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Congenital heart defects to be discussed on 'Call the Doctor'

Congenital heart defects will be the topic on the next Call the Doctor at 7 tonight on WVIA-TV, Channel 44.

Congenital heart defects are problems with the structure of the walls of the heart, and may produce symptoms at birth, during childhood, or not until adulthood. It is a major birth defect affecting approximately 1 in100 children and about 500,000 adults in the U.S. and can lead to heart failure.

Viewers may call in questions during the live show at (800) 326-9842 or submit their questions online at www.wvia.org/live-show-comments.

Encore presentations of this program can be seen at 10 p.m. tonight on WVIA's sister station Via2 and at 2 p.m. Sunday on WVIA-TV.

Boscov's Optical to offer free vision screening Jan. 24

Boscov's Optical Wilkes-Barre will host a free vision screening from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 24. Everyone is eligible for this service and will receive a free gift just for participating. To schedule an appointment, call 824-1855. Appointments are not necessary, but recommended.

Local residents sought for cancer research study

The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S and to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.

To enroll in the study, individuals are asked to go to an enrollment location, read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured, and give a small blood sample.

Local enrollment is being made possible in partnership with the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins hockey team.

Enrollment is taking place from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 3 – 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Coal Street Ice Rink, 38 Coal St., Wilkes-Barre.

Following enrollment, participants will periodically receive mailed surveys to update their information as well as annual newsletters.

For more information, visit www.cancer.org/cps3 or email cps3@cancer.org or call toll-free (888) 604-5888.

Dentist to participate in 'Give Kids A Smile Day'

In celebration of February as National Children's Dental Health Month, Dr. Ann McDonough will participate in Give Kids A Smile Day from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at her office, 25 East 8th St., Wyoming.

Free dental education, screenings and cleanings will be offered to children ages 3 and older. Space is limited; to make an appointment, call 693-1164.

Free Alzheimer's training offered to family caregivers

The local Home Instead Senior Care office will be offering local workshops to help Luzerne County families manage the challenges of Alzheimer's and other dementias.

The program for family caregivers consists of four classes. Also available is a free guide, titled Helping Families Cope, for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

The first two classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Home Instead Senior Care office, 269 Bennett St., Luzerne. Participants will learn about the causes of and recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, plus discover how the diseases are diagnosed and understand more about the behaviors caused by symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

On Jan. 29, also from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Home Instead Senior Care office in Luzerne, a second workshop will be held addressing the techniques to handle challenging behaviors displayed by those with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Also, participants will learn about the benefits of staying active for a person with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

To register for the free family caregiver training or to obtain a free copy of the Helping Families Cope booklet, contact the local Home Instead Senior Care office at 714-4260 or visit HelpforAlzheimersFamilies.com.

Penn State Extension to offer Dining with Diabetes

Penn State Extension will be offering a Dining with Diabetes program for adults with diabetes and their families. Classes are offered weekly for four weeks with a three-month follow-up class. Pre-registration is required. Participants will learn how to prepare meals that are healthy, simple and taste good. Recipes will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to help prepare and taste each one.

Participants will also learn up-to-date information on nutrition, meal planning, and exercise as well as how to understand common, diabetes-related medical tests. Recipes and handouts will be given to each participant.

An informational session will be held from 1-3 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Susquehanna Apartments Community Room.

The program will be held Feb. 6, 13, 29, and 27 with a follow-up session in May.

The program is free to those receiving or eligible to receive Medicare or Medicaid. Cost is $35 for others, and assistance is available for those who request it.

The informational session is free and will offer samples from the Dining with Diabetes cookbook that all program participants will receive. To register for the session, call 836-3196.

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. Information must be received at least two weeks in advance. If sending by email, please put Health in the subject line.

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