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HEALTH NOTES

December 22, 1992

Norplant contraceptive explained on TV show

The Norplant contraceptive and the laparoscopic hysterectomy are the current topics on "Health in the 1990s" on Cable 15.

Norplant is an effective long-lasting, reversable contraceptive method that provides continuous protection from pregnancy for up to five years.

Viewers will find out how Norplant's six capsules filled with synthetic hormone are inserted and how the system works.

Cable 15's cameras will then travel to the operating room at Howard County General Hospital to reveal how surgeons are preforming hysterectomies with a laparoscope, a tiny camera inserted into the abdomen.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy allows the patient to recover faster and experience less discomfort and pain.

Dr. Shaukat Ashai, chief of the Columbia Medical Plan's OB/GYN department, will explain the procedure.

HCC to hold open house before nursing course

Howard Community College will hold an open house for registered and licensed practical nurses who are currently not working in the nursing profession at 7 p.m., Jan. 25 in the Lower Nursing Lounge.

Nurses can meet the faculty who teach the college's Refresher Nursing course.

They will also be able to tour the Nursing Lab and Individual Study Lab where they can view a program that combines video images, sound and computer graphics to simulate nursing problems and conditions.

The Refresher Nursing course begins Feb. 1.

It includes physiology, pharmacology and computation, new treatment modalities and equipment, patient education and nursing care plans.

The course will meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday with weekend clinicals from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The course, which satisfies the license renewal requirements of the Maryland Board of Nursing, costs $470.

Urologist to speak about kidney stones

Dr. Harvey N. Schonwald of Ellicott City, a urologist practicing in the Baltimore area for more than 13 years, will be the featured speaker on WBAL Radio's health program with John Stupek at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 3.

Dr. Schonwald will discuss the causes, treatment and prevention of kidney stones. Listeners should turn to 1090 AM to learn about this medical condition.

A board-certified urologist, Dr. Schonwald has offices in Catonsville and Towson.

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