Health
Thursday, January 22, 2009
 
Protect yourself from back injuries The first annual Ag Safety and Health Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Delaware State Fire School in Dover. The workshop will focus on back injuries. Preventing back injuries is the nation's number one workplace safety problem. A nationwide survey of farmers receiving services from Agrability confirm these staggering statistics indicating that back injuries are the second most common disability. Workshop topics include understanding the back, lifting techniques, treatment and management of back injuries plus assistive technologies for workers with back injuries. Medical and assistive technology experts will share their expertise and allow time for your questions. There is no registration fee for the workshop but registration is required. Lunch is being provided by Nationwide Insurance. To register, call the Delaware Farm Bureau Office at 302-697-3183. For more information, contact Ron Jester at the University of Delaware at 302-856-7303, ext. 530. This workshop is sponsored by the University of Delaware, Cooperative Extension in cooperation with Easter Seals, Bayhealth Medical Center, and the Arthritis Foundation.

Lehman elected to board Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth, Inc. recently elected Maria Geary Lehman to its board of directors. A nurse by profession and a Seaford resident for the past 22 years, Maria works alongside her husband, Dr. Harry Lehman, in his pediatric practice. She has served on the Foster Care Review Board for the state of Delaware and currently serves on the library advisory committee for Sussex Technical High School. She is a longtime volunteer for Nanticoke Health Services and currently sits on the development committee. Delaware Guidance Services for Children & Youth, Inc. has been serving Delaware's families for 55 years and is the largest provider of mental health services for children and youth in the state. DGS serves up to 10,000 children and their families annually with a continuum of mental health programs offered through clinics in Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Lewes and Seaford.

Eli Lilly settlement announced The Delaware Department of Justice has reached a proposed settlement with Eli Lilly and Company to settle allegations that the company engaged in a marketing campaign that improperly promoted its anti-psychotic drug, Zyprexa. Under the proposed settlement, Eli Lilly will pay the states and the federal government a total of $800 million in civil damages and penalties to compensate Medicaid and other federal healthcare programs. Based on the Delaware Medicaid Program's utilization of the drug, Delaware's share of the civil settlement will be $602,000, which will be split between the State Medicaid Program and the State's General Fund. Between Sept. 1999 and Dec. 2005 Eli Lilly promoted the sale and use of Zyprexa, an antipsychotic medication used to treat certain psychological disorders, for "off-label" uses which the Food and Drug Administration had not approved, such as the treatment of depression, anxiety, irritability, disrupted sleep, nausea and gambling addiction. Eli Lilly promoted Zyprexa to psychiatrists and primary care physicians and also provided money and other items of value to health care professionals. As a result of these promotional activities, physicians prescribed Zyprexa for children and adolescents, dementia patients in long term care facilities, and in unapproved dosage amounts, all of which are uses that were not medically accepted indications for which state Medicaid programs would approve reimbursement.

LDAF Autism Ball planned The Lower Delaware Autism Foundation's Autism Ball and Auction for Hope is Saturday, March 7, 2009 at the Bay Center in Dewey Beach. The theme encourages guests to help make dreams come true for individuals with autism. The event begins with a silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. and is followed by dinner, a live auction and dancing from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will be an open bar during the silent auction from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by a cash bar from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $125 and dress is cocktail attire. Table sponsorships are available for $2,500 and include a table for 12 guests, full page event program ad and more. Other sponsorship opportunities are also available. Entertainment will be provided by the Big City Band. Autism affects one in every 150 children born in the U.S. each year. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. Autism costs the nation over $90 billion annually, a figure that is expected to double in the next decade. For more information about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, call Mary Landon Green, program and event coordinator, at 302-644-3410 or visit ldaf.com.

Cancer Networking Support Group The Wellness Community of Delaware offers a "General Cancer Networking" support group the third Monday of each month from 4:30- 6:30 p.m. held at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center second-floor library, Seaford. The support group is a free program of hope, understanding, and caring for people with cancer and their loved ones. Professionally led cancer support programs offer hope, education, and emotional support for adults with cancer and their loved ones who want to fight for recovery and the quality of their lives. Learn how to feel less isolated and more in control. All programs offered through The Wellness Community of Delaware are free of charge to people affected by cancer. For further information, or to register, call 645-9150.

Aging program planned Peninsula Regional Medical Center's 55+ membership program, Peninsula Partners, and the Wicomico Public Library will present a free program entitled, "Living and Learning: An Educational Experience - The State of the Aging on Delmarva." The program will be held at the Public Library in Salisbury on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Guest speakers include Memo Diriker, director of BEACON at Salisbury University; Peggy Bradford, executive director, MAC, Inc.; and Jason Hafer, director of admissions for Salisbury Rehabilitation & Nursing Center/Genesis Healthcare. Topics to be addressed will be "GrayShore Revisited," "The Future of Senior Services on Delmarva" and "A Baby Boomer's Guide to Long Term/Assisted Living Placement for a Loved One." Admission is free, however advanced registration is required. For more information, call 410-543-7170 by Friday, Feb. 20.

Cholesterol screenings Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will be offering cholesterol screenings on February 11 & 14 from 7:00 - 10:00 am at the Seaford Golf & Country Club, located at 1001 W. Locust Street, Seaford. The Lipid Profile test requires a 12-hour fasting and reads the HDL, LDL, and triglyceride blood levels. Cost for the Lipid Profile is $15. There is no need to pre-register. Results will be mailed within 3 weeks along with information to evaluate the results and follow-up if needed. In addition to cholesterol screenings, Free blood pressure checks will be offered. There will be health information and interactive displays. For additional information, call 629-6611 extension 4536.

Look Good, Feel Better Women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer can now receive free professional help to cosmetically disguise the appearance-related side effects of their treatments. Look Good, Feel Better, a program developed by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the National Cosmetology Association, trains volunteer cosmetologists to help women with cancer, conceal loss of hair, skin problems, and other side effects that can result from cancer therapy. The program is geared towards helping people look their best even as they are undergoing cancer treatment. Although almost all of the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment are temporary, they can be very distressing. The next Look Good, Feel Better program will be hosted by the Cancer Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Monday, February 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cancer Care Center's 2nd floor conference room. The program is Free to all patients in active cancer treatment. Registration is required, and space is limited. To register for the Look Good, Feel Better program, please contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center at 302-629-6611, extension 2588.

Diabetes educational program Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, will be holding a four-week diabetes educational program beginning February 4 and continuing February 11, 18 and 25 from 5pm - 7pm to be held at the hospital. Registration for this class is required. The cost of the four-week program may be reimbursable by insurance. This four-week program includes weekly education sessions and individualized meal planning for diabetes self-management. Our goal is to give you the self-management skills to control your diabetes. Family members/significant others are welcome to attend the weekly sessions.
Program Schedule
Week 1 - What is diabetes: physiology and self-care skills review
Week 2 - Meal Planning, eating out, reading labels
Week 3 - Self blood glucose monitoring and management, sick day rules, traveling
Week 4 - Medications used to manage diabetes, stress management: coping with diabetes and lifestyle changes, summary and course evaluations, goal setting
To register and to obtain additional information regarding the course, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Diabetes Education department at 302-629-6611, extension 2446.