Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

August 28, 2008

Entries sought for Art Bras Challenge

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health and the Annapolis Quilt Guild are accepting entries for the fourth annual Cup of the Month Challenge. Contestants will create Art Bras, decorated bras that inspire and support breast cancer awareness, screening and treatment.

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the Department of Health Web site, www.aahealth.org. Under Hot Topics, click Cup of the Month Bra Art Challenge. There is no cost to enter, but bras must be submitted by Sept. 26.

Winning Art Bras will be displayed at different county sites starting in late September and continuing through October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Medical center named 'Premiere Hospital'

The Spirit of Women Health Network has selected Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie as a "Spirit of Women Premiere Hospital," based on an evaluation using the National Standards of Excellence in Women's Health.

A member of the national network since 2004, BWMC earned the designation by meeting or exceeding 80 percent of the National Standards of Excellence in Women's Health, which require focus on women-centered care, call-to-action education and access to care.

"This designation signifies that we already make women's healthcare a priority, and the scope and quality of care will only improve when we add a new obstetrics unit in summer 2009," said Kathy McCollum, a vice president at BWMC.

Rabies-medicine baiting for raccoons to start Tuesday

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health, along with Wildlife Services of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin its annual oral rabies vaccination project on Tuesday.

The goal is to immunize thousands of wild raccoons by placing baits containing rabies vaccine throughout the county, reducing the number of rabid animals and human and pet exposures to rabies.

This year, approximately 83,000 baits will be spread around the county, either by teams of trained staff and volunteers in populated areas, or by a county police helicopter in more rural areas. One looks like a light brown ketchup packet, and the other looks like a small brown brick. A raccoon is immunized when it bites into the bait.

The project should be completed by the end of September, weather permitting.

Anyone who comes in contact with the bait or has a pet that finds the bait is asked to call the phone number on the bait or 410-222-7168.

27th cancer society gala raised $325,000

The 27th Annual Celebration of Life Cancer Gala at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa's Rod 'N' Reel Restaurant raised more than $325,000 for the Calvert County Unit of the American Cancer Society.

All proceeds from the Aug. 7 event contribute to research, education and patient services in the fight against cancer.

Donations can still be made to the Calvert County Unit of the American Cancer Society by visiting www.RodNReelCancerGala.org or calling 410-257-2735 or 301-855-8351, ext. 108.

Medical center offers health-related events

Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering the following activities:

* A monthly diabetes discussion at 9 a.m Tuesday at the medical center's outreach center at Arundel Mills mall.

* Breast cancer support group from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Sept. 16 in the Tate Center Conference Room. 410-553-8103.

* Free computerized neck and back screenings 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 5 and Sept. 19 at the medical center's outreach center at Arundel Mills mall. Dr. Edward Bartlinski will use technology to detect areas of nerve disturbance. Appointments are not required.

* "Man-to-Man," a monthly education and support group for men and their significant others to learn about prostate cancer diagnosis, treatment and management, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Tate Center Conference Room of the hospital, 300 Hospital Drive. 410-553-8103

Information: 410-787-4367.

Calendar

Diabetes' parents meeting: A support group for parents of children with Type 1 diabetes will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in conference room 1 in the Sajak Pavilion of Anne Arundel Medical Center. The topic is "Role of the School Nurse." 410-729-5595.

NAMI course: The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Anne Arundel County affiliate will sponsor a free 12-week course for families of persons with serious psychiatric disabilities at 7 p.m. beginning Sept. 11 at Calvary Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis. Pre-registration is required. 410-626-0143 or nashdjo@ya hoo.com.

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