Health

Type 2 Diabetes prevention comes down to everyday choices

Knox County Hospital District KNOX CITY – According to statistics, approximately one in ten Texans is living with diabetes today.  But many more are at risk of developing the disease. Since Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable, it is often the result of poor diet and lack of exercise, taking simple steps to improve your…

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Enjoy the Summer fun safely

Knox County Hospital District   KNOX CITY—Warm weather and the outdoors were meant for each other, and those of us who love summer have waited more than a year to really enjoy it! As we begin to recover from the Covid-19 lockdown and head outside to enjoy picnics, barbecues, poolside, boating, sports activities, hikes, etc,…

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Watch out: New Vaccine Survey Scams

By Jennifer Salazar, Director of Texas Medicare Patrol We have received reports of a new COVID-19 vaccine email scam where people are asked to complete a survey. They offer a free reward but ask people to pay a nominal fee “to cover shipping”. Survey scams like this are a creative way to steal your identity…

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50 and over now eligible for shots

AUSTIN–Texas hospital officials announced last week that Texans age 50 and older will now be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “Expanding to ages 50 to 64 will continue the state’s priorities of protecting those at the greatest risk of severe outcomes and preserving the state’s health care system,” said Imelda Garcia, Department of State…

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Screenings critical to detecting colon cancer

Knox County Hospital KNOX CITY– Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a sustained reduction in the number of people referred, diagnosed, and treated for colorectal cancer. This trend has many physicians concerned as colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. In fact, excluding skin cancers, colorectal…

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Haskell Hospital offers vaccinations

From The News-Courier staff HASKELL—If anyone is still looking to get vaccinated, the Haskell Memorial Hospital opened a COVID-19 vaccine clinic yesterday and will keep it open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Monday unless they run out Organizers reported the hospital has 750 does and this clinic is open to everyone who…

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Mac’s View

Confusion about vaccinations Most of the residents in Knox County in the 1B category, 65 and over or over 16 with chronic medical issues, are still waiting to get their first shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines which require two shots. However, Jim Cowsert of Munday is not one of them. During a visit…

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Pregnancy center fundraiser under way

By James McAfee— HASKELL—The Pregnancy Care Center of the Northern Big County is giving churches and residents of Knox County along with six other nearby counties opportunities to assist with their fundraiser until Feb. 14. Center director Reba Waggoner reports that coin banks in the shape of baby bottles have been distributed to all who…

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What is cedar fever? Experts explain Texas winter irritant

By Stephen O’Shea— Cedar fever season is almost upon us, and at a time when having a fever – or even catching a slight cold – is concerning, it’s more important than ever to understand the symptoms and source of this common Central Texas allergy. For starters, cedar fever isn’t a flu or a virus…

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Making health and wellness a priority in 2021

Knox County Hospital District— KNOX CITY – With the New Year upon us, it is the perfect time to optimistically look ahead. This year offers a chance for new beginnings and new reasons for hope. With a couple of COVID-19 vaccines promising to offer relief from the pandemic, we have much to look forward to…

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