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Health and Wellness, May 2008

Eye disease study seeks participants

Legacy Good Samaritan Devers Eye Institute is seeking participants for a nationwide study to determine if a modified combination of vitamins, minerals and fish oil can further slow the progression of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The study, sponsored by the federal government's National Institutes of Health, will build on results from an earlier Age-Related Eye Disease Study in which Devers Eye Institute was a major participant. The original study, whose results were released seven years ago, found that high-dose antioxidant vitamins and minerals (vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, zinc, and copper), taken by mouth, reduced the risk of progression to advanced AMD by 25 percent and the risk of moderate vision loss by 19 percent. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in the United States for people over age 60.

Participants in the second study must be between 50 and 85 years of age. Qualifying factors include dry macular degeneration ('drusen') in both eyes or dry macular degeneration in one eye and advanced macular degeneration in the other eye.

For more information or to find out if you qualify for the study, call 503-413-8356 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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The following health classes and talks will be held in May at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center, 1040 N.W. 22nd Ave., Portland:

Women's Wellness: Breast Health - Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Legacy Good Samaritan Breast Health Center, Good Samaritan Building 2 (lower level). Enjoy a catered lunch, take a tour of the Breast Health Center, hear speakers and visit booths offering information on a variety of breast health topics. The event is free. To register, call 503-335-3500.

• Transition to Menopause: Perimenopause - Tuesday, May 20, noon to 1 p.m. Limited to 25. The $5 cost includes boxed lunch. Pre-registration required; call 503-335-3500. Discussion will include understanding physiologic changes, identifying physical symptoms and creating healthy ways of managing this transition through nutrition, exercise, and stress management.

• Better Sleep, Better Health: The Unseen Danger of Sleep Disorders - and #8232; Wednesday, May 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Pre-registration required; call 503-335-3500. Join Dr. Poh H. Leng, sleep specialist at Good Samaritan's Sleep Disorders Center, as he discusses the symptoms and causes of poor sleep and the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders. Free.

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The following free health talks will be held in May at Willamette Falls Hospital's Community Health Education Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City. To register for the events, call 503-657-6919.

Sawing Logs: Snoring and Sleep Apnea - Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Body and Mind: Chronic Pain Therapy -Thursday, May 22, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Oriental Medicine, An Alternative Approach - Wednesday, May 28, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Willamette Falls Hospital Community Health Education Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City.

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Long-term Care: What, Why, and How Much? - Wednesday, May 28, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Willamette Falls Hospital Community Health Education Center, 519 15th St., Oregon City. The hospital's 50+ Members 'Meet and Eat' buffet dinner and presentation will offer information about long-term care protection products, what insurance pays for, and how to plan for your future. Cost is $7 for 50+ members, $10 for non-members (fee is for the optional buffet dinner). To register, call 503-657-6919.