Health Notes


October 29, 2002

Two cardiologists perform implant of defibrillator device

Cardiologists Bassim Badro and Allen Schaeffer recently performed the first procedure of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator with biventricular pacing at North Arundel Hospital.

The ICD is a computer that monitors heart rhythm, identifies abnormal heart rhythms and determines the appropriate therapy to return the heart to a normal heartbeat. The electronic device monitors heart rate and rhythms to improve the quality of life of victims of heart disease.

AAMC participating in prostate-cancer testing

Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis is participating in the largest-ever prostate cancer-prevention clinical trial, known as SELECT (Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial). The goal of SELECT is to enroll 32,400 men at 435 centers across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico during the next four years.

The medical center is part of a network of research sites that collectively reached 4 percent of the trial's recruitment goal during the first year. Men in the study will be followed for seven to 12 years, depending on when they enroll in the trial.

Launched in July last year, SELECT is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and seeks to enroll healthy men age 55 or older (50 or older for African-Americans). This trial is attempting to determine whether selenium or vitamin E can protect against prostate cancer, the most common form of cancer in men after skin cancer.

Information: 443-481-4700 or Elizabeth Egan, 443-481-5811.

Endocrinologist performs iodine therapy treatment

North Arundel Hospital endocrinologist Robert Lavine recently provided the first-ever radioactive iodine therapy treatment at North Arundel Hospital.

North Arundel Hospital is the only facility in Anne Arundel County to provide the treatment, which is used to treat hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.

Resale shop for hospice seeks volunteer staff

Chesapeake Treasures Resale Shop is looking for volunteers to help staff the store. No experience is necessary, and orientation is provided. The shop, in Park Plaza Shopping Center in Severna Park, is open daily except Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays). Proceeds benefit Hospice of the Chesapeake. Information: 410-987-2003.

North Arundel Hospital to offer vascular screening

The Maryland Vascular Center at North Arundel Hospital will offer vascular screenings from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 8 at the hospital's Arundel Mills storefront.

The ultrasound screening will help to detect blockages in the carotid artery. The screening is open to people age 60 and older with a history of heart disease, previous stroke or ministroke, and for those with peripheral arterial disease or previous vascular surgery. Reservations are required.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hearing, vision screenings to be conducted for pupils

The Anne Arundel County Health Department's vision and auditory technicians and school nurses conduct required vision and hearing screenings in public schools for children in preschool, kindergarten, third grade and eighth grade, and for children new to Anne Arundel County schools.

Special-education pupils receiving speech therapy might be recommended for screening. Department technicians also administer vision and hearing screenings at private schools, nurseries and day care programs.

Children who wear glasses should bring them to school the day of the screening. Pupils in these schools will be screened this month.

Today: Bodkin Elementary, Crofton Woods Elementary.

Tomorrow and Thursday: Corkran Middle, Crofton Middle.

Children are screened for vision and hearing problems that could impair performance in school.

Information: Anna M. Edwards, 410-222-0071; or Kathy Haskell, 410-222-6838.

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