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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, February 28- March 6, 1997 - 31 DuPont Hospital for 00hildren sponsors Marrow Drive for Donors Each year, over 30,000 people To help patients; in need of a no appointment is necessary. People who undergo the quick, assisting patients with fatal blood are diagnosed with life-threaten- ing blood diseases like leukemia. With today's medical technology, these people have a second chance at life through the miracle of mar- row transplants. In most cases, patients who do not get the transplant will die. Each day, 24 people die because they did not have a matched donor. transplant find their match, the duPont Hospital for Children will sponsor a drive t o screen 300 potential donors On Tuesday, March 4, from noon to 6 p.m. This "Marrow Drive for Donors" will be held in conjunc- tion with the Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA) Registry Founda- tion's seventh annual Marrow Week. The screening is free, and I Whitman-Walker Clinic adopts OraSure HIV testing Whitman-Walker Clinic recent- ly announced it is adopting Ora- Sure, the breakthrough new oral HIV-1 testing system, completely replacing traditional blood-based testing beginning Feb. 1. "OraSure's revolutionary tech- nology offers Whitman-Walker Clinic a powerful opportunity to reach out to people who don't know their HIV status," said Jim Graham, executive director for the company. "This new test will help us reach people who are averse to blood-based testing with needles," said Graham. An extensive review of data from a large, multi-center trial, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Associa- tion (JAMA), reinforces that Ora= Sure is a highly accurate alterna- tive to blood testing. Overall, testing of OraSure samples gave the correct result or triggered appropriate follow-up testing in 99.97 percent of cases. "I am confident that OraSure offers a safe, effective and accu- rate means of testing for HIV-1," said Peter Hawley, !M.D., Whit- man-Walker's medical director. "For the last month, we tested patients with both OraSure and the traditional blood test. The results proved that OraSure is as accurate as blood and safer to administer," said Hawley. "By providing those being tested with an accurate test without blood or needles, we also eliminate the risk to volunteers of accidental needle sticks." The OraSure System was devel- oped and is manufactured by Epi- tope, Inc., and is marketed by SmithKline Beecham Consumer Healthcare. It was !approved by the FDA on June 3, 1996. OraSure is uniqlue in that it doesn't test saliva, but rather an Since only 30 percent of patients will find gmatch in their family, the majority who need a transplant must search for an unrelated compatible donor. While the odds of finding such a donor are steep, the duPont Hospi- tal for Children along with HLA are committed to finding people who can offer patients this gift of life. oral sample called oral mucosal transudate (OMT), which contains high concentrations of antibodies and is free of most of the contami- nants found in saliva. That is the key to the technology and to its high level of accuracy. Briefl,00 Ruitto earns rehab nursing certification Anita Ruitto, registered nurse for the Milford Memorial Hospital Division of Bayhealth Medical Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, has received notification that she has successfully completed the rehabilitation certification exami- nation for rehabilitation nursing. This examination is offered through a program administered by the Rehabilitation Nursing Certifi- cation Board. There are 11,000 nurses who have achieved the Certified Reha- bilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN) designation across the country. Successful completion of Surf the net to the DuPont web site for kids' health Pediatric medical staff at the duPont Hospital for Children have collaborated with staff at other children's health facilities nation- wide to create "KidsHealth," a web site which provides current health information for parents, children and health professionals. The web site, http://Kid- sHealth.org, presents information in an entertaining, easy-to-read format, encompassing not only childhood diseases but also physi- cal fitness, nutrition and diet, psy- chological and emotional issues and safety. While the family physician is always the first and best choice for questions concerning children's health or behavior, KidsHealth can be used as a back-up resource. The web site contains its own search "engine" to help you navi- gate quickly and easily. It's writ- ten by physicians, health educa- tors and other pediatric health pro- fessionals and offers a high degree of accuracy and reliability. The site's creator and editor-in- chief, Neii Izenberg, M.D.; is not only a writer and producer of health-related publications; he's also a board-certified pediatrician. Other contributors to Kids- Health include a wide array of pediatricians, pediatric specialists, nurse educators, psychologists, social workers, medical writers and others with expertise in chil- dren's health education. Information from KidsHealth is up-to-date, credible and the best information available. Set a Healtl00er Life! all NATtm00 WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM * Free Samples Available Oall 227-2839 for details 00jaj00..p00 easy and painless screening proce- dure help the HLA Registry increase the number of donors in its database and decrease the neg- ative odds of finding a compatible match. Established in 1986, HLA Reg- istry Foundation, Inc., is part of the congressionally sanctioned National Marrow Donor Program. It has a lifesaving mission of diseases by finding marrow donors for patients in need of a transplant. Today, the NMDP has over 25 million potential donors in its registry and averages 96 marrow transplants per month. For more information about the Marrow Drive for Donors at the duPont Hospital for Children, contact Priscilla Thoroughgood at (215) 563-9340. the examina- tion signifies the individual has acquired knowledge and clinical exper- tise in the prac- tice of rehabili- RUITTO tation nursing. Ruitto has been a member of the Regional Rehabili- tation Center's Inpatient Rehab Unit since the fall of 1993. She is currently principal charge nurse, where she is accountable for the coordination of delivery of nurs- ing care. She is a 1993 graduate of Wesley College and has an associate degree in nursing. Del. HIV Consortium names director The Delaware HIV Consortium has named Keith Cherry as its executive director. Cherry will lead the consortium in overseeing the allocation of Ryan White AIDS fund in Delaware, coordi- nating the efforts of Delaware agencies' services to those who are HIV-positive, and educating the public in the prevention of SAVE 20-50% HIV infection. Cherry has spent nearly eight years researching the effects of HIV on the lives of peo- ple with this disease. His pub- lished works include his disserta- tion, "Ain't No Grave Deep Enough," and two other AIDS- related academic works. He has co-authored several course pack- ets and training manuals includ- ing, "AIDS and the Aging Care- giver: A Training for Social Ser- vices Casemanagers" and "The Special Needs of HIV-Positive URGENT FOR FOLKS AGE 50+: 2 Out of 5 Seniors* Will Need Nursing Home Care! Today, the average annual cost of nursing home care is $30.000"! With a 400/@ * chance of needing Long Term Care - either in a nursing home or at home - you should be aware that... 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