Clinic planned

Clinic planned


A well-child immunization clinic is Dec. 12 at the Girard Health Department, 100 W. Main St.

For an appointment, call 330-545-6048 between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Preregistration is required.

A $10 fee will be charged per child.

Parents must bring a copy of the child’s immunization record, and a parent or guardian must accompany children under 18.

Screening event


The Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, is hosting a screening event on Dec. 19, offered by Life Line Screening, designed to reduce the risk of bone fracture and stroke.

The screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms, and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong predictor of heart disease. A bone density screening to assess osteoporosis risk is also offered and is appropriate for both men and women.

Screening packages start at $149. All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.

Preregistration is required. For information and to schedule an appointment, call 1-877-237-1287 or visit

Alzheimer’s program


The Alzheimer’s Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter is offering a Living with Alzheimer’s program of five sessions at the Boardman Public Library, 7680 Glenwood Ave., designed to address the needs of persons in the early stages of memory loss and their care partners.

Living with Alzheimer’s meetings will be once a month beginning Jan. 8. Topics include: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, effective communication and telling others about the diagnosis, coping with changes and making health and legal decisions, daily strategies and safety issues, and esources for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.

Pre-registration is required. For information and to register call 1-800-272-3900 or 330-533-3300.

Safety courses


The National Safety Council, Northern Ohio Chapter, Ohio One Building, 25 E. Boardman St., Suite 343, is offering safety courses on Dec. 19. Pre-registration is required by Dec. 12. Call 330-747-8657 or 1-800-715-0358 to register and for information. Courses are: CPR/AED Cardio, adult/child/infant — 8:30 a.m., $32; First Aid — 1 p.m., $32.

New study


A new study published online in PLOS ONE reveals that primitive human stem cells are resistant to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), one of the leading prenatal causes of congenital intellectual disability, deafness and deformities worldwide.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that as stem cells and other primitive cells mature into neurons, they become more susceptible to HCMV, which could allow them to find effective treatments for the virus and to prevent its potentially devastating consequences.

“Previous studies have focused on other species and other cell types, but those studies did not evaluate what the cytomegalovirus does to human brain cells,” said Dr. Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and senior author of the report.

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