Are you at risk for prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer in the early stages has few or no symptoms. Men at risk include those between ages 55 and 69, those who have a diet high in red meat or high-fat dairy foods and low in vegetables and fruits, African-American men age 40 and over, and men over age 40 with a family history of the disease.

On Thursday, Oct. 11, YNHH urologist Michael Leapman, MD, will review the current evidence and practice guidelines for early detection of prostate cancer including controversies in screening using PSA, and management of localized prostate cancer. The free lecture will be held at 7 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike. Attendance is free. Register online or call 1-888-700-6543.

More than 50 percent of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s or older have symptoms of an enlarged prostate. See your doctor if you have any of these symptoms: frequent or difficult urination; urgent need to urinate; pain in the lower back and in the area between the rectum and the testicles; pain or a burning sensation while urinating; or blood in the urine. When prostate cancer spreads, symptoms may include bone pain, weight loss, fatigue or shortness of breath.

 
Can’t make it to the lecture? For answers to frequently asked questions about prostate cancer and health, visit our Health Library or view a video to find out how you can get screened for prostate cancer and what to do if you’re diagnosed. If you or a loved one has prostate cancer, here are some tips for how family members can help support the men in their lives.

Learn how to prevent identity theft

Identity theft can happen to anyone. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, representatives from People’s United Bank will present “Preventing Financial Exploitation,” an insightful discussion on ways to prevent and protect yourself from the misuse of personal information. The free lecture will be from 6 - 7 pm in the Cronin Auditorium on the Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven. Free parking is provided. To register, call 1-888-700-6543 or visit our online events calendar.

The event is sponsored by YNHH’s CareCard program, which offers programming to adults ages 50 and over. To join CareCard and receive information about future programs and events, call 203-789-3275.

New screenings and treatments for bone density

Bone density is the amount of bone mineral in bone tissue. Bone density measurement is used as an indirect indicator of osteoporosis and fracture risk. Millions of Americans older than 50 have osteoporosis, a chronic disease that slowly weakens bones until they break easily. Millions more have low bone mass, which puts them at risk for the disease.

Join YNHH endocrinologist Karl Insogna, MD, on Thursday, Oct. 25 for a discussion on bone density and learn about new screenings and treatment options. The free lecture will be held at 7 pm at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike. Attendance is free; registration is required by calling 1-888-700-6543 or online. Half of all women in the United States and one in four men older than 50 will have a broken bone at some point in their lives because of osteoporosis. Use this tool to find out your risk of getting this disease.

“One-Day Medical School” for women over 45

Want to earn a “degree” from Yale School of Medicine in one day? Join us for “One-Day Medical School” on Thursday, Oct. 25, designed to educate women about the critical health issues they face during the transitional years after age 45.

The event, which runs from 11 am – 6 pm, includes sessions on bone, breast, heart, hormonal and bladder health presented by Yale faculty and physicians. Lunch is included in a breakout session with Erica Jong, author of Fear of Flying, and Geri Brin, founder of FabOverFifty.com, a popular lifestyle website for women. “One-Day Medical School” will be held at Yale West Campus Conference Center, 100 West Campus Drive, Orange. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will also be livestreamed. The cost of the event is $65 in advance; online registration is required. For questions, send an email geri@faboverfifty.com or simone@faboverfifty.com.

Will you get the care you want?

Advance directives are forms you can fill out before you get sick or go to the hospital to let your doctors and loved ones know how you want to direct your care if you ever become too ill to make decisions or speak for yourself. Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 24 for a lecture on “How to Receive the Care You Wish,” a discussion about the importance of advance directives and the goals of care. The free lecture will be from 6 - 7 pm in the Cronin Auditorium on the Yale New Haven Hospital Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven. Free parking is provided. To register, call 1-888-700-6543 or visit our online events calendar.

The event is sponsored by YNHH’s CareCard program, which offers programming to adults ages 50 and over. To join CareCard and receive information about future programs and events, call 203-789-3275.

Can’t attend the lecture but want to know more about advance directives? Visit our website for a list of Frequently Asked Questions. You can download the forms from the website of the Office of the Connecticut Attorney General.

Help for patients with autoimmune liver disease

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Yale New Haven Hospital will host an educational conference for patients suffering from autoimmune liver diseases, their families and supporters. Experts in the field of hepatobiliary disorders will cover a range of topics, including "Understanding Your Autoimmune Liver Disease," "Cirrhosis and Transplant," and "Clinical Trials." The program also features breakout sessions focusing on "Autoimmune Hepatitis," "Biliary Cholangitis" and "Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis.” The event will be from 8 am - 3:30 pm at 55 Park St., New Haven. The conference is free; registration is required by calling 1-888-700-6543 or online.

Free event for young adults with cancer

“IMPACT: An Event for Young Adults with Cancer” will be held from 12 - 4 pm on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Long Wharf Maritime Center, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven. Registration begins at 11:30 am.

The event is an opportunity for young adults ages 18-39 who are living with cancer to connect with other young adult cancer survivors and learn about what’s new in the field of cancer survivorship.

Keynote speaker is Kate Yglesias Houghton, president and CEO of Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance. Houghton, a professional with more than a decade of experience in federal public policy, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at the age of 27. As the president of Critical Mass, she is focuses on ensuring that decision-makers from hospital administrators to policymakers in Washington, DC, fully recognize the unique needs of Americans diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.

Attendance is free. Lunch will be provided. Register online or call 1-888-700-6543. The IMPACT event has been funded with support from the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary.

The healing power of social connection

In a world of texting, emailing and social networking, it’s easy to feel disconnected from the human experience of face-to-face conversations and in-person shared experiences. On Thursday, Oct. 25 from 5:30 - 7 pm, Smilow Cancer Hospital will present a wellness workshop on “The Healing Power of Social Connection.”

Emma Seppala, author of “The Happiness Track” and director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program, will take a closer look at understanding oneself and the impact of social connection to others. The workshop will explore belonging, techniques to increase our sense of connection to others and how developing emotional intelligence can become a healing force. The event is free; registration is required by calling 888-700-6543 or online. Free parking is available on the fourth floor of the Air Rights Garage.

Got a legal question? Ask a lawyer!

“Ask a Lawyer,” a free consultation for simple legal questions, will be held from 9 am – 12 pm on Thursday, Oct. 18. The session is offered by the New Haven County Bar Association. Registration is required. Call 203-789-3275 for an appointment.

Walk and talk with YNHH doctors

Enjoy a morning walk with local doctors as part of our Get Healthy Walk ‘n’ Talk in New Haven. Walks are each Saturday in July from 9 - 10:30 am at the Farmington Canal Greenway Trail. The two-mile walks begin at the entrance at 280 Starr St., continue north towards Hamden, and return along the same route. Parking is available at New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 280 Starr St., New Haven. Register online (ynhh.org/events) or call 888-700-6543. Please arrive by 8:45 am on each walk day. For more information, email Andy Orefice or call 203-688-5671.

Referrals for physicians and surgeons

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 or visit the website (https://www.ynhh.org/find-a-doctor.aspx) for information on physician specialties, office hours and locations as well as insurance plans accepted. YNHH physicians represent more than 70 medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties, including internal medicine/family practice, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry.

YNHHS patients: Do you have MyChart?

MyChart gives Yale New Haven Health System patients secure, online, 24/7 access to portions of your electronic medical record (EMR). There you can see your medical history, most laboratory and test results, appointment information, medications, allergies, immunizations and other health information. You can schedule appointments with your doctor, request or renew prescriptions, see your billing and insurance information and send and receive secure, confidential electronic messages with your doctor’s office. Ask your healthcare provider for a MyChart brochure or your MyChart Activation Code, and then go to mychart.ynhhs.org and click “Sign Up Now.”

Make a lasting impact at YNHH

Help support the mission of Yale New Haven Hospital with a donation! Your contributions support vital programs, services and facilities within the hospital and help keep Yale New Haven at the forefront of innovative treatment. When you make a gift to YNHH, you are part of the advanced medicine and compassionate commitment that touch so many lives in our community.

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, Oct. 15 and Monday, Nov. 19 from 5 - 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.

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