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Voices of Central Pennsylvania September 2015
In This Issue: September Public Meetings Calendar | Moral Hazard and Big 10 Climate Commitments | Superlatives overtake the airwaves | Yemen a hotspot in US-Iran power struggle | LAGuide to PetEuphoria | Jewelweed - A Gem in the Marsh | Poet of the Month ~ Julia Spicher Kasdorf | Musician Profile: Tyne Palazzi | Winter Outlook | Local Home-Scale Photovoltaic Solar | Finding Made-in-USA products | An Uncommon Fall Visitor | Advice to agripreneurs | PSU Should Apply Whole Systems-thinking | A Tale of Two Nittany Theatres | Ways Ferguson Township Can Protect Water

Low income children miss out on dental care

Shortage of Child Dentistry

by Sylvia Onusic

A mother recently walked through the doors of Centre Volunteers in Medicine, the local free healthcare clinic, with her five-year-old girl. The little girl’s four front baby teeth were broken off at the gum line. In each tooth was an abscess, a longstanding infection. Aside from the discomfort, such infections in baby teeth can affect the permanent teeth just below, becoming a much more complicated health issue in the future.

“The parents didn’t want to take the child out of school for treatment but we finally got her in last week,” Dr. Heather Raymond, director of CVIM’s dental services, told Voices. “It broke my heart.”

John Kelly, a local pediatric dentist since 1977, said that “parents routinely ignore children’s abscessed teeth because they don’t cause a lot of pain, but the infection is sitting there constantly flowing into the blood stream. These children become sick children.”

The Pennsylvania Oral Health Needs Assessment and other reports continue to emphasize the association between low income and dental health. Poor children in Pennsylvania have fewer visits to the dentist, more untreated cavities and dental diseases. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, “this strongly suggests that access to preventive and restorative dental care, as well as effective preventive oral health education, is lacking for these poor children and their families.” Read more »

State College Women Honored at the 2009 Bi-Annual Pennsylvania National Organization for Women (NOW) Convention

NOW presentation on the costs of emergency contraception
Shelley Vukman of Ni-Ta-Nee NOW (National Organization for Women), motions to a chart that indicates percentage of pharmacies and price ranges of emergency contraception in rural vs. urban pharmacies at one of the workshops held during the bi-annual NOW State Convention, December 5, 2009. (photos and text by Essie I. Karnes)

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Be thankful for your harvest, and share.

Health Care Summarized as a Giant Pig

Knowing the difference between H1N1 ("swine flu") and the common cold

Know the symptoms and be aware of the differences between the common cold and the H1N1 flu.

Fever is rare with a cold.
Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.
A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).

Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.
Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose
Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.
Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chills are uncommon with a cold.
60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills.

Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.
Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.

Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.
Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms
Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.
The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.

A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.
A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat
Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.
Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort
Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.
Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.
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Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, interviewed about the health of the oceans

An exclusive interview by VOICES, the son of Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau, is interviewed by Jill Gomez, the environmental editor of Voices, about his views on the health of the oceans, commercial fishing, and the future.

This interview was made possible with the efforts of the Schreyers Honors College of Penn State.

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