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'Hospice Care' to be topic at St. Barnabas

| Sunday, May 23, 2010

"The Philosophy of Hospice Care" will be the topic of a Doc's Talk session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Hilltop Hall at The Village at St. Barnabas, 5850 Meridian Road, Gibsonia.

Barbara Burford, director of hospice at St. Barnabas Medical Center, will discuss what services hospice provides, who provides hospice care and how hospice is covered financially.

For more information, call 724-443-7231. The public is welcome.

Autism information available on website

A free Internet directory that highlights autism-friendly businesses and locations is available for individuals and families dealing with autism.

The website AutismResources.com was developed by Keystone Autism Information Systems and funded by a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Grant received in 2008.

The website allows user feedback.

A toll-free number, 877-695-8495, is available for those without Internet access to request or share referrals.

Some facts on heatstroke

Heatstroke is a life-threatening illness that occurs when a person's body temperature rises to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging. If the heat persists, organs will begin to shut down. There are two types of heat stroke.

Nonexertional heatstroke occurs when a person is inactive and exposed to too much sun. This strikes people who are vulnerable to illness, such as small chldren, people with chronic illnesses and the elderly. These people usually have a decreased ability to regulate their body temperature and are more likely to become overheated.

Exertional heatstroke occurs in otherwise healthy people when they are active outside during periods of high temperature.

People usually experience warning signs known as heat exhaustion. Symptoms include headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps and fatigue. After heatstroke has set in, people become confused and irritable. Many suffer from delusions, hallucinations and seizures. Body temperature must be reduced immediately, or it could lead to coma and death.

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