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August 18, 2010 Vol. 5, No. 11

Bob Williams Executive Editor

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AUGUSTIn18, 2010 This Issue Several years ago, more than 20, when the Southern Illinois Women’s Conference was a new event, I attended with my mother-in-law. There were many interesting exhibits and screenings that were informative, helpful and fun, too. I haven’t been to a conference since; I’m not sure why. I suppose it’s because I was younger then, still Metro possessing that feeling of being invincible, somehow beyond health problems. Well, that has all changed, and I will be attending next month. If you haven’t taken advantage of this conference, please read our cover story by Linda Rush. Rush talks to Barb Abell of Carterville, who discovered a serious health problem via a blood test she had done at the 2007 conference. “I had no sign of cancer,� Recine says Abell in the story. “It was the blood test that revealed something was wrong.� Even if you aren’t at a stage of life where medical concerns are more real, this conference literally has something for everyone. The $45 fee covers breakfast, lunch, screenings and many break-out sessions, including being a caretaker, talking to your doctor, managing cancer, social networking, parenting sessions, dealing with anxiety and learning to Zumba! If the $45 fee is too much and you qualify, there is help with that. So, read the story and mark your calendar. And, who knows? You might make some good friends while you’re there. The story begins on Page 6. – Cara Recine

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health news Stress too high? Give it a few years Feeling dissatisďŹ ed with your life as you approach middle age? A little worried about life at 50? Here’s the good news from a recent study: You’ve probably hit bottom and you’re headed up — possibly to new heights. An analysis of a 2008 Gallup poll, which surveyed more than 340,000 adults aged 18 to 85, suggests an antidote to feelings of stress and worry. It’s not a new car or a new spouse. It’s age.

Here’s what to expect as you get older: In general, feelings of well-being are pretty high among older teenagers, but fall sharply through age 25, meander a bit for 10 years, then drop off again until about age 50. That’s when things start looking up. By age 75, you may be feeling like a teenager again, at least in your sense of wellbeing. It keeps getting better until at least age 85, the study says. Researchers also found that stress and anger declined steeply from the early 20s, worry built until middle age and then dropped, and sadness was fairly steady throughout adulthood. But feelings of enjoyment and happiness dropped slightly until the mid 50s, rose to previous highs around age 70 and pretty much stayed there. The study was conducted by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stony Brook University in New York and published by the National Academy of Sciences. — National Institutes of Health





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upcoming events

Southern Illinois Workshops and Seminars

Blood Drives Aug. 19: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon Aug. 19: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Pepsi MidAmerica Marion Aug. 19: 12:30-4:30 p.m., Spartan Light Metal, Sparta Aug. 19: 2-7 p.m., American Legion Hall, Baldwin Aug. 19: 4-7 p.m., Elks Lodge, Benton Aug. 20: 2-6 p.m., Wither’s Broadcasting, University Mall, Carbondale Aug. 21: 10 a.m-1:30 p.m., Illinois Center Mall, Marion Aug. 22: 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tamaroa Community Center, Tamaroa Aug. 23: 2-6 p.m., First Baptist Church, Energy Aug. 23: 2:30-6:30 Lake Creek Masonic Lodge, Johnston City Aug. 25: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Vogler Motor Company, Carbondale Aug. 25: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., John A. Logan College, East Wing, Carterville Aug. 25: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Southern Illinois University Student Center, Carbondale Aug. 25: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Rend Lake College, Ina Aug: 25: 1:30-6:30 p.m., St. Michaels Catholic Church, Radom Aug. 26: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., John A. Logan College, East Wing, Carterville Aug. 26: 1-5 p.m., Kokopelli Golf Club, Marion Aug. 26: 3-7 p.m., Belle Rive Missionary Baptist Church, Belle Rive Aug. 27: 5:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Penn Aluminum, Murphysboro Aug. 27: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Herrin Hospital, Herrin Aug. 30: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Southern Bank, Carbondale Aug. 30: 1-6 p.m., Goreville United Methodist Church, Goreville Aug. 31: 12:30-4 p.m., St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Murphysboro Aug. 31: 1:30-5:30 p.m., Caledonia Community Church, Olmstead Sept. 1: 2-6 p.m., Percy Community, 201 E. Pine, Percy Sept. 2: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Times Square Mall, Mount Vernon Sept. 4: 2-6 p.m., Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin Sept. 5: 2-6 p.m., Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin Sept. 6: 2-6 p.m., Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, Du Quoin Sept. 8: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Old National bank, Carbondale Sept. 8: 2-7 p.m., St. Luke Lutheran Church, Campbell Hill Sept. 8: 3-7 p.m., Elm Street Baptist Church, Murphysboro Sept. 9: 2:30-6:30 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, Carbondale Sept 13: 2-6 p.m., Meadowbrook Christian Church, Mount Vernon

Conferences, Workshops and Special Programs Breast Self-Exam Training

When: 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 Where: The Breast Center, University Mall, Carbondale Registration: Valerie Baker, 618-457-5200 ext. 67128 Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Free.

Second Act’s Progressive Dinner When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20 Information: 877-480-4040

Ice Cream and a Movie

When: 2-4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23 Where: St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Cafeteria Conference Room



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Registration: 877-480-4040 Enjoy ice cream and the movie ‘Julie & Julia.’ $2 fee.

Support Groups

Lunch and Learn: COPD

When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 18 and 25 and Sept. 7 and 14 Where: Christian Covenant Fellowship Church, Carterville Registration: 618-549-0721 ext. 65291

When: Noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 Where: Herrin Hospital, Auxiliary Conference Room Registration: 877-480-4040 Dr. Parviz Sanjabi from the Southern Illinois Respiratory Disease Clinic will present on the causes, symptoms and treatments of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). $3 fee includes complimentary lunch.

Testing for Hybrid Registered Nursing Program When: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, Tuesday Sept. 14 or Thursday, Sept. 16 Where: Rend Lake College, Ina Pre-registration: Gloria Oliver, 618-437-5321 ext. 1268 or Working licensed practical nurses interested in moving up to registered nurse have the opportunity to enrolling a hybrid program through Rend Lake College and Connect SI. The Psychological Services Bureau exam will be given on the three dates listed. There is a $30 testing fee. Pretest study guide is available.

Hospice Volunteer Certification Training When: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 and Saturday, Sept. 18 Where: John A. Logan College, Building 800, Room H-126, Carterville Registration: Debbie Bird, 618-997-3030

Carbondale Main Street: Work Out instead of Pig Out

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17; Kids K at 6:45 p.m. Where: Evergreen Park, Carbondale Registration: Meghan Cole, 618-529-8040 Pre-registration deadline is Sept. 3 and includes glow-inthe-dark T-shirts and food. Day of registration is $15 and will be from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Entertainment and awards provided. All proceeds will benefit Carbondale Main Street. Registration form may be downloaded at

Get Movin’ Forward 5K Run-Walk/ 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk

When: T-shirt deadline Sept. 17. Where: First United Methodist Church, Herrin Registration: Amy Westrich at 618-525-6577 or email Day-of registration is 7:30-8:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct 15. Race begins at 8:30 a.m. Race categories are 12 and under, 13-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years and 70 years and older. All proceeds will benefit The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter in West Frankfort. Entry fee is $15 per person.

24th annual Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference

When: 8:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 Where: John A. Logan College, Carterville Registration: Pre-registration required. 618-985-9210 or 618-985-2828 ext. 8604 This year’s theme is Breast Cancer Awareness. Pasha Hogan, a three-time breast cancer survivor will be the keynote speaker. The $45 registration fee will include breakfast, lunch, blood and health screenings, keynote speaker and breakout sessions. For more information or to register online, please visit

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I Lost a Child

SIH Mended Little Hearts

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 Where: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Conference Room C Registration: Stephanie Hill 618-318-2863 Mended Little Hearts connects families in crisis with other parents who have survived the shock of learning a child has a heart problem, navigated the maze of medical decisions and procedures and mapped out a plan for the future. The group meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 6 p.m. Free.

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Bariatric Weight Loss

When: 6-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30 Where: St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, Mount Vernon Registration: 888-257-6098 The group meets on the fourth Monday of every month and is open to anyone who has undergone a bariatric procedure or is interested in learning more about weight loss surgery or medically managed weight loss.

SIH Southern Illinois Parkinson’s Support Group

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 Where: SIH complex, University Mall Registration: 618-684-4282 For Parkinson’s disease sufferers and their family, friends or caregivers. Group meets the first Wednesday of every month. Free.

Classes, Seminars, Events SIH BabyTALK

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Aug 19, Sept. 2 and Sept 16. Where: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Registration: SIH Physician Referral and Event Registration, 866-744-2468 This program, facilitated by a child development professional, encourages parents to create nurturing relationships with their children and reinforce positive parenting practices. The program is sponsored by Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, Southern Region Early Childhood Programs and WSIU Public Broadcasting. Free.

SIH Breastfeeding Basics Class

When: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday Sept. 21; and 3-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.8 Where: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Registration: SIH Physician Referral and Event Registration Center, 866-744-2468 Learn the benefits that breastfeeding provides to both baby and mother. A certified lactation consultant will share information. Free.

SIH Life with Baby

When: 6-8 p.m. Mondays, Aug. 23 and 30 and Sept. 13 and 20 Where: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Registration: SIH Physician Referral and Event

Registration Center 866-744-2468 MHC continues to empower parents by offering an opportunity to gain knowledge and comfort with baby basic care. Prospective parents are asked to bring a baby doll and receiving blanket to the class. Free.

SIH Steps to a Healthier You

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 24 Where: U of I Extension Center, Marion Registration: 877-480-4040 Etha Anderson, U of I community educator, will speak about MyPyramid, a personalized eating plan designed to help plan and assess food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Grandmother’s Coffee Break

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 Where: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Registration: SIH Physician Referral and Event Registration Center, 866-744-2468 This class is for the proud grandmother-to-be. This class is meant to provide some of the latest recommendations for infant safety, feeding, sleeping and more.

Western Baptist Understanding Heart Failure When: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept 7 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 Where: Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Registration: 270-575-2918 Offered for patients and their caregivers, classes will teach what changes to make to keep their heart failure under control. A physician, pharmacist, a dietician and a nurse will all offer their perspectives about the disease and its treatment. Class is free. Pre-registration is required.

Western Baptist Relaxing from Within

When: 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 7 Where: Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Doctor’s Office Bldg 2, Atrium Classroom Registration: 270-575-2229 Class designed to help expectant mothers become more familiar with relaxation techniques. Distraction methods, breathing, birthing positions, comfort measures and massage will be taught. Participants are asked to bring a blanket, pillow and support person. Free.

Bariatric Information Sessions

When: 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept 9 Where: Herrin Hospital, Conference Room B/C Pre-registration: 618-988-6171 Considering undergoing bariatric surgery? Dr. Naresh Ahuja will discuss the lifestyle changes needed to have a better quality of life. Free, but pre-registration is required.

SIH Prepared Childbirth Course

When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9 and 30 and 9-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 Where: Memorial Hospital of Carbondale Registration: SIH Physician Referral and Event Registration Center, 866-744-2468 Mothers and fathers will prepare both mentally and physically for participation, sharing and individual satisfaction in pregnancy, labor, birth and introduction to parenthood. Reservations required.

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Western Baptist Hospital Breastfeeding Classes

When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 or 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 28 Where: Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Doctor’s Office

— DR. NEIL SHARMA is chief resident at the Carbondale Family Medicine Residency Program in the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

Bldg 2, Atrium Classroom Registration: 270-575-2229 Class helps expectant mothers prepare for the breastfeeding experience. Free.

Designed for expectant parents in second or third trimester.

Western Baptist Prepared Childbirth Refresher Class

When: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept.14 Where: Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Registration: 270-575-2723 Techniques for infants and children from birth through 8 years of age. Cost $10. Free if having a baby at WBH.

When: 5-8 p.m. Monday, Sept 13 Where: Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah, Doctor’s Office Bldg 2, Meeting Room A-B Registration: 270-575-2229

Western Baptist Pediatric Family and Friends CPR Course

Heat cramps

First aid:

 Rest in a cool area  Drink plenty of water or other cool beverages  Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath


 Muscle cramps, pain, or spasms in the abdomen, arms or legs

First aid:

Heat stroke

 Stop all activity and sit in a cool place.  Drink clear juice or a sports beverage, or drink water with food.  Avoid salt tablets.  Do not return to work for a few hours after the cramps subside  Seek medical attention if you have the following: heart problems, are on a low-sodium diet, or if the cramps do not subside within one hour.


 High body temperature  Confusion  Loss of coordination  Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating  Throbbing headache  Seizures, coma

First aid:

 Request immediate medical assistance  Move the worker to a cool, shaded area  Remove excess clothing and apply cool water to the body

Heat exhaustion Symptoms:

 Rapid heart beat, heavy sweating, extreme weakness or fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, irritability, fast and shallow breathing, slightly elevated body temperature

— Sources: Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

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you will be sweating a lot. Heat exhaustion includes other symptoms, such as heavy sweating, paleness, feeling tired, weak or dizzy, headache, fainting and fast and shallow breathing with a fast pulse. Symptoms may also progress to heat stroke, which occurs when the body is unable to produce sweat and body temperatures may reach in excess of 106 degrees. The skin may appear red, hot and dry and may progress to seizures, coma or death. If you or someone you know starts having any of these symptoms, what should you do? Get the person to a shady area, if they are in the sun. Then start to cool the person rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, the CDC mentions immersing the person in a tub of cool water, placing the person in a cool shower, spraying the person with cool water from a garden hose, sponging the person with cool water or, if the humidity is low, wrap the person in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice anything mentioned above. But, as they say, “prevention is better that the cure,” so let’s move on to prevention. It is a smart idea to avoid outdoor activities when the heat is extreme. That includes all of you die-hard gardeners out there. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks, hydrate and work in the shade when possible. If you begin to feel hot, you can cool down by running cold water on your skin, which helps remove heat from your body. Wear lightweight clothing and avoid strenuous activity outdoors. It is also a good idea to have an air-conditioned or very cool area to escape back to during your breaks. Now, when Mother Nature strikes with her seemingly harmless, bright, sunny days and blue skies, you will be prepared. Watching the local news for heat advisories and being a “smart” outdoor weekend warrior will keep you safe. It is important to discuss this issue with your doctor and seek emergent medical attention if you start to have symptoms.


Age to Perfection

Fun in the sun sounds like a good time, but when good times turn bad, being prepared is golden. In Southern Illinois, recent temperatures have soared. With extreme temperatures, it is important to know how to protect yourself and BY DR. NEIL SHARMA what to do in emergency situations. Heat can cause a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from mild muscle cramps to coma or death. Statistically speaking, the Centers for Disease Control reports more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined. It has been responsible for thousands of deaths countrywide. Heat related illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It is the extremes of age that are at increased risk of developing heat-related problems. That includes our chil-dren and senior population. It is because of the body’s decreased ability to handle stress, decreased sweat pro-duction and, often, chronic medical conditions that change normal body responses to heat. Also, seniors are more likely to take prescription medicines, which can impair the body’s ability to regulate its temperature or that inhibit perspiration. Recognizing key symptoms may save your life or the life of someone you know. Many times, symptoms start with muscle cramps. This is often because of decreased water and electrolyte abnormalities in the body. It is extremely important to replenish your body’s store of these by drinking plenty of water and electrolyte solutions throughout a hot summer day when

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Participants attest to its life-saving screenings, sessions



arb Abell of Carterville is happy to volunteer each year with the Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference. Her reason is simple: “The health screening basically saved my life.” Abell said a blood draw she had done at the 2007 conference showed anemia and other indicators of a problem, so she took the results to her physician. After a colorectal screening, she underwent a colonoscopy. It revealed Abell was suffering from colon cancer. “I had no signs of cancer that really stood out,” she said. “It was the blood test that revealed something was wrong.” The next year of treatment was “the year from hell,” she readily admits, “but I’m here to talk about it.” The blood test was only one of numerous free screenings offered during the annual conference. In fact, two years earlier, in 2005, Abell had a skin screening that revealed a suspicious mole that had changed color was a melanoma. It was removed. “I’m grateful they have those screenings,” Abell said. At the time, she was a parttime employee without medical insurance benefits, working as a secretary for the women’s health conference. Because her mother had died of breast cancer when Abell was 3, she always made sure to have mammograms and watched for symptoms of that disease. But because there was no family history of colon cancer, she wasn’t tuned into its symptoms until that free blood test alerted her and her physician. “It humbles you when you’re



diagnosed with something so devastating,” she reflected. “But there was so much support out there. The American Cancer Society, the Coach Kill Cancer Fund, all those efforts show what a great place this is to live.” This year’s conference, the 24th, will be Saturday, Sept. 18, at John A. Logan College in Carterville. Fran Becque, executive secretary of Women for Health and Wellness, Inc., which puts on the annual conference, said registrations are coming in for the event, which is limited to 500 women. The $45 registration fee includes not only the free screenings and wide variety of speakers, but also a breakfast and lunch, dozens of exhibits and a variety of door prizes. Barb Abell will be volunteering again this year, greeting the participants and directing them into an event that could prove to be a real lifesaver. Jane Robertson, Carterville library director, is another fan of the women’s health conference. “This is the 24th year, and I’ve been to all but one,” she said. “It’s helped me a lot over the years. It offers a variety of programs for a diverse population of women.” Robertson praised the programs, which include both professional people from out of the area and local speakers. “They’re wonderful presenters,” she said. She said she is in awe of “such a wealth of information” that is available at the conference and admits she often has a tough time choosing which breakout sessions to attend because they all sound so good. “I’ve received valuable

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information on finances, legal issues, estate planning, exercise, yoga, tai chi, nutrition, heart health and cancer,” she said, ticking off a list of topics. “And there’s humor, laughter and dancing,” she added. The $45 cost includes breakfast, lunch, free screenings and great programs, Robertson noted. She has her routine, beginning with the blood screening, which requires fasting beforehand, then having breakfast and proceeding to breakout sessions and exhibits. Though some participants leave after lunch, Robertson says she makes a day of it. In addition to the information, screenings and “freebies” she’s received over the years, she said, she also has formed networks and friendships through her participation. This year’s keynote speaker is Pasha Hogan, a three-time breast cancer survivor who also is a psychotherapist, workshop facilitator, inspirational speaker and yoga/meditation teacher. Breakout session topics range from anxiety to Zumba, an exercise/dance routine, and all points in between. One session CHUCK NOVARA / THE SOUTHERN will help participants navigate Barb Abell works at the Williamson County Early Childhood Education cooperative in Crainville. Abell is also a cancer survivor. A blood test at a previous conference revealed the problem. Facebook, Twitter, blogging and other social networking arenas; another will give parents tips on making kids’ meals both healthful and fun. With increasing numbers The 24th Southern Illinois Women’s Health Conference will be from 7 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Saturday, of grandparents raising Sept. 18, at John A. Logan College in Carterville. grandchildren, a session The cost is $45; scholarships are available for those who need help paying. entitled “Parenting Again — Registration deadline is Sept. 10. Those registering before Aug. 31 will receive an additional entry for Not for Wimps!” should be the grand door prize. popular. To register online visit and click on Women’s Health Conference For more information, call 618-985-9210, 618-985-2828 Ext. 8604 or 800-416-1745

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Participants can choose between numerous breakout sessions during the conference. Here are abbreviated versions of what’s available:


9:45 – 10:35 a.m. Taking Care of Everyone: Estate planning issues confronting women include caring for aging parents, minor children, adult children, and grandchildren. Walk for Life: Walking to improve health is something almost all individuals can do. It’s an inexpensive form of exercise. Wear comfortable shoes. Parenting Isn’t Always Easy: There are many myths that are now accepted as fact about what kids need to be healthy and welladjusted. GPS for Breast Health: Information about breast health screenings, diagnostics, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. Breast self exams and clinical exams will be discussed and there will be an interactive discussion of new guidelines that have been in the media. Childhood Nutrition: Are family mealtimes challenging? Want to give your children a good nutritional foundation? Come learn some tricks for making meals healthy and fun for children. Communicating with Your Physician: What do I tell my doctor? What do I bring to my appointment? How do I get my past medical information? All questions Dr. Bowman will cover in her important message on getting the best medical care for you and your family. Worried to Death!!! Anxiety, Its Costs and

How to Overcome It: Anxiety disorders are one of the most prevalent mental health disorders particularly among females. Yet, relatively few people seek treatment for anxiety.Get an overview of anxiety and related disorders and discuss treatment for dealing with anxiety. The Heart of the Matter: Congestive heart failure is something you’ve likely heard of, but here’s a chance to learn more about it in depth. An estimated 62 percent of heart failure deaths in women are because of it. Learn what it is, how to prevent it and its symptoms. The Crystal Ball and Cancer Management — Foretelling the Future: Today nearly twothirds of cancer patients live five years or longer, a significant increase compared to 50 years ago when only one-third of cancer patients lived that long. What can we expect in the next decade or two? Breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and treatment including research that emphasizes the importance of taking more personal responsibility for our health. Exhibits and Screenings: Devote an entire session to undergoing the screenings and viewing the exhibits.


10:50 – 11:40 a.m. Stress Management – Enough Already! Are you tired of feeling stressed and letting your thoughts run the show? Learn how to let your breath lead the way so you can better handle the stresses of everyday life. Growing in Your Christian Faith: Spirituality is an important part of many people’s lives. Yet, it’s easy to fall into a rut in one’s faith. Learn some ways to reawaken your spirituality and

make your faith a cornerstone of your life. Oral Health: The importance of maintaining good oral health and the significance it has on one’s overall general health. Understanding Your Relationship Partner: This session will help individuals understand relationships, gender differences, and family of origin issues. Choices in Breast Reconstruction: Get options for breast reconstruction, ask questions and get answers about the process. Conversations with Busy Moms: Does motherhood seem overwhelming? Not sure how to do all that you need to do? Join some very busy moms for a panel discussion and learn some of their tricks of the trade. Healthy Communities‌Your Spirit, Your Vision: Communities are multi-dimensional and community action, from voting to charitable giving and community service, takes education and faith in each other. Learn how your creative participation in the community brings healing and health all around. Legacy Planning — From a String of Pearls to Pearls of Wisdom: Far too often a family is robbed of its legacy – family history, life lessons, values, and memories – due to an untimely death or illness. While many families do a good job with estate and financial planning, they often fail to engage in legacy planning – preserving values as well as valuables. Learn why this discussions can’t wait. Menopause: Hormones Gone Wild! Menopause is one of those topics that women do not give much thought to until they are in the throes of it. Be prepared by understanding the symptoms and treatment of menopause.

Exhibits and Screenings: Devote an entire session to undergoing the screenings and viewing the exhibits.


1:45 – 2:35 p.m. Yes, I’m a “Pink Ribbon� Lady: Pink ribbons mean joy, hope, faith, love, and friendship. One woman will share her personal journey as an 11-year-breast cancer survivor and the reasons why she proudly wears her pink ribbons. Yoga is for EveryBody: Learn about yoga, get answers about getting started, demonstrations and modifications of basic yoga poses to address common physical ailments, tension, and increase balance, flexibility, and strength. Improve Your Health by Creating an Outdoor Living Area: Need a place to relax and unwind? You’ll learn about some things you can add to your yard to create that beautiful outdoor living area. Patios, waterfalls, fountains, pergolas, shade sails, and just the right plants will be discussed. Living Your Best Life: Celebrating Our Authentic Self: Become empowered to stop “doing life� and start “living life� during this inspiring and informative presentation. Participants will learn strategies for reducing stress, maximizing joy, and re-discovering fulfillment in their lives. Social Networking 101 – Blogging, Facebook, etc.: Social Networking has grown in both the personal and professional arenas; this infrastructure is going to be a part of

everything. The art and science of social networking will be discussed and Ms. Badiu will share her personal experience from skeptic to having her own blogging mommy site. Exhibits and Screenings: Devote an entire session to undergoing the screenings and viewing the exhibits.


2:50 – 3:40 p.m. Zumba, Zumba, Zumba! Zumba is a mix of Latin dances that is a great cardiovascular workout. Since you’re having fun dancing, it doesn’t feel like a workout. Eat This, Not That and Save Money Doing It: Does it really cost more to buy healthy foods? Most people think so, but you can do it with strategies for eating healthfully and saving money! Dealing with Loss — An Opportunity for Growth: Living well and dying well are both possible; we must learn how to do both. Learn how to turn grief into an opportunity for both personal growth and an opportunity to help others. Discount Diva — Dressing for Less Without Losing Your Style: Is the cost of a new outfit putting a crimp on your style? Learn how to be a discount diva, look fabulous, and love your personal style. Parenting Again 101 – Not for Wimps! Parenting again! What is it, who is it, how to survive it. Who should attend: anyone who is, knows, or works with a relative caregiver of related children.

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Running and walking for fun and a good cause

BY D.W. NORRIS Working out instead of pigging out will be the plan when Carbondale Main Street and Nightlife Fit Out 5K run takes place Sept. 17 at Evergreen Park. Sponsored by Carbondale Main Street, the 5K race begins at 6 p.m. with a kids race to follow at 6:45 p.m. It costs $6 to enter the race and participants will get a meal, a prize and a glow-in-the-dark T-shirt. There is also a $2 package that includes food and a prize but no T-shirt. Trophies will be awarded for the top-three finishers in each age category. Carbondale Main Street executive director Meghan Cole said the run, which began as part of Carbondale Pig Out, is an event for all ages. “We feel like it’s a good way to involve the community,” Cole said. “We get a lot of participation, about 200 runners.” In addition to food, there will be live music with Jim Skinner and the Wall-to-Wall Rhythm and Blues Band. Registration forms for the run can be picked up at the Carbondale Main Street office, located at 121 S. Illinois Ave. or at For more information call 618-529-8040. And if you feel like running or walking for fun and to contribute to a good cause, check out the upcoming Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter benefit 5K Run-Walk and 1 Mile Fun Run in Herrin. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at First United Methodist Church, 3308 Logan Drive, in Herrin. Entry fee is $15 per person. The race will begin that day at 8:30 a.m. at the church, where the race also will end. Race categories are 12 and younger, 13-19 years, 20-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59 years, 60-69 years and 70 years and older. Awards will be given to the overall male and female runners/ walkers in each age group, first- through third-place runners/walkers in each age group and all one-mile runners/walkers. The event is sponsored by HR Physical Therapy, Sports and Industrial Rehab and First United Church of Herrin. All proceeds will benefit The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter in West Frankfort. For more information, please call Amy Westrich at 618-525-9533 or e-mail 618-351-5074



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Details What: The Nightlife Fit Out 5K When: 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 Where: Evergreen Park, Carbondale Contact: 618-529-8040 What: 5K Run-Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run to benefit Night Shield Children’s Shelter in West Frankfort When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Where: First United Methodist Church, 3308 Logan Drive, Herrin Contact: Amy Westrick at 618-525-9533 or

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What to do if your pet has a seizure Emergency treatment and ďŹ rst aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. But it may save your petâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life before you can get your pet to a veterinarian. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what to do if you pet suffers a seizure: ď Ź Keep your pet away from any objects (including furniture) that might hurt it. Do not try to restrain the pet. ď Ź Time the seizure (they usually last 2-3 minutes). ď Ź After the seizure has stopped, keep your pet as warm and quiet as possible and contact your veterinarian. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Veterinary Association

Read the labels, follow directions The animals that share our lives and homes rely on us for protection. Many common household products such as cleaners and pesticides could hurt a pet if not used and stored correctly. Always read the label ďŹ rst before you buy, store and use household cleaners or pesticide products. Keep all products out of the reach of pets and children.





Labels tell you

ď Ź How to use a product safely and effectively. ď Ź How to store the product safely. ď Ź First aid instructions. ď Ź Phone numbers to call for help or more information.

Follow all label precatuions

ď Ź Warnings and directions tell you how to use products safely and correctly. This helps keep you and your pets safe. ď Ź Follow warnings to open windows, wear gloves, and not breathe product dust. ď Ź Keep pets and children away from treated areas as directed on the label.

Keep products in original containers

ď Ź It is very dangerous to put products in food and beverage containers. ď Ź Containers without tight ďŹ tting lids can easily spill, allowing your pet access to the product. ď Ź If you throw away the original container, you throw away important information needed in case of an emergency. ď Ź If the label tells you to mix a product in another container, use all of the mixture. If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use all the mixture, label the new container for use in the future.

Keep pets away from products

ď Ź Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spray or store cleaning or pesticide products near pet food or water dishes. ď Ź Make sure animals canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get at bait products while they are in use. ď Ź In the event of a spill, be sure to keep animals out of the area until it is cleaned up. ď Ź Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about wildlife. Spraying products on a windy day can carry the product into the water supply for wild animals. ď Ź Store all household cleaning products and pesticides where pets canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get at them. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Veterinary Association











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Did you know that you lose up to 100 hairs from your scalp every day? Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s normal, and in most people, those hairs grow back. But many men lose hair as they grow older. You can also lose your hair if you have certain diseases, such as thyroid problems, diabetes or lupus. If you take certain medicines or have chemotherapy for cancer, you may also lose your hair. Other causes are stress, a low protein diet, a family history or poor nutrition. Treatment for hair loss depends on the cause. In some cases, treating the underlying cause will correct the problem. Other treatments include medicines and hair restoration. With so many causes, it can take a bit of detective work to uncover the reason for hair loss. Sometimes, more than one cause is responsible. And as we age, one cause may follow another. To diagnose the cause of hair loss, a dermatologist usually begins by obtaining

a detailed medical history. The patient is asked about medications taken, allergies, family history, and diet. Women are asked about their menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. The dermatologist also performs a detailed inspection of the hair and scalp and looks at the way the hair is distributed over the rest of the body. While examining the hair and scalp, the dermatologist will examine the pattern of hair loss and look for signs of illness, including any indication of a scalp infection. Sometimes a hair pull, blood test, or scalp biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis. Once the cause (or causes) is known, treatment or preventive measures can begin. It is important to realize that when it comes to hair loss, there is no quick ďŹ x. But dermatologists do have the knowledge and resources to halt hair loss and generate new growth for many patients. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; American Dermatology Association

How prostate cancer packs a punch Some types of prostate tumors are more aggressive and more likely to metastasize than others. Nearly one-third of these ag-gressive tumors contain a small nest of especially dangerous cells known as neuroendocrine-type cells. More rarely, some aggressive prostate tumors are made up entirely of neuroendocrine-type cells. The presence of neuroendocrine-type cancer cells is associated with a poor prognosis, but spotting these rare cells can be like ďŹ nding a needle in a haystack. Now, in a study published in Cancer Cell, a team of investigators led by Zeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ev

Ronai, Ph.D. at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has identiďŹ ed a series of proteins that might make it easier for doctors to better diagnose the more metastatic forms of prostate cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In identifying this protein pathway, which determines the formation of neuroendocrine tumors, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve identiďŹ ed new markers that can be used to distinguish the dangerous cells and ďŹ nd new targets for therapy,â&#x20AC;? said Dr. Ronai, associate director of Sanford-Burnhamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Medline Plus

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For older women, extra pounds can mean less brain power They say that what goes up must come down. But in the U.S., some trends seem to go in only one direction. For instance, the number of Americans who are overweight or obese just keeps growing. As the population ages, so does the number of older people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Could there be a connection? Possibly, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and colleagues around the country examined data from the Women’s Health Initiative. They focused on 8,745 volunteers who participated in clinical trials of

hormone replacement therapy and were at least 65 years old. For this cohort, data were available on their height and weight (and thus their body mass index), as well as their cognitive function (as measured by a test called the Modified Mini-Mental State Examination, a.k.a. 3MSE). Overall, the researchers found that the higher one’s BMI, the lower her score on the 3MSE test. For every additional point on the BMI scale, test scores fell by nearly 1 point. (A 5-foot-6 woman would have to gain 6 pounds to increase her BMI by one point.) The researchers theorized that the circulation problems and inflammation brought on by obesity cause damage to the brain, resulting in dementia.

Asthma warning for pregnant women Asthma is the most common complications of pregnancy in Australia with harmful effects on babies, but many of these could be prevented, a University of Adelaide researcher says. Associate professor Vicki Clifton from the University’s Robinson Institute says asthma affects a significant number of pregnancies but many pregnant women are not identified as asthmatic. “Asthma worsens in reproductive-aged women and just being pregnant can make women more susceptible to an asthma attack,” says Clifton. “There needs to be more awareness around the management of asthma during pregnancy and the importance of taking preventive medication while pregnant, especially in winter when there is an the increased risk of an asthma attack with colds and flu.” Clifton says many women with asthma are not being identified during pregnancy. “It’s being under-reported during antenatal visits and therefore under-treated. There is also a misconception with pregnant women that their asthma medication may harm the baby. In fact, the asthma is much more likely to be harmful than the preventive medicine,” she says. Clifton says 55 percent of women with asthma will have at least one acute asthma attack during pregnancy and that can lead to detrimental effects on the baby including growth restriction, preterm delivery or even still births. — Medline Plus

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Family chats can help students learn of mathematics to motivate students and improve their number sense.” The findings, published in the current issue of Social Forces, an international journal of sociology, was the first international study on how conversations among family members affect students’ mathematical aptitude and performance in school. Chiu’s findings were based on data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; its Program for International Student Assessment collected almost 110,000 science test scores and questionnaires from 15-year-olds from 41 countries, including 3,846 from the U.S.

Taking the time to talk to your children about current events like the Gulf Oil spill — and using mathematical terms to do so — can help students develop better reasoning and math skills and perform better in school, according to a study by a University at Buffalo professor. “When families chat about societal issues, they often create simple mathematical models of the events,” says Ming Ming Chiu, a professor of learning and instruction at UB’s Graduate School of Education with extensive experience studying how children from different cultures and countries learn. “Unlike casual chats, these chats about societal issues can both show the real-life value

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Are teen binge drinkers risking future osteoporosis? that inhibits the build up of bone mass during the critical years of adolescence and young adulthood could increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures in later life. Binge drinking is defined as a woman having at least four drinks or a man having at least five drinks on one occasion. Heavy binge drinkers can consume 10 to 15 drinks. Binge drinking typically begins around age 13 and peaks between 18 and 22, before gradually decreasing. Thirty-six percent of youths ages 18 to 20 reported at least one binge-drinking episode during the past 30 days, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The study was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Binge-drinking teenagers may be putting themselves at risk for future osteoporosis and bone fractures, according to researchers at Loyola University Health System. A new Loyola study has found longlasting disruptions in hundreds of genes involved in bone formation in rats. The study is published in the July-August issue of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism. “Lifestyle-related damage done to the skeleton during young adulthood may have repercussions lasting decades,” bone biologist John Callaci, Ph.D., and colleagues wrote. Callaci cautioned that data from animals don’t directly translate to people. “But the findings certainly suggest that this could be a problem with humans,” he added. Bone mass is lost throughout adult life as part of the aging process. Thus, anything

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