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BVHS add technology

To Help Diagnose Parkinsonian Syndromes and More  

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) has added advanced technology that will differentiate between essential tremor and parkinsonian syndromes (among other conditions). DaTscan is a radioactive injection into the patient’s bloodstream to help take pictures of areas of the brain with a special camera called a single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) camera.

Weekend doctor: Hair removal techniques

By Mary Beth Brown, APRN
Unwanted hair growth or growth of hair in unusual areas can be challenging to our self-esteem and occur in anyone. Unwanted hair can be a problem throughout the lifespan, starting around puberty with teens who may have unwanted hair growth related to hormones, through the depletion of estrogen (menopause) for women and the depletion of testosterone for men.

Bridge Home Health & Hospice offering volunteer training

Bridge Home Health & Hospice, a division of Blanchard Valley Health System, will offer a six-session training course on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. for prospective volunteers beginning on Tuesday, March 5. The training will be held in The Hub Conference Room at Birchaven Retirement Village, located at 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay. 

‘Healthy Living with Diabetes’ presentation March 12

RSVP by March 5

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) will host “Healthy Living with Diabetes,” part of the “Live and Learn” series, to educate the community about methods of coping with diabetes that promote healthy lifestyles. 

This event will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Marathon Auditorium of Blanchard Valley Hospital and led by Thomas Grace, MD, from the Blanchard Valley Diabetes Center, a division of BVHS.

Weekend doctor: Ladies, let's talk about incontinence

By Jodi Bollenbacher, Certified Physician's Assistant
Blanchard Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology

Women often avoid discussing accidental bowel leakage, also known as fecal incontinence. The subject often seems taboo. Women may think they are the only ones suffering with it and become too embarrassed to talk about it.

Hematology and oncology clinic at Bluffton Hospital

A major health benefit in our community

Not everyone’s first-ever summer job was like Henry Gerad’s.

As a 14-year-old in New York City, he worked in the summer as a lab technician in the cancer research lab at Mt. Sinai Hospital.

At that time, Dr. Charlotte Friend, known eventually for her discovery of the Friend Leukemia Virus and Friend erythroleukemia cells, conducted medical research in that lab.

That summer job sparked the young man’s interest in medicine, specifically hematology and oncology.