BRIEFS Parent group to meet

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota Parents Group will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester. The group is for parents and caregivers of children with epilepsy and seizures. For more information, call 282-7932.

Life Line Screening to be held

Life Line Screening, a provider of vascular screenings, will be in Rochester Wednesday at the Area Family Y providing fast, painless and low-cost screenings.

The screenings involve the use of ultrasound technology and scan for potential health problems related to blocked arteries, aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which are a strong predictor of heard disease. Also offered for men and women is a bone density screening to assess the risk for osteoporosis.

Each screening takes 10 minutes or less and costs $45 each. A complete vascular screening package is $109. A complete vascular screening and the osteoporosis screening is $139.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 1-800-643-6188. Preregistration is required.

After hysterectomy: long-term fatigue

Fatigue is the most common, most debilitating and longest-lasting symptom for women recovering from hysterectomies, according to a study.

The study suggests physicians take a more active role in counseling and treating patients after surgery.

The study, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, was based on a telephone survey of 300 patients who had undergone hysterectomies or myomectomies (removal of the uterus or of uterine fibroids) within two years.

The researchers, from the UCLA. Medical Center, found that 74 percent of the women reported moderate to severe fatigue after surgery, compared with 63 percent reporting moderate to severe pain.

The fatigue, they found, persisted for twice as long as the pain.

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