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44 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 28 - Autg. 3, 2000 MDA seeking volunteers for annual fall telethon The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is currently seeking volunteers from the Salisbury, Md. and southern Delaware areas to help with one of Ameri- ca's best known traditions, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, set to air Sept. 3-4 on 200 stations nationwide. Between now and Labor Day, volunteers are needed to serve in many capacities, in- cluding helping with the local broadcast on WDCA-TV, Channel 20. "It's critical that we enlist the support of volunteers in the Seaford, Georgetown and other areas, and'millions more across the country," said Jerry Lewis, MDA national chairman. "Without volunteer help, we simply won't be able to do everything that needs to be done to make this year's telethon a success for 'my kids'. Please get involved." Volunteer activities in- clude answering phones, coordinating food and drinks for telethon work- ers, helping with pretelethon mailings, distributing posters to lo- cal businesses, transport- ing supplies, greeting guests, escorting spon- LEWIS sors, tallying pledge slips, addressing envelopes, videotaping and logging the show, manning a clean-up committee and much more. " Along with star Jerry Lewis and local sta- tion emcees, celebrity volunteers include telethon anchor Ed McMahon, "Entertain- ment Tonight's" Jann Carl, broadcasting legend Casey Kasem, comedian Norm Crosby and Cynthia Garrett, host of NBC's "Later." In addition, volunteers are also needed year-round for myriad activities to bolster public support and help MDA reduce ad- ministrative expenses. Possible duties include taking tickets, helping with security, arranging food con- tributions, staffing MDA booths, delivering refreshments to firefighters during Fill the Boot campaigns, visiting people with neu- romuscular diseases, becoming a pen pal, and coordinating educational mailings. Local businesses can also help, said Pamela Felt, MDA district director, by sponsoring portions of the local telecast of the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, enhancing contributions with "matching minute" telethon segments or working with MDA staff to create a telethon-related special event. "Volunteers are the critical link in MDA's lifesaving mission," Felt said. "We always need help, whether it's preparing or deliver- ing packets for Shamrocks Against Dystro- phy or hop-a-thons, organizing holiday par- ties or outings for MDA families, greeting jailbirds during MDA lock-ups, serving as counselors during MDA summer camps or transporting equipment and supplies." Felt added that those with special skills can help as auctioneers, or by taking pub- licity photos, preparing newsletters, doing accounting, giving presentations, painting signs or coordinating art for MDA's art col- lection. Most volunteers need to be at least 16 years old. For more information or to volunteer, call 800-572-1717. For more information about muscular dystrophy or MDA, visit the Web site at Study shows gender factors in physicians' treatment for angina Researchers report in a recent issue of the "Journal of the Amer- ican Medical Association" that women who arrive at the emer- gency department reporting a type of chest pain - unstable angina - are less likely than men to under- go procedures commonly used to diagnose heart problems. Angina i g chest pain that occurs when the heart muscle doesn't get as much blood as it needs for a given level of work. It may hap- pen during physical exercise or when someone feels strong emo- tions and it may go away with rest. However, when angina be- comes more frequent, occurs at Cholesterol Screenings for details, call 645-3337 Cholesterol screenings are as fol- lows: Wedesday, June 14 • Brandywine Assisted Living. I0 a.m. - 2 p.ra, p.m.. $5 donation rest or is a new episode of severe chest pain that limits ordinary physical activity, it is considered unstable and is more dangerous. According to the American Heart Association, about 6.3 mil- lion Americans have angina. That breaks down to about 2.3 million men and 3.9 million women. Ac- cording to the Framingham Heart Study, about 350,000 new cases of angina occur each year. About 43,000 men and 54,000 women diagnosed with angina were dis- charged from hospitals in 1997, the latest year for which statistics are available. "These figures and this new study underscore the importance of treating angina effectively, whether it's a man or a woman who has the symptoms," said Dr. Rose Marie Robertson, president- elect of the American Heart Asso- ciation. "With unstable angina, the patient is at seriously in- creased risk of a heart attack, and both men and women need to be seen promptly and treated. We want to optimize the outcomes for both men and women, and it is critical that people with these symptoms seek immediate med- ical attention." Prior ,studies have shown women with angina may not have the classic symptoms of chest, arm or jaw pain. They may have fatigue or shortness of breath in- stead - sometimes making it diffi- cult for their physician to make the correct diagnosis. In addition, a number of diagnostic tests have proven to be less reliable predic- tors of coronary artery disease in women than in men, For both men and women, it's very impor- tant to know the symptoms that might indicate a heart attack. Common warning signs of a heart attacl include the following; • uncomfortable pressure, full- ness, squeezing or pain in the cen- ter of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes .away and comes back • pain that spreads to the shoul- ders, neck or arms • chest discomfort with light- headedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath. Other warning signs of heart at- tack may include the following: • atypical chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain • nausea or dizziness • shortness of breath and diffi- ctdty breathing • unexplained anxiety, weak- ness or fatigue • palpitations, cold sweat or paleness. Not all of these signs occur in every attack. Sometimes they go away and return. If any-of them occur, the American Heart Associ- ation recommends getting med- ical help quickly by calling 911. /kentlle Ane Scteenino Who:. Men between 50and 70 histories ol smoking, hypeaension. artery disease and/or fami- ly  of aortic aneuwsm. 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