Health system to lead seminar on dementia

Southeast Georgia Health System will host a seminar for family members and friends of people diagnosed with dementia from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at its Senior Care Center, 2611 Wildwood Drive in Brunswick.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 855-275-7447.

The seminar, titled “Dementia: What’s Next?,” will address questions surrounding the illness, including mental stimulus, caring for the physical well being of dementia patients, loss of mental abilities, the disease’s progression and activities for daily living.

Rhonda Lathem, community relations and program coordinator of Memory Matters, a local nonprofit organization and resources center, will lead the seminar.

— The Brunswick News

Appalachia’s approach to drugs at odds with AG policy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to the recent emphasis in Appalachian states on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul opposes the directive. He says the drug epidemic should be treated as a health crisis, not a “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” problem.

Sessions says a spike in violence in some big cities and the nation’s opioid epidemic show the need for a return to tougher tactics.

Former U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey, who was top federal prosecutor for the eastern half of Kentucky, says he doesn’t foresee a “sea change” in how federal drug cases will be handled. But he is concerned that an approach emphasizing prevention is being abandoned by the Trump Administration.

Iconic Hoover Dam lights up in turquoise for lung health

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The iconic Hoover Dam near Las Vegas was lit in turquoise to honor National Women’s Lung Health Week.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the National Historic Landmark changed colors for two hours Thursday night.

The Hoover Dam opened in 1936, generating the first electric power produced by the dam.

Located at the Nevada-Arizona border, the Hoover Dam and other Colorado River facilities now provide drinking water and hydropower to about 40 million residents, farms, tribes and businesses in seven states in the Southwest.

The High Roller observation wheel on the Las Vegas Strip also marked the occasion by coordinating its colors to turquoise.

Cholera outbreak in war-

ravaged Yemen kills 115

SANAA, Yemen — The U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Yemen says a cholera outbreak has killed 115 people over the past two weeks.

Jamie McGoldrick told reporters Monday that another 8,600 people were believed to have been infected, and that medicine was arriving. But he also urged donor countries to fulfil more than $1 billion in aid pledges made in Geneva last month.

A Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 2015, in a war that has killed more than 10,000 civilians.

Congo announces 9 suspected Ebola cases

KINSHASA, Congo — One person has been confirmed dead from Ebola in an outbreak in a remote corner of northern Congo as health authorities look into a total of nine suspected cases, including two other deaths, the country’s health minister and the World Health Organization said Friday.

One case of the hemorrhagic fever was confirmed since the outbreak emerged April 22 in Bas-Uele province, Health Minister Oly Ilunga Kalenga said.

He said the confirmed case was of the Zaire strain of the virus.

The outbreak could test a recently developed experimental Ebola vaccine that WHO says could be used in emergencies. The global vaccine alliance GAVI said 300,000 doses are available “if needed to stop this outbreak becoming a pandemic.”

This vast, impoverished Central African nation has had seven known Ebola outbreaks in the past, including one in 2014 with several dozen cases. That outbreak was not connected to the massive epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone that left thousands dead.

— Associated Press

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