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AVOID RABIES! Andover Health Division Offers Safety Tips and Information On Rabies

ANDOVER — With Spring arriving, the Andover Health Division would like to provide residents with safety tips and guidelines regarding rabies and rabid animals, as warmer weather tends to cause an increase in calls to public health agencies.

Rabies is caused by a virus which is usually spread from animal to animal, but can also spread from an infected animal to a person. Rabies spreads when an infected animal bites another animal or person, or if their saliva gets into a scratch or wound, eyes, nose or mouth of another animal or person. The rabies virus causes acute encephalitis (brain inflammation and swelling) in all warm-blooded hosts and the outcome is almost always fatal.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 90 percent of all animal rabies cases reported each year occur in wild animals. The most common animals that contract rabies include bats, raccoons, foxes, groundhogs and skunks.

It is rare for people in the United States to get rabies. Approximately 55,000 people die from rabies every year around the world, and only one or two of those deaths occur in the United States. However, any possible contact with rabies, including a bite, scratch or exposure to a rabid animal, should be taken seriously. Wounds can be so small that a person may not realize they have been infected.

One of the best ways to protect yourself and your family is to avoid contact with wild animals. Do not feed or handle them, even if they seem friendly. If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report it to animal control immediately.

According to the CDC, the following may be signs or symptoms that an animal may be rabid:

• Lethargy
• Fever
• Vomiting
• Anorexia
• Excessive Salivation (foaming at the mouth)
• Abnormal Behavior
• Aggression
• Ataxia (erratic body movements)
• Weakness or Paralysis
• Seizures
• Difficulty breathing/swallowing
• Self-Mutilation

“Rabies in humans is very uncommon here, but it is important to take the proper safety precautions. Residents should always use extreme caution when dealing with wild animals,” said Andover Director of Public Health Thomas Carbone.

“Furthermore, residents that suspect they or their pet may have come into contact with rabies should contact the health department immediately,” he said.

The Andover Health Division also reminds residents to be sure their pets are up-to-date on their vaccinations. Unvaccinated pets pose a significant risk to other animals and people, and may need to be quarantined for a prolonged period, or even euthanized, at the owner’s expense. Dogs and cats that are vaccinated, but have been exposed to animals that are unavailable for rabies testing, may need to receive a booster shot and/or be quarantined.

Residents are also encouraged to check their attic vents to make sure screens are in good condition and fit properly so that bats cannot get in. They should also put up ‘pest guard barriers’ around decks, sheds, and porches, or call a pest company to conduct an evaluation.

Questions about domestic animals that have been exposed to rabid animals should be directed to the Andover Animal Control Officer at 978-475-0411 and questions about human exposures should be directed to the Andover Health Division at 978-623-8640.

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World Oral Health Day: Jigawa pupils get free oral health tips

The Jigawa chapter of the Nigerian Dental Therapists Association (NDTA), on Tuesday, offered free dental instructions to more than 400 pupils of Fagoji Primary School, Dutse.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the free dental instructions were part of activities by the association to celebrate this year’s World Oral Health Day in the state.

Mr Awwalu Muhammad, the NDTA Chairman, who led a group of dentists from Rasheed Shekoni Specialist Hospital, told NAN that they were in the school to educate the pupils on how best to take care of their teeth.

Muhammad advised the pupils to wash their mouth twice a day — before eating in the morning and when going to bed at night.

The dentist also advised pupils to always rinse their mouth after eating food and sweet things, particularly candies and biscuits, because part of the food remains in one’s teeth and gradually damage it.

He further cautioned the pupils against licking sweets before going to bed.

He said “I know you lick sweets, so my advice is that make sure you rinse your mouth after you finish the sweet.

“But for those of you who are in the habit of sleeping with sweets in your mouth, I strongly warn you to stop that or else you damage all your teeth.

“So, don’t take or eat juices, banana, chocolate and all other sweet things without thoroughly rinsing your mouth after.

“Also, when your parents are buying toothpaste and brush for you, tell them to buy soft brush and toothpaste that contains fluoride in it.”

The dentists had demonstrated to the pupils how best to clean their teeth — vertically not horizontally.

The association also distributed free toothpaste and brushes to some pupils who correctly answered questions about general oral health.

The school’s Health Master, Malam Salisu Haruna, commended the association for the gesture and for selecting the school for the exercise.

Haruna said it would go a long way in educating the pupils to know how best to take proper care of their health.

The association had on March 20, offered free treatment, teeth washing, oral health instructions, oral check, refilling, case management and pieces of advice to over 300 people at the Rasheed Shekoni Hospital.

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Grammys’ MusiCares to offer health tips to Winter Music, Ultra musicians

With Winter Music Conference and Ultra in town, The Recording Academy and MusiCares are joining forces to bring awareness in the dance community to addiction, health and wellness.

MusiCares is the charity leg of The Recording Academy, which presents the Grammys and helps people in the music industry in times of need. A public workshop on Friday, part of MusiCares’ Happy Essentials campaign, will focus on health issues in the music industry.

MusiCares Executive Director Debbie Carroll said the event is not just for the dance community, but for all musicians.

“We are constantly cognizant of the issues of addiction and we decided to address this issue and the more we bring it to the forefront of peoples’ minds the better chance that we all have in addressing the problem nationwide,” Carroll said.

Funds to help people in the music industry are provided by partners and donors. They help provide confidential services, including financial and medical.

“Someone doesn’t have to be a well-known anyone to get help from us, we help everyone in the music community. We’ve helped roadies, lighting technicians, engineers and well-known artists,” Carroll said. “If someone has a friend in need, or need our services they can call us.”

On Friday, MusiCares will host a discussion to be attended by musician HXV, AKA Heroes X Villains. Guests will be given earplugs that can dampen loud sounds.

Kenny Cordova, the executive director of The Recording Academy’s Florida Chapter, said it’s important that his organization help provide health services for people in the music industry.

“This program is only a piece of what The Recording Academy, its charity MusiCares, and our Florida chapter are trying to accomplish as we look deeper into supporting Florida’s music community,” Cordova said. “It is an honor for our chapter to host Heroes X Villains, who is at the forefront of bringing awareness to these issues in the dance world.”

If you go:

▪ What: The Recording Academy X MusiCares Addiction, Health, Wellness in the Dance Music Community

▪ When: Noon Friday, reception and earplug impressions. Sounds provided by DJ Armando Segui. Discussion at 2 p.m.

▪ Where: Gibson Showroom, 2751 N. Miami Ave., Miami

▪ Cost: Free

For more information or to RSVP, email

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Health experts give tips on how to prevent accidental medicine ingestion

(NEWS10) – Millions of Americans rely on over-the-counter medicines and each year, thousands of children head to the ER because of accidental medicine ingestion.

With poison prevention week just around the corner, experts are giving people tips on how to prevent any potential poisoning in their home.

“OTC means over-the-counter so they can be your vitamins, your pain relievers, your cough and cold products, millions of Americans rely on them every day and our foundation wants to make sure that they’re used safely. There is certainly an age group that is the most vulnerable and that’s the toddlers. Those that are mobile but may not be making the best choices and typically when we see one of these incidents happen is in two ways, when the medicine is not stored in its typical spot for whatever reason because it’s been left out for convenience sake or because there’s a different caregiver or if it’s a time of disruption for the family,” said Anita Brikman.

So, if you need more information, you can head to the organizations website. It covers everything from what to do if there is an accidental medication ingestion, to signs and symptoms of poisoning.


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World Oral Health Day: How to choose a toothbrush, other tips to keep teeth happy

Want to keep your teeth pearly white? Doctors say how you brush your teeth is more important than what you use to brush it. Fancy and expensive toothpastes do not guarantee better oral hygiene and dentists don’t really recommend one over the other.

Fluoride in toothpastes sticks to the teeth enamel and prevents cavities, triclosan has antimicrobial function and prevents plaque and zinc can remove tartar.

The right way to brush your teeth

Place the toothbrush at a 45 degrees angle against your teeth and move it in small circular motion to clean each tooth. To remove plaque, gently flick the toothbrush from the gums to the biting edge of the teeth. Also brush the inside surfaces of the teeth. Firmly and gently brush your tongue too to remove bacteria.

Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy

Brush twice daily: Brush your teeth for two minutes every morning and night. You only need a pea-sized drop of toothpaste.

Floss before going to bed: Floss your teeth regularly to clean food particles and plaque from between the teeth.

“Regular flossing is an important part of oral hygiene and is particularly necessary for adults with gaps between teeth. However, over flossing can damage the gums,” said Dr OP Kharbanda, chief of dental centre at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

Clean the tongue: Not just the teeth, it is important to clean the tongue to maintain good oral hygiene.

“Cleaning the tongue will get rid of the bacteria that is responsible for bad breath, one of the most common problems that people come to the clinic with. Also, drinking loads of water will help,” said Dr Gagan Sabharwal, consultant of dental sciences and maxillofacial surgeries at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.

Regular dental checkups are necessary: Get a dental check up at least once every year to maintain a healthy set of teeth.

“Toothache prompts people to visit the dentist, but by then their cavity has already eaten into the enamel and has reached the nerves. Regular dental checkup can help in detecting such problems,” said Dr Sabharwal.

Eat food that is less cariogenic: Eating right not only keeps your body but also your teeth healthy. Doctors advise you to stay away from foods high in sugar content and low in fibre content.

“Consuming fibres is a good way to keep teeth healthy. People must try to eat foods that are low in sugar and are closest to nature. For example, if I have to choose between a fruit and a fruit juice, I would choose the fruit,” said Dr Kharbanda.

Stay away from coffee and tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco increases the risk of cavities and gum recession, which can make teeth sensitive. Tobacco and coffee can also stain your teeth.

Useful facts to remember:

1. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles, and fits in your hand and can reach all areas comfortably.

2. Replace your toothbrush regularly; preferably every three months or when bristles go out of shape.

3. Fluoride-based toothpaste is good enough, you don’t need other additives.

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Middle schoolers absorb motivation, health tips from Olympic champion

If you go

What: 8th annual Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo

When: 8 a.m., April 9

Where: 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane

Cost: Adult: $40 now through April 8, $45 Race Day

Kids 14 under: $20 through April 8, $25 on Race Day

5K Registration includes post race hot breakfast, swag, expo, and tech shirt. Kids 10 and under get cool cape instead of shirt.

Mazzola Miracle Fun Run/Walk Fees: $10 with T-shirt or without T-shirt free

Diaper Dash/Buzz Fees: $10 with cape or without cape free

More info: Visit

Frank Shorter, wearing a bright green cape, faced Broomfield Heights Middle School students and talked about how his path to Olympic gold began when he was their age.

As a boy growing up in New York, Shorter — who co-founded the Bolder Boulder — lived more than two miles from his junior high school and would run there and back home, school books tucked under his left arm.

“I found an escape through academics,” he said.

Shorter said he ran as a way to escape an abusive father who beat him and his siblings. Later, as he pursued a degree at Yale University and later at the University of Florida College of Law, running was a way to relieve stress.

“I ran to get out of my house and away from my father,” Shorter told the assembly, “and it got me to the Olympics.”

Shorter, an Olympic gold medalist and creator of the Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo, was the keynote speaker at Broomfield Heights program “Spread the Power of Health.”

The day-long program, planned in partnership with the school and the nonprofit Healthy Learning Paths, invited professional runners to speak to students at Broomfield Heights Middle School.

Shorter, who spoke at an afternoon assembly and led the school in a juice box toast, showed the group a clip from the 1972 Olympic Marathon.

“We want to give students the opportunity to hear from individuals who use the power of health to reach their goals,” Shorter said. “Part of our message is physical fitness, but there is also amazing power in making choices for mental fitness. Runners understand that mental fitness is a key tool to reach our goals, both in our sport and in life.”

Principal Chris Meyer and Kris Lucic, the physical education teacher, invited elite athletes to share real life stories of grit, perseverance and health choices that helped them face failures and move forward towards success.

Students had the opportunity to ask questions about overcoming challenges in both mental and physical health.

Invited athletes included Sara Vaughn, Brent Vaughn, Nicole DeBoom, Stephen Pifer, Trevor Dunbar, Parker Stinson and Kara Lubieniecki.

Lucic also led students in friendly competitions with prizes that included free race entries for the April 9 Frank Shorter RACE4Kids’ Health 5K and Expo.

The 5K features a “Life Is Motion” school trophy and cash prize that is awarded to the school with the greatest number of people who complete the 5K.

The Expo, “Where Science, Engineering and Health Collide,” features more than 80 hands-on exhibits that include Mega Brain, Giant Jenga, and a life size Anatomy in Clay. There will be food and drinks, music, activities for all ages, awards, and $1,100 in prize money.

Last year was the first time the race included the Firefighters Challenge Trophy, which the Longmont Fire Department won by having the largest number of people complete the race. North Metro Fire Rescue District, which serves several municipalities including Broomfield, came in second.

This year the Police Challenge Trophy was thrown into the mix.

Mayor Randy Ahrens, a former Falcons parent, introduced Frank Shorter at the afternoon assembly that capped off the program and school day. He expressed confidence in Broomfield Police Department winning this year.

Spokeswoman Sara Farris, who represented the North Metro Fire Rescue District at Wednesday’s assembly, said this year the department is vying to take the trophy for the Firefighters Challenge.

She went on to talk about the top two causes for firefighter deaths — cancer and cardiac events, such as heart attacks.

Most calls that the department makes are not for fires, but medical reasons.

“We have a lot of people in our community that may be able to avoid a 911 call if they were to adopt a healthier style,” she said, “and you can start that at your age and you can encourage your family to adopt a healthier lifestyle.”

She suggested going on walks with families, or entering the upcoming race.

“Encourage your parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles and your neighbors,” she said. “We can all do a better job of encouraging each other to eat healthy, to stay physically active and take care of each other mentally.”

Shorter said that while diet and exercise are part of the equation for a healthier life, even more important to him is for people is to have a social and emotional component.

He talked about the level of trust they could place in their teachers and support system. Drawing from his own background, he talked about the importance of having people help you deal with social and emotional problems.

“You realize people do want to help you and they aren’t going to be critical,” Shorter said.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, or

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Miss Gibraltar trainer Paul MacGregor gives his health tips for this month

By Paul MacGregor

SOME of you might know me as the guy who did the Med steps ten times in one day at the beginning of January, or as the guy who is training Miss Gibraltar, Kayley Mifsud, in her attempt to do the same on the 1st of May, or even as an instructor at Reshape Rumble.

As a qualified personal trainer and nutritional therapist I spend most of my working life helping people to get back on to the right path, helping them to improve their fitness and advising them how to attain better health.

IN SHAPE: Paul and Miss Gibraltar, Kayley Mifsud
IN SHAPE: Paul and Miss Gibraltar, Kayley Mifsud

Having worked with people who have suffered heart attacks or strokes, and people who have developed high blood pressure, type II diabetes, or have become obese – and whose lifestyle was a contributory factor – they all agree that if they had the opportunity to go back in time they would make twenty minutes in their day for exercise and choose a healthier diet.

However, the majority of the rest of us can’t seem to manage it.

It’s amazing, when your life depends upon it, how you can become focused. How silly the rest of us are!

Over the coming months I will go over some simple tips for keeping (or getting) fit, and leading a healthier lifestyle. Most of us actually know what we need to do, but we are better at making excuses why not to, than actually doing it.

I will cover exercise and diet on alternative months and will give useful, and easy to follow advice that can make us all a little bit healthier.

This month’s tip:

One of the most important things to consider about good health is what we eat. MODERATION is the key. Good fresh foods. A balanced (varied) diet. Eating little and often, and avoiding sugar or salt rich foods is a great way to start.

Why balanced, and what do we mean by ‘balanced’?

A balanced diet is a diet that contains the right amount of foods that give us the nutrients, and micronutrients that we need to function properly. Micronutrients include the most common vitamins (A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K) and the seven most common minerals (calcium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, zinc, iodine and potassium). Without these, over a period of time, things will go wrong and break down, ie. Medical conditions and illnesses develop.

It’s like running a car and never changing the oil, we won’t notice things going wrong until we hear that big crunch and the engine sizes., or in our case that’s a heart attack. If we can’t, or don’t have the time to prepare a fresh and varied diet (although I will be going through some simple recipes in time) then a great way to get these nutrients is through multi-vitamin tablets.

A lot of minor conditions and ailments are caused by a lack of vitamins and minerals, and those bad boys nicotine and alcohol can reduce how effectively we process the vitamins and minerals that we do eat. Consider that next time you light up a cigarette, or sup a glass of Prosecco!

Next month we will be talking about exercise, and why making just 20 minutes a day can help to reduce the chances of some very serious health conditions. In the meantime, for information about nutritional and/or training packages drop me an email to

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Heart health tips from CentraCare Health

Dr. Chip Martin, cardiologist at CentraCare Health, shares important information and tips for keeping your heart healthy this year. Sponsored by CentraCare Health.

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Unusual tips for sticking to a diet

WASHINGTON — The difference between sticking to a diet and overindulging can come down to a number of factors you might not be aware of — even what you hear. Julie Stewart, health editor of Men’s Health, has reviewed a number of studies to create a collection of tips and tricks for eating less.


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Heart Health tips from CentraCare Health

Dr. Chip Martin, cardiologist at CentraCare Health, shares important information and tips for keeping your heart healthy this year. Sponsored by CentraCare Health.

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