Health
Thursday, August 16, 2007
 
AAA offers safety tips for trips
The peak summer vacation period began on Aug. 1, as more motorists and their family members hit the roads for vacations. Unfortunately, this means an increase in highway accidents. In August, the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reaches its highest level of the year, reports the federal government. So too, does the fatality rate per 100 million VMT. "By nearly every measure, early August is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road," said Catherine L. Rossi, AAA Mid-Atlantic's manager of public and government affairs. "On average, 117 people lose their lives on the nation's highways each day. During August, when many families are on vacation, the highway death toll increases to as many as 142 lives a day." The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) study reveals that the 10 deadliest days on our roads are Jan. 1; July 2, 3, 4; Aug. 3, 4, 6, 12; Sept. 2; and Dec. 23. To make your trip a safe one, follow these tips from AAA -
  • Make sure your vehicle is in proper working order.
  • Take ten minutes to make sure your tires are properly inflated, that the fluids are topped off, and everything under the hood is fine-tuned.
  • Double-check key safety equipment, such as tires, wipers, brakes, and lights.
  • Buckle up, and make sure all passengers are secured properly with safety belts and age-appropriate child safety seats.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Focus on your driving. Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. For example, the odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were nearly twice as high when looking away from the forward roadway for two seconds or longer than when attentive to the forward roadway, according to a study sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
  • Slow down. The odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were nearly three times as high when driving significantly faster than surrounding traffic.
  • Avoid driving aggressively. The odds of being involved in a crash or near crash were more than twice as high when driving aggressively.
  • Take stretch breaks and rotate drivers to stay alert. Driving drowsy is extremely dangerous and results in many crashes and deaths each year.
  • If you break down, move the vehicle off the roadway if possible.
AAA has represented motorists and travelers for more than 100 years. One in four licensed drivers is a AAA member. For more information, visit www.AAA.com.

Nanticoke plans golf tournament
The 21st annual Nanticoke Health Services Golf Tournament is Friday, Sept. 7 at the Seaford Golf and Country Club. The tournament, which is a scramble format, begins at noon with a shotgun start. The day consists of practice, lunch, 18-holes of golf, dinner and door prizes. With the help of individuals and corporate sponsors, the tournament's goal is to raise over $35,000 for Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Proceeds will be used for the hospital's charity endowment prescription fund, a special indigent fund for patients in need of assistance with prescription costs.

Nanticoke welcomes Dr. Hashmi
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has added another physician to its active medical staff. Dr. Salman F. Hashmi, specializing in Family Practice, has joined the Nanticoke Physician Network and opened an office in the Park Professional Building, 1320 Middleford Rd., Ste. 202, Seaford. Dr. Hashmi is a native of Pakistan and received his medical degree from Aitchison College in Lahore, Pakistan and trained in the United States at the Apollo Medical Center in N.J. and the AHEC-Pine Bluff, Ark. Dr. Hashmi is fluent in eight languages, including French and Spanish. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hashmi, who is currently accepting new patients, call 628-4231.

CNA of the Year
To recognize the importance of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) as invaluable members of the health care team, nominations are being accepted at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, for the annual CNA of the Year award. The award will be presented at the 11th annual CNA Recognition Day held on Friday, Oct. 19, at the Owens Campus in Georgetown. The honoree will be chosen from nominations submitted by family members, friends, employers, and patients based on the CNA's dedication to providing care, comfort, and commitment to his/her patients. Nomination forms must be completed and returned to the college no later than Sept. 15. CNA Recognition Day is an annual event held at the Owens Campus and is co-sponsored by the college along with local hospitals, long-term care facilities, and home health agencies. It provides an occasion for CNAs to improve their professional skills, develop their professional identity, and increase their sense of pride and self-esteem. The event includes workshops, exhibits, door prizes, and networking opportunities as it brings together CNAs from Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For more information about the award, the event, or to receive a nomination form, call 302-856-5400, ext. 3190.

Walkers wanted
The Sussex County division of the American Heart Association is striving to get folks to participate in a community-wide fund-raising effort for cardiovascular research that saves lives every year... Both nationally and in our communities. And now - the annual "Heart Walk" is now part of a new movement called Start! Start! is a national program to get Americans walking all year around, whether it's at home, at work or somewhere in between. "Our message is simple - Walk more. Eat well. Live longer." Says Helen Haughey, director for Sussex County American Heart Association. By using their new physical activity and wellness tools, Start! will help adults everywhere pledge to do something to increase their life expectancy. In fact, one study shows that if you walk for just one hour, you can increase your life expectancy by two hours. You can "START" your commitment today by signing up to walk in the annual Heart Walk on Oct. 6 at Delaware Technical and Community College. For more information call 302-856-7386 or log on to www.americanheart.org/sussexwalk

NMH offers cancer screenings
Nanticoke Health Services will offer prostate cancer screenings on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Cancer Care Center from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The test fee is $5. Results will be mailed approximately two weeks after the event. Prostate cancer is the most frequently occurring cancer in men. Between 1980 and 1990, prostate cancer increased 65% as the result of improved early detection. A further increase is expected due to the use of the prostate specific antigen blood test. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) is a substance that is produced by the prostate gland. Men normally have a small amount of this substance in the blood. PSA levels differ according to age and tend to rise after the age of 60. PSA can be affected by several conditions in the prostate such as the normal enlargement in the prostate, which occurs with aging. Infection or inflammation and surgery to the prostate can also cause increased levels. There is no specific level of PSA that tells whether prostate cancer is present; however the higher the level, the more likely it is that cancer may be developing. Men over the age of 50 are encouraged to take this test. If you are 40 years old and at high risk of developing this cancer you are also encouraged to participate. African-American men are also at high risk for developing prostate cancer, as are men who have a family history of the disease. For more information on the screening, contact the Cancer Care Center at 629-6611, ext. 3765.