Health calendar: Flu symptoms

The death last week of a Sumter 11-year-old who had swine flu prompted fears among parents.

Health experts caution that the H1N1 virus has caused relatively mild symptoms among most otherwise healthy children. But they warn parents of children with flu-like symptoms to look for these signs that could be warnings of more serious problems.

- Fast breathing or trouble breathing

- Bluish skin color

- Not drinking enough fluids

- Not waking up or not interacting

- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

- Fever with a rash

If a child exhibits any of those symptoms, parents should consult a physician.

For more information, Palmetto Health has a brochure on its Web site for parents dealing with the flu. Got to


Heart health, brain injuries, medical technology, obesity and stroke are some of the topics covered in the USC School of Medicine's Mini-Med School in October.

Programs will be held at the medical school's campus next to Dorn VA Medical Center on Garners Ferry Road.

The classes meet each Tuesday during October at 6:30 p.m. The program costs $20, and space is limited. Registration deadline is Thursday.

Information/register: (803) 733-3200 or


Christopher McDougall, author of the New York Times Bestseller "Born to Run," will participate in a group run at Harbison State Forest and give a short presentation on his book at Half-Moon Outfitters on Sunday.

"Born to Run" is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

The group run of about 5 miles starts at 10:30 a.m. at Harbison State Forest. McDougall will makes his presentation and sign copies of his book starting at 2 p.m. at Half-Moon Outfitters, 2930 Devine St., Columbia.


Presentations on prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and healing with humor will be among the highlights of the S.C. Cancer Alliance's annual meeting Oct. 23.

The meeting runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Road, Columbia. It costs $25. Information: (866) 745-5680.


People with ongoing health problems such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease can learn how to better manage their conditions in a new six-week program sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The workshops are part of the Living Well South Carolina program. Participants meet for 2 1/2 hours each week to practice new skills and behaviors.

The free program begins Oct. 7 and meets each Wednesday from 1-3:30 p.m. for six weeks at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Columbia. Register: (803) 898-0760.


Dottye Woodogaza of the S.C. Comprehensive Breast Center will speak about early detection of breast cancer and the role of a nurse navigator at the Northeast Columbia Women's Club meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

The club meets at The Palmetto Activity Center, 105 Summit Centre Circle, across from Summit Parkway Middle School. Free. Information: (803) 348-7421.


Bethlehem Baptist Church will offer community workshops and a health fair 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at 1218 Lyon Street, Columbia.

The workshop topics include teen health, self defense for women, diabetes, heart disease, nutrition and caring for the elderly. Diabetes and prostate cancer screening also will be offered.

For information or to register for screening, call (803) 466-4091.