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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.

Bridge offering “Sew Many Memories” Grief Support Group

Bridge Bereavement Services is offering a “Sew Many Memories” grief support program on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Birchaven Village, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay. The Sept. 27 session will be for planning purposes and the October 6 session will be used for sewing. This program will offer participants the opportunity to turn their loved one’s clothing into a keepsake.

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Talking about carpal tunnel syndrome

By Katie Fultz, PA-C, ATC
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a debilitating condition, affecting several facets of a patient’s daily life.

This condition is named after the area of the body that is affected: the wrist. The small rock bones of the wrist, called the carpal bones, make up the floor of the tunnel. A ligament, called the “transverse ligament,” makes up the roof of the tunnel. The tendons that flex the fingers, wrist and median nerve run through the tunnel.

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“All-inside ACL reconstruction” procedure for torn ACL

By Jim Davidson, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the ligament in the center of the knee that prevents the shin bone from separating from the thigh bone and prevents the knee from being stretched beyond its normal limits.

Healthy maintenance of this ligament is important, as an injury can be especially painful and disruptive. Neglecting a tear of this ligament can also lead to further damage such as cartilage tears and arthritis. Fortunately, here has been a new development in the technique of ACL reconstruction. The new procedure is called “All-inside ACL reconstruction.”