Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

June 13, 2007

Seminar to talk about child diets

The nonprofit Feingold Association will hold a free seminar for parents and teachers about dietary options for children with learning or behavior problems from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 21. This event will be held at the Marriott SpringHill Suites at 899 Elkridge Landing Road in Linthicum Heights.

This seminar will introduce guests to the low-additive Feingold Program, a dietary plan for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, dyslexia and other problems.

Jane Hersey, the association's director, and Shula Edelkind, its research librarian, will discuss how to help children avoid certain artificial food colorings, flavorings and preservatives that have been shown to trigger hyperactivity, attention deficit and other problems.

Hersey and Edelkind will explain how parents can find low-additive versions of their family's favorite foods at supermarkets, health food stores, malls, restaurants and even fast-food chains. "We will show how making small changes in the foods you buy can translate into big changes in your children's learning and behavior," said Hersey. They will also discuss how schools are finding that reducing junk food in their vending machines and cafeterias often leads to better student behavior, focus and academic performance.

Information: www.feingold.org or 800-321-3287.

Foundation offers free heart screening

The Dare to CARE Foundation is offering a free cardiovascular disease education seminar and screening at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis next week.

The seminar, presented by physicians who will discuss risk factors, signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease, and treatments options, will be held in the Sajak Pavilion auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The free screening for all seminar participants aged 50 and older will be held at the Sajak Pavilion, Suite 520, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 20. Appointments required.

Dare to CARE is a nonprofit organization founded by health care professionals and dedicated to providing free cardiovascular disease education and screening in the county.

Information: 410-573-9483.

BWMC purchases new imaging system

Baltimore Washington Medical Center has bought a new digital imaging system, which will enable physicians to better diagnose and treat heart disease.

The GE Innova 2100IQ X-ray imaging system helps cardiologists see the anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body.

The images produced by the system will help doctors safely maneuver small medical devices, such as catheters and stents, during clinical procedures.

Information: 410-787-4375.

County kit highlights summer sun safety

With days getting longer and warmer, people are spending more time outdoors. But along with picnics, sports and yardwork comes a greater risk of skin damage from the sun.

To help people protect themselves during this year's outdoor season, the Learn to Live program of the Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers a free Safe in the Sun Kit.

The kit contains pamphlets with tips for selecting and applying sunscreen, suggestions for sun accessories and information on skin cancer detection and treatment. A water-safety brochure and "Learn to Live Notes," a healthy living newsletter, are also included.

Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

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