Health screenings offered

Health screenings offered
Life Line Screening of Cleveland offers health screenings at Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland-Wilson Road N.E., beginning at 9 a.m. Jan. 27. A complete vascular screening package is $99. If osteoporosis screening is added, the cost is $125. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 643-6188.Pre-registration is required.
'Be a Heart Hero' program
BOARDMAN -- Humility of Mary Health Partners offers its third annual "Be a Heart Hero" program 4:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 5 at Mr. Anthony's. The event features a heart-healthy buffet, health screenings, cardiac risk assessments and cholesterol screenings. Dr. Paul Stefek will conduct Cardiac Jeopardy, a game where participants win prizes while learning about cardiovascular health.
Presenters include Dr. Stefek speaking on & quot;Be Prepared, Not Scared about Cardiac Testing & quot; and Dr. Nicholas Cavarocchi, & quot;The Latest and Greatest in Cardiac Surgery. & quot;
The cost is $15 per person and $20 for health care professionals wanting continuing education units. Pre-registration is required. Call (330) 480-3151 or toll-free (877) 700-4647.
Forum's new CT system
WARREN -- Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital has a new LightSpeed 16-slice CT system from GE Medical Systems that provides highly detailed images by obtaining half-second scans, with the lowest possible radiation dose. The new technology allows same-day test results, said Nancy James, director of medical imaging.
The LightSpeed allows physicians to make multiple wafer-thin images of a patient's anatomy within seconds, shaving minutes off the exam time.
Local doctors offer CKSM
YOUNGSTOWN -- CKSM (Conductive KeratoplastySM), the first nonlaser vision treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is being performed by Drs. A.Z. Rabinowitz and Sherif Hanna at their Belmont Eye Clinic's Canfield office. They performed their first CK procedure Jan. 16.
The new in-office CK procedure, which uses the controlled release of radio waves instead of a laser or scalpel, is minimally invasive and does not involve cutting or removing tissue. It takes about three minutes, and uses only a topical (eye drop) anesthesia.
The CK procedure can help people who have trouble reading price tags, seeing to drive at night, or who routinely experience eye fatigue at the end of the day. CK is performed using a small probe, thinner than a strand of human hair, that releases radio frequency energy. The probe is applied in a circular pattern on the outer cornea to shrink small areas of corneal tissue, which creates a constrictive band, like the tightening of a belt, to increase the overall curvature of the cornea.
The CK procedure provided restoration to normal vision in 93 percent of patients, according to clinical trial data collected 24 months after the patients had CK performed.
The cost is $1,500 per eye, with most patients needing only one eye done, resulting in blended vision, Dr. Hanna said. The procedure is not usually covered by insurance.
Group offers seminar
WARREN -- The Patient's Rights Advocacy Organization offers a seminar, "Today's Most Advanced Health Discoveries: Resolve Pain by Learning the Secrets to Restoring Health," at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 2835 Elm Road N.E. Pre-reservations are required for the free seminar. Call (330) 372-7246.
Skin cancer screening
LISBON -- The Columbiana County Health Department offers free skin cancer screening for county residents Tuesday at the health department, 7360 state Route 45. Residents with a suspicious lesion, such as a sore that will not heal, a mole or wart that has changed, a change in color pigmentation of the skin, or any skin abnormality, can schedule an appointment by calling (330) 424-0272.
Heel-spur treatment
BOARDMAN -- The Tri-County Chapter of Medical Assistants offers a program on new treatment for heel spurs at its meeting Tuesday Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. at Beeghly Medical Park. Members, students and guests are welcome. Call (330) 550-5015 for more information.
Mama's boy
Sociologists at Ferrum College in Virginia studied the long-term benefits of good mother-son bonds and discovered qualities that make a man a great mate.
According to the study, cited in Prevention magazine, a man who loves his mom, wants to make her proud and feels she understands his needs makes the best boyfriend or husband.
Why? Mom taught him to express feelings and trust women, so he's likely to be affectionate and romantic and communicate well.