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January 2009

Eat right!

Get the scoop on healthy eating from Southcoast Hospitals' Chief Dietitian Beth Winthrop, RD. Winthrop appears on WSAR-AM 1480 radio on the last Thursday of every month speaking on healthy eating. After you listen in, make sure you stop by and check out the links she posts each month.


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Give a pint ~ get a pound!

For the fifth consecutive year, Dunkin' Donuts® is teaming up with the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital to encourage local residents to donate blood.

In January 2009, anyone — including Southcoast employees — who donates blood at the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital or at any Southcoast Blood Bank site or blood drive will receive a certificate for a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Coupons are redeemable at any Dunkin' Donuts shop. Southcoast employees also receive a day off when they donate three times within an 18-month period.

Stop by the Southcoast Blood Bank at St. Luke's Hospital Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., or Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Appointments are requested, but not necessary, and can be made by calling 508-961-5320.

The Southcoast Health Van also holds blood drives several times each month.

Herald News goes up close and personal with heart patient

The Herald News of Fall River last week ran a multi-part story that follows a heart patient from pre-op through surgery and into cardiac rehab.

Relive the life-saving experience of Thomas Librera, dean of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River, who underwent open heart surgery at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

The Herald News series includes five stories and two videos.

Pediatric echo services now available at Tobey Hospital

Southcoast Hospitals Group began offering pediatric echocardiograms (echo) at its Tobey Hospital site in Wareham on January 1.

Used in the detection of heart abnormalities in infants and children, parents will no longer need to leave the region to receive this reliable diagnostic cardiac test for their newborns and children.

"The echocardiogram is a noninvasive and reliable method used to detect all types of heart conditions in both children and adults," said Michael Langford, Manager of Echocardiography Services for Southcoast Hospitals Group. "Most commonly found in newborns are heart murmurs or suspected atrial septal defects, sometimes called a hole in the heart. Having the service available at all three hospital sites is convenient for parents and further expands our comprehensive heart services across the region."

Also offered at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, the pediatric echo is an ultrasound test of the heart similar to the adult echocardiogram, but with instruments that are proportionate to the smaller patients.

The new pediatric service is available Monday through Saturday as part of the existing adult echocardiography program offered at Tobey Hospital.

What to know about your health when it's cold outside

When the temperatures drop, older adults can be at greater risk for hypothermia and frostbite, especially those with chronic illnesses.

Due to slower metabolism and less physical activity, individuals over the age of 65 should dress in layers and consistently check the temperature of their homes.

The elderly, children and people who are outdoors for extended periods of time are at greater risk for hypothermia or frostbite. Conditions such as diabetes and hypothyroidism can also be predispositions.

Learn more about how to protect yourself during the winter's freezing cold temperatures.

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