SPRING 2002

IN THIS ISSUE:

The Mind-Body Connection

Sex and Health: What Girls Should Know

The Secrets of Life-Long Good Health

Making Sense of Supplements

Health Tips From the Experts

Downstate Medical Services Listing


Posture Pointers



FOCUS GROUP

BACK TO FRONT INDEX



Common Herbs and Folk Remedies

BAY LEAF - anti-flatulent (combats intestinal gas)

BELLADONNA - calms intestinal cramps

BLACK COHOSH, slippery elm bark, wild yam - said to ease menopause symptoms

CAMPHOR - good for muscle cramps (external use only)

CHAMOMILE - calmative; may relieve stomach upset

CLOVE OIL - relieves gum pain

EVENING PRIMROSE OIL - alleviate menstrual complaints

GARLIC - mild anti-viral agent; controls cholesterol

GINGER ROOT - mild stimulant; soothing in stomach upset

GINKO BILOBA - may raise blood pressure

GINSENG - said to be energizing

LICORICE - relaxant; sleep aid

PEPPERMINT - digestive aid; mild stimulant; mouth freshner; anti-flatulent

ST. JOHN'S WORT - generally credited as mild antidepressant

STINGING NETTLE - relaxant; skin cleanser

VALERIAN - relaxant; sleep aid


DOWNSTATE MEDICAL SERVICES LINSTING

A Soul Sense of Beauty Breast Cancer Control Project
Stacy Wright, Program Director
718-270-1752

Call to find out about Health and Beauty Saturdays that feature health educators on breast health and breast self-exam demonstrations at local hair salons. Also, sites for mammography screenings, referrals and follow-up care. Sponsored by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.



Adolescent Education Program (AEP)
Christine Rucker, MA, Director, AEP
718-270-3203

Education on HIV prevention, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse. Teens Helping Each Other (THEO), the program’s peer education project, educates adolescents about HIV-related issues utilizing games, short skits, songs/raps, plays and videos to facilitate discussions.



Adolescent Health Clinic
Amy Suss, MD, Director
718-270-2978

Individual counseling for adolescents on contraceptive, STD’s, and other important health issues. Located in Suite D of the University Hospital of Brooklyn, Tuesday mornings. By appointment only.



Asthma Screening Clinic
Michael Akerman, MD, Program Director
718-270-2020

This free clinic screens adults with respiratory problems or frequent colds and coughs who have not previously been diagnosed with asthma. Every Tuesday from 3-6 p.m., by appointment only.



Black Pearls
Marilyn White, MD, Program Director
718-270-4468

Find out life-saving information about heart disease, organ and tissue donation, asthma, breast cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases at local beauty salons. Sponsored by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health.



Breast Feeding Project
Stephen Ajl, MD, Director
718-270-2116

Help give your baby a healthy start! Free weekly breast feeding class for all new mothers who are patients of University Hospital of Brooklyn.



Children’s Center at SUNY Brooklyn
718-469-7750

A child care center open to State Employees, students and residents of the area surrounding Downstate on a space-available basis only. Sliding-scale fee. Located at 440 Lenox Rd.



Community Health Promotion
718-270-2020

Free monthly lectures. May - Uterine Cancer. Call for complete topic listing and location.



Expectant Family Education Program
Maria Yomtov, RN, Educator
718-270-2020 (for information) -2983 (to register)

For pregnant women and families. Childbirth classes on infant care, depression, contraception. Four sessions. Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.



Healthy Women’s Partnership
Diane Ashton, MD, Program Director
718-245-3267

Free mammograms and cervical screening for women who do not have medical insurance. Must be over 40 years old or have family history of breast cancer. Wed./Thurs. 8:30 - 12:30 and some Saturdays. Call for appointment.



Hearing and Speech Screening
718-780-2400/1985


Free hearing & speech screening at Long Island College Hospital, located at 97 Amity St. (between Henry & Hicks) 5th floor, room 559. May 17 & June 14 from 9 a.m.-12 noon.



The Infant and Child Learning Center
Joan Hittelman, PhD, Program Director
718-270-2598


Early intervention and preschool services for HIV-infected children. The center’s psychologists, therapists, teachers, social workers, services coordinators and nurses provide numerous services through center-based, daycare, home-based, and hospital-based programs.



Oncology Support Group for Patients and Families
Yolande Gilles, RN, Coordinator
718-270-1593

An open support group for patients with a diagnosis of cancer, and family members. This group meets Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. at the Radiation Oncology Conference Room at University Hospital of Brooklyn.



Optimizing Partner Notification Strategies (OPNS)
Joy Williams, MPH, Program Director
718-270-2861

The mission of OPNS is to implement and evaluate an STD and HIV prevention program at several clinics throughout Brooklyn, NY. Our health educators work at hospital and community- based clinics to provide health education to persons seeking care for STD, with a focus on promoting timely and appropriate notification to sexual partners.



Osteoporosis Diagnostic Center
718-270-1579


For early detection and prevention of osteoporosis. X-ray, interpretation of bone-density results, suggestions for dietary changes and treatment alternatives provided. Call for Appointment.



Pain Management Center
Joshua Greenspan, MD, Director
718-270-1525

An interventional outpatient pain management program utilizing various physical treatment procedures; also provides referrals for psychological interventions such as relaxation training, hypnosis, behavior modification and individual therapy.



Parenting Education Support Groups
Laurel Whitaker, Program Director
718-270-2176

Succeed in your new parenting role. Attend a series of six-to-eight hands-on workshops for parents and babies, about postpartum adjustment, stress reduction, infant nutrition, infant massage, child development, child safety, and accident prevention. Call to register. No charge.



Patient Relations
Edison Bond, Jr., Director
718-270-1111/1103

Call this department for information on your patient rights. They will assist SUNY Downstate patients and families in navigating the health-care system and in preparing proxies. Located on the first floor of University Hospital of Brooklyn.



Physician Referral Line
1-888-270-SUNY


Call this number for a referral to a Downstate physician in any medical area.



Polydrug Clinic
Jerry Halloran, Program Director
718-270-2651-3142

This is an outpatient, drug-free chemical dependency treatment program, affiliated with Kings County Hospital. The clinic offers a variety of individual, group and medical services, including relapse prevention, vocational development, HIV education and testing, and acupuncture.



Preventive Cardiology Screening Clinic
Luther Clark, MD, Program Director
718-270-2020

Assess your cardiovascular risk. Receive educational material and instructions on prevention, diet, and life-style changes to promote heart health. Free screenings available every Wednesday, from 11-4 p.m., and do not require an appointment.



STAR Health Center
David Warren, MD, Medical Director
718-270-3745

Clinical care and supportive services for HIV positive adults. On-site co-located HIV and gynecologic care, social work/case management, nutritional counseling, medication adherence counseling, mental health care and substance use treatment.



Supportive Counseling Services of SUNY (SCSS)
Myra Schultz, MS, CSW-R, Director
718-270-2758

Support groups for adults infected and affected by HIV. Bimonthly educational seminars and individual and family counseling for group members on a short-term basis. SCSS also provides supportive counseling services, including art and recreation therapy, to children and adolescents affected by HIV.



Women and Infants Transmission Study (WITS)
Gail Moroso, RN, MPH, Study Coordinator
718-270-1690

This perinatal HIV transmission study enrolls HIV positive pregnant women, follows them through pregnancy, delivery and for a limited period, postpartum, to determine how pregnancy affects transmission. Study participants are offered ongoing counseling, periodic examinations and referral services for mothers and primary pediatric care, neuro-developmental testing and referral services for the infants.



Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)
Barbara Driscoll, RN, Study Coordinator
718-270-3310

The Women's Interagency HIV Study is a national multi-center study following HIV positive women and a comparison group of HIV negative women to learn about the gynecological manifestations and natural history of HIV disease in women.
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