Medical Notes: July 17, 2017


Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Worcester kick off reception

WORCESTER – Learn more about “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Worcester” walk, which is planned for Sunday, Oct. 15 at Institute Park. The kick-off reception is Wednesday, july 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Odeum Room, Campus Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Parking is available in the WPI garage, at the corner of Park Avenue and Salisbury Street.

At the kick off reception, you will have the opporutnity to meet Team Leaders and participants, listen to a researcher speak about their American Cancer Society funded research and listen to a survivor share their personal story. there will be complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar. Also, you can browse the merchandise table and meet local supporting partners. To RSVP email or call 508-270-4658. For event information, including registration and how to donate, visit

Elms College Postbaccalaureate student nabs internship with National Institutes of Health to study Sickle Cell Anemia 

CHICOPEE- Ibrahim Kargbo, a postbaccalaureate premed student at College of Our Lady of the Elms, has earned a prestigious summer internship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Kargbo will work with scientists in the NIH’s National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) where he will be working on sickle cell anemia, which is a genetic blood disease that primarily affects African Americans and other minority populations. 

Baystate Medical Center upcoming classes

SPRINGFIELD – Are you already a babysitter looking to further your skills, or considering becoming a babysitter to earn extra money? Baystate Medical Center will hold a “Babysitters Academy on July 21 to prepare area youth for their babysitting responsibilities. The one-day program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the BRL Conference Room at the Baystate Health Education Center, 361 Whitney Ave., in Holyoke. Participants should bring their lunch. Babysitters Academy is a certified babysitter program for young adults ages 11 and a half to 15. The session offers potential babysitters instruction in baby care, first aid, CPR, fire safety, home security, child behavior, and accident prevention. Participants will also receive a course booklet containing helpful tips and other information, as well as a graduation certificate upon completion of the course. The program, offered by the Parent Education Department at Baystate Medical Center, costs $75. Space is limited. Registration is required, visit

Busy parents-to-be who may not otherwise be able to benefit from the many childbirth classes available to them at Baystate Medical Center, can now sign up for a special two-day Childbirth Education express bundle. Held for two evenings on July 20 and 27 from 6 to 9 p.m., the Childbirth Education class provides information on the stages of labor and delivery, basic comfort techniques, medications, medical interventions and postpartum care. The bundled event also includes three additional classes on Infant Care, Prenatal and Postnatal Newborn Behavior, and Feeding. Because classes fill up quickly, registration is recommended by the fourth month of pregnancy. Classes should be taken 6 to 8 weeks before the mother’s due date. Classes are $160 per couple and held in the Lundy Board Room located in the hospital’s Wesson Building on Chestnut Street. Some insurance companies will reimburse those who enroll in childbirth classes. Check with your insurance provider to determine whether you are covered. Additional classes are scheduled for Aug. 10 and 17; Sept. 14 and 21. For more information or to register, visit or call 413-794-5515.