WARREN -- "Latch On" Breastfeeding Support Group will meet Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital's maternity unit. Babies and expectant moms welcome! No fee. Call (330) 841-9913 if interested.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Prenatal Breastfeeding Support Group will meet Thursday from 10-11:00 a.m. and June 21 from 7-8:00 p.m. at Ronald McDonald House. Registration is required by calling (800) 842-9727.
Medicine and scents
A report in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice concludes that employees in health care settings should be prepared to treat colleagues who have been assaulted by patients wielding ... perfume. James E. Lessenger recounts an incident in which a female medical assistant with no history of asthma suffered an anaphylactic reaction -- an allergic episode of near-suffocation that was treated immediately with drugs -- after a hostile patient spritzed her in the face three times with perfume. (The "attack" followed the caregiver's asking the patient why she was wearing so much perfume.) "Sprayed perfumes," Lessenger concludes, "can now be added to the long list of methods of occupational assault."
Allergy on the Web
At www.pollen.com you can find pollen-count forecasts for allergy sufferers. Just type in your zip code and see if you'll have anything to sniff at for the next few days, or have to medicate yourself or curtail outdoor activities. You can also sign up for e-mail alerts corresponding to your personal pollen-level trigger.
David Snowdon has been working on one of the most interesting studies of the century -- a longitudinal study of nuns who now range in age from 75 to 106.
Each nun also has promised to donate her brain to Snowdon, an epidemiologist at the University of Kentucky who has identified early predictors of Alzheimer's in some of the nuns as early as their 20s.
His book, "Aging with Grace," is published by Bantam-Dell.