Health
Thursday, July 28, 2016
 
Breastfeeding support group On Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold The Mom's Circle, a free breastfeeding support group, in the Nursing Conference Room. The Mom's Circle is a safe place for moms to come for support, advice and friendship from experienced and new nursing moms and a lactation consultant. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month and registration is not required. For more information, contact Jacalyn Bradley, Nanticoke lactation consultant, at 629-6611, ext. 2234.

Stroke caregiver support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a stroke caregiver support group on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. This support group is designed for caregivers of individuals who have survived a stroke. Meetings allow stroke caregivers to meet in groups to discuss concerns, providing support and networking in order to make daily routines easier. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is not required for this free support group. For more information, call 629-6224.

State joins suit to block merger Delaware's Attorney General will join the U.S. Department of Justice and eight other attorneys general in opposing the merger of health insurance companies Aetna and Humana - the third and fifth largest health insurance companies in the country - arguing that the combination would reduce competition in Delaware and drive up prices. Both Aetna and Humana sell Medicare Advantage plans in New Castle and Kent counties, which are offered as an alternative to traditional Medicare and a merger would result in high market share by the combined entity in those two counties. "This proposed merger would very significantly reduce competition for health insurance through Medicare Advantage plans in the counties that contain three-quarters of our state's population," Attorney General Matt Denn said. The challenge to the Aetna-Humana merger also is based on reduced competition between Aetna and Humana nationally in offering health coverage on state health care exchanges, but Humana does not currently participate in the exchange in Delaware. USDOJ and a number of states also filed a challenge to the proposed merger of health insurance companies Anthem and Cigna. Anthem does not operate in Delaware. A release from USDOJ announcing the federal-state action, including a link to the filed complaint, can be found at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-and-state-attorneys-general-sue-block-anthem-s-acquisition-cigna-aetna-s.

Look Good Feel Better Look Good Feel Better, a national program designed to help women overcome the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, will hold its next session at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15, at the Cancer Support Community-DE, Rehoboth. Classes are taught by professional cosmetologists and are open to all women undergoing cancer treatment. The program is free of charge but you must register by calling the Cancer Support Community at 645-9150. The Sussex facility is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Medical Arts Building at the Beebe Health Campus, Ste. 312, Rehoboth.

Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts bariatric support groups the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the fourth Monday of each month from 6-7 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public. The next meetings will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2 and Monday, Aug. 22. Support group meetings will consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide useful information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications.

Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395.

Nutrition classes Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts free nutrition classes on the first Wednesday and third Thursday of each month from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This class is designed to provide education to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery. The next classes will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and Thursday, Aug. 18. Nanticoke's nutrition classes are interactive and full of user-friendly information geared toward preparing patients for success during their weight loss journey. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to get weighed in. For more information or to reserve your spot, call Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery at 536-5395. For more information about weight loss services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org.

Weight loss seminars Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery hosts weight loss seminars the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. These free seminars are designed to provide education to individuals considering weight loss surgery to help them make informed decisions on whether surgery is an appropriate option. The next seminars will be held on Saturday, Aug. 6, Wednesday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 20. The seminars consist of educational presentations by Dr. Tarek Waked to inform individuals about the many benefits of weight loss surgery. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information about this seminar or other services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.

Easter Seals Walk is Oct. 16 Register your team for the fourth annual Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore "Walk With Me & Run For Us Delmarva" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Baywood Greens, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck. Delmarva's Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors and colleagues to support services for families living with disabilities in our local community. Easter Seals directly serves more than 1,930 individuals with disabilities and their families in lower Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. For the first time Easter Seals has added a 5k run to their annual Walk With Me event. For more information, visit www.races2run.com/events/delmarva. Registration is available online at www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at 302-253-1100, ext. 1121 or lforte@esdel.org.

Blue Jean Ball for Autism Delaware The 2016 Blue Jean Ball to benefit Autism Delaware will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, from 7-11 p.m. Attendees will spend the evening amid the lush surroundings of Delaware's first and only award-winning winery, Nassau Valley Vineyards, 32165 Winery Way, Lewes. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, beer and the vineyard's own award-winning wines while listening and dancing to the sounds of Carnivale. Tickets are $85 per person. For more information about the 2016 Blue Jean Ball, tickets, and sponsorships, visit autismdelaware.org.