Health
Thursday, July 03, 2008
 
Alzheimer's holds free training The Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter sponsors The Family Caregiver Education Series four times a year in each of Delaware's three counties. Milford Center Genesis Healthcare at 700 Marvel Road in Milford will host the training on Aug. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This program includes a medical overview, legal and financial issues, challenging symptoms, daily care issues and information on getting the help you need. This training for family caregivers is free and lunch will be provided by Milford Center, therefore pre-registration is required by July 23. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee, branch office coordinator, at 302-854-9788.

Dr. Darkwa's office relocates Dr. Nana Yaw Darkwa has relocated to a new family practice office located at 1505 Bridgeville Highway, Seaford. He is currently accepting new patients, ages 10 to geriatrics. The office can be reached at 628-8324. Dr. Darkwa received his medical degree from the University of Ghana Medical School in Korle-Bu, Ghana and completed his family practice residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Wilmington. Nanticoke Memorial now has over 90 members on its active medical staff, representing 35 specialties. To find out more, call Nanticoke's Physician Referral Services at 877-NHS-4DOCS.

Doctors named to 'best of' list "If you or a loved one needed a doctor in your specialty, to whom would you refer them?" This question was asked to 50,000 specialists from more than 30 countries around the world. Only those physicians who earned the consensus support of their peers were included in the listing of the Best Doctors in America. This year, 153 Nemours physicians (85 from the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and 68 from Nemours Children's Clinic - Florida) have been selected for inclusion in Best Doctors in America database 2007-2008. The current listing of the Best Doctors in America physicians, is the result of continual surveys undertaken by Best Doctors, Inc., the preeminent provider of information about the best medical care available. For a complete listing of Nemours physicians named in the list, by location, visit the site.

Nanticoke offers brachytherapy The treatment options for prostate cancer patients have expanded at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital (NMH) to include brachytherapy - a form of radiation therapy in which tiny radioactive seeds are implanted directly into the prostate to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Unlike external beam therapy techniques that are directed to the tumor from the outside of the body to the inside, requiring the radiation to go through normal tissue to reach the prostate deep inside the body, brachytherapy places a radioactive material directly inside the body. Using ultrasound to get a clear view of the prostate, physicians implant tiny radioactive seeds (about the size of a grain of rice) directly into the prostate. The proximity of the radiation to the cancer cells allows the radiation to inundate the cancer cells, while exposing nearby organs and tissue to only small amounts of radiation. Although the implant technique is not new, recent advances in imaging technology have made it more effective, and results have shown that brachytherapy is extremely effective in controlling prostate cancer and has the same results as surgery or external radiation for appropriately selected low-risk prostate cancer patients. The addition of brachytherapy to Nanticoke's oncology treatment services means that patients can stay close to home for treatment. For more information, call 1-877-NHS-4Docs.

Nemours presents kids health fair Kids can learn how to live healthy lives on Tuesday, July 22 at the Nemours Health and Prevention Services' Healthy Kids Day Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the fairgrounds in Harrington, in the Delaware Electric Cooperative's free entertainment tent located near the Midway entrance. With 23 vendors, this event covers physical activity, nutrition, disease prevention, immunizations, cancer prevention and early detection, and injury prevention. Original members of the Titans football team (they inspired Disney's "Remember the Titans" movie) will visit at 9:30 a.m. and offer a 10 a.m. autograph session; Miss Delaware follows at noon, and Grover from Sesame Street will appear at 1:30 p.m. There will also be cup stacking demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nemours Health and Prevention Services is promoting its "5-2-1 and Almost None" campaign. Librarians from the Delaware Academy of Medicine's will answer visitors' health-related questions. Parents can receive information from the Child Development Watch program about childhood developmental stages and the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence will provide information. Visitors will receive giveaways and complimentary information about immunizations, safe drinking water, preventing lead exposure, healthy homes and the necessity of safe food and beverages. The Office of Public Safety will show adults how to correctly use booster seats. Kids can play musical chairs or enjoy the speed cup stacking demonstration. For information about the Delaware State Fair's other events, visit www.delawarestatefair.com.

Stroke support group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer free monthly Stroke Support Group meetings designed for individuals who have survived a stroke and their families and caregivers. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month at Nanticoke Cancer Care Center, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. The meetings will consist of guest speakers and breakaway sessions, in which caregivers and survivors will meet in two groups to discuss concerns, provide support and networking. Refreshments will be provided. Sheila Brant and Joan Burditt, occupational therapists at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, will facilitate the support group meetings. Pre-registration not required. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 5121.

Oncology symposium planned The Sixth Annual Seaside Oncology Symposium will take place Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. The Tunnell Cancer Center and the Medical Society of Delaware sponsor this annual, half-day symposium to update participants on the diagnosis and management of cancer. It is designed for physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals. The conference, which begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends with lunch at 1 p.m., is planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint-sponsorship of the Medical Society of Delaware and Beebe Medical Center. The Seaside Oncology Symposium is supported by unrestricted educational grants from various pharmaceutical companies and programs. Details regarding this year's topics and speakers will be available soon. Hotel reservations may be made directly with the Boardwalk Plaza at 800-332-3224.

Weight Loss Surgery Support The Western New Life WLS Support Group will be having its monthly meeting on July 17. We meet at Trinity United Methodist Church, 17249 Phillips Hill Road, Laurel. We meet each third Thursday of the month. Everyone who has had, or is thinking about, having weight loss surgery is welcome. The theme of the July 17 meeting is craft night - we'll be making new bracelets for our medical IDs. Group Leaders: Jennifer Rosen (jrosen87@comcast.net) and Heather O'Connor (meannevil2@yahoo.com)

Depression support group The Mental health Association in Delaware will be sponsoring a Depression Support Group in Laurel on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. The meetings begin at 7 p.m. The MHA encourages anyone dealing with a depressive disorder to attend. Register in advance by calling 1-800-287-6423. Peer support groups sponsored by Mental Health Association of Delaware are not intended to replace professional mental health treatment. MHA does not publish support group locations; locations are provided with registration.

Caregiver support group Join our monthly support group at the Cheer community center, the second Monday of each month at 11 a.m., 854-9500.This support group is for you, whether you are a new caregiver or have been taking care of a loved one for years. We are turning the "Fearless Caregiver" book into a guide for our support group. Each month a chapter will be discussed, concerns shared and support given.