To Your Health
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Wednesday, March 19, 1997

Free screening available
during Kidney Month


March is Kidney Month, and while kidneys don't get as much press as hearts and bad backs, it's time to face facts:

Kidney disease in Hawaii is 30 percent higher than any other state in the nation.

Kidney disease may be silent for many years until it has reached an advanced stage.

In Hawaii, kidney failure hits Filipinos and Hawaiians harder than other ethnic groups. Although Filipinos and Hawaiians make up 28 percent of the islands' total residents, they account for almost half of Hawaii's dialysis population.

Kidneys eliminate waste products circulating in blood. When kidneys are not working well, these wastes build up in the blood. Warning signs include urinating more than usual; swelling around eyes, hands and feet; lower-back pain; blood in the urine (may be undetectable without microscope); pain or burning during urination; and high blood pressure.

To combat kidney disease, the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii is sponsoring free kidney screens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as follows:

March 22 -- Ala Moana Center Community Booth, upstairs in front of Wet Seal, and Molokai Shopping Center.

March 29 -- Community booths at Pearlridge and Windward malls; Waianae Mall; and Mililani Mall, near Long's Drugs.

The free screenings involve a take-home urine test kit and blood pressure check. It's quick, painless and no blood is drawn. Free brochures an information will be available as well. Call 593-1515 for more information.

Give and get back inner glow

Lower your taxes, get a free lunch and two movie tickets by donating your car to the American Lung Association of Hawaii at the "Drive Down Your Taxes" auto roundup 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The donation makes lung health programs available throughout Hawaii.

In addition to getting a certified appraisal to use for income tax deductions, donors will receive a ride home and a certificate of appreciation.

The roundup takes place in the parking lot of the lung association office at 245 N. Kukui St. Vehicles accepted include autos, motorcycles, mopeds and boats. Each must be in drivable condition with a clear title, safety inspection and current registration.

Information: Tim Pfister at 537-5966, Ext. 304.


Cosmetic surgery: Lecture by Dr. Clyde H. Ishii on "Use of the Computer Image in Cosmetic Surgery Practice," 5:30 p.m., Queen's Physicians Office Building II, 1329 Lusitana St. Limited seating. Validated parking. Refreshments. Reserve at 537-6630.

CPR class: 4 to 7:30 p.m., St. Francis Medical Center. Cost: $25. Register at 547-6410.

Exercise for cancer patients: 11:30 a.m. Queen's Medical Center. Free. Call 547-4611.

Hepatitis support group: 7 to 9 p.m. Register at 547-6541. Free.

Hippie George Flies Again: Panel discussion on brain injury survivors. Families will be sharing their healing experiences, 7 p.m., Queen's Medical Center, Imaging Conference Room, 1301 Punchbowl St. Call 941-0372.

International Life Support Inc.: HeartSaver CPR class, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Healthcare Provider CPR class, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 99-840 Iwa Iwa St. Call 487-4900. Fee.

St. Francis Medical Center open house: 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. March 22. There will be a segment on living wills and power of attorneys for healthcare. A notary public and all paper work will be provided.


Diabetes seminar: Featuring Kevin Kam, pharmacist, and Viola Genadio, registered nurse and certified diabetes educator, 5-8 p.m., HMSA Center, Multi-Purpose Room. Cost: $20 nonmembers, free for HMSA members. Register at 948-6398.

"I Can Cope" with cancer: Tips and resources for patients and families living with cancer, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, through April 24, Queen's Medical Center. Register at 547-4660.

Mended hearts support group: For anyone who is interested in, has had or is a friend/family member of someone who has had open heart surgery or heart problems, 7 to 9 p.m. at Queen's Medical Center. Call 547-4775.


International Life Support Inc.: HeartSaver Recertification CPR class, 5 to 7 p.m.; and Healthcare Provider Recertification CPR class, 5 to 9 p.m., 99-840 Iwa Iwa St. Call 487-4900. Fee.

Nutrition classes: Hour-long class for radiation therapy patients and their families, 2 p.m. today, 10 a.m. March 24, 1 p.m. March 28, and 8 a.m. March 31. Sponsored by Queen's Medical Center. Call 547-4771.


International Life Support Inc.: Combination First aid/CPR class. First aid portion, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and CPR, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 99-840 Iwa Iwa St. Call 487-4900. Fee.


Diabetes education class: Three-part class covering complications and preventions, meal planning, coping and more, 6 to 8 p.m. March 24 through 26. Cost: $30. Free for St. Francis Medical Center, St. Francis-West and St. Francis Diabetes Center patients. Register at 547-6995.

HeartSaver CPR classes: Two-hour course covers one-rescuer and two-rescuer adult CPR and foreign-body airway obstruction, 5 p.m. Also, 8 a.m. March 26. Certificate awarded upon successful completion. Sponsored by St. Francis Medical Center. Cost: $15. Call 547-6410.

Perinatal support group: For families experiencing the loss of a baby via miscarriage, therapeutic abortion, stillbirth and neonatal death, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Shriners Hospital, 1310 Punahou St., first floor conference room. Call Pat Bilyk, 973-3042.


International Life Support Inc.: Combination First aid/CPR class. First aid portion, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and CPR, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 99-840 Iwa Iwa St. Call 487-4900. Fee.


Suicide/crisis: 521-4555

For help with other health, social or personal concerns, call ASK-2000 at 275-2000, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. week days.

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