newbornWithdrawal from substance abuse in adults is considered one of the worst parts of “getting clean.” Withdrawal symptoms are caused by a decreased level of the substance in the body of a person who has grown accustomed to prolonged use. The severity of the withdrawal symptoms depends on the substance and the duration of use.

Mild withdrawal symptoms include confusion and irritability. Severe symptoms include intense abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, drenching sweats, seizures and even death.

Now, imagine you are a nurse caring for a patient who is showing signs of withdrawal, but your patient is a brand new baby.

 Increased opioid addiction has caused a need for more foster families in Guernsey County

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Southeastern Med is participating in the National Family Partnership’s Red Ribbon Week. This annual observance is dedicated to drug use prevention, education and advocacy.

This year’s theme is: Your Future Is Key, So Stay Drug Free. Throughout the month of October, all babies born at Southeastern Med will go home with a red hat and educational information for the child’s parents.

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According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6.5% of high school seniors smoke marijuana daily and 40% don’t think it’s harmful to try heroin once or twice.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says that kids who have conversations with their parents and learn about the dangers of alcohol and drug use are 50% less likely to use alcohol and drugs. But 25% of teens report that these kinds of conversations aren’t happening in their homes.

These staggering statistics are partly why Ohio government officials have launched StartTalking.ohio.gov, a website designed to give you talking points and strategies for how and when to talk to your children about drug use.

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We have shared information with you about how common breast cancer is along with its signs & symptoms. But many people come to us asking “What are the chances I will get breast cancer?”

Though we don’t have a crystal ball, there are ways to determine if you’re more likely to develop breast cancer versus others. Here are some ways to make that determination:

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can change your life forever. Unlike most injuries, which can be healed with a cast or medication, brain injuries can affect your personality and ability to think.

Doctors at Southeastern Med in Cambridge, OH see head injuries regularly and want you to understand the severity of this injury and how to prevent it.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

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Sepsis is the leading cause of death in U.S. hospitals. It kills more people than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined, yet despite its seriousness, few people have even heard of sepsis.

Read on to learn about the signs and symptoms of this deadly condition.

What is sepsis?

Sepsis occurs when your body’s immune system over reacts to an infection. This can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and even death.

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With the school year underway, you may have already found yourself asking “What am I going to pack in the kids’ lunch today?”

Southeastern Med has some healthy (and easy to make!) suggestions to ensure your children walk out the door with a balanced lunch.

What to pack

To make sure your children has a balanced lunch, here’s what to include in each lunch:

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Since 1999, the percentage of overweight children nationwide has increased from 28.8 percent to 33.4 percent in 2014. The number of obese children rose from 14.6 percent to 17.4 percent during that same timeframe.

In Guernsey County, many cases of childhood obesity are linked to lifestyle choices.

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Southeastern Med would like all Medicare Insurance users to know that they may be responsible for paying for certain self-administered drugs including pills, inhalers and topical creams.

If you have Medicare Insurance and were prescribed a self-administered drug in an emergency room, cancer center, observation center or other outpatient setting, you may be responsible for covering the cost of the medication. Items covered and not covered are determined by Medicare Insurance, not Southeastern Med.

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In recent years, many parents have decided to not to vaccinate their children. Southeastern Med has seven reasons you should have your children vaccinated.

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about parents deciding not to vaccinate their children. The staff at Southeastern Med highly recommends having your children vaccinated on a schedule set by your pediatrician.