 3, 2004
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following general schedule for eye exams: Children should be screened for eye disease in their first three months, at 6 months to 1 year old, and age 3 and 5. (The American Optometric Association recommends the first eye exam at age 6 months.) Adults should get a comprehensive medical eye exam once between the ages of 20 and 39, every two to four years between the ages of 40 and 64, and every one or two years after 64. The American Academy of Ophthalmology advises individuals with any of the following risk factors for disease to check with a doctor to determine how often they should have their eyes examined: developmental delay premature birth personal or family history of eye disease African-American heritage previous serious eye injury use of certain medications diseases that affect the whole body, including diabetes and HIV infection - Source: www.aao.
February 19, 2007
Health department names employee of the month Elizabeth Nuckles has been named the Washington County Health Department's Employee of the Month for February. Nuckles received her nursing license in 1997 and is employed as the program manager for the health department's communicable disease program, a position she has held since 2003. In this capacity, she oversees several programs aimed at the control of communicable diseases, including HIV/AIDS case management, emergency preparedness planning, refugee health, tuberculosis control, adult and childhood immunizations, family planning and sexually transmitted infection clinics and communicable disease outbreak surveillance and investigation.
March 28, 1997
Monday, April 7 Cardiovascular risk assessment - 7 a.m. to noon, Valley Mall, Hagerstown Junior College classroom, Hagerstown; use the main entrance Blood tests are $15. Patients must fast 12 hours before the test, and they must drink water beforehand. The tests include a lipid profile measuring total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, ratio total/HDL and triglycerides, and glucose screening. Free assessments include dietary intake, weight management, body composition, blood pressure and smoking cessation advice and referral.
BY KATE COLEMAN | April 16, 2002 Thinking about getting tattooed or pierced? Maybe you want to think again - about the possible risk of infection - from blood-borne viruses, including HIV, hepatitis B and C. OK. Here's the doom and gloom from Mom and the establishment medical community. You probably know about AIDs, but the hepatitis viruses also are not fun. They can damage the liver- causing lifelong infection, cirrhosis or scarring, cancer and ultimately death. The Centers for Disease Control cites risk of infection if instruments are not sterilized or disinfected or are used inappropriately between clients.
December 9, 1997
Letters to the Editor Segregation not the answer To the editor: As chairman of the AIDS Coalition of Washington County Maryland, Inc., I must take umbrage with the positions taken and opinions expressed by Charles Allen in the Daily Mail: "Segregate HIV victims. " While the simplistic solution of isolation of individuals infected with the Human Immunedeficiency Virus (HIV) might appeal to some, this draconian measure for control of the current HIV epidemic has been tried in only one country, Cuba, where it has been a dismal failure.
By TIFFANY MARCH | April 18, 2010
WASHINGTON -- Maryland excels in some areas of health care, such as breast cancer screening and in-home care, but lags in others, such as pneumonia treatment and the number of HIV-related deaths, according to a new study. The National Healthcare Quality Report, released last week, is an annual checkup on the quality of health care across the country, first ordered by Congress in 2003. Overall, the quality of Maryland's health care falls between weak and average, according to the agency that publishes the report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | January 15, 2009
Even though they lost their parents to HIV/AIDS, the orphans of Uganda do not intend to share sad stories. In fact, audiences at two Tri-State area churches might find their stories inspiring, said Edward "Eddie" Mwesigye, a team leader for Watoto Children's Choir No. 33, a choir of Ugandan orphans ages 8 to 13. "It's testimony about what they've been through," Mwesigye said from the road, during a recent interview with The Herald-Mail....
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