An American Red Cross blood drive will take place at Dan Perkins Subaru, 1 Boston Post Road, Milford, from 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. For an appointment, call 800-733-2767. For donor eligibility guidelines, visit www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements.
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The Food and Drug Administration has asked, and Ariad Pharmaceuticals has agreed, to suspend marketing and sales of Iclusig (ponatinib), a leukemia chemotherapy drug, because of the risk of life-threatening blood clots and severe narrowing of blood vessels. Iclusig is a prescription medicine used to treat adults diagnosed with certain kinds of leukemia who are no longer benefiting from previous treatment or who did not tolerate other treatment. FDA will continue to evaluate the drug to further understand its risks and potential patient populations in which the benefits of the drug may outweigh the risks.
Data from clinical trials and postmarket reports show that some patients treated with Iclusig have suffered heart attacks resulting in death, worsening coronary artery disease, stroke, narrowing of large arteries of the brain, severe narrowing of blood vessels in the extremities, and the need for urgent surgical procedures to restore blood flow.
- Patients currently receiving Iclusig should discuss with their health care professionals the risks and benefits of continuing treatment with the drug.
- Patients taking Iclusig should seek immediate medical attention if they experience symptoms suggesting a heart attack such as chest pain or pressure, pain in their arms, back, neck or jaw, or shortness of breath; or symptoms of a stroke such as numbness or weakness on one side of the body, trouble talking, severe headache or dizziness.
For more FDA drug recalls and information, visit the FDA Consumer Updates web site.
On Thursday, Dec.12, The Watermark at 3030 Park will host its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, along with its weekly Parkinson’s Fitness Class. The support group will be held at 10 a.m., and the fitness class at 1 p.m. at the retirement community located at 3030 Park Avenue on the Bridgeport-Fairfield town line.
The guest speaker for December will be Dr. Duarte Machado, Assistant Professor of Neurology and a Neurologist at Yale Health Center who specializes in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders.
The group fitness class that will follow the discussion is designed specifically for those who have Parkinson’s disease. The class, which meets every Thursday, consists of a warm-up, balance and strengthening exercises, and a cool down/stretch period. The class is be led by Cindy McGuire, Fitness Director at The Watermark and certified group exercise instructor with over 25 years of experience working with seniors.
The Parkinson’s Support Group is free of charge and open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Marlane Argianas at 203-373-6288.
There is a small participation fee for the Parkinson’s Fitness Class and a limited number of spots available. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Cindy McGuire at 203-373-6108.
Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut’ Clinical Director, Dr. Larry Rosenberg, has announced plans to step down from his position in the spring of 2014 after 26 years with the center. CGC has launched a national search to fill this key position.
Rosenberg has served as Clinical Director of this nearly 60-year-old child and adolescent mental health agency since 1987. During his tenure, CGC created a broad range of new programs based on emerging community needs, and implemented innovative treatment approaches based on the development of the latest and most effective options in mental health diagnosis and treatment of children.
“Though it is difficult to leave an agency where so much exciting work is being done, I feel very confident that this is a good time for me to transition, knowing we have the right people in the right positions to ensure that CGC will continue offering the highest level of professional mental health services,” Rosenberg said in a news release. “With high quality directors of each of our programs and community offices, and outstanding clinical staff, I am certain that the agency is in position to continue to thrive for many years to come.”
Staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, APRN’s and care coordinators, the Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut is an outpatient mental health center for children and adolescents who experience psychological, behavioral, developmental, social or family problems. Annually, CGC’s clinical staff works with more than 2,000 children in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, and New Canaan. Preventative services are provided to youngsters, parents, and professionals through community education and consultation programs. Incorporated in 1954, CGC is supported by the Connecticut Department of Children & Families, Connecticut Office of Victim Services, United Way and Community Funds; and is the beneficiary of generous individual, foundation, and corporate contributions. To review the full job announcement, visit the website at www.childguidancect.org
The nutrition series for cancer survivors that the CT Challenge has been running throughout the year picks back up at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, with “In the Kitchen: Celebrating Food Through Cooking.” The three-part series opens with “Foods You Crave” on and continues the following two Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., covering the topics “Blending and Juicing” and “Healthy Party Food.” Classes take place at the Challenge’s Center for Survivorship, 250 Pequot Ave., Fairfield. Visit ctchallenge.org or call 203-292-8722.
World AIDS Day takes place Dec. 1 every year, and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite against AIDS and HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.1 million people in the U.S. aged 13 and older are living with HIV infection, including about 200,000 who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable.
World AIDS Day is an opportunity to spread awareness about an illness that’s often forgotten, but still costs people their lives. Events are taking place around the state, both on Dec. 1 itself and on the surrounding days. For instance, on Monday, Dec. 2, University of Bridgeport, John J. Cox Student Center, 126 Park Ave., will host its annual World AIDS Day luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a full list of events, visit http://www.aids-ct.org/wad.html
St. Vincent’s Employee of the Year Joe Laveneziana will flip the switch to turn on the lights and place the angel atop the 14-foot Christmas tree in the lobby of St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Monday, December 2 at 9:45 a.m. Students from Hillcrest Middle School in Trumbull will sing holiday songs during the ceremonies.
Laveneziana, a Shelton resident and executive director of safety/security and facility at St. Vincent’s will be brought to the top of the giant tree by means of a pneumatic mechanical lift following remarks by St. Vincent’s Health Services President/CEO Susan L. Davis, RN, EdD, who will welcome the gathering of employees and visitors. Santa and Mrs. Claus along with “Alberta Spruce” the Christmas Tree will also greet those in attendance after making a grand entrance into the lobby on an electric scooter. Rumor has it that the Grinch may turn up to make some mischief!
The event is the 11th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, which was initiated to introduce the holiday season at St. Vincent’s and to bring joy and cheer to employees and visitors.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group at Griffin Hospital will host two free presentations to help diabetics handle the holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Griffin Hospital, 130 Division Street in Derby.
Mary Swansiger, BSN, MPH, will present “Handling the Holidays and Special Occasions” at 2:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Medical Education Classroom and at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Childbirth Classroom A. Ask for directions to these rooms at the hospital’s front desk.
During the presentation, Swansiger will discuss how special occasions can affect food choices, planning ahead, exercise, stress management and strategies for eating out.
The Diabetes Education & Support Group meets September through June on the second Tuesday of each month to discuss the management of diabetes, its challenges and day-to-day dietary concerns. All diabetics and their families are welcome to attend. No registration is required. Free valet parking is available for the 2:30 p.m. session. For more information, call Swansiger at 203.732.1137.