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Free Seminar on Joint Pain April 26th

Highland Hospital’s Evarts Joint Center will host a free seminar on joint pain at 6:30 p.m. on April 26th at the Webster Public Library .

Orthopaedic surgeon Allen D. Boyd, M.D., will provide an overview of conditions that cause joint pain and the range of treatment options available, including non-surgical approaches, minimally invasive surgeries and total joint replacement. Dr. Boyd is Chief of Orthopaedics and Director of the Evarts Joint Center.

The seminar is free and open to the public, but registration is required at (585) 784-2966. For more information about joint pain, visit www.hipandknee.urmc.edu.  

Highland Breast Imaging opens new Penfield location

Highland Breast Imaging is making it easier for women to get screened for breast cancer by opening a fourth location April 3 at 2212 Penfield Road, Suite 500 in Penfield.

Highland Breast Imaging at Penfield will offer screening mammograms every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments can be made at (585) 487-3300. Referrals are not needed for most screenings.

A Webster mom is committed to fundraising for research to find a cure for Autism

A Webster mom is committed to fundraising for research to find a cure for Autism

Kate Clemont says her son is like Tigger.

“He spends a lot of time jumping,” she says.

Her son, Jack, is now 7, but was diagnosed with autism at age 2. From that time, he has had at least 20 hours of week of speech, occupational, and physical therapy as well as special education.

“When Jack was first diagnosed, we didn’t know where to turn,” Clemont said. “But, it could be worse ... He’s happy, healthy — and adorable. He has opened our eyes to what’s really important.”

Besides caring for her family, what has become important to Clemont is raising money for Autism Speaks, which she describes as “an international, grassroots research organization.” Autism Speaks also has a network of 14 autism treatment sites in the U.S., including one in Rochester, at the Kirch Developmental Services Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Christopher's Challenge Hike for Life

Christopher's Challenge Hike for Life

Two men who lost their lives to cancer will be honored this weekend at the 11th Annual Hike for Life, sponsored Christopher’s Challenge and Strong’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Program on Sunday, March 25. The Hike for Life will be held in memory of Gene Martello, from Seneca Falls, and Tony Canali, from Canandaigua. Both men were in need of bone marrow transplants, and were dedicated supporters of Christopher's Challenge and believed in the mission of getting more people typed to be potential bone marrow donors.

Tony Canali, a guidance counselor and rugby and indoor track coach for McQuaid Jesuit, lost his battle with AML Leukemia in 2009 on his 60th birthday. Gene Martello passed away in 2006 after a brave fight with multiple myeloma. Gene’s son, Mark Martello, became a bone marrow donor last year after taking part in a bone marrow drive at a Christopher’s Challenge Hike for Life the previous year. He is hoping to meet his recipient soon.

Rochester General Health System acquires Linden Oaks Medical Campus

There was a major announcement from Rochester General Health Systems Thursday morning. It announced it is buying the Linden Oaks Medical Campus off Route 441 in Penfield. Officials say it’s the future of local healthcare.

This $40-million investment by RGHS is expected to create hundreds of jobs in the next four to five years.

The project will include three buildings on Hagen Drive, a new ambulatory surgery center and the current surgery center on Lattimore Road will be moved to Penfield and expanded.

Other plans include expanding the Lipson Cancer Center at Linden Oaks and adding a full service urgent care facility.

The concept is a hospital without beds. It’s convenient for people, easy parking and shorter stays which translate to smaller medical bills.

RGHS President and CEO mark Clement says this is a trend seen across the nation.

New program to make healthier food choices while shopping at Tops

Tops Friendly Markets has rolled out a new system to help you make healthy choices when you go grocery shopping.

The system is called NuVal and here’s how it works:
Most price tags will have a NuVal number on them. “One" is the lowest and unhealthiest score an item can get. One hundred is the healthiest number.

More than 18,000 foods have been scored on the NuVal system.

The NuVal system is already in more than 1,000 supermarkets in 23 states.

I have the flu, so now what do I do?

I have the flu, so now what do I do?

In the past few blogs, we’ve discussed how to avoid the flu, but not everyone is so lucky. Sometimes, even though they’ve had a flu shot, people get the flu.  Now what?

First, let’s establish that flu is caused by a virus, not bacteria, so antibiotics are useless.  Most cases of flu will resolve themselves in a week or so and patients get back to their usual routines, but there are a few things you can do to help you feel better when the flu first strikes.

Stay at home so as to spare your work colleagues from exposure.  Chances are you’ll be too fatigued and tired to go to work or do anything, so get plenty of rest, and the more the better.  Stay hydrated with plenty of liquids, especially water, but avoid alcohol. 

Use over-the-counter medications to treat the symptoms.