Briefs: Local Health October 28, 2008

FDA OKs kit to test breast tumor tissue

• In its fall newsletter, the Colorado Cancer Research Program notified recipients that the Food & Drug Administration has approved the use of the SPOT-Light HER2 CISH kit to test the number of copies of the HER2 gene in breast tumor tissue.
According to the Research Program, a healthy breast cell has two copies of the HER2 gene. Breast cancer patients have more than two copies in their breasts, so the body overproduces the HER2 protein.
The new test, which was approved based on its human study using patients in the United States and Finland, counts the number of HER2 genes in a small sample of a removed tumor from a person’s breast. The tissue can be stored for future reference.
In addition, Research Program needs volunteers for helping with mailings, special projects and clerical help, among other things. To volunteer, call Todd McKinley at 303-777-2663.

Flu shots offered in Garfield County

Walk-in flu shots will be available for $20 at these locations in Garfield County in the next week:

• 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Glenwood Springs Public Health Office, 2014 Blake Ave.

•  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rifle Health and Human Service Building, 195 W. 14th St.

•  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Downtown Drug in Glenwood Springs, 825 Grand Ave.

•  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Carbondale Rec Center.

•  7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

•  7 a.m. to noon Nov. 4 at the New Castle Community Center.

•  1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Silt Fire Station.
Medicare and Medicaid are accepted. Children’s flu shots are $10.

Healthy food choices subject of seminar

• A seminar on teaching children to make healthy food choices will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Grand Junction Area Realtors Association, 2743 Crossroads Blvd.
Linda Cole, executive director of June Plus+, is the featured speaker.
Each attendee will receive a free copy of the Nutrition Detectives DVD developed by Dr. David Katz, a syndicated nutrition and health columnist for the New York Times and O magazine from Oprah Winfrey.

Symposium addresses brain injuries

• A free symposium for people suffering from brain injuries will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Building 6.
The symposium will focus on steps to be taken by those with brain injuries as well as their families and friends.
The symposium is for veterans as well as members of the public.
For details, call 263-2800 ext. 2540.


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