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by Maija Zummo 01.09.2014 98 days ago
Posted In: Wellness at 01:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

First Northern Kentucky Flu Death

Tips for avoiding the flu from the Northern Kentucky Health Department

The Northern Kentucky Health Department just received report of the area's first seasonal flu death this flu season. A middle-aged Kenton County man, with a history of chronic health problems, died from complications of the flu.

“The loss of someone to the flu is a tragedy, and our thoughts go out to the individual’s family,” Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH, district director of health, writes in a press release. “We tend to forget just how serious influenza can be, particularly for those with other health problems. Flu can lead to serious complications and even death, as it did in this case.”

While the CDC doesn't track adult flu deaths, they estimate 6.5 percent of all adult deaths nationwide were attributable to the flu or complications from the flu for the week ending Dec. 28. And Kentucky is reporting widespread flu activity, particularly a strain (H1N1) that disproportionately affects young and middle-aged adults, according to Saddler.

The CDC recommends the following precautions to avoid getting the flu:

1. Get a flu vaccine. If you're over 65, also get a pneumonia vaccination.

2. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze (and then throw it away).

3. Wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser after you cough or sneeze.

4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

5. Avoid sick people.

While the flu is commonly treated at home, these symptoms require immediate medical attention.

For children:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

For adults:
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
  • Sudden dizziness or confusion
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
For more information on flu, visit nkyhealth.org/Seasonal-Flu.aspx.

by Maija Zummo 05.31.2013
Posted In: Wellness at 12:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
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Cincinnati "Lucky 13" in Fittest U.S. City Ranking

We can outrun San Diego, L.A. and Miami. NBD.

The American College of Sports Medicine just released their annual "American Fitness Index," ranking the health and community fitness levels of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. And Cincinnati is ranked 13, beating out more stereotypically health-conscious cities such as San Diego, LA and Miami. (Who needs a beach and when you have so many hills?) 

The index was calculated by compiling data on each city's preventative health behaviors, levels of chronic disease, health care access and community resources/policies that support physical activity based on publicly available info from studies and federal reports, including the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 

According to the ACSM, "Communities with the highest AFI scores are considered to have strong community fitness, a concept analogous to individuals having strong personal fitness." 

And now for the rankings:

  1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.: 78.2
  2. Washington, D.C.: 77.7
  3. Portland, Ore.: 69.8
  4. San Francisco, Calif.: 68.7
  5. Denver, Colo.: 68.1
  6. Boston, Mass.: 67.1
  7. Sacramento, Calif.: 66.8
  8. Seattle, Wash.: 66.7
  9. Hartford, Conn.: 66.6
  10. San Jose, Calif.: 66.4
  11. Austin, Texas: 63.6 
  12. Salt Lake City, Utah: 62.5
  13. Cincinnati, Ohio: 61.4
  14. San Diego, Calif.: 61.3
  15. Raleigh, N.C.: 60.3
  16. Pittsburgh, Pa.: 59.9
  17. Baltimore, Md.: 59.5
  18. Virginia Beach, Va.: 58.3
  19. Cleveland, Ohio: 55.1
  20. Richmond, Va.: 55.1
  21. Atlanta, Ga.: 53.6
  22. Providence, RI: 53.5
  23. Buffalo, NY: 53.2
  24. New York-Northern New Jersey, Long Island: 52.1
  25. Philadelphia, Pa.: 51.2
  26. Milwaukee, Wisc.: 51.2
  27. Chicago, Ill.: 50.8
  28. Kansa City, Miss.: 50.4
  29. Los Angeles, Calif.: 48.3
  30. Columbus, Ohio: 48.1
  31. Saint Louis, Miss.: 47.1
  32. Nashville, Tenn.: 44.5
  33. Phoenix, Ari.: 44.0
  34. Orlando, Fla.: 42.5
  35. Riverside, Calif.: 42.5
  36. Charlotte, N.C.: 42.2
  37. Jacksonville, Fla.: 41.8
  38. New Orleans, La.: 41.6
  39. Las Vegas, Nev.: 41.6
  40. Tampa, Fla.: 40.1
  41. Birmingham, Ala.: 39.0
  42. Miami, Fla.: 38.4
  43. Houston, Texas: 38.3
  44. Dallas, Texas: 37.4
  45. Indianapolis, Ind.: 36.8
  46. Memphis, Tenn.: 36.0
  47. Louisville, Ky.: 35.2
  48. San Antonio, Texas: 35.1
  49. Detroit, Mich.: 33.6
  50. Oklahoma City, Okla.: 31.2 

by Andy Brownfield 10.11.2012
at 11:43 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

CityBeat's Vice Presidential Debate Drinking Game

Because it's going to suck anyway

Debates are... well, debates. They can be enlightening and informative, or they can be boring. Think back to the last time you heard someone say, "boy golly, that was an exciting debate!" Yeah. We didn't think so.

But don't worry, your friends at CityBeat are going to get you out of this jam. The only thing more exciting than watching two people whose Constitutional job descriptions are virtually nonexistent debate overplayed policy points is doing it while drinking.

To that end, we've come up with a drinking game. You're welcome. And we're sorry. 

  • If either candidate tells an inane personal anecdote about Kentucky to make themselves more folksy and relatable because that’s where they’re holding the debate, take a smug drink since you don’t live there.
  • If the camera pans to Jill Biden, take a drink.
  • If Jill Biden looks embarrassed, take two drinks.
  • If Joe Biden says “GM is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead, pour some out to your homies and take a drink.
  • If Joe Biden screws up and says “Obama is dead” finish your drink.
  • If either candidate mentions the age gap between them take a sip.
  • If Paul Ryan talks about Dodd-Frank or Bowles-Simpson or something else nobody knows about, take a drink.
  • If Paul Ryan does math, take a drink.
  • If Joe Biden says “literally” when he actually means “figuratively” take a drink.
  • If Joe Biden says “literally” and actually means “literally” chug.
  • If Paul Ryan mentions his mother, take a drink.
  • If Paul Ryan’s mother is in attendance, chug.
  • If Joe Biden awkwardly mentions Paul Ryan’s physique or workout regimen, take a begrudging sip.
  • If either candidate mentions Ayn Rand, take an individualistic drink.
  • If the camera stops on an audience member gazing dreamily at Paul Ryan, take two drinks
  • If Joe Biden brings up Big Bird, turn off the debate because this election season is SO OVER.
  • If Paul Ryan tries to relate to young voters by bringing up the contents of his iPod, scoff and take two drinks while mentally reminding yourself to introduce him to Passion Pit if you ever see him in person.
  • If anyone mentions P90X trade in your beer for a light beer and timidly sip it while resolving to hit the gym tomorrow.
  • If Joe Biden misstates the name of the place/city/state where he is debating, chug.
  • If either candidate mentions the “47 percent” chug. If you are part of the 53 percent that actually pay income taxes and Mitt Romney cares about you, buy someone else a drink.
  • If Joe Biden mentions anything about him and Barack Obama being "friends" or "buddies," drink.
  • If Paul Ryan mentions Joe Biden saying the middle class has been "buried," chug.
  • If Joe Biden mentions taking the train to work, finish your drink.
by 12.16.2010
Posted In: Parenting, Wellness, Money at 12:07 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Help Feed Kids through Public Radio

With the unemployment rate at near-record highs, about 70 percent of Cincinnati Public School students either receive free or reduced-cost lunches, indicating the dire need of local families. To help ensure as many children as possible have enough food to eat when not at school, Cincinnati Public Radio has partnered with two organizations to make donations go farther.

Every pledge made Friday to WVXU (91.7 FM) or WGUC (90.9 FM) will feed four Cincinnati children through Childhood Food Solutions and Green B.E.A.N. Delivery.

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by 08.13.2010
Posted In: Pets at 12:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Event Set for Homeless Animals

Two local animal welfare groups are joining forces to commemorate International Homeless Animals Day on Aug. 21.

The United Coalition for Animals and Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry will hold an event at Twin Lakes in Eden Park. It will include music, a blessing of the animals and a candlelight vigil at dusk.

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by 08.05.2010
Posted In: Green living at 01:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Trees to Good Homes

If your yard could use a little more greenery or you're interested in helping people in the urban core breath a little easier, the Cincinnati Park Board has a deal for you.

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by 06.16.2010
Posted In: Pets at 04:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Pet Pantry Has Benefit

Humans and animals alike are invited to attend an event Saturday to benefit the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry.

Kibble & Ritz 2010 will be held from 6-10 p.m. at the dog park located at the Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa in Oakley. The event will feature booths by various local businesses and offer items for purchase including wine, crepes and Belgian waffles. A raffle with more than 20 prizes, a “Crack the Safe” game and other activities also will be held.

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by 04.09.2010
Posted In: Wellness at 12:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Free Cardiac Screenings Offered

With so many people laid off or fired these days, one of the worse consequences is some have lost their health insurance. As a result, they are foregoing routine medical care and testing they might otherwise receive to warn of potential problems.

When the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives holds its annual convention later this month in Covington, participants will offer free advanced cardiac risk assessment screenings to the public.

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by 02.26.2010
Posted In: Pets at 01:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pet Pantry Distributes Food

People who are having trouble providing pet food or cat litter for their pets during the recession can receive free temporary assistance from the newly created Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry.

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by 02.05.2010
Posted In: Pets, Wellness at 02:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Keeping Animals Safe in Winter

With Greater Cincinnati’s worst storm of the season fast approaching and much of the nation already covered in snow, PETA is offering tips about how to keep animals safe in cold weather — along with a little help from Country singer Loretta Lynn.

Although they are naturally equipped with fur coats, dogs and other animals still can suffer from frostbite and exposure, and they can become dehydrated when water sources freeze.

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