Improved MRI system

Improved MRI system
WARREN -- Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital has installed a new magnetic resonance imaging system that provides physicians with faster access to higher quality diagnostic information from virtually every part of the body. The new Signa EXCITE from GE Medical Systems is considered the most significant breakthrough in MRI technology in more than a decade, Nancy James, director of Medical Imaging at TMH, said. With its ability to collect and process more data than a conventional MRI scanner, Signa EXCITE reduces the length of MRI exams for patients and improves the quality of the images that the physician receives.
AHA raises $100,000
LIBERTY -- The American Heart Association's An Affair of the Heart event raised more than $100,000. Parker T. McHenry received the Heart of the Community Award and Dr. Alejandro A. Franco the Cardiac Service Award at the event at the Holiday Inn MetroPlex. Colin Beltran, 6, of Austintown, the 2003 Mahoning/Columbiana Heart Child, was a special guest. The Heart Child's framed original artwork was bought by Dr. Walter P. Paladino for $800 in the live auction. Funds raised will support the association's research and educational programs.
Autoimmune disease
NEWTON, Mass. -- The Autoimmune Disease Research Foundation (ADRF) has begun a Web site -- -- which describes and supports the autoimmune disease "common cause" hypothesis, recognizing that many autoimmune diseases have a common cause and possibly a common cure. The site describes the foundation's efforts to support novel, high-impact research and clinical trials that will hasten a cure for many autoimmune diseases, such as Type I diabetes, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, Addison's disease, Graves disease, and lupus, that strike 50 million Americans.
Terrorism response
PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has expanded its MedCall service by creating the Terrorism Response and Information Center in an effort to meet the challenges presented by potential bioterror attacks in western Pennsylvania, and provide information related to bioterrorism to doctors and local emergency agencies. In addition, the center can quickly deploy medical personnel and resources to ground zero or wherever needed in the event of an attack. MedCall is an extensive physician tracking system that includes immediate contact information for more than 11,000 UPMC physicians, and containing more than 400 on-call schedules.
Heart Walk Web site
American Heart Walk participants and those seeking information about the 2003 event can now go online to the new American Heart Association Kintera Web site to register or just find details about the walk.
For the first time, the American Heart Walk will take place at one location for Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties. The walk is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 13, on the campus of Youngstown State University.
To access the new American Heart Association Web site, visit
For additional information, call the American Heart Association, (330) 965-9230.
Chiropractic consults
NILES -- Dr. Bridgett N. Urban of the Urban Chiropractic Clinic, 22 Youngstown-Warren Road, is offering preliminary examination and treatment consultations (excludes treatment) for a fee of $25 during February, American Heart Month. All proceeds will benefit AHA's programs.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call (330) 544-2225.
Immunization clinic
GIRARD -- A well-child immunization clinic is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Girard Health Department, 100 W. Main St. The clinic is free to Girard City children. Parents must bring a copy of the child's immunization record, and a parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of 18. Preregistration is required. Call (330) 545-6048.

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