According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 251,700 toy-related injuries in 2010 throughout the United States. 72% were to people less than 15 years of age. Additionally, in 2007 alone, toymakers recalled over 19 million toys worldwide because of safety concerns such as lead paint and small magnets.
When it comes to toys and gifts, the excitement and desire to get your children their favorite toys may cause shoppers to forget about safety factors associated with them. Before you make these purchases, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys.
Prevent Blindness America has declared December as Safe Toys and Gifts Awareness Month. The group encourages everyone to consider if the toys they wish to give suits the age and individual skills and abilities of the individual child who will receive it, especially for infants and children under age three.
To learn more about choosing safe toys go to Kids Health.
Medsafe kiosks are now available in all five counties of the Southeast District. The kiosks are designed for safe and convenient collection of unused medications. By providing the community with a way to properly dispose of these medications it will help to reduce the unintended or illegal use of prescription and over-the-counter medications. It’s also great for protecting the community and the environment!
List of accepted medications:
Liquid medication bottles (less than 4 oz. in a zip-lock bag)
Medications NOT accepted:
Needles, syringes, or sharps containers
Medical devices or batteries
Aerosol cans or inhalers
Liquid antineoplastic agents
Where can you dispose of these medications? Locations of the Medsafe kiosks are listed below for each county. Please check with the location for the hours that the kiosks are accessible.
Johnson County Hospital - Tecumseh
Nemaha County Hospital – Auburn
CHI Health St. Mary’s – Nebraska City
Community Medical Center – Falls City
Pawnee County Sheriff’s Office – Pawnee City
New public service campaign asks you to ‘Be There’ for Veterans and service members
VA, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, released a new public service announcement, “No Veteran Left Behind,” to address the tragic rate of Veteran suicides.
Narrated by actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, the announcement calls on the public to take notice and action by reaching out to a Veteran who may be in crisis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide has become one of the leading causes of death in America. Suicide is also a major concern among Veterans and service members and is VA's top clinical priority. In the U.S., an average of 20 Veterans a day die from suicide. Suicide is preventable through connectivity and community support, so generating awareness of the health issues that disproportionately affect Veterans and service members is a critical first step and requires a comprehensive approach.
HPV is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Each HPV virus in this large group is given a number which is called its HPV type. HPV is named for the warts (papillomas) some HPV types can cause. Some other HPV types can lead to cancer. Men and women can get cancer of mouth/ throat, and anus/rectum caused by HPV infections. Men can also get penile HPV cancer. In women, HPV infection can also cause cervical, vaginal, and vulvar HPV cancers. But there are vaccines that can prevent infection with the types of HPV that most commonly cause cancer.
Call SEDHD at 877-777-0424 to make an appointment!
Prevent type 2 diabetes with the PreventT2 program
If you have prediabetes or other risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it’s time to take charge of your health. The PreventT2 lifestyle change program can help you make lasting changes to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Radon is the odorless, colorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Each year up to 22,000 deaths in the United States are attributed to radon-induced lung cancer. In Nebraska one out of every two homes tested has high radon levels, so it is important to test your home.
Free Radon Test Kites
Southeast District Health Department is offering free radon test kits. The kits are available by contacting the Southeast District Health Department.
Kits are also available at:
Humboldt - Senca office
Falls City - Community Medical Center (Hospital)
Syracuse - City Office
Tecumseh - City Office and Senca Center
Pawnee City - City Office and Senca Center
Nebraksa City - CHI Health St. Mary's (Hospital)
Testing is done by using a short-term test kit (3-7 days). Test kits come with instructions and postage paid packaging to submit tests to a lab. Radon test results can be checked online and if additional testing or radon mitigation is necessary, you can contact the Nebraska Radon Program online at www.dhhs.ne.gov/radon or by calling 800-334-9491.
To obtain a radon test kit or for more information contact Southeast District Health Department at 877-777-0424.