Wednesday, February 4, 2004

Body and Mind

Taking care of your whole self


Prevention: HIV testing and treatment of women who come into a hospital in labor and without prenatal care would cut HIV infections and save costs in the long-term, say two researchers at the University of Cincinnati.

The study, led by Dr. Joseph Mrus and Dr. Joel Tsevat, notes there's little agreement on which drug regimen is best and it isn't always feasible to provide the testing in areas where HIV infection rates are low and few women are without prenatal care.

But simulation models showed the practice is effective. The study also found treating women in labor for HIV without the testing is also cost-effective and prevents transmission of the virus from mother to baby.

Help wanted

Trials: The University of Cincinnati needs volunteers to test the effectiveness of new drugs for treating depression. Information: 558-3249.


Jam: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Linton Chamber Music Series Inc. will offer "Peanut Butter and Jam" sessions to introduce youngsters to classical music. Sessions will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at the hospital chapel. A second set is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 21.

Signs: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center offers "Teach Your Baby/Toddler Signs for Early Communication" at 7 p.m. Monday at its Outpatient Mason location, 9560 Children's Drive. $5. Information: 636-5714.

Celebrate: St. Elizabeth Women's Wellness Center Nurse Navigators and St. Elizabeth Holistic Center will sponsor the Breast Cancer Survivor's Day of Celebration: Draw Out Your Healing Powers at 8 a.m. Feb. 14 at Atria Highland Crossing, 400 Farrell Drive in Fort Wright. Cost: $20. Deadline to register is Monday. Information: (859) 344-2273.


That time: The makers of PMS Tracker want to honor "The Worst PMS Sufferer in the World."

Visit to submit your story of hormonal woe. Men's and women's stories are welcome.

Hot news

Stressed: A new survey finds that Americans feel the government should do more to address the impact the threat of terrorism has on the nation's mental health. The survey, released by the National Mental Health Association and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, shows that 75 percent of respondents feel officials could do a better job of dealing with mental stress created by terrorism.

Other findings:

• 61 percent of women and 47 percent of men feel public officials should stress that it's normal to feel anxious about terrorism and offer advice on handling it.

• Half of Americans and two-thirds of parents worry members of their families will be distressed by terrorism.

• Four out five Americans expect another terrorist attack.

Contact Peggy O'Farrell by phone, 768-8510; fax, 768-8330, or e-mail,

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