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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 30 - FebL-uary 5, 1998 - 29 Teams needed for WalkAmerica Volunteers and corporate teams are needed for the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica event to be held this spring, according to Marie Friedman, community director for the March of Dimes Delaware chapter. This year - the 60th anniversary of the March of Dimes - will feature five walks throughout the state. The March of Dimes is also encouraging companies of all sizes to participate in the walk by forming corporate teams. Many walkers in previous years have been part of both large and small corporate teams, and it doesn&apos;t have to cause companies anything to participate. AUergies Continued from page 28 the introduction of Western-style beds, both the incidence of asthma and the exposure to house-dust- mite allergens increased. Major sources of exposure in our homes include pillows, mat- tresses, box springs, stuffed ani- mals, carpets and furniture. Vacu- uming may actually worsen symp- toms for mite-sensitive patients, as airborne levels of house-dust mite allergens are increased for two to three hours after vacuum- ing. In addition to directly causing allergy and asthma, house-dust- mite allergies may also set the stage for sinus or ear infections as complications. Fortunately, we have some degree of control over our level of dust-mite exposure. Here are some tips on reducing exposure to dust mites: Purchase air-tight mattress, pillow and box-spring covers; Change furnace filters fre- quently; Try to keep indoor humidity on the low side, close to 50 per- cent if possible; Keep stuffed animals out of children's beds; Consider the purchase of indoor air filters if the above mea- sures have already been taken. Other treatment may be neces- sary for some patients. A physi- cian may prescribe antihistamines or inhaled anti-inflammatory medications that block the allergic or asthmatic response. If symptoms continue to be a problem, an allergist is able to test and determine if allergy shots may be helpful. Allergy shots work by teaching the immune system not to recognize the allergic factor. An excellent source of informa- tion is the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Online Web site at <>. People who have asthma or allergies, or frequent or recurring ear infections, should ask their doctor if dust mites may be part of the problem. An allergist will also be helpful in answering these questions. "Walking as a team is great for company morale, encourages teamwork and enhances commu- nity visibility," Friedman said. "Money generated by WalkAmer- ica can also help the corporate 'bottom line.' A normal pregnancy and deliv- ery costs $4,000 to $12,000, while a premature baby can range from $12,000 to $50,000 or more. Because of the tremendous com- mitment and support from compa- nies, teams and individual walk- ers, many WalkAmerica dollars are raised locally each year to help families." Among other lifesaving accom- plishments, the March of Dimes helped establish Neonatal Inten- sive Care Units to care for critical- ly ill babies. "Often people won- der if one person can really make a difference," Friedman said. "The answer is yes. WalkAmerica walk- ers can save babies' lives.., one step at a time, and one dollar at a time," she added. The following are the locations and dates for the 1998 Walk.Amer- ica events in Delaware: April 18 in Dover, April 19 in Middletown, April 25 in Wilmington, April 26 in Newark and May 3 in Rehoboth Beach. For more information on volunteering or how to form a cor- porate team, contact Marie Fried- man at 302-737-1310. Corporate sponsors include Blue Cross/Blue Shield, A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, Delaware Charter Guarantee & Trust Company, Conectiv Com- munications and WSFS Bank. FREE ANONYMOUS HIVTESTING Sussex County AIDS NEW HOURS in '98 4-6pm Announcing CARE at BEEBE MEDICAL CENTER is the leading cause of death 25% higher than the state For some, it cuts short the Iong-antici- . retirement years with family and friends. i:.ilThat's why Beebe Medical Center has made commitment to expand our scope of cardiac iii:i:::'!:: services. Our advanced HEARTCARE program irmludes: iAn emergency room that is staffed to handle cardiac emergencies quickly ...... and efficiently-stabilizing a patient in : :: the critical, early stages of heart attack. critical care unit for focused inpatient cardiac care. services: Holter monitoring, scanning, stress testing, echo- Iram, ultrasound, and advanced b technology. An expanded cardiac rehabilitation pr.o- Iram in the Baylis Rehabilitation Center. programs and screenings at Beebe Medical Center, on our physicians, nurses, and sts to bring a strong commitment and a genuine concern for of the residents of Sussex County. EARTCARE i EBE MEDICAL CENTER LEWES, DELAWARE