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The weekend doctor: Hand, foot and mouth disease in children

The virus is spread by the close contact, cough, nasal or oral secretions, and/or stool from infected persons

By Ailing Chen, MD
Caughman Health Center

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common disease among children, especially for those under 5 years of age.

Outbreaks of this disease in Ohio often happen during the summer and fall. It is most commonly caused by Coxsaskieviruses, which causes painful blisters in the mouth and throat as well as blister rashes on the hands, feet and diaper area. The virus is spread by the close contact, cough, nasal or oral secretions, and/or stool from infected persons.

Weekend doctor: Fermentation frenzy

Certain factors must be in place to ensure the final safety and quality of the product

Fermentation Frenzy
By Martha Gonzalez RD,LD,CLC
Clinical Nutrition Manager

Before there was refrigeration, there was fermentation. While fermented foods may seem like a new trend, it is actually one of the oldest ways to preserve food, dating back thousands of years.

Although it is a common practice around the world, many people are still unaware of how it works. Simply put, fermentation is the breakdown of sugars into simpler compounds such as acids, alcohol and CO2. This process results in safe food preservation by inhibiting harmful bacteria.

Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo event Sept. 22

in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital, Findlay

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) Gift Shop, Findlay, will host “Flamingo Designer Purse Bingo,” a bingo event with designer purses as prizes, including purses from brands such as Michael Kors and Kate Spade. 

This event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Marathon Auditorium of BVH, located at 1900 S. Main St., Findlay. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bingo call will take place at 7 p.m. Attendees can enjoy bingo, silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and additional raffles. Light snacks will be provided.

Annual Leaf Ceremony Oct. 9

At Armes Family Cancer Care Center

The Armes Family Cancer Care Center, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will host its Annual Leaf Ceremony on Tuesday, October 9 at 5 p.m. Community members are invited to honor cancer survivors and warriors through the purchase of personally inscribed leaves to display on the John & Mary DeHaven Healing Tree at The Armes Family Cancer Care Center. The 14-foot tall stainless steel healing tree is located in the Virginia B. Gardner Healing Garden outside of the center. 

The weekend doctor

West Nile virus - how to prevent it

By Colleen Abrams
Infection Preventionist

Recently, mosquitos examined by Hancock Public Health as part of the county-wide mosquito surveillance program have tested positive for West Nile virus. The presence of these virus-positive mosquitos calls for a reminder of what the West Nile virus is and how to prevent it.

The West Nile virus is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is not spread through coughing, sneezing or touching, nor through touching live animals.

The weekend doctor

Speech delay is a broad term used for children who begin speaking later than usual

By Brenda Waltz, M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathologist
Julie A. Cole Rehab & Sports Medicine

Speech delay is a broad term used for children who begin speaking later than usual. Each child is different and will learn speech and language skills at his or her own rate. Below is a speech and language guideline typical for children ages 1-3 years:

1 year: Most children begin speaking at approximately one year of age. A child’s first words usually consist of “mama,” “dada” and other nouns such as pet names, foods or toys. Children can wave goodbye, play pat-a-cake, understand “no” and follow simple directions.