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Keeping your loved ones healthy during their healthcare stay is a priority. If you’re visiting a friend or family member, it’s important to be a good visitor and employ the basic principles of infection prevention. This is especially true during flu season.

According to the CDC, influenza (the flu) is a serious respiratory disease caused by influenza viruses, which can cause mild to severe illnesses. Seasonal influenza activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. The flu is associated with approximately 200,000 hospital admissions and as many as 49,000 deaths annually in the United States. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine.

In order to prevent the spread of the flu and other illnesses, most healthcare facilities have policies in place that limit visitors during the flu season. Often times, these policies prohibit visitors who are 12 years of age and younger. This is because children often carry viruses without exhibiting any signs or symptoms of illness.

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Diabetes is a growing concern among many health officials. According to the Centers for Disease Control:

  • 1 in 3 adults has prediabetes, but 90% are unaware.
  • 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, but more than 8 million may be undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
  • Nearly 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the United States every year.
  • More than 10% of adults ages 20 and older have diabetes.
  • More than 25% of adults ages 65 and older have diabetes.
  • Diabetes contributes to more deaths than AIDS and breast cancer combined.

Type 2 diabetes, a largely preventable condition, accounts for 90-95% of all cases of diabetes in the United States.



Diabetes has become one of the most common health risks over the past decade.

There are currently more than 29 million people in the U.S. with diabetes – a 50% increase over the past 10 years. According to the World Health Organization, that number is expected to double by the year 2030.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to regulate glucose (blood sugar).



Understanding pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes will help you make the lifestyle adjustments necessary to prevent or manage these serious health conditions.


Prediabetes is a condition that results when the body does not process insulin properly and can’t regulate blood sugar levels. In this stage, the amount of glucose in the blood stream is higher than normal, but it’s not quite high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.

People who are overweight, don’t exercise, or have a family history if type 2 diabetes are most at-risk of developing prediabetes.


Do you have diabetes? Are you struggling to manage this health condition? Get help from the Southeastern Med Wellness Resources team.

Our free diabetes education program includes:

One Private Session

  • Discuss how you’re currently managing your diabetes
  • Learn how to use a glucose meter
  • Learn about oral medication, insulin injections and other medication

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.


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?