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LHS grad Lauren Hill will play with MSJ Nov. @ Cintas Center
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:07 PM | Updated ( Thursday, October 16, 2014 4:22 PM )

The first regular season women’s basketball game between Mount St. Joseph University and Hiram College will be held Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Cintas Center on Xavier University’s campus. The NCAA granted an exemption to play the game earlier than originally scheduled to accommodate the wish of a terminally ill freshman basketball player for the Mount, Lauren Hill, to be able to play in a college game.
Because of the public’s overwhelming demand for tickets, Mount St. Joseph University administrators, in consultation with Lauren and her family, decided to hold the game at an alternate venue to accommodate a larger crowd. Xavier University officials offered the use of the Cintas Center.
Tickets for the game will be available starting Wednesday, October 22 at 9 a.m. and will cost $5 each with net ticket proceeds donated to The Cure Starts Now Foundation. Tickets will be available at GOXAVIER.com or Ticketmaster.com, over the phone at (513) 745-3000 or in person at the Xavier Athletics Tickets Office.

State ramps up Ebola response efforts
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 1:38 PM

State and local health officials are increasing measures to protect the health of Hoosiers in the event of an Ebola case in Indiana.

“The State Health Department and healthcare partners, with the support of Governor Pence, are taking extensive measures now to ensure that if we have a case of Ebola here, we will be ready to treat patients, isolate contacts and contain the spread of the disease,” said State Health Commissioner William VanNess, M.D. “People are understandably afraid, but Hoosiers should take comfort knowing Indiana has excellent health systems in place, which are routinely relied upon to successfully treat serious infectious diseases.”

The Indiana State Department of Health has increased response efforts to include the following:
·         Continuing regular communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indiana healthcare providers.
·         Establishing a healthcare provider hotline to answer questions about screening and diagnosis of Ebola.
·         Developing a training video for healthcare workers about how to put on and take off personal protective equipment.
·         Creating a questionnaire for healthcare workers to use when screening a patient for Ebola. Includes directions for worker protection and patient management based on answers provided.
·         Planning standing weekly calls with hospitals and local health departments.
·         Working with the Department of Education to provide information to school nurses.
·         Working with the local health departments and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management regarding hazardous waste management specific to Ebola.
·         Continuing to maintain timely and accurate information on the agency’s website (www.StateHealth.in.gov), Twitter (@StateHealthIN) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/isdh1) pages.

On Oct. 10, State health officials hosted a live webcast to healthcare providers with information about medical guidance and to answer questions. Governor Pence provided opening remarks, recognizing physicians for being on the “front lines” of emerging diseases and sharing the State’s support in preparing to prevent and respond to Ebola.

Eight individuals have been treated for Ebola in the United States, including two healthcare workers who treated patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. No cases have been tested for or reported in Indiana.

People with Ebola can only spread the Ebola virus when they have symptoms. There is no risk of transmission if someone does not have symptoms. In the United States, Ebola is only spread through direct contact with blood or body fluids (including but not limited to urine, saliva, feces, vomit and semen, or a needlestick) of a person who is sick with Ebola or the body of a person who has died from Ebola.  Ebola is not spread through the air by water or food, or by casual contact.  

“Ebola is a scary disease, but it's important for Hoosiers to know the facts about Ebola and get an accurate picture of the risk it poses to us here in Indiana,” said Joan Duwve, M.D., Chief Medical Consultant at the Indiana State Department of Health. “There is unfortunately a great deal of misinformation about Ebola going around on social media and other communication channels. Ebola can only be spread through blood or bodily fluids and only when a person is showing symptoms. Ebola is not airborne and is not easily spread, for example by sitting next to or being in the same room with someone who appears healthy.”

All Indiana healthcare providers are required to report any cases of illness that might pose a risk to public health including Ebola Virus Disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), measles, rubella, mumps, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza and other diseases.

For more information about Ebola Virus Disease, visit the Indiana State Department of Health’s website at www.StateHealth.in.gov or the CDC website at www.cdc.gov.

Follow the Indiana State Department of Health on Twitter at @StateHealthIN and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/isdh1.

Mardi Gras bash benefits child advocacy center
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:30 PM

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana will be observing its fifth year anniversary and the completion to date of 2,000 child interviews.

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana, Dillsboro, is a child-friendly, nonprofit corporation created to minimize the trauma suffered by victims of child abuse. The Center is designed to use a multidisciplinary team approach which facilitates the prevention, detection, investigation and treatment of child abuse.

To continue meeting the needs of victimized children in the community, a goal has been set to raise $100,000 by having a Mardi Gras Ball at the Lawrenceburg Event Center Saturday, Feb. 7, 7p.m. to midnight.

Live music will be provided by Robin Lacy and DeZydeco.Festivities include dinner and dancing, a silent auction, the election of a King and Queen of the Ball from the competing King and Queen contestants of the surrounding counties: Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings and Ripley. At 11p.m., based on votes (every dollar collected contributes a vote to that particular county), one pair of the county Kings and Queens of the Ball will be crowned, with a parade to follow.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets to the event, sponsoring the event, helping elect the King and Queen of your county, donating to the silent auction or make a monetary donation, contact the Children’s Advocacy Center of Southeastern Indiana at 1-812-432-3200, 1211 Rullman Drive, Dillsboro, or go to: www.cacsoutheast.org

Keep Halloween bashes from turning into crashes
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:29 PM

Halloween is just around the corner, and this year’s calendar has it landing on a Friday- causing an expected rise in the number of partygoers and trick-or-treaters taking to the streets. AAA urges revelers both young and old to make advance plans to stay safe.

“When Halloween falls during the middle of the work week, parties and events are spread out over several days to include the weekend,” said Cheryl Parker, Corporate Public Affairs Manager, AAA.  “With Halloween on a Friday this year, most festivities are expected to take place that evening- putting a large number of adult partygoers on the road the same night as trick-or-treaters.”

Nearly a third of Americans will attend an adult-oriented Halloween party this year, reports the National Confectioners Association; and children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control.

Motor vehicle fatalities increase 37 percent on average when Oct. 31 is on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday compared to other days of the week, according to the past decade of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Fall leaf colors on schedule, but rain takes toll
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:19 PM

The fall color display for trees is on schedule across most of Indiana, although recent cool, rainy and windy weather is likely to slow the color change and knock leaves from trees, according to DNR community and urban forester Carrie Tauscher.

The result could be a shorter viewing season.

“Across Indiana, we’re seeing yellows and oranges now,” Tauscher said. “Tulip poplar sycamore, sweetgum, cottonwood and some of the understory trees like sasafrass are starting to turn and give some great gold colors”

Tauscher said sugar maples will come into full color along with the oaks between now and early November.

Leaves produce pigments that give them color. During spring and summer, the green pigment, chlorophyll, is dominant. When days become shorter, other pigments in the leaf become visible as the amount of chlorophyll dwindles.

Best fall color formation happens when there are bright, warm days, cool nights and moist soils.  

“With the cold rainy days we’ve had recently I’m hoping for some sunny, relatively warm days to start pushing color,” said Tauscher.

In southern Indiana, conditions are different. Tauscher said less rain earlier in the season has resulted in drier soils, accelerating and slightly diminishing the color change. Nonetheless, tourists and communities that depend on leaf viewing shouldn’t worry. The fall color each year is something different and special, she said.

“They’re still going to have nice color,” Tauscher said. “Madison and other communities that promote tourism will still be beautiful.”

While enjoying Indiana’s fall foliage, Hoosiers should consider planting trees on their properties. Order forms are now available for ordering tree seedlings from Indiana’s state nurseries for spring delivery.

The trees are available at a nominal cost for reforestation purposes, with 100 trees being a minimum order.  For more information, visit dnr.IN.gov/forestry.