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 […]

Babysitting safety training

The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing held three babysitter training courses in June and July. All classes were open to the community and accommodated teens ages 12-15. More than 40 participants learned how to safely babysit infants and children in a caring manner. Highlights from the courses included lessons on the business of babysitting […]

Treatment center opens in Milford

MILFORD — Brandywine Counseling and Community Services opened its fourth treatment center on June 21 in Milford (69 E. Masten Circle, behind County Bank). “While BCCS has been providing state-wide services for more than seven years, this particular site provides Delaware with a central location, increases outreach and prevention services, and makes services more readily […]

Child Support Services moving office to new Dover location

DOVER — A state office with previously reported problems with mold will move to another Dover location and reopen Aug. 1, the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said Tuesday. The Division of Child Support Services space at the Blue Hen Corporate Center at 655 S. Bay Road will be closed July 30 and […]

Delaware officials offer warnings of tick-borne illness

DOVER — Although ticks are active year-round, their life cycle and residents’ drive to enjoy the outdoors with ideal weather make spring and summer the peak season for the spread of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the state. “With the tick’s life cycle, the nymphs usually hatch out in the early spring, but […]

Good and bad news in annual cancer report

DOVER — Although Delaware’s cancer mortality rate fell by 12 percent between the periods of 2000 to 2004 and 2010 to 2014, its incidence rate is the second highest among all 50 states. Despite the decrease in mortality rate, it remains higher than the national average, the state announced Monday. Officials attributed the high incidence […]

Fifer Orchards hosts breast cancer survivors

CAMDEN — A group of 18 breast cancer survivors from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition visited Fifer Orchards Farm and County Store of Camden in June for a Nurture with Nature excursion. The survivors learned about Fifers’ 3,000 acres of orchards filled with corn, tomatoes, blueberries, peaches, apples; and about their quickly growing Community Supported […]

Tuberculosis case reported at Wilmington care center

DOVER — More than 600 people may have been exposed to tuberculosis at ManorCare Health Services in Wilmington last year. The Division of Public Health announced Friday the care facility, located on Foulk Road, housed someone with active TB from January to September. The agency mailed letters to potentially infected individuals Friday and plans to […]

Delaware Public Health issues advisory about ‘JUULing’

  DOVER — According to Abbreviations.com the acronym “JUUL” indicates JUice USB Lighting in an e-cigarette. To Delaware health officials, this translates into concern for school-age children across the country. On Thursday, the state’s Division of Public health issued a news release announcing that parents and teachers should be aware of the trending youthful use […]

State health officials keeping watch over mumps outbreak

DOVER — The 11 cases of mumps confirmed by the state last month are more than Delaware saw from 2003 to 2017. The Division of Public Health on March 22 announced three cases of mumps, a viral infection that often results in fatigue, headache, loss of appetite and, most noticeably, a swollen face. The number […]