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In recognition of February being designated as Heart Awareness Month and in remembrance of their fallen co-worker and friend Carma Wheeler, who died one year ago today from heart disease, the staff of Howell County Health Department wants to encourage area residents of educate themselves on heart disease and heart disease prevention.  Agency director, Chris Gilliam stated, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.  Adding, “I want to remind the community that much can be done to prevent and/or manage heart disease if individuals are willing to make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.”



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August 17, 2018

  • About one-third of people who wear contact lenses sleep or nap in them, increasing the risk for a serious eye infection 6 to 8 times.
  • To prevent complications, contact lens wearers can take simple steps—such as not sleeping or swimming while wearing lenses, and replacing lenses and storage cases when recommended.
  • Eye care professionals should report contact lens-related corneal infections to Medwatch, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event reporting program.

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