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Health briefs: Make medical decisions before there's a crisis

Avoid conflicts: Make health decisions now

Wednesday is National Healthcare Decisions Day, to highlight the importance of formalizing in advance the type of care you want when facing a medical crisis. LifePath Hospice, the AARP, the American Hospital Association and other organizations encourage people to have a conversation with those who matter most on how you want to be cared for in a crisis, and to then complete a living will and health care surrogate form. Through May 16, LifePath will have the forms and professional help in the lobbies of its facilities at 3101 W Azeele St. in Tampa, 11150 N 53rd St. in Temple Terrace and 3725 Upper Creek Drive in Ruskin. Forms are also available at www.lifepath-hospice.org.

Brain food for kids

If your child is experiencing learning or behavioral problems, pediatrician-author William Sears says the solution may be better brain nutrition. "Researchers have found that boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder had lower levels of omega-3 fats, especially DHA, the main omega-3 fat found in fish,'' Sears says. He recommends that children eat a high-protein breakfast, eat "carbs that are naturally packaged with protein and fiber . . . whole wheat toast with peanut butter is an excellent choice, (and) blueberries, which are full of flavonoids and antioxidants that help keep growing brains healthy."

On the calendar

Friday, starting at 5:30 p.m., Fiesta by the Bay, fundraiser for USF's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. At Gaspar's Grotto, 1805 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Cost is $25. Contact Christine Rover at (813) 974-9264 or crover@fmhi.usf.edu. For more on autism, go to card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu.

Saturday, 2:30 to 5 p.m., a Pet Bereavement Seminar, for those grieving the loss of a pet. SPCA Tampa Bay's Humane Education and Training Center, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. For reservations, call (727) 586-3591, ext. 134, or go to www.spcatampabay.org.

April 26-27, bikeMS, Mid Florida MS Chapter. Fundraiser from Cypress Gardens, in Winter Haven, to SeaWorld, Orlando, and back, about 150 miles. Riding starts at 7 a.m. both days. Advance registration is required. For information, go to flc.nationalmssociety.org or contact Ryan Bumgardner at toll-free 1-888-950-9080, ext. 32.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Health briefs: Make medical decisions before there's a crisis 04/14/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:33am]
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