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April 2013

Closer to Free spring lecture series kicks off in April

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center are co-sponsoring a series of lectures this spring dedicated to the topic of research and advances in today's cancer care and treatment as well as improving patient prognosis. All lectures in the series begin at 6:30 p.m. and are followed by a buffet reception. The series includes:

Wednesday, April 3: A New Model for Cancer Care, a special evening for the Closer to Free community. Speakers: Thomas Lynch, MD; Daniel DiMaio, MD, PhD; and Erin Hofstatter, MD. The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street, New Haven.

Wednesday, April 10: Personalized Medicine: Customizing Cancer Treatment, which will explore how cancer research is improving patient care. Speakers: Thomas Lynch, MD; Lieping Chen, MD, PhD; and Rogerio Lilenbaum, MD. Yale West Campus, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange.

Wednesday, May 1: Breast Cancer: Trends in Research and Treatment, which will take a look at creating better care for patients with breast cancer through research and treatment. Speakers: Anees Chagpar, MD, FRCS, FACS and Lajos Pusztai, MD, DPhil. The Anlyan Center, 300 Cedar Street, New Haven.

While the lectures are free, registration is required as space is limited. To sign up, email Katie Schutt or call 203.436.8550.

This year's Closer to Free Ride is Saturday, Sept 7. Registration for that event begins April 5. For information on the ride, visit
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YNHH holds blood drive Monday, April 8

The American Red Cross will hold its quarterly blood drive at Yale-New Haven Hospital on Monday, April 8, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the 2nd floor auditorium at 55 Park Street. The last 15 minutes of each hour will be kept open for walk-in donors.

YNHH is a major trauma and surgical center and the largest user of blood products in Connecticut. The Red Cross continues to need donations of all blood types. To sign up to donate, email Lonnie Avery, tissue and transfusion safety officer, YNHH Blood Bank Laboratory, or call 203.688.8425.
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April health talks focus on prevention and wellness

Would you recognize the symptoms of a heart attack? How can you keep your cholesterol under control? Are you at risk for colorectal cancer? The answers to these and other health-related questions are covered in a series of five free health talks during April. The lectures begin at 6:30 p.m. and registration is required.

At Shoreline Medical Center, 111 Goose Lane, Guilford:

Tuesday, April 9Myths of Breast Disease, presented by Theodore Tsangaris, MD, director of Outpatient Breast Services, Smilow Cancer Hospital Network and associate professor of surgery, Section of Surgical Oncology

Tuesday, April 16 Recognizing a Heart Attack: When to Call 911, presented by Basmah Safdar, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, and director of YNHH Women's Heart Program

Thursday, April 23 Weight Loss Challenge Part I: Spring Ahead with Your Weight Loss Intentions, presented by Ellen Liskov, registered dietitian and outpatient nutrition specialist at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Shoreline Nutrition Centers. Part II will be listed in next month's Advancing Care.

Tuesday, April 30
Colorectal Cancer: What is it? How to Detect and Prevent It, presented by Michael Lipcan, MD.

At Hamden Professional Center, 2560 Dixwell Ave., Hamden:
Thursday, April 11Prevent High Cholesterol, presented by Rebecca Streeter, MD, clinical instructor, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine.

Register online or call 1.888.700.6543.
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Free head and neck screenings offered on two campuses

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and Yale Cancer Center will hold two free public screenings for oral, head and neck cancer on both the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses. The first of the free, 5-minute "check up from the neck up" screenings will be held Thursday, April 11, 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. in the McGivney Cancer Care Center at 659 George St. on YNHH's Saint Raphael Campus. On Friday, April 19, a second free screening will be held in the East Pavilion special events area at the York Street Campus. Validated parking will be available for both screenings.

Common symptoms of head and neck cancers include difficulty chewing/swallowing, a persistent sore throat or raspiness and a mouth sore that just won't heal. To register, call 1.888-700.6543.
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CareCard offers April program to de-stress and relax

Join Sinha Rajita, Ph.D., director of The Yale Stress Center, for Stress: Your Brain and Your Health, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 17 on the Saint Raphael Campus. Dr. Rajita will share stress reduction techniques and discuss how simple lifestyle changes can improve your stress level as well as your brain health to aid in sleep, mood changes and weight issues. Sponsored by Yale-New Haven Hospital's CardCare program, the session is aimed at helping those 55 and older de-stress. Registration is required. Register online or call 1.888.700.6543. advancing care

Auxiliary hosts talk on health benefits of gardening

The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary will present a free community health education lecture, Gardening for the Mind, Body and Spirit, on Thursday, April 25, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Institute for Excellence Auditorium, 300 George Street, New Haven.

Kathrine Neville, chair of the Connecticut Horticultural Society and lecturer at the New York Botanical Gardens, will discuss the benefits of gardening including the physical exercise and growing of healthy foods. She will offer tips on creating and converting gardens to be self-sustaining and organic. While free and open to the public, registration is required. Register online or call 1.888.700.6543. Free, validated parking is available in the lot across the street.
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March for Babies on April 28

The March of Dimes is dedicated to improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Join Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital and help support the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health by walking a 3-mile loop in its annual March for Babies on Sunday, April 28 at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. To support the YNHCH team, call Amy Scoffone at 203.688.6340.

Cheshire road races and health festival takes off on April 28

Join the fun on Sunday, April 28 by taking part in or supporting the runners in the
Cheshire Half Marathon and 5K race, benefiting Abilities Without Boundaries and Best Buddies Connecticut. Presented in part by Yale-New Haven Hospital, the road races are being held in conjunction with the Healthy & Active Living Festival from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cheshire High School, where there are screenings (blood pressure) and wellness information.
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Smilow Wellness Workshops session examines intimacy, wellness

The Smilow Wellness Workshops series continues with Intimacy at Every Stage, a forum on health and sexual wellness, on Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. in the 55 Park Street auditorium, New Haven.

Sexual wellness and intimacy through all ages and stages of life, including the perception of limited intimacy during illness or treatment, will be discussed by a panel of healthcare professionals, including Mary Jane Minkin, MD, women's health specialist, YNHH; Shawn Polizzi, APRN, women's health nurse practitioner, YNHH; and Lois Spivak, PhD, sex therapist.

While the workshop is free and open to the public, space is limited and reservations are required. Register online or call 1.888.700.6543.
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Yale-New Haven opens new blood draw stations

Yale-New Haven Hospital recently opened new blood draw stations, including one in North Haven and one in Clinton for convenient access to adult and pediatric blood draw services for standard tests.

The North Haven station, 6 Devine Street, is open Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., closing daily between 12:30 and 1 p.m. The Clinton station, at 252 East Main St., is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closing daily between 12:30 and 1 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

No appointment is necessary for either center. Call 203.287.6123 (North Haven) or 860.664.9112 (Clinton) for more information.
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Yale New Haven Health physicians make Connecticut Magazine list

Connecticut Magazine has named nearly 300 Yale New Haven Health physicians among the best in the state in its annual Top Doctors issue. The doctors, who provide a wide range of specialties, were among 844 doctors throughout the state selected from the results of a questionnaire sent to 5,000 Connecticut physicians and then combined with Connecticut Magazine's surveys from 2010-2012. The physicians who made the list are here. advancing care

Billing questions?

Yale-New Haven Hospital offers financial counseling to patients and families. Spanish-speaking counselors are available. Additionally, evening sessions are scheduled once a month — the next two are Monday, April 15 and Monday, May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203.688.2046.

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