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The Perfect Storm

By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

The movie The Perfect Storm starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg depicted the sinking of the Andrea Gail boat off the coast of New England. The commercial fishing boat was out on a final mission looking for swordfish when a catastrophic storm hit in 1991. The boat and the six crew members disappeared in 30 to 40-foot waves.  Many family members of the crew were not pleased with the movie’s depiction of the accident, but ultimately lost the lawsuits brought against the studio. 


By Karen Kier
Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

While finding a lead-in, I was looking for idioms related to variations.  I was surprised to see that the bunny hop is considered a variation of the conga.  The bunny hop was demonstrated on television by Ray Anthony in 1952, as well as being on the Disney’s Dance Along in 2013.  

Ray Anthony and his Orchestra played and recorded the Conga.  I remember the Conga as performed by Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.  I have been a fan of Gloria Estefan not only for the music but for her restaurant.  She owns Estefan Kitchen Orlando in Florida and it is a favorite!  

Viral kinship

By Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

Akin means similar in character or related by blood. Are there similarities among the various viruses circulating right now? We know a lot about COVID-19, the common cold, and the flu, but how much do you know about Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)? 

RSV is considered an enveloped virus from the genus Pneumovirus and the family Paramyxoviridae.  RSV is an RNA virus and akin to other viruses, RSV is primarily spread by respiratory droplets from the lungs to the lungs. RSV is highly contagious. Rarely it can be spread by contact with contaminated surfaces where the virus can live for hours.  

OSU program aims to increase number of doctors serving rural areas

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In an effort to increase the number of physicians caring for patients in mid-size and rural communities, The Ohio State University College of Medicine is partnering with Bon Secours Mercy Health to launch a new community medicine medical degree track to prepare physicians to practice medicine in less densely populated areas.

Probable case of monkeypox identified in Allen County

Learn about symptoms of monkeypox

Allen County Public Health (ACPH) is announcing that one probable case of monkeypox has been identified in Allen County. As of 8/4/22, the CDC is identifying 38 known cases of monkeypox in Ohio.

Allen County residents should be aware of the following symptoms of monkeypox infection:

Rash that looks similar to pimples or blisters. The rash will go through stages that include scabs before healing. The rash can be located on one or more areas of the body including: hands, feet, chest, face, genitals, or inside the mouth, vagina, or anus.

Lima Memorial Health System requires masks at all facilities

On July 22, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined Allen County is at a HIGH community risk for transmission of COVID-19.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Lima Memorial Health System will follow CDC guidance and require all patients, visitors, associates and vendors to wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Universal masking will be required at all Lima Memorial facilities, effective immediately Friday, July 22.

Lima Memorial will continually evaluate its safety measures and update them in accordance with COVID-19 guidance.