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Health

  • Diabetes denial a big-time problem

    According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes occurs when a person's body “does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin.” It's the most common form of diabetes.
    Barb Landes of West Liberty, Ohio, has been reading this column in the River Current. She knows diabetes better than just about anyone: her late father had type 2 diabetes, she has been a diabetes nurse educator for more than 30 years, and she herself was diagnosed in 2008 as having pre-diabetes.

  • Disabilities

    O’Daniel wants to
    make a difference
    The Spina Bifida Association website claims spina bifida affects about 165,000 Americans and is the nation's most common permanently disabling birth defect. It occurs when a child's spine doesn't close during the first months of pregnancy. People with spina bifida usually require a brain shunt to drain excess cerebrospinal fluid.

  • Kevin is a regular guy

     Kevin Farmer has been through a lot. And his mother Paula Hartman has been there every step.

  • N.D. Couple raised four children with disabilities

    By DANIEL J. VANCE

    Disabilities

  • Copy editor managing bipolar disorder

    By DANIEL J. VANCE

    Disabilities

  • Palliative massage therapy offers gentle comfort to patients

    By JENNI WILLIAMS
    Special to the Citizen
    Palliative massage has become one of the fastest growing trends in therapy for hospice patients. Used as a method for relaxation to alleviate stress, anxiety and pain with a light hands-on approach, as well as providing an alternative to those who can’t take medication or prefer not to, palliative massage therapy has become essential in hospice care.

  • Gettysburg being fought again

    [First of a three-part series]

    By DANIEL VANCE

  • Mental health at Rotary

    Dr. Mark Johnson, director of development at Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, was the Chiefland Rotary Club’s June 8 speaker. Johnson said one of out every four people is at some time diagnosed with mental illness.
    “Looking at this crowd,” Johnson said laughing,” I think the odds are probably higher.”
    Johnson urged community members to become familiar with different forms of mental illness, an act that could end up saving a life.

  • Disabilities

    By DANIEL VANCE

  • Disabilities column by Daniel Vance

    I’m not afraid of  dementia
    Two years ago, I featured Sven Dorsey, who had read this column in the Lebanon (IN) Reporter. He said then to call back “in a couple years” so readers could track his progress with vascular dementia. After calling recently, what I learned about him surprised me.