HEALTH BRIEFS: New health center to host grand opening

2014-01-13T21:30:00Z 2014-01-13T23:32:16Z HEALTH BRIEFS: New health center to host grand openingTimes Staff nwitimes.com
January 13, 2014 9:30 pm  • 

HAMMOND | The new NorthShore Health Center will host an open house from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday to celebrate its grand opening.

A program will begin at 4:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served at the facility, 6920 Indianapolis Blvd. 

Hospital to host lymphedema program

CROWN POINT | A free program focused on prevention and management of lymphedema will be offered at noon Jan. 21 in the Breast Care Center at Franciscan St. Anthony Health hospital.

The center is on the third floor of the Burrell Professional Center, southwest of the hospital's main entrance, 1201 S. Main St.

Lorraine Skolak, a lymphedema therapist, will discuss how lymphedema can occur any time after lymph node dissection and how simple lifestyle changes can help prevent its onset. She also will explain self-management techniques.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. For more information, call (219) 757-6368.

Ophthalmologists join physician network

LAPORTE | Indiana University Health La Porte Physicians announced Dr. Benjamin Mannix and Dr. Kathryn Sommer, ophthalmologists, recently joined the network and welcome new patients at their LaPorte office.

The doctors specialize in the treatment for diseases and surgeries of the eyes, including optical services.

Both are located at Legacy Building, 1300 State St., Suite 1F. To schedule an appointment, call (219) 362-6297.

Educational cancer series announced for January

WESTVILLE | RiverBend Cancer Services announces its January date for the ongoing series “Living Well with Cancer.”

The free educational series supports the fight against cancer in Northwest Indiana by addressing the physical, emotional and psychological changes and challenges that can result from cancer treatment.

Programs take place at Michiana Hematology Oncology Advanced Centers for Cancer Care, 1668 S. U.S. 421.

The educational series is free and open to cancer patients, survivors, their families, caregivers and anyone who has been touched by cancer. Refreshments will be served.

Space is limited, so people are encouraged to make reservations by calling (574) 287-4197.

The next program is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at Michiana Hematology Oncology. It is a new look at foods that fight cancer.

Dietitian Heather Borsa will explore the basics of healthy nutrition. Participants will get some tips, recipes and a helpful dietary guide.

Winter tough on those with asthma

The American Lung Association in Indiana is reminding Hoosiers that cold weather precautions are especially important for those with asthma.

Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease that affects the lungs, causing repeated episodes of wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

An estimated 9.5 percent of children and 9.1 percent of adults in Indiana have asthma. While cold weather is not often thought of as a trigger, the cold, dry winter air does affect people with asthma.

The association recommends those with asthma prepare for winter by wearing a scarf over their nose and mouth, and by being aware and able to recognize symptoms of an asthma attack.

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