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May 31, 2004

Prostate cancer screening


RANSON, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital and Jefferson County Chapter 799 AARP will sponsor a free prostate cancer screening clinic on Wednesday, June 2, in the hospital's first floor conference room. The screening is open to men 50 and older.

Dr. Mohammed Mohiuddin, a urologist, has volunteered to assist with the screening exams.

The screening will include a PSA and a DRE test. Using both is the most comprehensive method for early detection. The PSA is a simple blood test measuring the level of a protein called prostate-specific antigen. The DRE, or digital rectal exam, is a simple, safe physical exam performed by a physician.

Participants must have a scheduled appointment to receive the free prostate cancer screening. Men interested in scheduling an appointment can call the Jefferson Memorial Hospital lab at 1-304-725-1660 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Individuals need to bring a photo ID. The American Cancer Society will be at the screening to provide additional information. The free screening is limited to 50 participants. For information, call 1-304-728-2226.

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Health fair


FREDERICK, Md. - The Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Maryland, 71 Thomas Johnson Drive, will host a health fair from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, June 4.

Exhibitors will include pharmaceutical representatives, Frederick Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Darlene Oberholzer from Fitness Jim, a massage therapist and the Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center staff. There will be free blood pressure checks and refreshments.

For reservations, call Julie Tharpe at 1-301-694-5800, ext. 208.

Volunteers needed for study


Volunteers who have spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea triggered by certain spices, meal types, etc., are needed for a research study using pancreatic enzymes that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Eligibility requirements include five years of symptoms, onset before age 40, triggering agents known, having episodes at least two times a week, and a normal colonoscopy, plus other exclusion and inclusion criteria.

The study is approved by the Washington County Hospital Institutional Review Board.

For information, call Dr. Mary E. Money at 301-797-0210.

Epilepsy seminar series


ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A new epilepsy seminar series will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 7, at United Methodist Church of St. Thomas, 360 St. Thomas-Edenville Road. The series is offered by The Epilepsy Support Group Network.

For information, call

1-717-369-4162.

Herbs demonstration


FREDERICK, Md. - Maryland Cooperative Extension in Frederick County will offer Herbs for Health and Good Taste from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 7, and from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at the Extension Office, 330 Montevue Lane.

Participants will learn how to grow and harvest their own herbs. Then, in the kitchen, students will utilize herbs to add flavor while reducing fat, calories, sugar and sodium.

The cost is $3 to cover tasting and handouts. Call 1-301-694-1594, ext. 11599, for class availability.

Prevention health screenings


Prevention health screenings will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 8, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 17630 Virginia Ave. Tests include a carotid artery screening and four other screenings, such as a pulmonary lung function test, for $10.

Participants will receive their test results.

Space is limited to 50 people. To register, call 1-800-446-0925 for an appointment.

Mammogram technology


RANSON, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital has acquired the ImageChecker Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system for use in breast cancer screening to assist radiologists in minimizing false negative readings during mammograms.

Mammography screenings, with the benefit of the ImageChecker CAD system, could prevent thousands of breast cancer deaths each year in the United States, said Frederick Ammerman, chief of radiology at Jefferson Memorial Hospital. With the new CAD system at Jefferson Memorial, the staff will be able to identify abnormalities or signs of disease on a regular basis during mammogram screening analyzes and significantly increase the detection rate of invasive cancers.

The ImageChecker is the first computer-aided detection system approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in breast cancer screening. Studies show use of the ImageChecker could result in earlier detection of up to 23.4 percent of the cancers currently detected with screening mammography in those women who had a prior screening mammogram nine to 24 months earlier.

The ImageChecker CAD system is used in conjunction with film-based mammography. The radiologist typically reviews the entire mammogram first and then activates the ImageChecker monitor to see if any areas have been highlighted for additional review. If an image is marked, the radiologist goes back to the original mammogram to review this area of the image in more detail.

For about information, go to www.r2tech.com on the Web.

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