Health notes: Duluthian takes part in MS awareness campaignDuluth resident Frank Garcia is participating this summer in a statewide “MS=” awareness campaign.
By: Compiled by John Lundy , Duluth News Tribune
Duluth resident Frank Garcia is participating this summer in a statewide “MS=” awareness campaign.
Garcia was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002, a news release from the Minnesota chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society said. The San Diego native is a gifted musician who has played clarinet with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra and currently plays with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
MS makes it more difficult for Garcia to play clarinet, the release said, but he continues to be optimistic and finds the humor in life in spite of the challenges he faces.
The “MS=” campaign is designed to teach people about multiple sclerosis, how to get involved with the organization and the importance of sharing stories to increase understanding of the disease. It will culminate with a display at the Minnesota State Fair featuring pictures of participants sharing what MS means to them.
Scholarships offered for certified nursing assistants class
The next Red Cross Certified Nursing Assistants class in Duluth begins July 19. The Northland chapter is offering a limited number of $200 need-based scholarships through Thursday for students in that session, a Red Cross news release said.
Class size is limited to 10 students, and the regular course fee is $800. Home Health Aide training can be added for $200. Applications, information and class registration are available by calling (218) 722-0071 or stopping by the chapter’s office at 2524 Maple Grove Road, Duluth.
The six-week program includes 60 hours of classroom instruction and
20 hours of clinical experience at the Benedictine Health Center in Duluth.
Instructors are registered nurses with extensive experience in the field who have been approved by the Minnesota Department of Health.
New technology for dental health
A technology that goes by the happy acronym of SWIFT might someday improve your dental health.
SWIFT stands for Sweep Imaging with Fourier Transformation, and it’s a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) developed by University of Minnesota researchers. In a news release, the university’s Academic Health Center said SWIFT allows high-quality imaging of tissues such as bone and teeth that previously were considered invisible to MRI.
According to researchers, MRIs can provide an unprecedented look at both the hard structure and soft tissues of the teeth. Lead author Dr. Djaudat Idiyatullin from the university’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research said that could allow dentists to better diagnose diseases such as tooth decay and pulp disease.
The study was published in the June edition of the Journal of Endodontics.
Mental health meetings offered
The Mental Health Meeting is a free and confidential meeting for people who have mental illnesses. It’s sponsored by the Mental Health Association of Minnesota and meets on the first and third Thursday of each month. Next month’s meetings are July 7 and 21 from 5-7 p.m. at Essentia Health Duluth (the former Miller-Dwan Medical Center), 502 E. Second St. Go to Meeting Rooms 1-3 in the lobby level on the east side near the auditorium.