Craig health briefs for Jan. 24, 2015: The Memorial Hospital Foundation receives grant for pediatric upgrades | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig health briefs for Jan. 24, 2015: The Memorial Hospital Foundation receives grant for pediatric upgrades

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— The Rocky Mountain Children's Foundation of Denver awarded The Memorial Hospital Foundation a $4,000 grant towards pediatric needs.

The grant received will provide entertainment carts for pediatric in-patients and pediatric emergency visits to TMH. The entertainment carts will include TV, movies, Xbox, games, educational tablet, music, books and toys for pediatric patients.

"The carts are intended to help minimize anxiety and accommodate children's medical and emotional needs," said TMH Foundation Chairperson Sue Lyster.

TMH Foundation Director Eva Peroulis estimates that the carts should be purchased and assembled within 3 to 4 months.

"This project will improve the quality of life for pediatric patients and their families," Peroulis said. "The entertainment carts will enhance the child's experience and aid in the healing of children during their time in the hospital."

VNA grief support group starts Thursday

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association's Hospice program is hosting a grief education and support group from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 29 through Feb. 26 in the Gold Room at the Craig VNA, 745 Russell Street.

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The group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. For more information, call Sandy Beran at 970-871-7682.

TMH to host community presentation on women's heart health

The Memorial Hospital will host a community presentation from 6 to 7 p.m. Feb. 3 led by TMH cardiologist Gerald Myers, M.D., called "The Silent Stalker – Coronary Artery Disease and Women."

Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease is less easily detected in women, and women's symptoms are often more subtle than the "typical" signs of heart attacks or disease.

Untreated strep throat in children can lead to serious illness

A newly identified disorder known as Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococci and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndromes can be triggered by infections such as strep throat, walking pneumonia, viruses and Lyme disease, according to a press release from the PANDAS Network.

PANDAS-PANS is an autoimmune reaction which can result in inflammation of a child's brain. The inflammation can cause a variety of serious symptoms such as sudden onset of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), severely restrictive food intake, anxiety, depression, tics, neurological conditions, sleep disturbances, and a host of other psychiatric behaviors.

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 2 million children could be affected by this newly identified disorder. The average age of onset is between 4 and 7, but can occur anytime throughout childhood, according to the release.

"A simple course of antibiotics can stop symptoms of this disorder," according to the press release.

VNA offers options to help you quit tobacco

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association has multiple options available to help smokers and smokeless tobacco users address complex factors of nicotine addiction that make quitting very difficult. Smoking cigarettes or using chew, snuff and other types of smokeless tobacco can have serious, potentially fatal, heath consequences. Tobacco cessation support can significantly improve a person's chances of quitting for good. All services are free and available in English and Spanish.

· The VNA offers one-on-one counseling with a Tobacco Cessation Counselor and a Tobacco Free support group. Call 970-871-7696.

· The Colorado QuitLine provides cessation phone or online support. Free nicotine patches and gum are available. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to http://www.coquitline.org.

· CO Quit Mobile provides personalized text message support. Sign up at http://www.coquitmobile.org.

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