2014 May Be the Worst Year for Pollen Yet

allergy-culpritsGet your tissues ready, folks! Whatever pollen type makes you sneeze, sniffle, and water the most, 2014 may be a record year for allergens in the air.

“If the constant cold weren’t enough, a brutal winter has many speculating that the polar vortex will be replaced by a ‘pollen vortex,’ leaving allergy sufferers sniffling and miserable,” says NBC News. “It’s like winding up a spring and letting it go all at once.”

But you may be able to cut down on the misery.

Monitoring high-pollen days and adjusting your activities accordingly (read as: stay inside with windows closed whenever possible); wearing a mask for outdoor activities like mowing the grass or gardening; washing clothes and showering immediately upon getting home to keep your house pollen-free; and stocking up on antihistamines and decongestants are just some of the ways to cope this allergy season. For a full list of recommendations, see “20 Ways to Stop Allergies” from Health.com.

Over-the-counter antihistamines that are generally readily available at any drugstore or grocery include diphenhydramine (Benadryl), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton) and clemastine (Tavist). But be warned: these are more likely to cause drowsiness and slow reaction time, so they shouldn’t be taken when driving or doing other potentially dangerous activities.

Also, remember that antihistamines work better the earlier you take them. Recognize your allergy symptoms. Typical reactions to pollen include runny nose, congestion, watery or itchy eyes, sneezing, headaches, cough, and even itchy ears and throat. Take the antihistamines sooner rather than later to prevent these symptoms before they start.

If you’re a chronic allergy sufferer, ask a health care professional about 24-hour, daily allergy medications such as those containing loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec), desloratadine (Clarinex), levocetirizine (Xyzal), and fexofenadine (Allegra). Nasal sprays and other corticosteroids are another treatment option that work for many people. You might also try a saline rinse, as recommended by the The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, which has the drug-free benefit of being compatible with other treatment options.

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Don’t Invite Salmonella to Your Family’s Easter Celebration.

The following is a public service announcement from our friends at the Indiana State Department of Health.

birds easter eggs chicken chicks baby birds 1440x900 wallpaper_www.wall321.com_72With Easter just around the corner, everyone will be thinking of coloring eggs and baby chicks, but what about the risk of Salmonella infections associated with these activities? Salmonella infections can be transmitted by contaminated food (e.g., eggs, poultry, meat, unpasteurized milk or juice, cheese, contaminated raw fruits and vegetables), water, or contact with infected animals (e.g., live poultry). Since the 1990’s, 45 Salmonella outbreaks, resulting in 1,563 illnesses, have been associated with live poultry exposure. If proper prevention techniques are not taken, popular activities around the Easter holiday could result in an illness that spoils all the fun! Common symptoms of Salmonella infections include diarrhea (sometimes bloody), fever, and abdominal cramps. In some cases, a localized infection can become established (e.g., in a joint) or enter the bloodstream.

The risk of salmonellosis can be greatly reduced by these prevention techniques:

Live Poultry Exposure:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water immediately after touching live poultry or their environment.
  • Children under 5 years of age, elderly persons, and people with weakened immune systems should not handle or touch live poultry.
  • Keep live poultry away from your mouth and face and away from food or food preparation areas.
  • Understand the risks before giving children a baby bird for Easter. Visit http://1.usa.gov/OILzOY.

Coloring Easter Eggs and Easter Egg Hunts:

  • Only use refrigerated eggs and discard any cracked or dirty eggs.
  • Boil eggs before decorating. Find out how here: http://bit.ly/1ixsrLQ.
  • Keep eggs refrigerated inside the refrigerator, and not on the door.
  • Hide eggs in places protected from dirt, pets, and other sources of contamination.
  • Discard all eggs that were cracked, dirty, or left out for more than 2 hours.

Learn more about the risk of Salmonella infections from live poultry at http://1.usa.gov/1mZapJt or from eggs at http://1.usa.gov/Q90JOu. For questions, please contact Tess Gorden, ISDH Enteric Epidemiologist, at tgorden@isdh.in.gov or 317-234-2808.

The staff at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital wishes you a safe and happy Easter weekend!

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Mayor Presents Beautification Award for Outstanding Exterior

Angola Mayor Richard Hickman along with Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is pleased to announce the latest Angola Mayor’s Beautification Award presented to Whittney and Landon Ash. The Ash’s were awarded this honor for their outstanding exterior at 206 E. Felicity St. “This was a big undertaking for the Ash family,” said Mayor Hickman. “They’ve done a beautiful job!”

Pictured:  (from left) Mayor Dick Hickman, Connie McCahill, Cameron COO and Whittney Ash.

Pictured: (from left) Mayor Dick Hickman, Connie McCahill, Cameron COO and Whittney Ash.

Brother and sister, Landon and Whittney bought the house in January of 2013 and moved in in May after completing most of the renovations. “We completed the renovations like a job,” said Whittney Ash. “We worked eight to five most days in order to get everything done.” In that short period of time, the siblings added new siding, windows, doors and gutters and leveled the back yard. They also took off part of the deck that was on the front, giving it more of a front porch feel. Additionally, they completely gutted the interior of the home, adding new paint, flooring, two new bathrooms and a new kitchen.

“My brother is pretty handy,” said Ash. Landon Ash is now in California, serving in the United States Navy. “My workhorse is gone,” joked Ash.

The purpose of the Mayor’s Beautification Award is to promote and recognize the efforts of city residents who beautify their residential landscapes and the exterior of their residential properties. The award is being sponsored by Cameron Memorial Community Hospital as part of its commitment to promote wellness and a high quality of community life.

The public is invited to nominate themselves or another residence that is deserving of some positive recognition. Nominations must be located within the Angola city limits and the area nominated must be visible from the public right of way. Nomination forms are available on the City of Angola’s website at www.angolain.org or on Cameron Memorial Community Hospital’s website at www.cameronmch.com.  Nominees should meet the following criteria:

  • Neatness and maintenance of property and other structures
  • Maintenance of planting areas, landscape and all visible yard
  • Absence of debris
  • Eligible residential properties include:       single, duplex or multi-family; the residence need not be owner-occupied

Similar awards are also offered to residents of Fremont. For more information on the award, contact Angola City Planner, Vivian Likes at (260) 665-7465.

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International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons Promotes Literacy at CMCH

Pictured:  Presdient Sue Claphan presents the book to Jordan and Ashley Eldridge (holding Kenzie) along with members Marlene Stanford, Linda Jones and Sallie Bosler

Pictured: Presdient Sue Claphan presents the book to Jordan and Ashley Eldridge (holding Kenzie) along with members Marlene Stanford, Linda Jones and Sallie Bosler

The members of the International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons (Angola Circle of the Lakes) recently presented proud new parents Jordan and Ashley Eldridge with a book for their daughter, Kenzie Louise. This partnership with the OB department of Cameron Memorial Community Hospital will provide a new book for each baby born at the hospital.

The group, led by President, Sue Claphan, held fundraisers to purchase books to present to new parents in an effort to promote reading at an early age.

The King’s Daughters and Sons believe strongly in early literacy and reading to an infant. Reading helps children with understanding, increases the child’s vocabulary, and encourages the love of books.

For more information on the donation, call (260) 665-2141 ext. 5337.

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“I Got My Start” Campaign – 2014 Edition

119191Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is once again honoring graduating seniors and kindergarten students who were born at the hospital with the “I Got My Start at Cameron Hospital” campaign. Forms were distributed to students at the Angola, Fremont, Hamilton and Prairie Heights public schools.

To participate, students need to complete and provide the participation/photo release form below along with a baby photo and current photo. The student’s name, school, current photo and baby photo and the name of the delivering physician will be featured in the ads. Participants will also have a chance to be featured on a billboard display.

The deadline to participate is April 15, 2014. Applications (in Word doc format) are available here. For more information call, 260-665-2141 ext. 5336.

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Ten Tips for a Great Plate

myplate_blueIt’s National Nutrition Month! The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. To promote healthy eating, ChooseMyPlate.gov put together these 10 tips for making food choices for a healthier lifestyle.

1) Balance calories: Find out how many calories YOU need for a day as a first step in managing your weight. Go to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov to find your calorie level. Being physically active also helps you balance calories.

2) Enjoy your food but eat less: Take the time to fully enjoy your food as you eat it. Eating too fast or when your attention is elsewhere may lead to eating too many calories. Pay attention to hunger and fullness cues before, during, and after meals. Use them to recognize when to eat and when you’ve had enough.

3) Avoid over-sized portions: Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass. Portion out foods before you eat. When eating out, choose a smaller size option, share a dish, or take home part of your meal.

4) Foods to eat more often: Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. These foods have the nutrients you need for health—including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber. Make them the basis for meals and snacks.

5) Make half your plate fruits and vegetables: Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert.

6) Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk: They have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat.

7) Make half of the grains you consume whole grains: To eat more whole grains, substitute a whole-grain product for a refined product—such as eating whole-wheat bread instead of white bread or brown rice instead of white rice.

8) Foods to eat less often: Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt. They include cakes, cookies, ice cream, candies, sweetened drinks, pizza, and fatty meats like ribs, sausages, bacon, and hot dogs. Use these foods as occasional treats, not everyday foods.

9) Compare sodium in foods: Use the Nutrition Facts label to choose lower sodium versions of foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals. Select canned foods labeled “low sodium,” ”reduced sodium,” or “no salt added.”

10) Drink water instead of sugary drinks: Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugar, and calories, in American diets.

Think your plate is balanced enough? Take the Rate My Plate quiz to find out!

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Cameron Hospital Hosts Cancer Survivor Support Group in March

Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is offering a support group for cancer survivors and their family and friends. CMCH offers a variety of other support groups, receiving positive feedback from many of the attendees. We wanted to extend that to cancer survivors and their loved ones.

The group is meeting on Monday, March 17, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. in the Cameron Counseling Center at 617 N. Washington St., Angola. The group will be facilitated by Rita Lechleidner, Director of the Cameron Counseling Center, and will continue on the third Thursday of each month.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a family member or friend. If you miss the Monday meeting, that’s ok; you are welcome to attend subsequent meetings as often as you’d like.

For more information, please contact (260) 668-7060.

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