Health Care


Democrats say they have votes to shut down the government Democrats say they have votes to shut down the government
- January 19, 2018

But bipartisan congressional negotiations with the White House faltered last week, prompting Republican leaders to begin pushing for the passage of the stopgap measure. "I know we're all frustrated by the pace of negotiations on spending, but joining Democrats to shut down the government plays right into the Democrats hand". (more...)
Flu season is especially bad this year Flu season is especially bad this year
- January 18, 2018

In a statement from Nixon, she explains, "During the last week of November about 2.2 percent of sentinel provider visits in Nevada were due to influenza like illness, and in December this rate increased to 3.2 percent which is considerably above the state baseline of 1.5 percent". (more...)
Minnesota Vikings Looking to Change History Against Philadelphia Minnesota Vikings Looking to Change History Against Philadelphia
- January 18, 2018

Linebacker Emmanuel Lamur said, "Human nature, I'm sure everyone is excited, but the most important ingredient for us right now is to stay focused and not lose sight of what's in front of us and what's at stake". The offensive tackle and defensive end were poking fun at the disrespect of being pegged the "underdogs" by all sports pundits (read: here too ) and the official Vegas betting line. (more...)
Tips for a Dangerous Flu Season Tips for a Dangerous Flu Season
- January 16, 2018

While it's true that you may still come down with the flu even after getting the shot, it doesn't mean that there's no benefit. Some misguided people may conclude that the shot still doesn't work well enough to get vaccinated. While these dog flu strains aren't posing a serious threat to our area right now it is something to be mindful of as you head to the vet and take actions to protect your pets. (more...)
4 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads — CDC 4 dead, more than 300 hospitalized in Georgia as flu spreads — CDC
- January 14, 2018

Each year, the strains of the viruses are a little bit different. Kendall points out when things get really bad, hospitals start cancelling elective surgeries - something that hasn't been happening at this point. "It's not quite as high as the 6% that was seen in 2014/2015, but still early season peaking now". At this time , this is not a pandemic flu situation, but a major seasonal flu situation, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. (more...)
Eastern Health offering flu vaccine at clinics and by appointment Eastern Health offering flu vaccine at clinics and by appointment
- January 13, 2018

The other 20 percent of cases have been a serious strain of the flu that's predominant across the nation, Berg said. The flu can be very contagious. "Looking at our numbers over the last couple of weeks and knowing there's a bit of a reporting delay, we're certainly on the upswing right now in terms of increasing activity for flu", she said of Ontario. (more...)