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Health fair will offer free medical services

More than 650 people are expected to take advantage of the free health services offered at the McDuffie County Health Fair Saturday, April 17th, at Thomson High School, from 8 a.m.until 12 noon.

This is the 33rd year of the event that draws large numbers to Thomson for free health screenings.

Last year, visitors came from as far away as Sparta, Louisville, Washington, Lincolnton, Loganville, Sandersville, Greensboro, Athens, McCormick and Aiken, S.C.

"When we first started the fair, we had only a blood pressure check and heart analysis," said organizer Dot Cofer of Thomson. "It was held at our drive-in bank and I invited the Thomson High Band to perform just so we would have someone there. I believe our attendance was around 78 people."

"We have certainly grown. This year we will have some 17 tests and screenings, and over 30 educational exhibits," stated Cofer.

Tests offered at no charge include, blood pressure, height, weight, lung function, bone density, hearing, vision, glaucoma, depression screening, and other specialized tests.

"Those wishing the bone density test should wear removable socks or knee hosiery, no pantyhose", stated Cofer.

We will have the ever-popular Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) blood chemistry combined with 6 heart calculations(lipid panel) including HDL/LDL (good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides) for an amazingly low price, thanks to many contributors.

In addition to the regular glucose, etc., the CMP picks up problems with liver and kidney function and electrolytes for heart function in addition to other factors. This test has a charge of $23.

There are also other blood tests offered. For $6, one can receive a thyroid test. A Prostate Cancer Test (PSA) is offered for men over 45. The cost for this is $14.

A wide variety of educational exhibits will be offered. Local health care agencies will be showing their services. Several professors from The Medical College of Georgia and physicians in private practice will be presenting such subjects as osteoporosis, teen and children's developmental problems, various heart procedures, menopause, and Sickle Cell updates.

This event is without admission charge and is open for anyone interested.

Testing stations are prepared to accommodate the needs of children, seniors and all adults. For more information, one may call the Health Fair hot line 706-595-2501.

Web posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010

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