Attention, men! Free prostate cancer screening

More than 180,000 men in the U.S. will get prostate cancer in 2016. Prostate cancer in the early stages has few or no symptoms. Men at risk include those between ages 55 and 69, African-American men age 40 and over, and men over age 40 with a family history of the disease.

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. When prostate cancer spreads, symptoms may include bone pain, weight loss, fatigue or shortness of breath.

YNHH will hold a free prostate cancer screening from 5 - 7:30 pm Thursday, Sept. 15 at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Saint Raphael Campus, 330 Orchard Street, Suite 164. The screening includes a clinical prostate exam and PSA blood test.

To register, call for an appointment toll-free 1-888-700-6543 or select an appointment time online.

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.

For more information about prostate cancer and health, visit our Health Library.

 

Free lecture on children’s food allergies

A food allergy is when your child’s body has a bad immune reaction to a certain food. Most allergies are caused by milk, eggs, wheat, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, fish and shellfish. Symptoms of food allergies may include vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, hives, swelling, eczema, itching, difficulty breathing, wheezing and lowered blood pressure.

YNHH will host “New Thoughts and Solutions on Pediatric Food Allergies,” a free health education lecture, at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 14 at Old Saybrook Medical Center, 633 Middlesex Turnpike, Old Saybrook. Frank Lobo, MD, a pediatric immunologist at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, will share evidence of supporting early introduction of allergenic foods into an infant’s diet to help prevent food allergies. He will also discuss treatment interventions for children with known food allergies.

To register, call 1-888-700-6543 or online. For more information about food allergies and to take a “Food Allergy Quiz,” visit our Health Library.

 

There’s still time to help us get Closer to Free!

The clock is ticking but you can still get in on one of the most remarkable days of community spirit, celebration, remembrance and joy of survivorship by signing up for the annual Closer to Free bike ride that will take place Saturday, September 10. The annual event benefits patient care and research at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven and Yale Cancer Center.

Whether you ride 10 miles, 25 miles, 62.5 miles or the Closer to Free Century (100 miles), you’ll be raising money and hope for a world closer to being free of cancer. If you’re not a cyclist, you can get involved by supporting a participant or taking one of the many volunteer positions as part of the road crew or at the Yale Bowl. Register at RideClosertoFree.org.

 

Take a stroll with YNHH doctors

Join us on Saturday mornings at Edgewood Park in New Haven for our “Get Healthy Walk ‘n Talks” hosted by local healthcare professionals. Walks will be held from 9 – 10:30 am on Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the park on the corner of Chapel Street and Ella T. Grasso Blvd. Each “walk ‘n talk” will start and end at the entrance near Sundial Splash Pad and will last approximately two miles. A different health topic will be discussed each week. Please arrive by 8:45 am on each walk day. Attend as many as you can!

To find out more about Get Healthy CT, visit gethealthyct.org. For more information about the walks, contact Andy Orefice at 203-688-5671, andrew.orefice@ynhh.org.

 

Walking for a cure

YNHH is sponsoring a number of health walks throughout the month. Check out the schedule below and come walk with us!

Sept. 17:
  • The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America Southern Connecticut Walkathon to raise funds for and awareness of sickle cell disease at East Rock Park, New Haven. Registration is at 8 am; walk begins at 9 am. To register for and/or donate to the walkathon, contact Rosa Browne, rosa.browne@ynhh.org, or 203-688-2219; or Jack Gorero, jockey.gorero@ynhh.org; or 203-688-3829.
Sept. 18:
  • The Liver Life Walk, 8 am, Rentschler Field, East Hartford. Benefits the American Liver Foundation. To join or support a team, visit liverfoundation.org
Sept 25:
  • Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s at New Haven’s Lighthouse Point Park. Registration is at 8:30 am for the 10 am walk. For information or to join the YNHH team, contact Alicia Coffin at 860-828-2828, or visit www.alz.org/walk.
  • JDRF One Walk, 8:30 am, Yale Bowl, New Haven. Benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To join or support the YNHH/Yale Diabetes Team visit jdrf.org.
  • Walk to Cure Arthritis at 9 am, East Haven High School. Benefits the Arthritis Foundation. To join or support a team, visit walktocurearthritis.org.

 

What are the keys to healthy aging?

There is no magic to vitality and health as we get older. YNHH physician Lisa Walke, MD, project director, Connecticut Older Adult Collaboration for Health, will discuss techniques to maintain health and wellness at any age at a free seminar held from 6 - 7 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the Cronin Auditorium at YNHH’s Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street. Learn practices to improve your nutrition, physical activity and mental sharpness. Parking is free. To register, call 1-888-700-6543 or online.

 

Preventing falls as you age

Each year, one in three older adults fall. However, falling is not an inevitable result of aging. There are measures you can take to lessen your risk. YNHH geriatrician Leo Cooney Jr., MD, Humana Foundation Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Yale School of Medicine, will provide an informative discussion on how to reduce fall risk factors, prevention tips and resources at a free lecture held from 6 - 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in the Cronin Auditorium at YNHH’s Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street. To register, call 1-888-700-6543 or online.

 

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, Sept. 15. The session is offered by the New Haven County Bar Association. Registration is required. Call 203-789-3275 for an appointment.

 

Dance and move at Sept. 29 workshop

Patients, guests and employees are invited to a free Smilow Wellness Workshop Series event on dance/movement therapy at 5:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 29, 55 Park St. conference room (behind the auditorium). Reservations are required; call 888-700-6543 or register online.

 

Need a doctor? We can help!

YNHH provides free information about and referrals to more than 2,600 affiliated physicians 24 hours a day. Call 888-700-6543 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.

 

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, Sept. 19 and Monday, Oct. 17 from 5 to 7 pm. To make an appointment with a financial counselor, call 203-688-2046.