Health
Thursday, April 23, 2015
 
Annual Breast Cancer Update The 18th Annual Breast Cancer Update, a free one-day educational symposium featuring leading medical experts and hosted by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC), will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, at Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center, Dover. This year's theme "The Past, The Present, and The Future of Breast Cancer" will focus on the history of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, the research that impacts new treatments, and explore therapies that can enhance the physical and mental well being of a breast cancer survivor. The update offers 4.25 Contact Hours/.4 CEUs for nurses, social workers and other medical professionals. For more information, visit www.debreastcancer.org.

DHIN welcomes Union Hospital Delaware residents who seek medical care across state lines at Elkton's Union Hospital can rest easier, knowing both their Maryland and Delaware healthcare teams will have safe and secure access to the medical information they need to make timely, informed treatment decisions. The availability of this critical information through the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) supports the continuity of a patient's care and can help prevent stressful, costly readmissions. Union Hospital is the second Maryland facility to join the DHIN, following the launch of Berlin-based Atlantic General Hospital in 2013. DHIN currently receives high-level data for Delaware patients seen at any Maryland hospital from CRISP (the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Our Patients), DHIN's health information exchange counterpart in Maryland. The same information for hospitals in the District of Columbia is coming soon.

'I am' workshop An inspiring documentary 'I am' will be the workshop topic at Delaware Hospice in Milford on Friday, May 1 from 2-5 p.m. with Dr. Judy Pierson, clinical psychologist. After film maker, Tom Shadyac (The Nutty Professor and Liar, Liar), had a serious accident, he decided to make a film of a different nature. Realizing all his wealth didn't bring happiness he decided to explore how he individually and we as a race could improve life. This is a very engaging and inspiring documentary. Shadyac interviews Archbishop Desmond Tutu and scientists who provide evidence that we are interconnected with one another at a more fundamental level then we realize. At a time of pessimism, come learn many reasons to feel hopeful and optimistic. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. There is no charge to attend. Register by Thursday, April 30, by contacting Michele August at 302-746-4503 or maugust@delawarehospice.org.

'Become an Every Day Hero' lecture Join us for the next Delaware Hospice Lunch Bunch Lecture, "Living Boldly- Become an Every Day Hero" with Dr. Judy Pierson from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Hospice Center in Milford. Lunch Bunch Lectures are organized by Delaware Hospice's Family Support Center to help members of the community re-invest in life and are open to the public. This workshop will give you the tools to manage your fears so you can live boldly. Being a hero isn't about achieving success every time, it's about having the courage to try, learning from your mistakes and starting again. Registration is required as seating capacity is limited. The presentation is free and lunch is $5 per person. Register by Thursday, April 30, by contacting Michele August at 302-746-4503 or maugust@delawarehospice.org.

Memory Café on April 27 The next Memory Café will feature a music/drum circle with Claudia Alessi of Oasis Wellness Spa from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 27, at the Ocean View CHEER Center. Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge; however, an RSVP is requested. Living with memory loss can be challenging, especially for caregivers. Memory Café provides a safe environment for people with memory loss and their care partners to laugh, learn, and to be socially engaged with others who are traveling the same journey. This program is not an adult day care program, nor one that provides personal or medical care. The caregiver/family member is responsible for their loved one. There will be no Memory Café for the month of May due to the Memorial Day holiday. For questions or directions, contact Yolanda Gallego at ygallego@cheerde.com or 302-539-2671.

New Volunteer Orientation Delaware Hospice will hold its next New Volunteer Orientation session on Tuesday, May 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Delaware Hospice Center, Milford. Register by Tuesday, May 5, by contacting Susan Beckham, Sussex County volunteer coordinator at 856-7717 or sbeckham@delawarehospice.org. Hospice volunteers help in many ways, including telephone check-up calls, fundraising event organization, and patient and family visits. Special opportunities are available within the Volunteer RN Program for retired, unemployed, and underemployed nurses. The New Volunteer Orientation is open to anyone in the community who is interested in becoming a Delaware Hospice volunteer or learning more about hospice. Attendance at the orientation does not obligate anyone to volunteer.

Caregiver Support Group Mary Mother of Peace Catholic Church near Millsboro will host an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group the fourth Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Church Hall which is located to the left of the main entrance. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, April 23. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Jamie Magee at 854-9788 or 800-272-3900.

Grief Workshop, Labyrinth Walk Delaware Hospice will hold a Grief Workshop and Labyrinth Walk at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, Lewes, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. Anyone coping with a loss or supporting a grieving family member or friend is welcome to attend this free event. Found in cultures around the world for thousands of years, the labyrinth is a symbol for life's journey. This workshop will use the labyrinth as a gentle but powerful method to move us along in our journey of grief. For registration or more information, contact Midge DiNatale, Delaware Hospice bereavement counselor, at 302-746-4740 or mdinatale@delawarehospice.org, or Mary Van House, MS, Milton Wellness Center, at 302-542-8878 or mvanhouse_@hotmail.com.

Electronics sale at Look-In Glass Purchase new electronic devices in the medical staff conference room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital on Thursday, April 23 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, April 24 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital is hosting the Infinite Entertainment electronics sale featuring several devices including smartphones, TVs and tablets from popular brands. For more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2475.

By Dr. Anthony Policastro

In medicine, one thing we know is that it is best to be average. When we do blood tests, the results should be in the average range. Too high or too low might mean problems.

For years we have known that consuming alcohol in small amounts is healthy for your heart. Small amounts mean one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men.

A recent study suggests that those numbers are the maximum amount we should think about. In this study, they looked at over eight million people and found that three drinks per day increased the risk of liver cancer significantly. Thus, it is possible to have too much of a good thing.

The study also found that coffee has a protective effect from developing liver cancer. That does not mean that if you drink more coffee, you are allowed to drink more alcohol. It does not work that way.

There are other risks associated with liver cancer. One of those risks is eating foods that have been contaminated by something called aflatoxin. These foods include peanuts and peanut butter, tree nuts such as pecans, corn, wheat and oil and seeds such as cottonseed.

In order to prevent these problems, the FDA performs many inspections. To be sure that you are buying things that have been inspected you should buy these items from reputable brands. You can shake pecans out of a pecan tree, however, you can not be sure if they contain aflatoxin.

Another suggestion is to inspect the nuts that you eat. If they look moldy, shriveled or discolored, discard them.

Another risk for liver cancer is obesity which is associated with multiple forms of cancer. It has been linked to breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer. There are other cancers that are more common with obesity as well.

One of the authors of the current study is quoted as saying: "We're looking at a tsunami of obesity-related cancer coming."

Several lessons can be learned from this study. One is to not drink three or more alcoholic beverages a day. The only six pack you should have is the one in your abdomen not the one you drink every day.

The second lesson is to avoid obesity. If you are having three or more drinks a day, the calories from the alcohol will likely increase your obesity. The third is to include coffee in your diet. The fourth lesson is to buy brand name nuts and peanut butter.

The goal is to be average. We should be average in what we drink. We should be of average weight and we should drink an average amount of coffee. Our livers will be very thankful.