Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Body and Mind


Taking care of your whole self

Hot news

Surviving: Breast cancer survivor and author Vickie Girard will be the keynote speaker at 10 a.m. Saturday for "Challenging Cancer - Restoring Hope," an educational program sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Greater Cincinnati Affiliate and the Wellness Community.

The program will be held at Sycamore Junior High School.

Joining Girard will be Dr. J. Michael Guenther, a surgical oncologist, and Dr. Stephen Brewer, medical director of TriHealth's Integrative Health and Medicine Center.

Deadline for reservations is Friday . There is no charge. Information: 922-4007.

Help wanted

Research: The University of Cincinnati and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center are seeking volunteers for a study on ways to reduce stroke and heart disease risk in adults with Type 2 diabetes.

Cincinnati is one of 70 sites in the U.S. and Canada participating in the ACCORD study, research funded by the National Institutes of Health on controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and blood fats in people with diabetes.

Applicants will need to undergo several tests to determine if they meet study requirements. People who are chosen for the study will receive treatment and medication for diabetes and either high blood pressure or high cholesterol at no cost.

For information, call 861-3100, Ext. 4431 or (800) 320-2833.

Calendar

Bone up: Make Osteoporosis Matter (MOM) comes to town from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 at Procter & Gamble's General Office Gardens, Fifth and Sycamore streets, downtown.

Highlights include a 7-foot display showing the difference between healthy and osteoporotic bone; the OsteoSuit, a suit that mimics the sensations of osteoporosis; free screenings; and Q&A sessions with local physicians. Information: www.helppreventfractures.com.

Siting

Click: Check out http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov, the National Library of Medicine's online "Genetics Home Reference." Visitors can search by disease name or by the individual gene, and the site includes a genetics primer.

Tips

Sneeze: The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America offers these tips for reducing pollen levels in the home:

• Shower before going to bed to cut down on pollen in the bedding.

• Undress outside the bedroom to keep pollen away from carpeting and bedding.

• Restrict pets' access to the bedroom and bathe them frequently.

• Don't hang laundry outside during peak pollen months.

• Keep windows closed to keep mold and pollen out.

Shelf help

De-bugged: Infection Protection (HarperResource; $14.95) by Dr. Ronald M. Klatz and Dr. Robert M. Goldman offers tips on fighting bugs through housekeeping, hand washing and travel preparation.

Contact Peggy O'Farrell by phone: 768-8510; fax: 768-8330: e-mail: pofarrell@enquirer.com




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