Entries by David Heaton

Why back-to-school vaccines?

(Source: Amy Vance, LiveWell/Spectrum) Vaccines are not made for trivial diseases that are simple to treat. Required childhood vaccines protect against these serious and potentially life-threatening diseases: polio, pertussis (whooping cough), diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis, chickenpox, measles, mumps, and rubella. READ MORE

Zika Precautions

(Daily Herald) – Pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant should avoid or limit travel to areas where Zika is being transmitted. And, they should discuss travel plans to these areas with their doctor. READ MORE

Summer Heat Safety

(Don Gilman, St. George News) -Over the last week, temperatures in Southwest Utah have soared. While excessive heat warnings haven’t been issued yet for St. George, they have been issued for the region from Mesquite to Las Vegas. With temperatures reaching triple digits and looking to stay that way for awhile, it is time to […]

Are plague-infected fleas a concern in southern Utah?

(KCSG.com / Melissa Anderson) It’s known as the “Black Death” or bubonic plague. Recent reports of fleas infected with the bubonic plague in parts of Northern Arizona has caused questions about the potential of the fleas traveling to southern Utah. “Fortunately in Utah, fleas are uncommon in our state because they thrive with humidity, which […]

Study: healthy fats won’t boost weight

Healthy Fats in Mediterranean Diet Won’t Boost Weight Vegetable oils, nuts can be a part of a healthful diet, experts say By Robert Preidt Monday, June 6, 2016 An eating plan that includes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts isn’t likely to cause weight gain, a new study finds. That’s good news for […]

St. George Marathon Charity Entries

            The Southwest Utah Public Health Foundation is an official charity for the St. George Marathon and has been allocated a certain number of marathon entries. Runners who were not selected through the lottery can donate funds to the Foundation and be eligible to receive a guaranteed entry in to the 2016 […]

The Zika Virus: What You Should Know

Updated 8-11-16 What is Zika? Zika is a virus related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. How is it spread? Zika is spread to humans primarily by the Aedes species of mosquito. This species is rarely, if ever, found in Utah. Sexual transmission is possible, but rare. What are the symptoms and how dangerous […]

New Year’s Resolutions

By Kylaas Flanagan, SWUPHD Health Educator Here are some familiar examples of New Year’s resolutions you’ll hear every year: – I’m going to lose weight! – I’m going to the gym every day! – I’m not going to eat junk food! – I’m going to quit smoking! – I’m going to spend time with my […]