PHILADELPHIA — Unthinkable until a few years ago, the practice of putting hepatitis C-infected organs into uninfected patients has been embraced by the transplant world as a way to whittle long waiting lists for life-saving kidneys, livers, hearts and lungs. The main reason for this about-face is simple: New, easy-to-tolerate antiviral drugs with better than 95 percent effectiveness have transformed the treatment of hepatitis C, a virus that can slowly destroy the liver. A small but growing
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING: “Question, Persuade, Refer,” a suicide prevention program, is being offered locally in the coming months. QPR aims to teach participants to spot the warning signs of suicide and start a conversation with the person at risk; assist the person to seek help; and make a referral to a provider who can help. The Eau Claire City-County Health Department is hosting the following two sessions: • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Eau Claire County Courthouse,
SPECIAL EVENTS • “Medicare and You,” 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, Eau Claire County Courthouse, Room 1277, 721 Oxford Ave. The free seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare or on Medicare, caregivers and families. Registration: adrcevents.org, 715-839-4735 or 888-338-4636 • Foot and nail clinic, Thursday, Aug. 23, Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar in Glenwood City, 219 E. Oak St. People who have difficulty caring for their feet can get their toenails clipped
The following are planned: • Huntington’s Disease Society of America Team Hope “Pie in the Face” Run/Walk, 10 a.m. Saturday, Carson Park. Information: tinyurl.com/y9xg6vsh. • Li’l Buckshot, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, Carson Park. The event features a 2-mile race. Information: tinyurl.com/jmrjop3. • Buckshot Run, Saturday, Sept. 1, Carson Park. The 5-mile race begins at 9 a.m.; 2-mile, 10:30 a.m.; and kids’ dash for 10 and younger,
WASHINGTON — What kind of heart check-up do young athletes need to make the team? A large study of teenage soccer players in England found in-depth screening didn’t detect signs of trouble in some athletes who later died — yet allowed others at risk to get treated and back in the game.A At issue is cardiac arrest, when the heart abruptly stops beating. It is rare in young people, especially athletes thought to be at the peak of health. But sometimes the strenuous exertion
COMMUNITY PROGRAMS: The Healing Place, a community outreach service of HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital that provides free services to anyone who has experienced a loss and is in need of spiritual and emotional support, is offering the following programs and sessions in August: • 10 a.m. Wednesdays, today and Aug. 15, 22 and 29, Wednesday morning meditation group. • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, suicide survivor group. • 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, parent grief support group. • 5
The following events are planned: • Cumberland Rutabaga Festival Run, 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Cumberland High School, 1008 Eighth Ave. The event includes a 2-mile walk, 3.1-mile fun run and 12.1-mile run. Information: tinyurl.com/ybsfl9q5. • R U Chicken Trail Run, Saturday, Aug. 25, Schultz Chicken Ridge Farm, N25664 Haines Lane, Arcadia. The 7.8-mile race begins at 8 a.m.; 2.3-mile, 8:30 a.m.; and kids’ races, 9:30 a.m. Information: ruchickenrun.com. • Corn Fest
SPECIAL EVENTS • Medicare and You, 1 p.m. today, Eau Claire County Courthouse, Room 1277, 721 Oxford Ave. The free seminar is open to anyone new to Medicare, on Medicare, caregivers and families. Registration: 715-839-4735 or 888-338-4636. • Splash Pad Fun, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, Cameron Splash Pad, 1300 W. Main St. Free. • Family hike with Lily Pad Labs, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, Big Falls County Park, 600 Big Falls Forest Road, Fall Creek.
Physicians in this country experience extremely high levels of burnout — and that’s contributing to medical errors. That’s the conclusion of a new Mayo Clinic study that found more than half the physicians nationwide experience burnout, defined as either emotional exhaustion or a feeling of distance from a one’s job and colleagues, said Dr. Christine Sinsky, the vice president of professional satisfaction at the American Medical Association and a researcher on the study.
If Lauren Dungan had waited just 30 more minutes, she might be dead. On the morning of Oct. 25, 2017, she was sitting in her Huntersville apartment living room, scrolling through Instagram and drinking a cup of coffee. Five days earlier, she had given birth to her second son, Hunter. Though still recovering, she was finally starting to feel like herself again. Her husband, Evan, was sitting next to her. Their daughter, 2 at the time, had just been dropped off at daycare. This is when it