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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 8 - Nov. 14, 2002 - 47 HEALTH & FITNESS Bayhealth brings new babies to internet Distant relatives and friends are no longer far away when it comes to seeing the newest member of the family, thanks to Bayhealth Babies, a new page on Bayhealth's website that allows new mothers to safely display photos and birth announcements of their new babies. Bayhealth is the first health-care system in Delaware to offer the service, which all new mothers who deliver their babies at Kent General or Milford Memorial Hospitals can use. Bayhealth's site,, lets family and friends share in the joy of a new baby, even if they are miles apart. Parents can even personalize their baby's first web page by customizing the background and adding their own welcome message. For privacy, each site contains only the baby's first name, last initial and standard birth announcement. When visitors go to the site, they can add a message of congratulations that appears next to the baby's picture. "We're pleased to offer this service that now lets friends and family around the world view a photo and birth announcement of their loved one's new ba- by," said Bayhealth Director of Marketing Commu- nications Pam Marecki. DHSS uses $47,240 grant to create J local Medical Reserve q00:orps Unit New unit designed for public health emergencies Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced Delaware Health and Social Services will receive $47,240 to begin building a local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit that will help local citizens prepare and respond in the event of a public health emer- gency. Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) is among 42 or- ganizations nationwide that were selected to participate in this ha- tionwide demonstration project. There were nearly 200 applicants for the approximately $2 million m initial year funding. The local MRC units are composed of local citizens, volunteers who are trained to respond to health crises. The volunteers' responsibilities will include emergency response, logistical planning, records keep- ing, assisting in public health and awareness campaigns and public communications. "The Medical Reserve Corps Unit gives Americans an opportu, nity to help out in their communi- ty," said Thompson. "All of us have talents and skills and there is no better place to use those talents than in service to the local com- munity. This award will help em- power the citizens of Dover and the surrounding areas to plan and establish local citizen-centered volunteer Medical Reserve Corps units." "The USA Freedom Corps was created to enable more Americans to make a difference in their com- munities," said John Bridgeland, USA Freedom Corps, assistant to the president. "Through the Med- ical Reserve Corps, health-care professionals will have new op- portunities to contribute to the Continued on page 48 etur to the BayheeKh Babies Homepage law the Kent General Babies 0000ayhealth Bayhealth Medical Center is offering new parents a way to safely annouce the birth of a baby. The new website may be found at New proo:dure offt;rs alternative to hysterectomy More than 10 million American women suffer from excessive menstrual Needing or heavy peri- ods, a condition know as menor- rhagia. In fact, more than 20 per- cent of the 600,000 hysterec- tomies performed annually in the United States were to treat menor- rhagia. This health issue is rarely dis- cussed, so few women realize the condition can be easily treated during a 30-minute outpatient procedure as opposed to having a hysterectomy. The providers at Bayside Health Association now offer 'this therapy, known as uter- ine balloon therapy, to their pa- tients as an alternative to a hys- terectomy. What are the causes of exces- sive menstrual bleeding? Hor- monal imbalance accounts for 20 percent of hysterectomies; fi- broids and polyps account for 30 percent of hysterectomies; and in- fection or disease can also cause bleeding. What is excessive menstrual bleeding? Excessive menstrual bleeding is defined as blood loss of more than 80 ml during a men- strual cycle. This translates into bleeding for more than seven days HEALTH TOPICS, Dr. Leo Eschbach Jr. Dr. Leo Eschbach Jr. is an obstetrlcian/gynecologist at Bayside Health Association. For more information, call 645-4700. tampons per day during the men- strual cycle. Women describe the symptoms of excessive menstrual bleeding as unmanageable bleeding and constant need to change soaked pads or tampons. They often complain of fatigue and worry about embarrassing accidents. In a three-yealP study, 70 percent of women reported the inability to orusin_g more.than 10_padsor_ w0rk outside the home during their menstrual period. Forty-four percent of those polled have ad- justed their lives to accommodate their period. This is a very common problem for women of reproductive age and an extremely burdensome challenge. Most women then undergo hys- terectomies to treat their condi- tion, when far less invasive treat- ments - like uterine'balloon thera- py - can significantly lighten a pe- riod or even stop it completely. Until a few years ago, the only alternatives to hysterectomy for treating heavy periods were com- plex procedures that required a high level of skill to perform. To- day, however, a simple, minimally invasive outpatient procedure us- ing the uterine balloon therapy system is available for women. A new long-term study pub- lished in the "Journal of the American Association of Gyneco- logic Laparscopists" documents this procedure's safety and effec- tiveness in treating menohagia. The new data also found uterine balloon therapy decreases painful menstruation and premenstrual symptoms and may significantly improve quality of life. Uterine balloon therapy treats excessive menstrual bleeding due to benign causes in pre- menopausal women, who have completed childbearing, by de- stroying the lining of the uterus with heat. Women are eligible for the therapy if they are unable to, or do not wish, to take long-term therapies; have completed child- bearing but wish to retain their uterus; do not have abnormal uter- ine conditions such as fibroids; and have not reached menopause. The treatment works by insert- ing a soft, flexible balloon at- tached to a catheter into the uterus. The balloon is inflated with a small amount of sterile flu- id and expands to conform to the shape of the uterus. The fluid is heated to 188 degrees F, and the temperature is maintained for eight minutes while the uterine lining is treated. When the treat- ment cycle is completed, the fluid is withdrawn and the catheter is removed. The uterine lining will slough off in the next seven to 10 days during which time the patient may have a pinkish watery discharge that can last up to one month. Most women can return to work the day after surgery. The first few periods after the procedure may continue to be heavy, with improvement thereafter. Rare but possible risks include blood loss, heat burn of organs, perforation or rupture of the wall of the uterus and leakage of heated fluid from the balloon. The new data proves treatment with the balloon therapy can re- lieve women of heavy periods. Women treated with balloon ther- apy experienced significant im- provements in their condition. Eighty-six percent of patients were reduced to normal or no bleeding without any additional treatnxent, More than 95 percent of pa- tients remained satisfied with the treatment and less than 2 percent of women said bleeding still had a major effect on their lives. Nine- ty-six percent of patients surveyed three years after the procedure re- ported satisfaction with the treat- ment and improvements in quality of life. Approximately 15 percent of womentreated with balloon thera- py may not respond to this treat- ment and may require additional therapy. For more information regarding uterine balloon therapy, visit