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| Monday, Jan. 5, 2004

Research studies

UPMC Shadyside's Center for Complementary Medicine is seeking participants in a research study to determine how useful prolotherapy is for treating tennis elbow.

Prolotherapy is a way of treating patients who have pain where tendons and ligaments attach to bone by injecting an irritant solution such as dextrose into the painful area. The fluid creates a reaction in the ligaments and tendons causing them to thicken and get stronger, decreasing pain.

For details on the study, call 412-623-3023.

Educational programs

Westmoreland Regional Hospital will offer various childbirth and family classes throughout January. For details, contact the hospital.

  • A basic parenting series offering by ParentWISE Inc. will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 8 through March 11, at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. The program is free, but registration is required by calling 724-837-5410.

  • The Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging, along with the Penn State Cooperative Extension Office, will offer "Practical Help for the Caregiver" workshops for family caregivers of the elderly. The series will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 11, 18, 25 and March 10 at the New Kensington Senior Center, 1039 Third Ave. Details: 724-830-4488, 724-830-4489 or 800-442-8000.

  • The Aerobic Center at Lynch Field, Greensburg, will offer the "SilverSneakers Fitness Program," an exercise program specifically designed for the health and physical needs of Medicare beneficiaries. Eligible members also will receive a basic fitness center membership. Enrollment will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning today. Classes will start Jan. 13 and run 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information: 724-834-2153.

  • Youth activities "Smokeless Saturday," a program of the American Respiratory Alliance designed to help high school students understand more about smoking and how to quit, will be held Jan. 17 at Frick Hospital, Mt. Pleasant. Registration: 800-220-1990.

    Screenings

    The New Kensington-Vandergrift Unit of the American Red Cross will hold a blood-pressure screening session 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Grace Community Presbyterian Church, 2751 Grant St., Lower Burrell.

  • Screenings Life Line Screening will conduct vascular screenings at Latrobe United Methodist Church, 440 Main St., on Jan. 10. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. Screenings involve the use of ultrasound technology, and scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which can lead to a stroke, aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heart disease. Also offered is a bone-density screening to assess risk for osteoporosis. Registration is required. Information/appointments: 800-643-6188.

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