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February 20. 2013 3:05AM
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Asperger's syndrome to be discussed on ‘Call the Doctor'

Asperger's syndrome will be the next topic on Call the Doctor at 7 tonight on WVIA-TV, Channel 44.


Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others characterized by social impairment, communication difficulties, and restrictive, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior. Symptoms vary and can range from mild to severe.


Panelists will include Dr. Sworen-Parise, assistant director of the outpatient psychology department for Rehabilitation Hospital in Scranton, Allied Services Integrated Health System; Jim Siberski, assistant professor and coordinator of gerontology education at Misericordia University; and Susan Moreno, founder and president of MaapServices for Autism and Asperger Syndrome.


Viewers may call in questions during the live show at (800) 326-9842 or submit their questions online at www.wvia.org/live-show-comments.


An encore presentation can be seen at 2 p.m. Sunday.


AMG physician relocates medical practice

Dr. Cynthia Lubinsky, a family practice physician, has recently relocated her medical practice from Alliance Medical Group's Family Practice office in Hometown to a new office located at the Hazleton Health & Wellness Center, Suite 202, 50 Moisey Drive, Hazleton.


Lubinsky is board-certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, manages patient care for children 5 years of age through adulthood, and has expertise in the area of chronic wound care, family medicine, preventive care, and women's health.


She received her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and is a published author. She is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.


For more information, call 501-6840.


Personal training, yoga offered to cancer survivors

The Center for Cancer Wellness, Candy's Place offers free one-on-one personal training, and one-on-one personal yoga and meditation for breast cancer patients and survivors with support from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Requirements include a breast cancer diagnosis, a doctor's note for participation, and all forms to be filled out prior to participation.


A certified fitness trainer will instruct all sessions. Every person's individual needs will be addressed, with a wide range of capability and personal limitations in mind. Every program will be adjusted to individual needs as they are established after the initial consultation.


For more information, inquire at Candy's Place or call 714-8800.


Penn State Extension offers nutrition classes

The Penn State Extension in Luzerne County is offering educational classes on nutrition through its Nutrition Links program, which is designed to help families and individuals with low incomes stretch their food dollars to achieve a healthy diet.


The Nutrition Links' adult series offers topics such as food preparation, meal planning, food storage and sanitation, shopping skills, nutrition for family members and managing a healthy weight. The program is taught in small groups and is led by a nutrition education adviser who is part of the Luzerne County Extension staff. The free sessions are held in community centers, homes, churches and a variety of other sites.


The youth series covers topics such as food preparation, food safety, nutrition and health, snack choices and fitness. Youth may become members of 4-H clubs or groups led by volunteers and participate in regular meetings. They may also have the opportunity to attend a special summer day camp. The youth series may be available to teachers for in-school use.


Nutrition Links, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by Penn State Cooperative Extension, does not supply free food or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, but rather, provides participants with activities that develop the knowledge and skills to plan and prepare a healthful diet on a limited budget.


For more information about Nutrition Links, contact the Luzerne County Extension office at 16 Luzerne Ave., Suite 200 West Pittston, PA 18643 or call 825-1701 or (888) 825-1701.


Fortis Institute offering low-cost dental services

The Fortis Institute dental clinic, located at 519 Ash St., Scranton, is offering services such as dental exams, cleanings and X-rays for $20. The clinic allows students to sharpen skills learned in the classroom.


No insurance is required. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 955-4015. Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available.




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