Health
Thursday, August 01, 2013
 
Jenny McCarthy receives new forum on 'The View'

...it would appear that someone with no medical background can give bad advice without a concern

By Dr. Anthony Policastro
Most TV personalities have their own opinions and they cannot always help expressing them on the air. In most cases, those opinions do not have much in the way of consequences. They rarely have any medical consequences. That looks like it is about to change. ABC has announced that it will be adding Jenny McCarthy to The View. Among her intellectual credentials is the fact that she got her start as a PlayBoy Playmate. You have to very intelligent to land that gig. She later had a child with autism. She teamed up with Dr. Wakefield from England. He is a disgraced physician. He made up fake data that suggested that autism was related to vaccines. His dishonesty was discovered. He lost his medical license and was indicted by the British equivalent of a grand jury for dishonesty. Due to these outstanding credentials, Jenny McCarthy felt that he provided the answer to her child's autism. She went on a crusade against vaccines. Since her crusade began, there have been some interesting facts. Over the last few years, some parents have decided to withhold vaccines from their children. As a result we are now seeing illnesses that used to be less common. Over the last few years, we have seen 118,974 children in this country get illnesses that could have been prevented if they had been immunized. Over that same period, 1,171 children have died from illnesses that could have been prevented. Over the same time period zero children got autism from immunizations. Now ABC has given Jenny McCarthy a new forum to spread her misinformation. It is entirely possible that she will have more converts to her cause. It is entirely possible that less children will be immunized and more children will die. If a physician decided that he was not going to give vaccines to his patients, he could be liable for that. If the patients developed an illness and died from it, they could sue the physician for malpractice. However, it would appear that someone with no medical background can give bad advice without a concern. I suspect that if I were a producer for ABC, I would be wondering. I would be asking myself if I really wanted a former Playboy Playmate to be the one disseminating medical information on my network.

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 rmurphy1@delawarehospice.org.

Free to Breathe Delmarva 5K Champion the lung cancer cause by registering for the fourth annual Free to Breathe Delmarva 5K run/walk and 1-mile walk on Sunday, Aug. 11, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. The inspirational event will bring the community together to raise funds that will fuel groundbreaking research necessary for making the dramatic breakthroughs in early detection and treatment that can save lives. All proceeds support the National Lung Cancer Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. For more information, to register or donate, visit www.FreetoBreathe.org/delmarva.

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.

Autism Delaware open house Enjoy an informal evening of information and light refreshments with the staff of Delaware's premier autism agency on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Milton office. On hand to discuss the agency's current status, Autism Delaware's executive director Teresa Avery will also present the challenges of the future and answer questions about Autism Delaware's strategic plan.

Come and share your family's most pressing needs. Children are welcome, but child care is not available. R.S.V.P. at teresa.avery@delautism.org or 302-224-6020, ext. 203.

Nanticoke offers first aid classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community First Aid classes to anyone interested in learning first aid on Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Nanticoke Training Center located on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn basic first aid that will enable them to administer help during the first few moments until emergency responders arrive. Classes are open to participants ages 13 and up. The course covers cognitive learning, role-playing and skill practice. Cost is $35. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days prior to the class. To register, or for more information, contact the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Training Center office at 629-6611, ext. 8919. Pre-registration is required.

Gardiner joins Immediate Care Nanticoke Health Services welcomes Nurse Practitioner, Sherry Gardiner, FNP-BC to the Nanticoke Physician Network and joins Nanticoke Immediate Care in Georgetown. Sherry Gardiner earned her family nurse practitioner certification at Wilmington University and her master's degree in nursing at University of Phoenix. Her experience includes being a family nurse practitioner at Cedar Tree Medical and Surgical Center in Millsboro and an emergency department staff nurse at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford.

Open House at Immediate Care Nanticoke Health Services invites everyone to a community open house at Nanticoke Immediate Care in Georgetown from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1. Come see the facility and meet the staff. There will be door prizes and light refreshments. Nanticoke Immediate Care is open 7 days a week, no appointment needed, providing care for minor illnesses and injuries. Services are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.nanticoke.org/immediatecare.

Bike to the Bay for MS Bike to the Bay presented by NRG Indian River Generating Station is Sept. 21-22. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Bike to the Bay is the largest and longest running bike ride in Delaware. The goal is to raise MS awareness and $1 million to support national multiple sclerosis research as well as programs and services needed by more than 1,550 Delawareans with MS. Bike to the Bay attracts more than 1,800 bicyclists. The ride covers much of Kent and Sussex counties, with a choice of six route options, and finishes at the Towers at Delaware Seashore State Park, just south of Dewey Beach. For more information and to register, visit www.biketothebay.org or call 302-655-5610.

Prescription drug coverage law Legislation signed by Governor Jack Markell places limits on the costs to Delawareans' for prescription drugs that treat many major health problems. By restraining co-insurance and co-payment fees for specialty tier medications, Senate Bill 35 can drastically reduce the amount that patients will be expected to spend to receive the specialized, and consequently quite expensive, medications that are necessary for the treatment of their serious long-term health conditions. Under the law a patient's co-insurance or co-payment fees for specialty tier drugs will be limited to $150 per month for up to a 30-day supply of any single specialty tier drug. Patients will also be able to request an exception to obtain a specialty drug that would not otherwise be available on a health plan formulary. The bill goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.

Walgreens supports Aids Walk Through the month of August, Walgreens stores in Delaware will be selling Red Ribbons in support of the Delaware AIDS Walk, scheduled to take place on Sept. 28 at the Wilmington Riverfront and Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. The Red Ribbons will be available at Walgreens store cash registers to customers for a $1 donation as they checkout. For more information about the AIDS Walk or to register to walk, call 302-652-6776 or visit www.aidswalkdelaware.org.

Sutliffe receives certification Area president of RPS ISG International, Steve Robinson, recently announced that Brad Sutliffe, director of employee benefits, is now an accredited Certified Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Professional. The certification is from the National Association of Health Underwriters. "This certification provides additional insight as I help my clients secure affordable and comprehensive health insurance coverage for their employees," said Sutliffe. Sutliffe said he is eager to walk his clients step-by-step throughout the changes and any difficulties that may arise when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly referred to as "Obama-Care") goes live on Oct. 1.