Health
Thursday, November 24, 2016
 
Bariatric Support Group Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host a bariatric support group on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Monday, Dec. 26 from 6-7 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. This free support group is designed to provide education and support to patients before and after their bariatric weight loss surgery and is open to the public. Meetings consist of guest speakers and presentations to provide information about nutrition, supplements, exercise and behavior modifications. Patients and their spouses, family members or friends are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, visit www.nanticokeweightloss.org or call 536-5395.

Festival of Trees Delaware Hospice will host its annual Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford. The festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit Delaware Hospice including the childrens bereavement program New Hope. Festival of Trees will feature a magnificent display of beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Also enjoy a Festival Marketplace, Bake Shop, Raffle Tree, Memorial Tree, New Hope Tree and Remembrance Tree. The 2016 Festival of Trees Guest Artist is Shane McCallum. General admission is free. On Saturday, Dec. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., bring your own camera to take pictures with Santa. No charge, donations welcome. The Mistletoe & Martinis Reception will also take place on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy gourmet hors doeuvres by Nage including a macaroni bar, a martini bar, and the upbeat sounds of Junior Wilson. This event also includes a silent auction, raffles, wine, beer, and room for dancing. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information, visit www.delawarehospice.org or contact Peggy Dolby at 302-746-4553.

Seal-A-Smile program seeks dentists With children still munching their way through all of that Halloween candy and looking forward to holiday treats, that means higher sugar consumption which can impact the health of young teeth and even lead to cavities. Research shows dental sealants, which shield the back teeth, could prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in school-aged children. Yet according to a CDC report, about 60 percent of school children ages 6-11 years dont get dental sealants. Thats why the Division of Public Health (DPH) is seeking dentists wishing to use their skills to help Delawares children in the Seal-A-Smile program which brings the dental office to local schools. The program travels across the state in the Mobile Dental Clinic, visiting elementary schools to provide preventive dental services to children who do not have dental homes. During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Seal-A-Smile program visited 25 schools statewide and provided oral exams to over 400 children.

Many of these children are from lower income families, receive free or reduced lunch and despite the fact that they are Medicaid eligible, do not regularly see a dentist. DPH is asking local dentists to contribute two to three hours of their time per shift, to assist in its mission to promote oral health and disease prevention among Delawares children. There is no minimum or maximum limit to the number of times a dentist can volunteer during the school year. Dentists interested in participating in the Seal-A-Smile program can find the program flyer and participation form at www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/hsm/files/sealasmilevolunteerflyer.pdf. Questions can be directed to 302-744-4554 or via email at jackie.callaway-campbell@state.de.us.

Blood Bank tests for Zika virus The Zika virus continues to spread throughout the United States and cases have now been detected in all 50 states. In the Delmarva region, Delaware has reported 16 cases while Maryland is reporting 108. Due to the rapid spread of this virus, mostly through travel with the exception of Florida where the virus has been locally acquired in some patients, the FDA mandated that all blood centers in the United States be required to have all collected blood tested for Zika, beginning Nov. 18. Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) was faced with one of two choices, either conduct their own testing or contract with another laboratory. The FDA had only given blood centers 12 weeks notice to comply with the new mandate. To put this in perspective, the normal timeline for a laboratory to implement a new mandatory test would be six months to a year. To meet the FDAs deadline would take a true collaborative effort on the part of Blood Bank employees and the testing manufacturer, Roche Molecular Systems, Inc. Working many long hours over this short period of time has resulted in BBD now being a part of a prospective study to evaluate the specificity of the cobas ¨ Zika Test for use with the cobas ¨ 6800/8800 system for screening of blood donations for the presence of Zika Virus RNA. All blood donated from this point forward will be tested for the Zika Virus.

Diabetes Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a diabetes support group on Monday, Dec. 5 from 5-6 p.m., in the Medical Staff Conference Room. This support group is free and open to the public. As a person with diabetes, are you struggling to make positive behavior changes in your life or would you just like to share with others coping with diabetes? Come join our free support group for individuals with diabetes. This support group meeting will feature a holiday party. Registration is required. To register or for more information, contact Nanticoke Memorial Hospitals Diabetes Education department at 629-6611, ext. 2446.