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Annual McDuffie County Health Fair is Saturday at Thomson High School

Two days and counting!

It's almost time for the annual McDuffie County Health Fair on April 18.

The annual event will offer a plethora of medical tests, including the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) blood chemistry test coupled with the Lipid Panel. The $23 test can detect problems with cholesterol, triglycerides, kidney function, liver function, electrolyte balance, diabetes and more. The CMP is popular with the medical community for insurance will not pay for this one from a doctor's office unless there is a "probable cause" to have it ordered. Therefore, this is a tool they can use in determining ones health at very little cost to the patient.

There will also be vision, hearing and dental checks along with other tests.

In addition, there will be:

- thyroid test for $6

- Hemoglobin A1c for diabetics for $14

- Prostate Cancer (PSA) test for $14.

The PSA test is suggested for those men aged 45-50 and older. This test can be added to the same blood sample as the other test. A $4 blood drawing/processing fee will be charged which will include the mailing of the results to both the patient and their doctor. Patients with doctors who practice outside of Thomson are asked to bring the doctor's address. Please also remember that we need a fasting sample if you are seeking the cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides readings. No other blood tests from this blood sample will be affected by food. This means, for the ultimate test, patients should not eat or drink 8 to 12 hours before having this blood work. However, they can still benefit from the blood tests offered as the other values are not affected by eating.

There will be snacks, provided by various food retailers and restaurants in Thomson. These establishments are providing this food so that those having this test will be able to stay and enjoy some of the other tests and educational booths. The free snacks will not be available for those not having the blood work done.

Blood pressure screening will also be offered at the event, and there will also be a dermatologist who will check for skin cancers and other skin problems and give recommendations.

Smokers can have their lung function checked at the Respiratory Therapy booth. Participants may also their oxygen level at this booth.

The MCG Respiratory Therapy team will also be giving the National Asthma Screening test to determine if the person has asthma. A video "Asthma 101" will be shown at 10:30 a.m. which will explain the causes of asthma, treatment, and how the caregiver can better care for the asthmatic patient. This is most important to view if there is an asthmatic child in the family.

There will also be a bone density test to determine the potential for osteoporosis. Participants are asked to wear removable footwear (knee length hosiery or socks) for this test.

Patients who have been considering a knee or hip replacement are encouraged to visit June Hart, who will explain the operation, show the replacement piece and answer any questions concerning this procedure.

Another booth will be offering free radon home test kits as well as information on the deadly gas.

American Ramps will be showing a portable ramp system for the home and a portable shower that can easily be used by wheel chair patients.

The Camellia Lions Club will be collecting used glasses for their eye program. If you are willing to donate your old glasses, please bring them to the vision testing booth.

Visitors should allow enough time to visit the over 35 other educational exhibits that will be there that day. Someone will win $100 for visiting the booths.

The fair will be at Thomson High School on Saturday April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon. There is no admission fee. The only event with a charge is the blood chemistry.

Visitors should park in the student parking lot on the Augusta side of the school.

For more information, please call the health fair hotline at 706-595-2501.

Web posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009

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