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Q 38 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 2 - October 8, 1998 day 7"" Carper to Lewes Convalescent C :nter Wednes , Oct. Gov. Tom Carper will visit the residents in   mote and ensure the fights of the with the Joint Accreditation Only about 2,000 long-term care residents of Beebe Medical Cen- long-term care   residents they care for and care Healthcare Organizations nation- organizations have received such ter s Lewes Convalescent Center facilities, as r ....  about, al standards for long-term care. accreditation nationwide. Wednesday, Oct. 7, to commemo- well as the resi-  / This year, Lewes Convalescent rate Residents Rights Week. The dents rights I  Center will celebrate the week by I ,-.--- -------_-- [ week is designated to honor resi- mandated by El  increasing awareness, focusing at- [ |  | I dents of all long-term care facili- federal and  ' tention and renewing its commit- I |   | I ties, including residents in assist- state regula-  mr  merit to residents fights, as well I |  ,a,"' ] I ed living, board and care, suba- tions. The R  as promoting the highest possible [ . ,#t]#|  Ii,,_O-,I_. | I cute unit, nursing homes and re- event honors -- quality of life for residents in CARPER . . a_A' {[#r  I I tirement communities, the residents long-term settings throughout J-- l v  " | I The annual observance reaf- and their families, along with staff Delaware. Lewes Convalescent L -- I'1 - la'L  [ firms the basic human rights of all and advocates who work to pro-Center demonstrates compliance I" _.N_YJt__ _ JNp tv -rg, a T,v t' 11 tients ,,are doing great on the old keep my skepticism." L_--..-__-'IIOI-- .... J I -lD all'lille'S drugs,' said Olewiler. However, In'the meantime, however, re- 1"--'--.'--'_'7.'.'----F .'----'---"--_--T',--'w I .i, t.. because the nature of HIV is that searchers are studying ways to 2,at) ghdtb e.. botb Bt,h -" b0r-o Continued from page 34 quate estimate of the drug's true nature until the first six months it is fully marketed." For example, he said. Phen-Fen and Viagra both showed adverse effects that were not fully appreciated until they hit the general market. Early research, recently re- leased at the World AIDS Organi- zation conference, indicates the new drugs will be welcome addi- tions to AIDS treatment protocols, said Olewiler. "Efavirenz is go- ing to be a nice thing to add in whatever combination we have," he said. "Adefovir has also worked very well. I have almost the same optimism as I have for efavirenz. "I don't have a lot of people on these drugs yet, because my pa- it learns to resist drugs, having others and other combinations available provides hope that good treatment will remain available until a cure is developed. Olewiler said he is less enthusi- astic about abacavir, because there is far less data to show what side effects may result from it. Currently, he has only one patient using the drug. "Nothing is work- ing for that patient," he said, so the risk factor of side effects is negligible. "The data is very, very encour- aging," he said, "but I'm still a lit- tle skeptical. Nobody really has a lot of experience with that drug. There are concerns about long- term safety, because we don't have any long-term data. Overall, it seems good, but I'm going to minimize drug regimens so that with easier schedules, patients will be more attentive to main- taining drug therapies correctly. Additionally, there are two new protease inhibitors currently being researched; they could be avail- able for expanded access within one year, commercially within two. Also in the works, he said, is re- search on developing a fourth class of drugs that would attack the virus from a different place than the drugs in the existing three classes of drugs. He expects it will be some time before that re- search will yield any new drugs. Vaccines, too, are on the hori- zon, although none of the research now being conducted is showing any particular promise, he said. "What's New In Diabetes" THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1.5, 1998 SPEAKER: TinaTrout, RN Certified Diabetic Educator LOCATION: Beebe Medical Center's Gull House Rehoboth Beach (opposite Spring lake) TIME" 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Beebe Medical Center This is a free seminar. Please call 645-3332 to register 424 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE health association is pleased to welcome Gregory A. Bahtiarian, DO Board Certified in Family Practice ** Accepting New Patients ** Monday & Wednesday Evening  Hours Until8 PM -- Vacationers Welcome- For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 645-4700 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000 _ Conveniently located at 1535 Savannah Road inLewes