Midlands health notes

May 15, 2013 

20061214 Breast cancer

 

TOM BORGMAN — MCT

Hospital earns grant for breast cancer screenings

Lexington Medical Center has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation’s SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate to provide 230 breast cancer screenings for uninsured and underinsured women in the Midlands.

Lexington Medical Center will offer the screenings to women who meet specific financial requirements. The grant money can also be used to assist with transportation to Women’s Imaging Centers in Lexington Medical Center’s network of care.

The goal is early detection and treatment. Early detection is key to successful treatment of breast cancer.

Lexington Medical Center got a similar grant in 2011 and provided approximately 250 screenings to women in the Midlands. During those screenings, two breast cancers were detected.

Information: (803) 791-2521

USC sleep study needs volunteers

Researchers at the University of South Carolina are recruiting people to participate in a sleep study.

They need volunteers for a 14-week study of the effects of spending one hour less in bed or following a fixed bed time and wake time. Participants should be between 60 and 80 years old and should now sleep an average of eight or nine hours per night.

Participants will be asked to fill out questionnaires, keep a sleep diary and have physical exams, including blood draws on several occasions. Participants will receive $700 at the completion of the study.

Contact: Shawn Youngstedt at (803) 777-7296 or email Shelli James at jamessl6@email.sc.edu

Health festivals planned in Midlands parks

Palmetto Healthy Start is offering free family health festivals that provide screenings and health and safety information.

The events also will have games, music, food and activities for all ages. The festivals are funded through a federal grant and run by Palmetto Health. The goal is to reduce infant mortality, low birth-weight babies and other health disparities in the Midlands through education.

The festivals are scheduled for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Drawdy Park in Winnsboro and New Hope Park in Sumter and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 1 at Granby Gardens Park in Cayce.

Information: (803) 296-3780 or PalmettoHealth.org/HealthyStart

State fish consumption guide updated

Want to know if it’s safe to eat local fish? The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has updated its Fish Smart, Eat Smart guide.

The annual report includes an interactive statewide map with the latest advisories, information and other materials that can be downloaded. Go to www.scdhec.gov/fish.

Compiled by Joey Holleman

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