Health Briefs July 13, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

American Cancer Society
to host Serving Up a Cure

The American Cancer Society will host its second Celebrity Waiter Serving Up a Cure on Aug. 3 in Tupelo.
There’s still time for “celebrity” waiters to volunteer, said community representative Paige Kelly. The celebrity waiters sell tickets to eight to 10 dinner patrons who they will serve at their table that evening. They decorate the table and secure a table centerpiece that can be auctioned off.
Tickets are $50 and include dinner, two beverage tickets and live entertainment by the Legends of the Blues Band.
The proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s programs and support groups that assist cancer patients and their families as well as educate the community.
For more information, contact Kelly at paige.kelly@cancer.org or (662) 491-0238.

NICU Reunion set
for Aug. 18 in Tupelo

Graduates of the neonatal intensive care unit at North Mississippi Medical Women’s Hospital will have a chance to show how far they’ve come on Aug. 18.
The Tupelo hospital will host a reunion for the children treated in the NICU as well as their families from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 18 at the Women’s Hospital on Eason Boulevard.
The free event offers refreshments, games and prizes, but the main draw is to see the progress these children have made.
For more information on the NICU Reunion, call (800) 843-3375.

West Nile virus season
begins with four cases

It’s time to fight the bite.
Mississippi Department of Health laboratory has confirmed four cases of West Nile Virus cases in Lauderdale, Hancock, Jones and Lincoln counties.
In addition to the newly reported human cases, the health department has also identified virus-positive mosquitoes in Forrest, Pike, Lincoln, DeSoto and Rankin counties through routine surveillance, indicating that the virus is circulating in Mississippi.
Take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne illnesses year-round by:
• Removing sources of standing water, especially after rainfall;
• Wearing protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants, during peak times from dusk until dawn
• Using a recommended mosquito repellent.
Symptoms of West Nile infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes. In a small number of cases, infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.
For more information, visit www.HealthyMS.com/westnile or call (877) 978-6453 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Lunch and learn features
hydroponic farming
A July 16 lunch and learn event will spotlight hydroponic farming at the NMMC Wellness Center in Tupelo.
Leah and Bethany Hale of St Bethany Fresh of Pontotoc will be the speakers at the noon July 16 event.
The free event is open to the public; a lite lunch will be provided for the first 30 people to sign up for the class. Call (662) 377-4141.
Daily Journal reports