December 20, 2012 |
As the funeral processions unfolded this week across Newtown, Conn., laying to rest the 26 victims of last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the massacre's often-uncounted 27th victim was quietly memorialized Thursday: Nancy Lanza, the killer's mother. An official source in New Hampshire confirmed that a private funeral had been held for Lanza, 52, at an undisclosed location, attended only by her family. "It was private, family only. About 25 family members attended," said Donald W. Briggs Jr., police chief in Kingston, N.H. PHOTOS: Mourning after the massacre The service probably occurred near Kingston, where Lanza grew up, married her high school boyfriend and bore the couple's two sons before moving to Connecticut in 1998.
September 12, 2011 |
Treating skinned knees and stomachaches is part of the drill at any school nurse's office or school-based health center. But healthcare providers at these sites do much more than treat everyday aches and pains: They give checkups and vaccinations, make sure kids take their insulin shots and antidepressants on time, and teach them how to manage chronic conditions such as asthma. School-based health centers go beyond the services of a school nurse. They are clinics that provide primary care to students, and often mental health and dental care as well.
July 1, 2011 |
The most, and almost the only, surprising thing about "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures," a new tweencom debuting Friday on Nickelodeon before taking up its regular Sunday post, is that the character called Skinner is the one you'd expect, given a certain emptiness of head, to be called Bucket. Nickelodeon has been in its time a place where marvelous, strange and poetic things have happened — yes, "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," I'm talking to you, but also to "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and "The Secret World of Alex Mack," the last of which was co-created by Thomas W. Lynch, who developed "Bucket & Skinner.
January 16, 2011 |
The 17-year-old boy who came into Cathy Owens' nursing office at Murrieta Valley High School in Riverside County was gasping for breath. He had no history of health problems. After quickly examining him, Owens' 35 years of experience kicked in. "He was not able to breathe, and there was no heart rate going," she recalls. "All I could think of was he was suffering from anaphylaxis. " Often the result of a severe food allergy, anaphylaxis can be lethal if not treated within minutes.
January 11, 2011 |
Adam Reitz could be a poster child for the "eat less, exercise more" campaign. He learned firsthand that shedding 100 pounds required both. Sounds simple, but it was anything but. In the past, Reitz's dad had confronted him about his obesity. But there was a pivotal moment that inspired him to act. This Allentown Morning Call story tells what happened: "It was three years ago and two months before his wedding. He had just returned from a trip to Hawaii with his students and colleagues from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa. The school nurse had taken the picture and left it in his mailbox for him to remember their trip.
May 28, 2010 |
Can you imagine one adult taking care of 2,100 children? In California, that is what we ask of our roughly 3,000 credentialed school nurses who serve the state's 6.3 million public schoolchildren, some of whom have debilitating physical conditions that demand specialized healthcare. Our students with epilepsy who may need Diastat administered during a seizure are only one of the examples. However, the controversy surrounding who should be allowed to administer the drug to students in an emergency — the subject of Steve Lopez's May 26 column, "Down the Capitol rabbit hole" — illustrates the crisis that our students and our schools face with respect to providing care to our most fragile children.