Starke County has a relatively high smoking rate, meaning it also has an increased rate of residents diagnosed with COPD.
The disease, which stands for Chronic Pulmonary Obstructive Disease, is typically associated with shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and weakness. COPD is made up of chronic emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
The numbers have not moved significantly, but there have been some improvements.
That’s according to representatives of local non-profit Moving Starke County Forward in response to the recently released County Health Rankings report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute. Continue reading →
The North Judson man shot by police responding to a call at his residence is in stable condition at Memorial Hospital of South Bend. That’s where 29-year-old Richard Joseph Benwell was airlifted early Tuesday afternoon with what was described as a non-life threatening gunshot wound. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin says sheriff’s deputies and North Judson Police were notified by dispatchers of a man hitting his fiancée’s car with a sledgehammer in the 5000 block of 800 South. That’s southwest of North Judson.
Are back-to-school vaccinations on your end of the summer to-do-list? If not, they should be. Regardless of what grade your child is going into, there are required immunizations they must receive or have listed on their medical records. The requirements and recommendations are in alignment with the routine vaccination schedules from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Continue reading →
The first week of August marks a very important week of recognition for mothers in America. August first through the seventh is World Breastfeeding Week. The Indiana State Department of Health lists breastfeeding as not only healthy to the infant but mentions the benefits for the mother as well. The theme this year is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work.” All around the world, advocates for families are calling for action to support women in being able to combine breastfeeding and work.
Even locally, people are doing their part to promote awareness. Pulaski Memorial Hospital and the Heartland Breastfeeding Coalition are teaming-up and asking the community to join them in celebrating the week on Wednesday, August 5 from 10 am until noon (EST). Join both organizations at a reception with goodies and and door prizes being held in the Medical Office Building at the back of Pulaski Memorial Hospital. Continue reading →
Starke County continues to be ranked near the bottom when it comes to county health.
A report released earlier this year by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin details several aspects of public health and ranks every county in the nation based on those factors.
That’s the advice IU Health Starke Hospital’s new Dietician Jana Hileman says is important for success in lifestyle changes. The hospital’s dietician is responsible for oversight of which foods patients at the hospital can consume during their stay. Continue reading →
Each year, residents of Pulaski County are encouraged to learn more about the health services that are offered in their area.
On Saturday, Pulaski Memorial Hospital will host their annual health fair. The event invites about 35 vendors to discuss what is happening at the hospital as well as some of the hospital’s community partners. Continue reading →
Individuals afflicted with sexually transmitted diseases will have an opportunity to be screened for symptoms of the disease, Monday.
The Starke County Health Department will be hosting AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist. The group is based out of South Bend through the Methodist Church and works to educate the public about HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading →
Discussions continued in Culver on an issue that medical professionals say is an important public health issue.
The Town is in the process of designing a new water treatment facility. Designs are at the stage where decisions need to be made on whether the Town of Culver intends to continue using fluoride in the water system. The chemical is often used to prevent dental decay and help children develop strong tooth enamel. Continue reading →
An area hospital will be providing services for women, this week.
As part of her senior service project, Olivia Sever – who attends Culver Academies – is organizing mammogram health screenings at the school. Mammograms are often used in the detection of breast cancer.
An HIV outbreak in downstate Indiana has state health officials responding.
According to the Indiana State Department of Health, there have been 26 confirmed cases of the disease since mid-December. That same report says those cases find common ground in prescription drug and injection abuse. Continue reading →