COMMENTARY: Get an early start on healthy eating for children

Starting early is the key for parents to establish healthy eating for children. The importance of good food choices should be stressed in what parents buy for their families and what they eat themselves. If you start kids off with healthy meals and snacks they’ll learn to eat those things. If you give them junk, […]

Lewes issues notice after some drinking water exceeds EPA lead levels

LEWES — The Lewes Board of Public Works has issued a drinking water notice to customers after tests showed elevated levels of lead in the water, according to the Division of Public Health. “Exposure to lead in drinking water is a concern, particularly for young children and pregnant women,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of […]

Pedal Away Prostate Cancer Health Fair and Bike Race set for Sept. 15

DOVER — Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among adult males in Delaware. This is alarming because Delaware’s level of cancer incidence is significantly higher than the national average. Increasing awareness about prostate cancer is the primary focus of the ninth annual Pedal Away Prostate Cancer Bike Race and Health Fair. The event […]

Following rabies death, state urges caution

DOVER – State health officials urged residents from inner-city Wilmington to rural Sussex County to report animal scratches and bites in the wake of a Felton area woman’s countryside death from rabies exposure last week. “Everyone needs to be aware of the constant risk of rabies,” Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay […]

Whooping cough outbreak in Kent County ‘an extremely serious situation’

DOVER — With many school districts in Kent County opening their doors to a new school year, the Division of Public Health is warning residents to be on the lookout for signs of whooping cough. The DPH said it is investigating an outbreak of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, in Kent County. The Centers […]

State’s second human case of West Nile Virus reported

DOVER — The Division of Public Health (DPH) said the state’s second human case of West Nile Virus struck a 68-year-old New Castle County man who was initially hospitalized in July and remains hospitalized due to underlying health conditions unrelated to the virus. The virus, a mosquito-borne illness, can become serious. DPH reminds people to […]

COMMENTARY: Stay on schedule with vaccinations

As part of National Immunizations Awareness Month this August, the Division of Public Health is reminding Delawareans to make sure they are up to date on all recommended vaccinations. With the new school year fast approaching, now is the time for parents and caregivers to talk to their doctor and be sure their school-aged children […]

First State Orthopaedics opens $10 million facility in Dover

DOVER — First State Orthopaedics officially unveiled its new 43,000-square-foot facility just outside downtown Dover at a ribbon cutting last Thursday. The new facility, 9 months and 9 days in the making, helps fill out the Enterprise Plaza business park off Del. 15. Several dozen staff members, well-wishers and delegates joined the medical group to […]

COMMENTARY: Know the effects of dehydration

With the start of high school sports practice and warm weather still ahead, are you drinking enough water? This is an important question to consider at all times of the year, but is of particular concern during hot, summer months. Dehydration occurs when excess fluid loss in the body impedes normal functioning. We are made […]

Grace under fire: Delaware Eye Care Center workers save man’s life in emergency

DOVER — Dr. Timothy F.M. Doyle and the employees of the Delaware Eye Care Center are accustomed to giving patients eye examinations, solving their vision problems and fitting them for glasses. However, at around 10:30 on the morning of July 24, Dr. Doyle and his staff were forced to respond quickly to an entirely different […]