This year’s WVU Health Expo goes pink

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The WVU Health Expo will recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the theme “Expo Goes Pink!” from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 9) at the Morgantown Mall.

Visitors to the expo can pick up a pink ribbon and an instructional breast self-exam shower card, tour the mobile mammography unit called Bonnie’s Bus – or even receive a clinical breast exam.

This year’s expo will also feature demonstrations of the da Vinci surgical robot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The robot is used for minimally invasive surgical procedures. Robotic surgery specialist Geoffrey Cousins, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at WVU, will discuss da Vinci from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to da Vinci surgery, experts will discuss other healthcare topics, including quitting tobacco, orthotics and footwear, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, mental health and osteoporosis.

Other highlights of the expo include:

  • Flu vaccines will be provided to anyone 8 years or older for $25.
  • File of Life health information organizers will be handed out.
  • Balance and flexibility, blood pressure, bone density, carotid artery, cholesterol, glaucoma and glucose screenings will be provided.

“Hundreds of WVU health professionals –  including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and therapists – will be at the mall promoting prevention and early detection,” Stephanie Bock, director of community relations for WVUH, said. “We normally provide more than 4,000 health screenings at the event – mostly free – that can save lives.”

Some screenings and services to be provided at the expo require registration. They include blood screenings, chair massages, CPR training, knee screenings and pulmonary function screenings. There is a $35 fee for the multiphasic blood test, and patients should fast for 12 hours for the best results. The PSA blood test for men costs $15. To register for these screenings, call the WVU HealthLine at 1-800-982-8242.

For information on the Health Expo along with a full schedule of events see the WVU Health Expo insert in the Dominion Post Oct. 4 or see http://health.wvu.edu/healthExpo09Ad.pdf.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
asj: 10-02-09

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