In the past year, more than 1 in 10 children experienced at least one form of child abuse or neglect, according to the Center for Disease Control. More than 1,500 children died in the United States in 2014 from abuse and neglect. Whether it's sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect, children are suffering throughout the country in great numbers.
When Adam and Amy Hughes moved to Douglas with their two sons, Thomas and Parker, in 2011 there was more to that process than just finding a house, setting up utilities and getting the boys enrolled in school. Since their youngest son, Thomas, has Autism, it also meant finding a medical professional who could help them navigate meeting his special medical and educational needs. Since his diagnosis of "Pervasive Developmental Delay, No Other Symptoms" at age 2, that was later refined to Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 5, the family has leaned on medical professionals to help them address all of Thomas' needs.
Before you even know you're pregnant and take a pregnancy test to confirm it, your baby is already growing and developing. Here's a quick look at your baby's development and how its growth may be impacting your body:
Whether it's a trip to the urgent care with a sick child or an emergency room visit for chest pains, accessing health care can be an emotionally charged event. Many times while patients are in the exam room worrying about their physical well-being, they're also worrying about the financial implications of their visit. Regardless of whether you have insurance or not, a trip to the doctor also means paying for the cost of those services.
As hundreds of local residents face unemployment issues after recent coal mine layoffs, community leaders continue to discuss various ways community entities can support and provide resources for those now unemployed in the coal, oil and other energy sectors. The conversation, which originally began on April 4 and continued on April 15, was launched by Memorial Hospital of Converse County in light of the almost 500 people laid off at the end of March by Peabody Energy and Arch Coal.
The ball misses the rim, the offense rebounds and takes it back down the court in quick transition, the forward gets a running start and leaps high in the air for a dunk to elate the crowd. Then he comes down. And when he comes down it's hard, and he is on the floor. If you watch basketball we've all been part of that anxious moment. That moment when pure elation at athletic performance suddenly vanishes and one of the players is hurt, badly. In sports medicine what we've just described is how many ACL tears happen in basketball.
When Monica Budd learned she was pregnant in 2011, she wanted to find a well-qualified female doctor to see her through her first pregnancy. A teacher in Converse County School District, she also wanted to stay close to home for delivery. For Budd, Dr. Deanne Engle seemed like the ideal doctor and after checking out Memorial Hospital of Converse County, Budd said she was pleased with the friendliness of staff and the medical resources available.
With warmer weather just around the corner, grass, trees and other vegetation will be sprouting and flowering. While many welcome the signs of spring, others may be less than excited about the arrival of allergy season. As vegetation growth kicks into high gear, so do allergies for many Americans with roughly 55 percent of the U.S. population testing positive to one or more allergens. Additionally, one in five Americans has allergy or asthma symptoms.
It's no great secret that flu is spreading around our community. In fact Wyoming as a whole is ranked by the CDC as Widespread. That's at a state level. For what it's worth Converse County and greater Wyoming residents find themselves in good company as the majority of the continental U.S. as well finds itself under that designation.
As springs break quickly approaches for thousands of school children, many families across the country will venture to warmer climates for a vacation getaway. But with increasing warnings about the Zika virus, concerns and even fear may be sinking in for some people. In some respects those fears should be taken seriously, said Dr. James Morgan, chief medical officer with MHCC, especially for women who are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant.