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8 Warning Signs for Heat-Related Illnesses
July 03, 2017
Dehydration and heat stroke are two very common heat-related diseases that can be life-threatening if left untreated. Older people are at added risk for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA). This is particularly true for those with chronic health issues, the agency cautions. "Heat fatigue, heat-related dizziness, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are all forms of hyperthermia. The condition occurs when the body is overwhelmed by... READ MORE
Keep Poison Ivy from Derailing Summer Plans
June 29, 2017
Poison ivy is distinguishable by its three leaves. As the saying goes, “Leaves of three, let them be.”  A whopping 85 percent of people develop an allergic reaction to poison ivy “I have patients who thought they weren’t allergic to poison ivy,” said   Brooks Mersing, MD , of Mon Health Wedgewood Primary Care . “Just because you don’t have an allergic reaction once, that doesn’t mean you won’t have a reaction the next time you’re exposed. Most people do.” Typically the first time your skin com... READ MORE
Water-Safety 101: Basic Guidelines
June 27, 2017
Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or killed in boating and swimming accidents. You can protect yourself and your family from such accidents by following these guidelines. Boating safety Check weather and water conditions before leaving shore. Do not drink and boat. Alcohol is a factor in many boating accidents. Choose a designated boat driver who will not drink. Insist that everyone wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device or life jacket while on board. Always tell someone wher... READ MORE
Mon Health Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Keeps Us Safe in Emergency Situations
May 22, 2017
Mon Health EMS employees provide more than an ambulance ride:  They enhance the health of the communities they serve, one person at a time. They’re the bicyclists in the stadium parking lot on game day. They’re on the rail trail during a 5-K run bandaging a sprained ankle. They’re on a rescue boat in the middle of Cheat Lake responding to a boating accident. They’re extricating trapped patients out of their cars after a motor vehicle accident. Mon Health EMS works with other county emergency respon... READ MORE
3 Good Reasons to Not Skip Out on Sleep
April 28, 2017
Like eating and breathing, sleeping is an essential part of living. You’ve probably heard a lot about how much sleep you need—typically 7 to 8 hours for adults. But the quality of your sleep matters, too. So what exactly is considered a good night’s rest? And how can sleeping well help your body and mind? Defining a good night’s rest In a recent report, the National Sleep Foundation set out to define quality sleep. Before its report, there was no consensus among health experts on exactly what it meant t... READ MORE
Proper hand hygiene helps reduce the spread of infections
April 20, 2017
Hand hygiene is one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of infection. Hand hygiene is the act of cleaning one's hands with a soap/solution (non-antimicrobial or antimicrobial) and water, or a waterless antimicrobial agent to the surface of the hands. Increased hand hygiene leads to lower rates of infection among adults. You don’t only protect yourself, you also protect your family members, and your colleagues as well. You can spread certain "germs" (a general term for microbes like viruses ... READ MORE
Drug use Increasing Hepatitis Cases
July 07, 2016
Needle sharing during illegal drug use is increasing the number of Hepatitis B and C infections in West Virginia. Hepatitis is a disease caused by a virus that infects the liver. Without treatment, Hepatitis B and C can lead to cirrhosis , liver cancer and liver failure . Although the disease can be serious, with treatment, most people can manage the disease and maintain their quality of life. How do you contract hepatitis B? Sexual contact. You may become infected if you have unprotected sex with an inf... READ MORE
Skin Cancer Prevention Begins with You
June 21, 2016
Mon General Hospital Dermatologist Mary Hall, MD Would you ever think to look for signs of skin cancer on the soles of your feet or between your fingers? Would you know what to look for? Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and the vast majority of it is caused by sun exposure. But with screening and preventative care, most skin cancer can be avoided. Mon General Hospital Dermatology’s Mary Hall, MD , recommends annual skin cancer screenings. For patients with a personal o... READ MORE
Mon EMS Keeps Us Safe in Emergency Situations
May 18, 2016
Monongalia Emergency Medical Services (Mon EMS) provides more than an ambulance ride. They’re the bicyclists in the stadium parking lot on game day. They’re on the rail trail during a 5-k bandaging a sprained ankle. They’re on a rescue boat in the middle of Cheat Lake responding to a boating accident. They’re cutting trapped patients out of their cars after a motor vehicle accident. Mon EMS crews do everything except fight fires. Mon EMS provides emergency services to all of Monongalia County 24 hours a... READ MORE
Ticks: Protecting yourself, your family and your pets
May 03, 2016
As you enjoy the spring and summer months, remember to be aware of some unwelcome companions: ticks. Ticks are small insect-like creatures that live in grass, bushes and wooded areas. Tick bites often occur at night during the spring and summer months.   “When you’re outside in tick-prone areas, wear light-colored clothing, and tuck your pants into your socks,” said R. Don Cunanan, MD , a Primary Care Physician for Mon General Hospital Primary Care in Waynesburg, Pa. “The light colors make it easie... READ MORE
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