University of Kansas Doctor Lee Norman answers six important questions about flu vaccinations.
Because of all the publicity, you might naturally think that most underage drinking deaths are related to driving while intoxicated. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) wants parents to know that the dangers of underage drinking are even greater off the roadways.
MADD analyzed 2010 data from the FBI, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on deaths related to underage alcohol use.
What they found may surprise you. The study showed that only 32 percent of underage drinkers died from traffic related deaths. 68 percent were from other causes. Researchers found that 30 percent died from homicides, 14 percent from suicide, 9 percent from alcohol poisoning and 15 percent from other causes.
"As parents, we are definitely aware of the dangers of drinking and driving," says MADD national President Jan Withers. "I think we're not as educated about all the dangers that drinking before age 21 can be related to. And they're very, very real."
Child health experts agree that talking with your child about alcohol use should begin before they are at the age where temptation and availability are present. That can range anywhere from pre-teen to college age. Its never too late to have that discussion.
Sometimes parents mistakenly believe that if a child is introduced to alcohol drinking in the home that its much safer for them. They believe that their kids are in a controlled environment and not on the road afterwards. But as the analysis shows, being on the road isnt the only concern parents should be thinking and talking about.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that one-quarter of people ages 12-20 (9.7 million children) reported drinking within the previous month. Among those who did not illegally buy booze themselves, 21.4 percent were supplied alcohol from parents, guardians or other adult
Clean Air St. Joe released survey results that show a majority of those living in St. Joseph want to be smoke-free. About 600 households were randomly selected for the survey.
The free training session will focus on how to respond to an adult victim of cardiac arrest and introduce automated external defibrillators (AED) skills.
Four brand new, state-of-the-art operating rooms are now complete at Heartland Health. The multimillion dollar expansion has changed the face of surgery at the St. Joseph hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say 12 cases of E. coli poisoning are linked to Jimmy John's clover sprouts. Illnesses have been reported in neighboring states Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, plus Kansas and Arkansas.
Under the compromise, religious-affiliated employers will not be required to provide birth control coverage. The burden falls to insurance companies to offer birth control services, free of charge.
A poll conducted last week found more than half of Americans think employers should provide health insurance plans that include birth control.
The Covenant Health Center in St Joseph provides the initial test. It's portable enough to be brought to the bedroom.
The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program awarded the St. Joseph YWCA a $35,000 grant to raise awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.
Pfizer is recalling about a million packets of pills because they may not contain enough active ingredient to prevent pregnancy. The drug maker says the recall involves certain lots of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets along with Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets.