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Special Health Care Section: Knee Injuries Plague Local Athletes

By Seth Herrold
R-T Sports Editor

Injuries and sports go hand in hand. You have to take the bad with the good.
Injuries happen at every level of sports from elementary school through the professional level. Some are minor, others are not. For the Trenton High School girls’ basketball team, however, injuries have come in a flurry, at least major knee injuries.
For three seasons in a row, Trenton has

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Special Health Care Section: Is Trenton Really Accessible For All?

by Ronda Lickteig
R-T News Writer

The Americans With Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990, was designed to help provide access to public places for the millions of Americans who are living with disabilities.
We wondered, however, just how accessible Trenton is for someone who is trying to live a very full life while living with a disability.
“Well, there is a huge gap between being ‘handicap accessible’ and

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Special Health Care Section: Woman Not Daunted By Kidney Disease

by Ronda Lickteig
R-T News Writer

Most of us don’t really have a good understanding of how our body works – the organs just do their jobs and we go about our daily life without giving them a second thought. It’s only when something stops working properly that we realize the important role each organ plays in our health. For Paula Murphy, that organ was her kidneys.
Paula is in

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Special Health Care Section: Role Reversal – Caring For Elderly Parents

Ronda Lickteig
R-T News Writer

Millions of Americans are experiencing a role-reversal in their lives as they take on at least a portion of the care of their elderly parents. While most don’t consider it a burden by any means, it is a responsibility that requires a commitment of time and often, a little bit of patience.
Karen Sims, the only child of Monica and the late Bill Krance, always

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Special Health Care Section: School Nurses Face New Challenges

Ronda Lickteig
R-T News Writer

Remember the school nurse of days gone by? They were there to take your temperature or hold the bucket if you were sick and to call your mom to come get you. Most schools didn’t even have a full-time nurse and sick kids waited alone on a cot until their parent could come get them. Things have changed, according to former Rissler Elementary School nurse

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Special Health Care Section: Prepare Now For The Unthinkable

by Ronda Lickteig
R-T News Writer

Death and serious illness are things that happen to other people, right? 
Of course that’s wrong. Regardless of how healthy our lifestyle might be or how careful we are to avoid accidents, death is going to come and we can’t control it- at least not completely. But there are ways that we can ensure that we have the maximum amount of control over how

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Special Health Care Section: Diabetes Doesn’t Slow Tommy Eads Down

by Diane Lowrey
R-T Editor

For those who know Tommy Eads, keeping still and wanting to sleep all the time is definitely not a part of his make-up.
Yet two years ago, that’s all the 12-year-old Trenton youth wanted to do.
“It didn’t seem to matter where we were, he would just fall asleep,” his mother, Sheila Eads said.
Assuming it was because he was involved in several summer activities,

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Special Health Care Section: Gavin McAtee Is “Nuts” About Treatment

by Diane Lowrey
R-T Editor

“Mom…why did God make me this way?”
It was that heartbreaking question asked by Gavin McAtee of his mother, Brooke McAtee, which led to the nine-year-old Trenton youth being part of a clinical trial that now allows him to eat foods to which he was previously allergic.
An oral immunotherapy (OIT) he has been receiving since last September, in which the cause of his allergy

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Special Health Care Section: Alternative Therapies Gaining Popularity

by Diane Lowrey
R-T Editor
Complementary and alternative medicine has never been more popular. According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly 40 percent of adults report using complementary and alternative medicine, referred to as CAM for short. Doctors are embracing CAM therapies, often combining them with mainstream medical therapies, also known as “integrative medicine.”
In Trenton, both acupuncture and massage therapy have gained a lot of attention and are used quite

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