Health Briefs For June 6
June 5, 2012 3:48PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:43AM
West Nile Virus Precautions: The first mosquito pools positive for West Nile Virus in suburban Cook County were reported recently by state public health officials. Although the first pools were located in Lemont and Norridge, officials are warning residents throughout suburban Cook County to take precautions. The most effective way to prevent becoming infected is to get rid of standing water in pet bowls, flower pots, old tires, baby pools and toys; make sure doors and windows have tightly fitting screens; keep weeds and grass cut short; and when outdoors between dusk and dawn, cover skin with lightly colored lose fitting clothing and use mosquito repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms of illness and never become ill. But illness can occur three to 15 days after an infected mosquito bite and cause symptoms of fever, headache and body aches. People age 50 and older are at a higher risk for serious complications from encephalitis or meningitis. Information: www.cookcountypublichealth.org.
Conquering Carpal Tunnel: A hand surgeon will discuss the causes of carpal tunnel and non-invasive and surgical treatments at 6:30 p.m. June 6 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Hearing Screenings: Free hearing screenings for Worth Township residents are available 9 to 11 a.m. June 6 at Worth Township, 11601 S. Pulaski Road, Alsip. Appointments: (708) 371-2900, Ext. 28.
CPR Classes: The Richton Park Fire Department is partnering with the American Heart Association to offer a free CPR class 9 a.m. to noon June 8 and 9 at 4445 Sauk Trail. Information: (708) 481-8985.
Learn CPR: A friends and family CPR class will be offered 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 9 at the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corp., 1055 W. 175th St., Suite 202, Homewood. The cost is $10. Registration: (708) 647-3138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepared Childbirth Class: Silver Cross Hospital will offer a three-week prepared childbirth class 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 7, 14 and 21 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will receive instruction from a registered nurse on breathing, relaxation and floor exercise techniques. She also will review the labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum processes. Cost is $75. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Immunization Clinics: Orland Township is hosting its monthly immunization clinic for residents 9 to 11 a.m. June 9 at the township building, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Information: www.orlandtwp.org.
Prenatal Class: Silver Cross will offer a free prenatal childbirth class 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Topics will include labor, delivery, recovery, post partum issues and other birthing options. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Colon Cancer: A gastroenterologist will lead a discussion on the signs of colorectal cancer for women at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Participants will receive a free colon cancer screening kit and learn about having a colonoscopy. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.imatter.silvercross.org.
Bipolar Disease Support Group: Silver Cross Hospital will host a free bipolar disease support group for family members coping with bipolar disease at 6:30 p.m. June 12 and 26 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Knee Pain Seminar: Join Dr. Mark Nikkel will lead a 60-minute seminar about the causes and treatment of knee pain at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave. Reservations: (800) 221-2199.
Breastfeeding Class: A certified lactation consultant will teach the basics of breastfeeding, including establishing a milk supply, breast pumps and avoiding difficulties from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 13 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Cost is $15. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.
Multiple Sclerosis: Mission Possible, a multiple sclerosis support group offered by Franciscan St. James Health will meet at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Franciscan St. James Olympia Fields campus, 20201 Crawford Ave. Registration: (800) 785-2637.
Cervical and Ovarian Cancer: A free seminar about the risk for cervical and ovarian cancer is at 6:30 p.m. June 14 at the WellGroup HealthPartners, 10043 Lincoln Highway, Frankfort. Registration: (800) 785-2637 or visit franciscanstjames.org.
End-of-Life Decisions: Rainbow Hospice will present a program to help understand making your end-of-life wishes known, determine what kinds of medical treatment you would want and choose who can make health decisions for you at 9:30 a.m. June 15 at Palos Township, 10802 S. Roberts Road, Palos Hills. Registration: (708) 598-2441.
Urinary Incontinence: Join a urologist to learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of urinary incontinence, prolapse of the vagina, bladder or uterus and other disorders of the pelvic floor. This women’s only discussion will be 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 18 at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, 1870 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Registration: (888) 660-4325 or www.imatter.silvercross.org.