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Fight foodborne bacteria - Foodborne illness can strike anyone. Some people are at a higher risk for developing foodborne illness, including pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Follow these four simple steps to food...
If you find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic. There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a plain set of fine-tipped tweezers will remove a tick quite effectively. How to remove a tick: Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the...
2012 Erie County Community Health Needs Assessment
A community health needs assessment is a tool used to evaluate the health status of residents and identify areas of concern within the community. Data comes from multiple sources, including input from residents themselves. The long-range goal is to provide focus areas for collaborative action...
A Breath of Fresh Air
Mark your calendars! It is your chance to take a breath of fresh air and take the first step to break free from your smoking habit. The Northwest PA Tobacco Control Program encourages you to participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21st. This an annual event...
Suicide: A Growing Problem
Suicide is a major public health problem. Every year more than 31,000 people die in the United States by suicide. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States, and 3rd in Pennsylvania. Last year in Erie County there were 45 deaths due to suicide, the youngest age 10, the oldest...
Not What the Doctor Ordered
Let’s talk about prescription drugs, including intentional and unintentional misuse, abuse and dependency among older adults, ages 65 +. Talking about it allows us to examine the myths and facts about the issue, and to separate truth from fiction. According to the National Council on...
What's an MRU?
Med Return Units (MRU) are popping up all across the country, uniquely positioned in local police departments to allow residents a safe way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications. They are similar in size and shape to an old fashioned mail box, and just as heavy. According to a new...
The Intersection of Suicide and Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths Among Women
Over the past five years, a trend has emerged indicating an intersection between suicide and prescription drug overdose deaths in our country, especially among women. Nationwide, 42 women die every day from a drug overdose. Since 2007, more women have died from drug overdoses than from motor...
Smoking - A Cancer Trigger
Just imagine a world without cancer. I am sure that this is the hope of the millions of people affected by this deadly disease. However, you can prevent and reduce your risk of developing cancer today by making some lifestyle changes which include; eating healthier foods, being...