med BRIEFS - Seasons Hospice schedules grief support groups

Seasons Hospice will hold a grief support group for adults who have recently lost a loved one through death prior to July.

The series provides an opportunity to explore issues relating to grief, loss and rebuilding in a small, supportive group setting. Classes will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday Sept. 24- Nov. 12 or from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday Sept. 25 -Nov. 13. All classes will be held at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 Third Ave. S.W. in Rochester.

The grief support group is free, however pre-registration is required by Sept. 16. For more information or to pre-register, call 285-1930.

Baby 'walkers' ... in name only

They may be called walkers, but when it comes to developing babies' motor skills, they seem to have the opposite effect, a recent study has found. Writing in The British Medical Journal, researchers described evidence that babies who had used the walkers -- wheeled devices that allow the young children to move around upright -- walked, stood unsupported and even crawled later than the babies who did not.


"This study provides additional evidence that baby walkers are associated with delay in achieving normal locomotor milestones," the authors wrote. "Baby walkers are known to increase the risk of injuries in infancy. The use of baby walkers should be discouraged." Other studies have had mixed findings about the effects of the walkers.

More fish in diet can't hurt

New evidence from studying genetically similar tribes in Africa suggests that a diet rich in fish could be superior to a vegetarian diet in warding off heart attacks.

The study, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, focused on leptin, a hormone released by fatty tissues. High leptin levels have been associated with obesity and heart disease. In the study, which compared an African tribe with high fish intake and one with almost a totally vegetarian diet, found that the fish eaters had significantly lower leptin levels than the vegetarians.

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