NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio – Darlene Rishel of North Ridgeville saw the future and took steps to move into a new career. Rishel originally attended cosmetology school part time while she worked full time in an office in the mid-2000s.By 2009 she knew cosmetology was no longer for her and was drawn to the idea of another career. “I wanted to go into the medical field. I wanted to be taking care of people,” she said. Not a stranger to change, Rishel embarked on a three-week class at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) to become a nursing assistant in her quest for a medical career.“That enabled me to get a job at a nursing home which helped me complete the two year program for surgical technology,” Rishel said.Her daughters are now teenagers and have been supportive of their mother’s goals. “They think it’s amazing and now both want to look into the medical field for themselves,” she said.Rishel said her plans worked out well at LCCC. … [Read more...] about LCCC helps cosmetologist find new career in surgical technology.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight years to the day after a devastating tornado killed 161 people and injured more than 1,100 others in Joplin, another big twister ripped through Missouri — this time the capital of Jefferson City — but with a far different result: no deaths or serious injuries. The two storms hit Missouri cities roughly the same size on the same day of the year, May 22. And they both ravaged residential neighborhoods and business districts. But several factors created completely different scenarios — factors that worked against Joplin and helped spare the lives of Jefferson City residents like Debra Gary, who along with her husband, mother and four kids hunkered down in the basement before emerging to find their home badly damage. “I always tell my kids, ‘Keep God first,’ because God was there for us,” Gary said Friday. “He kept us and our home safe when the tornado was going on.” The Jefferson City twister was … [Read more...] about Many factors helped save lives in Jefferson City twister
(CNN)Sonna Anderson was enjoying a horseback ride through the Badlands in North Dakota in September 2017 when her horse, Cody, got spooked, jerked toward a fence and tripped on a cow track in the dirt. The horse rolled onto Anderson, who hit her head, briefly lost consciousness and broke three ribs. The 911 transcript shows that an ambulance reached the 60-year-old judge from Bismarck within 20 minutes. Anderson was secured on a backboard and ready to go when an air ambulance, a helicopter with a medical crew, also landed at the scene. Anderson says her husband asked repeatedly whether the ground ambulance crew could take her by ground; there was a hospital less than an hour's drive away. "But he was told that [the air ambulance] was necessary. They never told him why it was necessary or how much it cost, but they insisted I had to go by air ambulance," Anderson said. "But it's so odd there is nothing in the record that indicated it was time-sensitive or that I needed to be … [Read more...] about Sky-high prices for air ambulances hurt those they are helping
Story highlights Lower obesity rates are found in those living at higher elevations People with the highest levels of spontaneous physical activity, including fidgeting, tend to weigh less (CNN)Have you ever wondered why some people seem to stay trim effortlessly, while the majority of Americans struggle with their weight? Sure, genetics and a healthy lifestyle play a large role, but there are other, more surprising correlations that may be helping them stay slim. They live near a gym. A recent study in the journal Lancet Public Health found that people living within a kilometer (a little more than half a mile) of physical activity facilities -- including gyms, swimming pools and playing fields -- weighed less and had smaller waists than those who didn't. The difference was greater in women and those with higher incomes. Why am I not losing weight? The study was observational, so it does not prove cause and effect, but it does reinforce the impact of the built … [Read more...] about Surprising factors that may keep you thin
(CNN)Rising rates of loneliness may not be news, but the three periods when it peaks may come as a surprise: More people reported feeling moderate to severe loneliness during their late 20s, their mid-50s and their late 80s than in other life periods, according to research published Tuesday in the journal International Psychogeriatrics. The general sense of isolation was also more prevalent than the researchers expected. A full three-quarters of all study participants reported moderate to high levels of loneliness, said Dr. Dilip Jeste, senior author of the study and a professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego. "One thing to remember is that loneliness is subjective. Loneliness does not mean being alone; loneliness does not mean not having friends," said Jeste, who is also director of UC San Diego's Center for Healthy Aging. "Loneliness is defined as 'subjective distress.' " It is the discrepancy between the social relationships you want and … [Read more...] about Loneliness peaks at three key ages, study finds — but wisdom may help