Alzheimer's support group to meet
MUNCY - An Alzheimer's support group meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight in the cafeteria of Muncy Valley Hospital.
The hospital's Skilled Nursing Unit hosts monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information, call Mark Britten, Social Services, at 546-4040.
Book sale planned at hospital
WELLSBORO - The Sunshine Book Fair will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 4 and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. April 5 in the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital board room.
The fair features books for children, trivia quests, inspirational reads, popular novels, cookbooks, brainteasers, biographies and games. Funds benefit the hospital auxiliary.
For more information, call Faith Preston at 723-0191.
Vision screening scheduled
MUNCY - Dr. Marcus Myers, of the Vision and Learning Center, will hold a free workshop for parents and professionals who suspect that their child may have a learning-related vision problem. The workshop is 6-7 p.m. April 5 at the 112 S. Main St. facility.
To register, call Karen at 546-4885.
Susquehanna Health to hold Diabetes Taste-In
Monday is the last day to register to attend Susquehanna Health's annual Diabetes Taste-In program, which will be held 6-8 p.m. April 18 in the Walnut Room at Susquehanna Tower, 700 High St.
The event brings together professional staff and vendors to educate participants who are looking for ways to better understand and control diabetes.
Chef Michael Davis and registered dietician Kathryn McKernan Patetta will present "Eating Healthy on a Budget." Participants may ask questions of the staff of The Diabetes and Nutrition Care Center. Opportunities to speak with vendors about the latest diabetes products and resources also will be available.
For more information, visit SusquehannaHealth.org/Events. To register, call 1-877-883-4791. Registration is limited.
Expectant Parents class set
WELLSBORO - A free Expectant Parents class on "Physical & Emotional Changes During Pregnancy" will be held 7-8:30 p.m. April 10 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.
Registration is not necessary. For more information, call 723-0375.
Seminar on aging scheduled
UNIVERSITY PARK - Bruce Ames, a prominent scientist in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology and degenerative diseases, will present the first Healthy Lion Award Seminar, co-sponsored by Penn State's Center of Excellence for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health and the Department of Food Science.
The seminar, which is open to the public, will take place 4-5:30 p.m. April 10 in the Berg Auditorium, 100 Life Sciences Building, on the University Park campus.
During the seminar, titled "Vitamin and Mineral Inadequacy Accelerates Aging Associated Diseases," Ames will discuss his "triage theory," which helps explain the onset of degenerative diseases as a person ages.
The theory hypothesizes that human metabolism responds to moderate deficiency of an essential vitamin or mineral such that the scarce nutrient is preferentially retained by proteins necessary for short-term survival and reproduction. In contrast, proteins needed for long-term health - which Ames calls "longevity proteins" because they defend against the diseases associated with aging - lose the deficient vitamin or mineral and are disabled.
For more information, visit foodscience.psu.edu/research/mushroom-center.
PSA tests offered for prostate cancer
WELLSBORO - Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The early stages often cause no symptoms and can go unnoticed. With early detection, most prostate cancer can be cured. The most effective way of detecting prostate cancer is a combination of the prostate specific antigen test (blood test) and a digital rectal exam.
Laurel Health System will offer a PSA test from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 and April 24 in the white Occupational Health building, 25 Walnut St. The sample will be tested by the clinical laboratory at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.
Following the PSA test, an appointment will be scheduled with Dr. E. Lee Bellinger, urologist, for a digital rectal exam on either May 10 or May 11. The exam will be performed at Bellinger's office in Wellsboro, and the results of the PSA test will be provided to each participant at that time.
No appointment is necessary for the PSA test. The cost for both exams is $21, payable at the time of the PSA test. The visit to Bellinger's office is free of charge.
For more information, call 723-0754.
Advanced cardiac life support class planned
WELLSBORO - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital will hold a two-day certification class in advanced cardiac life support from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 11-12 in the first-floor conference room. Registration is required.
The class provides registered nurses, physicians and paramedics with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia arrest.
The instructors will be Dr. Donald Shaw and Linda Patterson.
Class size is limited.
For more information or to register, call Brenda Shumway in the Staff Development office at 723-0192 or visit www.laurelhs.org and click on the Health Classes and Screenings link.