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Chatham County Public Health Department encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the fluChatham County Public Health Department encourages everyone to get vaccinated against the flu
[Jan. 3, 2014] The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) reported on Thursday five new flu deaths, bringing the statewide total to 13 this season. Of those 13 cases, 12 were under 65 years of age. In addition, the overall number of flu cases has increased in recent weeks and is expected to peak in January and February.
 
Chatham Council on Aging offers program on avoiding fallsChatham Council on Aging offers program on avoiding falls
[Aug. 4, 2013] The Chatham County Council on Aging has scheduled an eight-week program, A Matter of Balance, to help seniors address concerns about falling. By Debra Henzey
 
ShopSmart’s secrets for sunburn reliefShopSmart’s secrets for sunburn relief
[Jun. 25, 2013] There’s no cure for a sunburn, but there are ways to minimize the misery. The July 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, highlights effective treatments that can help heal after a sunburn and identifies products to avoid when scorched by the sun.
 
Consumer Reports: So many drugstores, so many prices; New report finds price mayhem at the pharmacyConsumer Reports: So many drugstores, so many prices; New report finds price mayhem at the pharmacy
[Jun. 7, 2013] Consumers who don’t shop around for their prescription drugs may be overpaying BIG time, explains Consumer Reports in its May issue. Failing to comparison shop could result in overpaying by as much as $100 a month or even more, depending on the drug.
 
Consumer Reports: Store brands from Target and Walmart top latest sunscreen ratingsConsumer Reports: Store brands from Target and Walmart top latest sunscreen ratings
[May 23, 2013] In Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings of sunscreens, Up & Up (Target) Sport SPF 50 spray and Equate (Walmart) Ultra Protection SPF 50 lotion earned the highest scores in tests and were among the least expensive. Some of the priciest sunscreens Consumer Reports tested offered less than their labeled SPF value, a measure of protection from burning UVB rays.
 
ShopSmart reveals the real deal with vitamin D
[Apr. 23, 2013] Vitamin D has been touted as the answer to all kinds of health problems, but many of these claims are overblown. The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features answers to some of the most common questions about Vitamin D and names the best from its tests of 32 products.
 
Chatham County Public Health encourages regular breast screenings for womenChatham County Public Health encourages regular breast screenings for women
[Oct. 26, 2011] Throughout October, the Chatham County Public Health Department will spotlight breast cancer, including offering low to no-cost breast exams, pelvic exams, pap smears and mammograms to women between 50 to 64 years old who meet the program requirements. During this period, some women may qualify for screening incentives at the public health clinic. Call 919-742-5641 to see if you qualify and to schedule an appointment.
 
Forty-eight percent of Americans on meds making risky health care tradeoffsForty-eight percent of Americans on meds making risky health care tradeoffs
[Oct. 7, 2011] As a result of the flagging economy, Americans are making risky tradeoffs that could be dangerous to their health, according to Consumer Reports’ annual prescription drug poll. Forty-eight percent of Americans who currently take a prescription medicine told pollsters they’d cut health-care costs, for example, by putting off a doctor’s visit or medical procedure, declining tests, or ordering cheaper drugs from outside of the U.S. That’s an increase of 9 percentage points since 2010.
 
Chatham Public Health Department warns of ground turkey recall for salmonellaChatham Public Health Department warns of ground turkey recall for salmonella
[Aug. 11, 2011] The Chatham County Public Health Department advises residents to be aware of the following recall due to illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg associated with consumption of ground turkey. The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reports that the recalled meat was sold at Wal-Mart, Aldi, Ingles and Kroger retail stores.
 
KidSCope offers services to meet mental health needs of childrenKidSCope offers services to meet mental health needs of children
[Jul. 27, 2011] As difficult as it is to imagine, children as young as 2 or 3 years old may have depression or anxiety. In fact, it is estimated that between nine percent and fourteen percent of children from birth to five years of age experience social and emotional problems that negatively affect their functioning and development. The numbers for developmental disabilities are equally staggering. The N.C. Autism Society estimates that one out of every 110 children born today has some form of autism spectrum disorder. By Linda Foxworth
Also: KidSCope
 
Reduce the likelihood of stings during outdoor activitiesReduce the likelihood of stings during outdoor activities
[Jul. 20, 2011] The advent of warm weather is the time for outdoor fun and yard work. Picnicking, swimming, golfing, tennis, gardening and lawn mowing are just a few of the activities people engage in when the weather is pleasant. But no one likes to be stung by an insect and for the 3-5 percent of the population who are allergic to an insect sting, such an event could be life-threatening. There are only a few types of insects which cause most of the problems. With the proper knowledge and precautions, the likelihood of being stung can be greatly reduced. By S. Bambara, Extension Specialist
 
Consumer Reports rates Jenny Craig best diet; Weight Watchers scores a distant thirdConsumer Reports rates Jenny Craig best diet; Weight Watchers scores a distant third
[May 11, 2011] Jenny Craig, the diet program that combines counseling with a portion-controlled regimen of pre-made foods supplemented by home cooked sides, has been designated a Ratings winner by Consumer Reports Health. With an overall score of 85, Jenny Craig easily surpassed the popular Weight Watchers (57) program by nearly 30 points.
 
Consumer Reports finds that 94% of shoppers "highly satisfied" with independent drugstoresConsumer Reports finds that 94% of shoppers "highly satisfied" with independent drugstores
[Apr. 25, 2011] New drugstore Ratings published in the May issue of Consumer Reports and available online at ConsumerReportsHealth.org reveal that the overwhelming majority (94%) of readers are highly satisfied with their experiences at neighborhood independent drugstores. While customers said they were generally satisfied with their pharmacies, some were irked by long waits and lagging service at some big box stores.
 
Chatham advises Bynum water source issues addressed in mid-1970sChatham advises Bynum water source issues addressed in mid-1970s
[Apr. 2, 2011] Chatham County Health Director Holly Coleman wants Bynum residents to know that the report presented to U.S. Congress yesterday on a “cancer cluster” observed by researchers over 20 years ago in the Bynum community is not a continued health risk. The report cited study data from 1980-85, which looked at the impact of some residents consuming untreated river water periodically until 1976, when residents were advised to discontinue this practice. The Town of Pittsboro also made public treated water available to the Bynum area around the same time.
 
Bring in unneeded medications for disposal during Operation Medicine DropBring in unneeded medications for disposal during Operation Medicine Drop
[Mar. 25, 2011] On Saturday, March 26, Chatham County will be participating in Operation Medicine Drop, a statewide effort to safely dispose of old or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medications. Chatham Drug Free, the Sheriff’s Department, the Pittsboro and Siler City Police Departments, and the Chatham County Public Health Department are working together to organize this event in Chatham County.

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