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Here comes the sun (and protecting your skin)

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

This week, I spent some time at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio enjoying the 2022 special exhibit, The Beatles: Get Back to Let It Be. The Beatles were inducted into the hall of fame in 1988 as a group, with each member individually being inducted in the years to come.  The exhibit features the docuseries by Peter Jackson including the 1969 rooftop concert in London. Although Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon were the major lyricists for The Beatles, George Harrison wrote the famous song Here Comes The Sun. George wrote the song in 1969 while staying at the country home of his friend Eric Clapton. The song was inspired by the arrival of spring and a temporary relief from the band’s business affairs. The song was recorded as part of the Abbey Road album released in 1969. George Harrison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 with a speech by his friend and Traveling Wilburys’ band member Tom Petty.  

April 18 free lead tests for children; Healthy Homes Awareness Month

The Kenton Hardin Health Department is joining the Ohio Department of Health to promote lead poisoning prevention efforts. In celebration of Healthy Homes Awareness Month, the Kenton Hardin Health Department is offering free lead tests for children under 6 by appointment on April 18. For more information, contact Kenton Hardin Health Department at 419-673-6230 and speak with a nurse.


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

The idiom “to go overboard” is used to describe a person who does something that is excessive or extreme. An example would be a person going overboard to prepare food for a party or spending an excessive amount of money on an item. Some may remember the 1987 romantic comedy Overboard that starred Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. The movie was a box office success and can still be seen on television. A 2018 remake of Overboard starred Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez that reversed the roles of the original movie. Others may remember Adam Sandler’s movie in 1989 titled Going Overboard about a struggling comedian who works on a cruise ship.

So, why am I discussing going overboard as it relates to COVID-19? The FDA cleared the way for a third, fourth, and fifth booster dose for the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

In the same boat

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

Waste not, want not

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

The idiom “waste not, want not” can be interpreted as if you use something wisely or completely, then you will be less likely to find yourself in need of anything. There are many theories as to the origin of this phrase, but some believe it has been around since the late 1700s. I was accustomed to hearing this idiom from my parents and grandparents. My parents were born during the depression and my grandparents lived through these hard times. My maternal grandma truly wasted nothing and she taught me how to get the most out of just about everything. So, you might wonder why I am writing about waste and want? Well, I learned something new about SARS-CoV-2 this week that has me intrigued.  

He who sleeps forgets his hunger

By Alexander Nixon, student pharmacist and Karen Kier, Pharmacist on behalf of the ONU HealthWise team

A proverb: "he who sleeps forgets his hunger." You do not notice hunger when you are fast asleep. This has significance for your health, especially the impact of the pandemic. For the last few years, we have focused on the current crisis of COVID-19. We may have been so focused that other critical parts of our health lapse. Several studies have published data that we have been ignoring some important health issues.