Upstate News

June 16, 2002
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

HealthLink presents free health seminars in June

Advance Directives, immunizations, fireworks and prostate cancer are among topics to be addressed at University Hospital HealthLink seminars in June. All seminars are free, open to the public and held in the Oasis complex on the lower level of Shoppingtown Mall. To register for any seminar, call 464-8668.

Upcoming seminar schedule is as follows:

June 17 from 2 to 3 p.m. “What on Earth is an Advance Directive” Should you become unable to make health care decisions for yourself, clinical educator Dona Ferguson will explain the role of advance directives. Living wills, health care proxies, Do Not Resuscitate orders are among documents to be covered.

June 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “Immunizations Are Not Just For Kids” Infection control specialist Ray Long will explain what you and your family should be doing to stay current with your immunizations, what you might be missing and tools for maintaining personal health records.

June 19 from 3 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. “What Do You Really Know About Pain?” Linda Robson, a registered nurse, will explain what pain is, ways it can be accurately assessed and effectively managed.

June 24 from 2 to 3 p.m. “Herbal Remedies: The Good, the Bad and the Indifferent” Clinical educator Dona Ferguson will discuss benefits and possible hazards of using herbal remedies for several common ailments and the importance of keeping your physician informed about the herbal drugs you’re taking.

June 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. “Getting a Bang Out of Life: The Dangers of Fireworks” James Callahan, an emergency medicine physician, will discuss the frequency of fireworks-related injuries, how they occur and the types of injuries suffered.

June 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “Prostate Cancer: diagnosis, Treatment & Controversy” Registered nurse Kathryn Spinek will help you understand your risks for prostate cancer, its symptoms and diagnosis, various treatment options and why there are several “schools of thought” regarding treatment.

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