Briefs: Local Health December 032, 2008

Nutrition classes for seniors offered

• The city of Fruita Recreation Department is offering free nutrition classes for low-income senior citizens in December.
The classes will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m.  Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 at the Fruita Civic Center’s Rotary Room.
The classes show participants how to plan healthy meals and save time doing so, and how to prepare recipes, buy more food for less money and increase energy.
Qualifying seniors are those who use food stamps, a food pantry, Medicaid, Housing Assistance or SSI.

Adult stem cells subject of lecture

• Dr. Dennis Roop is giving a lecture about adult stem cell research at 7 p.m. Monday in Liff Auditorium at Mesa State College.
Roop’s lecture, “The Stem Cell Revolution,” is open to the public. He will talk about current and potential medical applications of adult stems cells.
Roop is the director of the Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Biology program at the University of Colorado, Denver.
The lecture is sponsored by St. Mary’s Saccomanno Research Institute and is part of the Geno Saccomanno Lecture Series.

Symposium focuses on military medicine

• Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine is having a symposium for students and professionals interested in military medicine.
Dr. Andy Baldwin, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and former star of the ABC reality TV show ‘The Bachelor,” will be part of a panel discussion at the symposium.
The symposium is from 1–4 p.m. Sunday and 6–9 p.m. Monday at the university, 8401 S. Parker Road, in Parker.
The panel discussion event is free.
The symposium highlights technological advances, challenges and rewards for today’s medical military teams.
A fundraising dinner for the Fisher House Foundation will be at 6 p.m. Sunday after the symposium.
Dinner tickets are $25 and available by calling 720-875-2895.
The Fisher House Foundation donates homes on military bases or near Veterans Affairs medical centers to allow family members to live close to loved ones who are hospitalized or being treated for illness or injury.

Colds may help immune systems

• The typical preschooler catches six to 10 colds between December and April, which may help build a child’s immune system, according to a physician at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
Dr. Theresa Guilbert, associate professor of pediatrics at the Madison, Wis., university, said colds early in life may help strengthen a child’s immune system.
For youngsters with a family history of allergies and asthma, exposure to the cold virus may lead to coughing and wheezing symptoms that could indicate a child is more likely to develop asthma later in life, Guilbert said.
Guilbert is researching links between colds and asthma.

Woman with local ties part of calendar

• A Front Range woman who grew up in the Grand Valley is part of the Buddy Check 9, 2009 Calendar from 9 News in Denver and Safeway.
Rhonda Eleneki Martinez’s photo and story are highlighted with the month of November in the breast cancer awareness calendar. Martinez graduated from Grand Junction High School in 1977 and attended Mesa State College for a year.
Martinez is batting Stage IV cancer.


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