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F! 22 - CAPE GAZETTE - Tuesday, September 5 - Thursday, September 7, 2006 HEAL00FH & FITNESS Bayhealth earns kudos for paternity acknowledgement enjoys continued success thanks to dedicat- ed hospital staff members across the state who educate unmarried parents about the benefits of acknowledging paternity for their newborn child," said Division of Child Support Enforcement Director Chuck Hayward. "The program focuses on the importance of the role of fathers, which begins with the opportunity for his name to Henry J. Evans Jr. photo The Delaware Health and Social Services Division of Child Support Enforcement recently announced Bayhealth Medical Center and two of its facilities - Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital - are being recognized for their exceptional performance in volunteer acknowledgment of paternity (VAP). "The Paternity Establishment Program Lewes seniors get new blood pressure monitor The Lewes Senior Center has a new self-administered blood pressure mon- itor that will help increase health awareness by conveniently providing cen- ter members with blood pressure information on an ongoing basis. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware provided the machine in July as part of the company's blood pressure awareness initiative. Judy Saulsbury of Milford, past Lewes Senior Center vice president, demonstrates the machine. Patients simply insert their left arm into a blood pressure cuff and follow instructions on the machine's screen. Cheryl Moore, Lewes Senior Center executive director, said representa- ; fives from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware visit the center twice a month. The health tiCe company selected the Lewes center as one of seven sites for the blood pressure monitors in Sussex County. be included on his child's birth certificate." dation for the future. The VAP effort is a partnership between the Division of Child Support Enforcement and birthing hospitals, which enables chil- dren whose parents are not married to have a sense of identity that they can build on for a lifetime. The gift of parenthood provides personal, legal and medical benefits for a child, which helps to establish a solid foun- . more permanent families." Free DNA paternity testin The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DSCE) will offer free DNA paternity testing from Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, at 9 Academy St., Georgetown. LabCorp technicians will perform the tests, using a swab to collect DNA from the inner cheek of each person being tested. Before coming to the office, tile mother and father must talk and agree to show up, along with the child, for test- ing. If everyone cannot come at the same time for testing, arrangements can be made during the week by calling 856-5386. "Paternity establishment is the founda- tion of child support services," said Hayward. "Hospital paternity establish- ment saves time and tax dollars by elimi- nating what could be a lengthy process of administrative proceedings, court hearings and DNA testing and assists in building g set Sept. 18-22 The Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday tests will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The Wednesday tests will be from 4:30 to 7 - p.m. For parents who do not want paternity testing, DCSE offers a Voluntary Acknowledgment Program. If both parents agree to sign the voluntary acknowledge- ment form, paternity is established after the form is signed, notarized and submitted to Vital Statistics. Each parent must bring a picture identification document to be eligi- ble for the free DNA testing. Strides for Hope team members needed for marathon in Jamaica hensive training program to help them pre- pare to participate in the marathon/half marathon. Maggie Kniele, co-owner of Body Works and a physical therapist, will be the Sussex County trainer. In addition to a personalized training program, team members also receive a complimentary trip package and team apparel. Workshops on choosing running shoes, nutrition, fund- raising ideas and other related topics will be scheduled in Sussex. To learn more about joining the second Sussex Strides for Hope Team contact Kaye or Lori at 227-1155. More information about The Wellness Community is avail- able at The Wellness Community-Delaware is recruiting Strides for Hope team members to participate in the Reggae Marathon and Half Marathon in Negril, Jamaica, on Saturday, Dec. 2. ,The Strides for Hope charity marathon and half-marathon team raises money for The Wellness Community-Delaware, a nonprofit agency that provides free emotional support servic- es and educational programs for people with cancer and their families. The Strides team is open to walkers and runners of all levels. Some team members run or walk in memory of a loved one. Some team mem- bers are cancer survivors. Team members will receive a compre- Surg,[',ry last resort for spinal stenosis Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal cord runs down the center of the spinal canal from the neck to the pelvis. All along the spine, nerves exit the spinal canal and go to dif- ferent areas of the body. Nerves are responsible for sensation such as temperature, pain and vibra- tion, in addition to muscle control such as movement, strength and reflexes. There are many forms of spinal stenosis but the most common is low back or lumbar degenerative spinal stenosis This occurs in vir- :,tually the entire adult population ias a result of the natural aging process. Mostly the elderly are affected but only about 30 percent develop significant problems. Symptoms usually develop gradually over a long period of time but may occur suddenly after lifting or even a minor traumatic HEALTH TOPICS Patty Fry event. Most people experience low back pain with discomfort radiating down one or both legs. Older folks usually present with progressive leg pain and mild to moderate back pain. Some people have associated numbness and weakness in their lower extremi- ties. The symptoms usually increase with walking or pro- longed standing. Most people find relief by leaning forward, especially when holding on to an object such as a shopping cart. This is called the shopping cart sign. Leaning back or hyper- extending the spine usually increases the symptoms. After an appropriate assessment by your health-care provider, x- rays of the back and a magnetic resonance imaging or computer- ized axial tomography scan may be needed. A treatment plan is developed, taking into account the degree of stenosis, the length of time the spinal cord has been compressed, the presenting complaints and the level of health of the individual. Initial treatment usually con- sists of anti-inflammatory medica- tion, activity modification and an exercise or physical therapy pro- gram. Strengthening the abdomi- nal muscles, decreasing the amount of fat around the stomach and an aquatic exercise program are beneficial in reducing the symptoms. Epidural steroid (cortisone) injections into the back can be helpful in some patients. These injections are preformed by an anesthesiologist or a pain manage- ment physician. This treatment consists of a series of three injec- tions over a certain period of time depending on the physician's pro- tocol. Some patients get relief from the first injection, and others require all three. This treatment works well for the majority of individuals. Spinal surgery is an option but always the last resort. Although most people do well with surgery, very few patients ever get to this point. A postoperative rehabilitation program is a very important part of the surgery. A home program including diet and exercise needs to be followed after therapy has been completed. Fortunately, most people find adequate relief with nonoperative treatments. It is Wise to remember that not all back and leg pain come from the spine. There are many poten- tially serious medical problems that can present with this respect. Do not hesitate to contact your health care provider if you're experiencing any of these symp- toms. Editor's note: Patty Fry is a physician's assistant at Orthopaedic Associates of Southern Delaware. For more information, call 644-3311.