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April 12, 2001

Two ULM Colleges to Celebrate Health Awareness Day

ULM's College of Allied Health and Rehabilitation Professions and the College of Nursing are observing Health Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 18, 2001, in conjunction with a celebration of National Medical Laboratory Week. This semi-annual event held on the University campus offers a variety of health services to faculty, staff, and students at ULM provided by Clinical Laboratory Science, Communicative Disorders, Dental Hygiene, and Nursing in the foyer and hallways of the first floor of the Nursing Building.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. CLSC HEALTH SCREENING
Beta Delta Chapter of Lambda Tau and the ULM Student Clinical Laboratory Science Society is offering a health screening to employees and students of ULM at a minimum charge.

Please do not eat or drink anything prior to having your blood drawn. Coffee, cold drinks, and donuts will be provided for persons who would like them.
The Department of Communicative Disorders will provide hearing screenings and screenings for vocal problems (hoarseness, etc.). There is no charge for these services.
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. THE COLLEGE OF NURSING
Nursing will provide information regarding 1) Staying healthy in the summer, 2) Screening for hypertension, 3) Skin cancer, 4) Blood pressure, and 5) Stress and wellness for adults.
7:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. DENTAL HYGIENE
The Dental Hygiene Department will be screening for gingivitis and periodontal disease.

Related National Medical Laboratory Week Information:
National Medical Laboratory Week 2001 Celebrates Laboratory Professionals: Solving Today's Medical Mysteries

Bethesda, MD -- The clinical laboratory professional is a key member of today's health care team. Laboratory professionals have the skills to unlock important medical information that is pivotal to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Every day, nurses, physicians, and other medical workers depend on laboratory professionals to perform tests on body fluids, interpret the results, and help provide a complete picture of a patient's health. Using modern biomedical equipment and complicated analysis, laboratorians can detect the presence of cancer, identify infectious viruses and bacteria, and measure glucose, cholesterol, or drug levels in blood. Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork.

Laboratory professionals often work in hospitals, physician offices, or private clinical laboratories, performing laboratory tests and monitoring the quality of their results. Others are employed by university or industrial research laboratories to seek solutions for medicine's many unanswered questions. And these professionals are increasingly found outside the traditional laboratory, participating in community health activities, conducting environmental testing, or serving in the Peace Corps.

National Medical Laboratory Week (NMLW) began in 1975 under the auspices of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (then the American Society for Medical Technology). Now, numerous organizations participate in the event as co-sponsors and campaign supporters.

Co-sponsors for 2001 are:

In addition to NMLW activities headed by national groups, numerous hospitals and clinical laboratories around the country will hold celebrations to benefit the general public as well as laboratory professionals. These events are designed to recognize laboratories and laboratory professionals, enhance their image, and educate the public, government and private sectors about their role in health care.

Whatever the setting -- behind the scenes or out in your community, laboratory professionals are by your side, working as key members of your health care team. From April 15-21, 2001, please join these professionals in celebrating National Medical Laboratory Week and their vital role in promoting and protecting your health.

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