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October 8, 2009

Healthy happenings: Hospital observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Alzheimer's disease seminar

A seminar on Alzheimer's disease will be Oct. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the first-floor auditorium at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 140 Lincoln Ave.

Neuropsychologist Dr. Buck Woo's presentation, "Changes in Memory: Contrasting Normal aging to Abnormal Decline," will focus on changes in memory associated with aging vs. dementia syndromes, and how the term dementia connects with Alzheimer's disease.

Woo will also discuss the biological factors of Alzheimer's disease, what science says about prevention, how a definitive diagnosis is made, and what the current and new treatments are, including a national clinical trial that is available in Haverhill.

This program is free to the public, but registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Jean MacDougall-Tattan at 978 420-1168.

Breast cancer programs this month at MVH

'Think Pink Tea'

A "Think Pink Tea" will be held Oct. 13 from 2 to 3 p.m. in MVH's first-floor auditorium, 140 Lincoln Ave. Menu includes assorted teas, petite sandwiches and desserts, and a free raffle.

Lynne Randell, MVH's director of imaging, will talk about the advances being made in imaging regarding breast health, as well as the importance of self breast exams and routine screenings for early detection. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.

Free and open to the public but attendance is limited to 50 people so registration is required. This event is held in conjunction with the Groveland Langley-Adams Library.

For more information, call Deb Hoadley at 978-372-1732.

Models sought for show

Volunteer models are needed to walk the runway when Merrimack Valley Hospital holds a fashion show on Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the first floor cafeteria, 140 Lincoln Ave. Volunteers are asked to contact Christine at Fashion Bug at 978-374-8885.

The night will begin with a song by Miss New England Teen, Shakala Alvaranga of Haverhill. Attendees will have a chance to meet physicians dedicated to women's health issues, ask questions and learn about the latest advances and treatments for breast cancer and how early women should begin screenings.

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