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Many remain uninsured as enrollment period ends

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Thousands in northwestern Ohio have signed up for Obamacare, but many others remain uninsured as another open enrollment period to buy health insurance ends Sunday. Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, is intended to make health...

Satisfying a need to know

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Worried that cancer runs in your family? If the need to know is overwhelming, genetic testing, which allows medical experts to look for certain gene mutations, may be an option. It isn’t recommended for everyone, but for those who need it there...

A little pain, a lot of gain?

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Caughman Health Center pediatrician Dr. Cheryl Huffman recalls telling an 11-year-old patient recently that, while getting shots is upsetting, someday he would thank her and his parents when he did not end up getting a disease. Huffman has found this...

Becoming agents of change

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The young adults of Hancock County intend to make their voices heard. Nineteen young adults between the ages of 14 and 30 attended Community Reconsidered, a discussion hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Hancock County last month. Now that the...

It’s a gas, but it’s no fun

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Radon, a cancer-causing gas prevalent in this area, can easily seep into homes through basements and crawl spaces, unbeknownst to the occupants. Fortunately, it can be easily remediated. The radioactive gas is naturally released as rocks break down in...

Boy Scouting: A game with purpose

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The Boy Scouts of America Black Swamp Area Council is seeking funds to make scouting possible for more local boys in the future. The council is launching its annual Friends of Scouting campaign, a fundraising effort that pays for local programs and...

A chance to feel normal again

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER The staff of the Northwestern Ohio Make-A-Wish Foundation has two wishes: to let families of children with life-threatening conditions know that they are out there, and to recruit more volunteers. Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children who have...

Creating a ‘positive birth environment’

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Doulas, who provide support to women as they give birth, are becoming more popular among young mothers. The word “doula” comes from a Greek word for “a woman who serves.” A doula does not deliver a baby but helps while the...

Alzheimer’s Association reaches out to community

By SARA ARTHURS Staff Writer Making someone feel beautiful can restore self-esteem when they are struggling with dementia, so cosmetologists play a role in helping them feel better, Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter education manager Marty Williman told...

Music soothes the soul, reawakens the spirit

By SARA ARTHURS STAFF WRITER Dementia robs a person of the ability to communicate but music can reawaken it. Debra Kriner, director of nursing services at Birchaven Village, said when staff play music, such as the activity director playing guitar and going from room to room,...