Friday Fix: March 2, 2018

New Leadership at St. Lawrence County Public Health, The Healthiest Way to Bend, and a Colon Cancer Screening Saves the Life of a Lewis County Woman

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “St. Lawrence County’s new public health director eager to build partnerships”

After several months without a director, the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department has new leadership, according to this Watertown Daily Times article. New director Dana Olzenak McGuire told the Times that she is looking to collaborate as much as possible with local hospitals, schools, clinics and other agencies to improve the health of her county.

“We don’t always have all the resources we need, so it’s important to collaborate,” Ms. Olzenak McGuire told the newspaper. “I know the county and I think I have a good understanding of how to work with partners.”

Target areas of improvement for Ms. Olzenak McGuire include obesity, diabetes, opioid abuse and smoke. To read the full article, click here. Another related article from the Watertown Daily Times — “New Mental Health Association director looks to expand community ties“.

2. “Lost Art of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines”

This report, heard on NPR’s daily Morning Edition segment, explains the difference between “C” bending and “table” bending — and why one can be much better for your back and spine.

According to back pain specialist Jean Couch, many Americans “C” bend, which causes your spine to bend and your stomach to do a little crunch. Couch says this form of bending can lead to back injuries and increased back pain.

However, she said, we can learn from many other parts of the world, where it is common to see people “table” bending — using their legs and hips to lean forward while keeping their back straight and parallel to the ground. Couch says this is much more comfortable and safe for the spine. To read or listen to the full report, click here.

3. “This Test Kit Can Save Your Life”

From 7 News/Fox 28: “Mary Jane Raymond is now cancer free thanks, in part, to a colon cancer self-test she picked up at the Lewis County Hospital Health Fair a couple years ago.”

In honor of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month, this news segment illustrates the life-saving power of colon cancer screenings by sharing the story of a Lewis County colon cancer survivor.

According to 7 News, more than 3,000 New Yorkers die from colon cancer each year, making it the second leading cause of cancer deaths. Click here to watch the full broadcast.

See you March 16th for the next Friday Fix!

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