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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Bonnie’s Bus, a digital mammography center on wheels, will visit Jefferson and Hardy counties offering digital mammograms and breast care education to women.

A service of WVU Healthcare and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, Bonnie’s Bus will be at:

The African American Heritage Festival in Charles Town. The Bus will be parked beside the Wright-Denny School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 17. For an appointment, call 1-877-287-2272.

E. A. Hawse Health Center in Baker from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 30. For an appointment, call 304-897-5915 ext. 262. 262

The mammograms are billed to private insurance, Medicaid or Medicare if available. Mammograms for women who do not have insurance will be covered by the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP) or through special grant funds from the West Virginia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. No woman over 40 is turned away due to lack of funding.  A physician’s order is needed for a mammogram.

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/AUG/Bonnie%E2%80%99s-Bus-to-offer-mammograms-in-Charles-Town-a

The University of Charleston School of Pharmacy will hold its eighth annual White Coat Ceremony at 2 p.m. today in Geary Auditorium.

The white coat is a symbol of the health care profession, and each year the UC School of Pharmacy places the white lab coat on new pharmacy students as part of their entry into the profession.  This year, 94 members of the pharmacy class of 2017 will participate. Students, faculty, and families will gather to mark this rite of passage.

White Coat Ceremonies originated in the medical profession, and over the past 10 to 15 years have been embraced and adopted by several health professional programs such as dentistry, osteopathy, pharmacy and physical therapy.

This event provides a venue for the public witnessing of their acceptance of the responsibilities and expectations of the profession of pharmacy.

Dr. Craig Kimble, Director of Pharmacy and Clinical Services for Fruth Pharmacy, will be the keynote speaker.

PharmUC, the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy’s Patient Care Clinic, will sponsor a Drug Take Back event on Friday, August 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  PharmUC is located on first floor of the UC School of Pharmacy building.

Non-controlled and over the counter medications will be accepted for safe disposal. PharmUC sponsors free monthly health events, which are open to the public. For more information call 304-357-4362 or email pharmuc@ucwv.edu.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on the rise, not only in West Virginia but nationwide, the field of respiratory care is needed more than ever.

Chris Trotter, associate professor of respiratory therapy at Marshall University, said respiratory therapists are and will continue to be in high demand due to the many respiratory hazards in this region.

“We live in an area dependent on the special metals and coal industries,” Trotter said. “As great as this is for our economy, it is equally detrimental to the respiratory health of our residents. We understand the urgency of this problem, which is why Marshall University was one of the first to step up and do something about it.”

According to the United Health Foundation, 25 percent of the population over 18 smoke on a regular basis in West Virginia. Smoking is considered the most prominent risk factor for COPD, which has been the fourth-leading cause of death in the U.S. since 1991, and the third-leading cause of death in West Virginia for eight of the nine years from 2000 through 2008, as noted by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

With COPD on the rise, licensed respiratory therapists are wanted to evaluate, educate and treat patients with all types of breathing disorders.

Since 2005, the St. Mary’s/Marshall University cooperative school has offered a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory care. Currently, it is one of two nationally accredited programs in West Virginia, joining Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va.

Keith Terry, associate professor of respiratory therapy at Marshall, said unlike the traditional four years required for most undergraduate programs, the respiratory therapy program takes just three years to complete.

“Our program provides a comprehensive, faced-paced environment which allows for a better understanding of our profession,” Terry said. “Our advanced coursework engages our students, fostering the foundation of knowledge necessary to result in better patient outcomes.”

Housed in the St. Mary’s Center for Education on 29th Street in Huntington, the respiratory care classrooms have state-of-the-art equipment complete with an on-site library and a new high fidelity simulation lab.

Dr. Michael W. Prewitt, dean of the Marshall College of Health Professions, said the partnership between the college and St. Mary’s provides a unique opportunity for those interested in pursuing careers in the health professions.

“Our graduates are able to seek employment in multiple health care settings,” Prewitt said. “An increasing number of respiratory therapists are now working in skilled nursing centers, physicians’ offices, home health agencies, specialty care hospitals and medical equipment supply companies.”

The St. Mary’s/Marshall University cooperative respiratory care program accepts 20 new students each year.  For more information on enrollment, contact Christopher.trotter@st-marys.org or call 304-399-4969 or 304-399- 4970.

Labor Day Water Safety Tips

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The 2013 Labor Day Weekend is upon us and the Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would like to remind you of some water safety tips at the traditional close of the summer season.
Knowing some of the facts about drowning may help save your life or the life of someone you love. According to Corps statistics, the majority of people, 89 percent, who drown are male, 39 percent are 18-35 years old, 24 percent are 36-53 years old and 89 percent of the people who die in water-related accidents were not wearing a life jacket. More than 90 percent of the people who die in boating-related accidents had not taken a boating safety course.
TIP: Are You Next? Expect the Unexpected and Wear Your Life Jacket! You could be the next person to drown if you don’t play it safe. Your best defense against the unexpected is a life jacket. Wear your life jacket and encourage those you love to wear one too.
TIP: Learn to swim well and swim with a buddy. It only takes an average of 20 seconds for a child to drown and 60 seconds for an adult. Never let your children swim by themselves. Adult supervision is a must to ensure you don’t lose the ones you love. Swimming ability decreases with age, so even if you are a strong swimmer, wear your life jacket especially in open water conditions.
TIP: Many people who drown never intended to enter the water and they drown within 10-30 feet of safety. Sixty percent of the time people who drown were either witnessed by someone or there were people in the area that could have helped save them.
TIP: Learn to identify the four signs of a person who is drowning. The drowning signs are head back, mouth open, no sound and arms slapping the water in an up and down motion.
TIP: The proper ways to rescue someone in the water that is in distress are to reach, throw, row and don’t go. Reach something out to the person without endangering yourself, throw them something that floats, row your boat close to the person with the motor off. Never attempt an in-water rescue unless you are trained to do so. Instead, go for help or send someone else for help. Oftentimes a double-drowning occurs when someone enters the water to attempt a rescue because a person fighting for their life is extremely strong and in order to stay afloat they will hold the person who is trying to help them underwater.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately 480,000 West Virginians suffer from arthritis, the most common cause of disability in the U.S. New research out of the West Virginia University School of Medicine may eventually lead to new drugs that could help relieve arthritis sufferers’ pain and joint damage.

David Siderovski, Ph.D., the E.J. Van Liere Endowed Professor and Chair of the WVU Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, is the senior author on a National Institutes of Health-funded study published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology titled “G protein-coupled receptor kinase-3 deficient mice exhibit WHIM syndrome features and attenuated inflammatory responses.” WHIM syndrome (Warts, Hypogammaglobulinemia, Infections and Myelokathexis syndrome) is a rare, congenital disease of the immune system.

Dr. Siderovski and his research colleagues found that a mouse strain with similar genetic problems to patients with WHIM syndrome had a built-in protection against arthritis development because a particular gene – GRK3 – was missing. As a result, Siderovski believes that developing a drug to inhibit GRK3 could help decrease arthritis in humans.

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/AUG/WVU-research-could-lead-to-new-arthritis-treatment

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Christopher Adams, M.D., a cardiology fellow with the department of cardiology, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, recently received the James Willerson Clinical Award Competition for Residents and Fellows from the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS).  The award was established to promote, encourage and recognize young talents in cardiovascular science, medicine and surgery.

The award is named in honor of James T. Willerson, M.D., president and medical director of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston and current president of IACS.

Adams was recognized for his research, “Perivascular Fat Relation to Hypertension:  WV-Appalachian Heart Study,” which he has been conducting for several years with faculty members Paulette Wehner, M.D., a professor of cardiology and senior associate dean for graduate medical education, and Nalini Santanam, Ph.D., M.P.H., a professor in the department of pharmacology, physiology and toxicology.

“Dr. Santanam and I are very fortunate to collaborate with Dr. Adams,” Wehner said.  “The award is particularly important because Dr. Adams started the Appalachian Heart project as a medical student and has continued the work through his sixth year of post-graduate training.”

Wehner continued, “The work was partially funded through a translational research grant awarded by Marshall Health to promote research within our institution.  According to a recent Gallup Healthcare poll, the residents of the Huntington-Ashland Metropolitan area are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack as the national average.  We are hopeful that our research may help identify why we are having such a higher incidence of heart attacks in our area.”

Adams presented the findings at the Cardiovascular Forum for Promoting Centers of Excellence and Young Investigators meeting earlier this month in Louisville, Ky. He was one of five international applicants invited to participate.

Adams is a graduate of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Marshall as well.  His future plans include an interventional and structural heart disease fellowship next year at the University of Kentucky.

With the arrival of Labor Day and the unofficial end to summer, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to roll up a sleeve and give blood to help ensure sufficient supplies over the holiday weekend.

Those who present to donate from August 26 through September 9 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards, and all donors will walk away with the instant gratification that they may be helping to save more than one life.

“The summer may be coming to an end, but the work of the Red Cross is far from over,” said John Hagins, CEO of the Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region. “As you make plans for this Labor Day holiday, please also make time to give blood and help patients who depend on your lifesaving donation.”

While thousands of people answered the call for blood donations issued by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for types O negative, A negative and B negative blood. The summer months can be especially difficult to collect enough blood donations to keep pace with patient needs.

“Patients in local hospitals often can’t take a break to enjoy the holiday,” Hagins said. “But blood donors can give these patients a chance to enjoy this time with family and friends – simply by rolling up a sleeve.”

To help spur additional donations over the Labor Day weekend, all presenting blood donors from August 30 through September 2 will also receive a complimentary Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. Live a story. Give a story. Donate blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information and to make an appointment to help save lives.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Monday, August 26, 2013

**2RBC**  Grayson, KY: 1 to 6 p.m., First Church of Christ, 287 Pomeroy Street

**2RBC**  Nitro, WV: 2 to 7 p.m., Nitro Moose Lodge 565, 101 1st Avenue

**2RBC**  Oak Hill, OH: 1 to 7 p.m., Oak Hill Presbyterian Church, 205 East Cross Street

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Huntington, WV: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

**2RBC**  Morehead, KY: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carl D. Perkins Community Center, Flemingsburg Road

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 1 to 6 p.m., Broadway Church of the Nazarene, 901 Broadway Avenue

**2RBC**  Portsmouth, OH: Noon to 6 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th Street

**2RBC**  South Charleston, WV: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thomas Memorial Hospital, 4605 MacCorkle Avenue SW

 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 7 a.m. to Noon, American Electric Power, 404 29th Street West

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 1 to 7 p.m., St. Matthews Episcopal Mathes Hall, 36 Norwood Road

**2RBC**  Pomeroy, OH: 1 to 6 p.m., Mulberry Community Center, 260 Mulberry Avenue

 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Charleston, WV: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., CAMC Women & Childrens, 800 Pennsylvania Avenue

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Marshall University Memorial Student Center, Room 2W40, One John Marshall Drive

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

**2RBC**  Jackson, OH: Noon to 6 p.m., First Church of the Nazarene, 251 Powell Drive

 

Friday, August 30, 2013

**2RBC**  Franklin Furnace, OH: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Big Sandy Superstore Distribution Center, 8375 Gallia Pike

**2RBC**  Owingsville, KY: 2 to 8 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1954 E. Highway 36

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Avenue

 

Saturday, August 31, 2013

**2RBC**  Rarden, OH: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rarden Community Center, 1663 Main Street

 

Monday, September 2, 2013

**2RBC**  Crown City, OH: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Providence Missionary Baptist Church, 3570 Teens Run Road

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Parkersburg Blood Donation Center, 3210 Dudley Avenue

**2RBC**  Vienna, WV: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wayside United Methodist Church Fellowship Center, 3001 Grand Central Avenue

 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard

**2RBC**  Huntington, WV: 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., American Red Cross, 1111 Veterans Memorial Boulevard

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Portsmouth, OH: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Southern Ohio Medical Center, 1805 27th Street

**2RBC**  Rush, KY: 2 to 7 p.m., Kilgore United Methodist Church, 14630 St. Rt. 854

**2RBC**  Vienna, WV: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Ohio Valley University, 1 Campus View Drive

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Newspapers, 1001 Virginia Street East

**2RBC**  Hurricane, WV: 2 to 7 p.m., First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 2635 Main Street

**2RBC**  Seth, WV: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sherman High School, 10008 Coal River Road

 

Friday, September 6, 2013

**2RBC**  Ashland, KY: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Central Fire Station, 1021 Carter Avenue

**2RBC**  Chapmanville, WV: Noon to 6 p.m., Town of Chapmanville Town Hall, 329 W. Tiger Lane

**2RBC**  Parkersburg, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 3210 Dudley Avenue

 

Monday, September 9, 2013

**2RBC**  Charleston, WV: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., State Government Workers  Building 7, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East

**2RBC**  New Boston, OH: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Daymar College, 3879 Rhodes Avenue

Charleston, W Va. – New moms and moms-to-be are invited to UniCare’s 6th Annual Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby Shower on Friday, August 23. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center – doors will open at 10:30 a.m.

The baby shower is sponsored by UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. (UniCare) and is free to new moms and moms-to-be. Door prizes including car seats and baby monitors will be provided by many of the participating organizations.

“We want to make local moms feel special, but we also want to make sure they leave with plenty of information they can use before their babies arrive and when they bring their babies home,” said Billie Moore, senior health promotion consultant for UniCare.  “We know that moms-to-be have many questions about their pregnancies and how they take care of themselves plays an important role in helping to ensure they have healthy babies.”

The event will feature more than ten community-based organizations that will provide educational exhibits and presentations including:

  • Our Babies: Safe & Sound
  • Valley Health – Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • WV Birth to Three
  • Project Linus

UniCare holds baby showers around the state as part of its statewide effort to educate families, and mothers in particular, about the important choices they make on a daily basis and how those choices impact the health of their families.

UniCare Health Plan of West Virginia, Inc. is a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc. For more information, visit UniCare at www.unicare.com. ® Registered mark of WellPoint, Inc.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Gail VanVoorhis, M.S.N., has many years of experience with simulated healthcare education, whether using a potato to practice dressing a bloody wound or employing a manikin to simulate the birth process. Now, that knowledge has earned her a job training healthcare professionals in Rwanda.

VanVoorhis, a teaching assistant professor, clinical instructor and clinical practice lab director with the West Virginia University School of Nursing, will depart Thursday for the Republic of Rwanda, an African country still trying to rebuild after the 1994 genocide.

She will be working with the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program, an initiative launched in July 2012 by the government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of Health. Committed to meeting the health needs of its citizens by 2020, the HRH Program aims to build Rwanda’s healthcare education infrastructure and workforce to create a high quality, sustainable healthcare system by addressing the country’s most challenging healthcare obstacles.

For full release: http://wvuhealthcare.com/wvuh/Content/Media/News-Releases/2013/JULY/WVU-School-of-Nursing-professor-to-train-healthcar