Health
Thursday, October 19, 2017
 
The dangers of social media By Dr. Anthony Policastro

Electronics have changed many things. Unfortunately, some of the changes are not something to be proud of. Frequently, we read about people being arrested for distributing child pornography. What we do not realize is that many times this is simply related to a change in location. At one time, sex offenders could be found hanging around playgrounds and school yards. Today, sex offenders can be more anonymous by using electronic media. We need to be careful about contributing to that. We all have collections of photos and maybe home videos of infants getting a bath. When we look at them, we think these photos and videos are cute and when the child gets older, they are often embarrassed. We are now in an age where these pictures are not kept at home for family. They often wind up in social media as Facebook posts and may also be seen on Instagram or Snapchat. While we think they are funny, some individuals see these things as support for their desires. In addition, there is frequently enough information posted to allow these people to know who is in the picture and where to find them. Sometimes these videos are downloaded to You Tube. People think it is funny to show children embarrassing themselves in various activities, however, it is not just their friends who are viewing these photos. It is not always sexual predators who are the issue. Some individuals will use images that they collect to extort money. They will threaten to send photos or videos to classmates and friends if they are not paid. It is not a surprise that we need to think twice before we post. Some people might read more into them than we expect. We do not need to give those individuals opportunities. Social media needs to give us pause. That is especially true when dealing with images of our children.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital to hold breastfeeding support group Breastfeeding is natural, but it doesnt always come naturally! During the early weeks after birth, moms and babies experience challenges as they both learn how to breastfeed. Even the most dedicated nursing moms at times want to give up. On Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m., Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold The Moms Circle, a free breastfeeding support group, in the Nursing Conference Room. The Moms Circle is a safe place for moms to come for support, advice and friendship from both experienced nursing moms and new moms. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is not required. Activities will include: interaction with other nursing moms and babies to promote confidence; mom-to-mom conversations; opportunities to share parenting advice and information; assistance with breastfeeding issues or concerns provided by our Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant;

and new topics each meeting geared toward the group, such as the first two weeks, night feedings, and returning to work. For more information, contact Jacalyn Bradley, Nanticokes Lactation Consultant at 302-629-6611, extension 2234. To learn more about womens health services provided by Nanticoke, visit www.nanticoke.org/womens-health.

Nanticoke weight loss to host free weight loss seminars Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery will host free weight loss seminars on Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Monday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 am at the Nanticoke Training Center located within the Miller Building at 121 S. Front Street in Seaford. These 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. Obesity is a disorder that can lead to several health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. For those who suffer with morbid obesity, having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or above, it can also affect many organs within the body. Many patients are able to bring their BMI down through lifestyles changes under the care of their physician. For others who have not been able to achieve weight loss through these methods, bariatric surgery can be an effective method to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. The weight loss seminars will 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 required. To register for one of these free seminars, call 302-536-5395. To learn more about services provided by Nanticoke Weight Loss and General Surgery, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org.

Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show Levin Clark will present the Fifth Annual Georgetown Breast Cancer Awareness Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown. Registration takes place the day of the event from 9 a.m. to noon, a parade will go through the circle at 2 p.m. and the Glass Onion band will perform at 5. Last years event raised nearly $6,000 for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. This years event will feature cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors. Hall of Fame NASCAR driver Harry Gant will sign autographs. Also included will be food and craft vendors, helicopter rides, and demonstrations by the State Police canine division and mounted division. The event will be judged with 66 trophies in various categories. For more information, visit www.debreastcancer.org or call Levin Clark at 302-500-1128.