Thursday, July 18, 2013
The list grows longer for risks to unborn when moms smoke

By Dr. Anthony Policastro
Smoking has long been known as a cause of multiple problems in pregnant women. Those problems include low birth weight, prematurity, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS/crib death), ADHD and behavior and learning issues. Unfortunately, despite all of this, women continue to smoke during pregnancy. A new study makes the list of problems longer. We have now found out that cigarette smoking during pregnancy causes hearing loss. A child whose mother smokes during the first three months of pregnancy has three times the chance of hearing loss compared to a child whose mother does not smoke. The study looked at other possible causes. They looked at attendance at loud concerts. They looked at headphone use to listen to music. Both children of mothers who smoked and those who did not smoke were exposed to the same things. Therefore, they were not the main cause of the hearing loss. It is not likely that women will stop smoking during pregnancy just because it might harm their child's hearing. All the other things that smoking does has not led to a decrease in women smoking during pregnancy. This is not liable to make a difference either. We sometimes forget just how much money problems like this cost the parents. They involve extra trips to the doctor's office and money for things like hearing aids. That means that parents will have less money for cigarettes. Unfortunately, if they did not give up their cigarettes during the pregnancy, they are not likely to give them up to treat their child's medical condition. That will likely mean that the child's hearing loss will not get properly treated. Everything we do has consequences. Some of those things have more consequences than others. We think about epidemics. We worry about AIDS. We worry about flu epidemics. We worry about Ebola virus. We forget that cigarette smoking is actually a man made epidemic. Over the years, it has caused more harm than all of those other epidemics combined. Now we have one more thing to add to the list of the dangers of smoking.

Aquatic therapy is now available Seaford Physical Therapy of Aquacare is pleased to announce the offering of aquatic therapy at their Seaford location. Aquatic physical therapy is offered at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club pool in Seaford. "You have a smaller risk of re-injury from water therapy," says Cara Konlian, physical therapist/owner. "In the aquatic environment, patients can eliminate joint stresses and experience pain free movement due to the buoyancy of the water." The aquatic environment is an excellent medium for those individuals suffering from arthritis, low back pain, following a stroke or sports injury. In addition to traditional orthopedic physical therapy, this location will specialize on women's health including incontinence, pelvic pain, pregnancy, fibromyalgia and a breast cancer recovery program. Women's health specialty programs will be led by Cara Konlian, MSPT, one of the few gynecological physical therapists on the Eastern Shore. This location will also specialize in balance and vestibular rehabilitation for those who suffer from dizziness and loss of balance leading to falls. Pediatric physical therapy is also offered. Seaford Physical Therapy of Aquacare guarantees that evaluations can be scheduled within 24 hours if needed. Offering convenient early morning and evening hours, this location will also offer same day scheduling. For more information about Seaford Physical Therapy of Aquacare or to schedule an evaluation or free screening, call 536-1774.

Nanticoke offers CPR classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community CPR classes on Tuesday, July 23, at the Nanticoke Training Center on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn how to perform the basic skills of CPR on adults, children, and infants and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking and use of the AED. This classroom-based, video, and instructor-led CPR course offers families, friends, and community members the opportunity to learn CPR and need a course completion card. Classes are open to participants ages 12 and up. Cost is $45. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days prior to the class.

Late registrations may be accepted if seating is available. To register and to obtain a listing of class dates/times, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Training Center office at 629-6611, ext. 8919.

Steeler to visit Nanticoke Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host former Pittsburgh Steeler Running Back and ESPN Analyst, Merril Hoge in support of Nanticoke's Mother & Baby Care Center on Saturday, July 20. Hoge will sign autographs at the Professional Physical Therapy & Sports Care (1310 Middleford Rd., Ste. 101) between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Community members are invited to bring a sports item for Hoge to sign. Merchandise will not be sold at the event. A donation of $20 per signature is requested. Proceeds will benefit Nanticoke's Mother and Baby Care Center through a new fetal monitoring software system.

Outing to benefit Hospice Center The 3rd Annual Eleanor Soltner Memorial Golf Outing to benefit the Delaware Hospice Center will be held at The Rookery North at Shawnee in Milford on Wednesday, Aug. 14. Registration and a light breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 9. Contests will include the team putting, longest drive ladies & men, and closest to the pin ladies & men, along with team prizes. Registration is $100 per person, which includes greens fees, cart, light breakfast, refreshment cart, range balls, and an awards reception with lunch. Silent auction items will be available. Proceeds benefit the Delaware Hospice Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For $25 you can attend the luncheon, awards and silent auction. For more information, call Bob Burd at 302-422-3501.

Clean water loan workshop DNREC's Financial Assistance Branch (FAB) and the Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Public Health (DPH) will host workshops in each county, in preparation for the development of Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Revised FY 2013 Project Priority Lists (PPLs). In Sussex County, a workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at Delaware Technical and Community College, Owens Campus, William Carter Partnership Center-Room 540 A & B, Georgetown. The purpose of the workshops is to inform and provide municipal government representatives, privately-owned wastewater and drinking water utilities, consultant engineers, and other interested parties with detailed overviews of the CWSRF and DWSRF programs. RSVP by contacting Jessica Velazquez at 302-739-9941 or

Hospice offers Camp New Hope Delaware Hospice has spaces available at its Camp New Hope, which will be held from Aug. 6-9, at Killens Pond State Park, for children and teens who have suffered the recent loss of a loved one. Since 1990, Delaware Hospice's New Hope program has offered individual and family grief counseling to more than 1,500 children and adolescents aged 6-17. The New Hope program, including Camp New Hope, is a free, community outreach program. Camp New Hope is the annual highlight of the New Hope Program. This inspirational day camp takes place over four days, connecting children in similar age groups in order to help them process their feelings of loss and grief. Many of the children in New Hope have lost a parent, sibling, or grandparent due to illness or sudden death. Learn more about Camp New Hope by contacting New Hope Coordinator for Kent and Sussex Counties, Robin Murphy at 302-678-4444 or

Memory Cafe on July 22 A Memory Café for people with Alzheimer's Disease and their caregivers will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, July 22, at the Ocean View CHEER Coastal Leisure Center. "Travel" will be the theme of July's Memory Café, and participants are asked to bring along photos and mementos from their family vacations. Memory Café is open to the public and free of charge, although a snack donation will be accepted. Register or learn more by contacting Yolanda Gallego at or 302-539-2671.