October 30, 2012

Health Notes: Oct. 30, 2012


---- — Blood Donor Center cancels today’s drives 

PLATTSBURGH — The North Country Regional Blood Donor Center has announced some cancellations.

Community blood drives scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at North Country Community College in Malone and from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Morrisonville Ambulance Service have been canceled.

Women’s Health Night postponed

ELIZABETHTOWN — Women’s Health Night at Elizabethtown Community Hospital, which was scheduled for 3 to 6 p.m. today, has been postponed.

The future date is to be determined.

Wound-screening clinic available

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Health’s Wound and Hyperbaric Treatment Center is offering a free foot- and wound-screening clinic from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

The clinic is open to the public and is designed for people who have non-healing wounds. A non-healing, or chronic, wound shows little or improvement after four weeks and does not heal in eight weeks.

In addition to the screening, Adirondack Health’s certified dietitian will offer supplemental information regarding the role of proper nutrition in healing and successful wound care.

The center is at 285 Old Lake Colby Road behind Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. To schedule a free screening appointment, call Kerry Roth at 897-2800.

Dentists offering cash for candy

PLATTSBURGH — Several North Country dental offices are offering Halloween-candy buy-backs.

Kids can receive $1 per pound of candy from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 2, at the High Peaks Dental offices in Lake Placid (55 Barn Road, Suite 201) and Plattsburgh (675 Route 3, Suite 201).

Champlain Smiles, 762 Route 3, Suite 1, is also offering children $1 per pound of candy turned in from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1; and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, and Tuesday, Nov. 6. All the candy collected will be shipped to U.S. troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, Champlain Smiles will match all money paid out and donate that to the Ronald McDonald House in Burlington, Vt.

NAMI course offered for family of those with mental illness

PLATTSBURGH — Classes to be held by the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Champlain Valley (NAMI: CV) will offer help and suggestions for family members of those who suffer from mental illness.

“Family members who take the NAMI Family-to-Family course are better equipped to work with mental health clinicians in a collaborative manner,” Dr. Peter Weiden, author of “Breakthroughs in Antipsychotic Medications” said in a news release. “Take this course. It will help you learn to cope successfully with a major challenge in your life, and that, in turn, will help your loved one as he or she works toward recovery.”

Topics will include current information on major brain disorders, the latest medication information on side effects and strategies for promoting medication adherence, information about the most effective treatments available, what to do in a crisis, how to handle a loved one’s hospitalization and relapse, problem solving and communication skills, advocating for your loved ones, how to work with professionals, and taking care of yourself so you are better able to help your loved one.

Pending adequate class enrollment, the courses will be at 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Nov. 14.

To register, call NAMI at 561-2685, ext. 10, or email