Each year, about 1,500 babies are born with spina bifida, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. Spina bifida occurs when the spinal cord does not form properly before birth and causes a malformation in the skull, which can result in paralysis.
Banner Desert Medical Center is hosting a seminar to educate the public about gynecologic cancers, including the five types of women’s reproductive system cancers. The seminar will focus on recognizing possible symptoms, being aware of risk factors, how to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and concerns, and the unique characteristics of each of the five gynecologic cancers.
Homeowners associations are tasked with the unenviable responsibility of maintaining community standards. Personal property appearances, landscape maintenance and dog refuse in common areas fall within their purview; apparently so do banners advertising local businesses.
Nicole Kazan, a 2012 graduate of Desert Vista High School and current Arizona State University freshman, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Arizona Pageant, which will take place June 29. The winner of the pageant will receive a cash award, official crown and banner and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California where she will receive a tour of Hollywood and two complimentary tickets to Disneyland. Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship as well as setting and achieving personal goals.
In the eight years I’ve taken on the regular duty of reviewing movies, 2012 just might have been the best. It wasn’t easy compiling a top 30 list for a 12-month period of so many diverse, outstanding films. I found myself having to make some absolutely painful snubs, including “Flight,” “The Sessions,” “The Hobbit: An Expected Journey,” and a little cinematic masterpiece by the name of “21 Jump Street.” In the end though, I managed to narrow the list down to the 20 titles that best encompass 2012 in all its glory. If you’re still behind on the movies of yesteryear, consider this your ultimate movie guide to 2012.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Dr. Jeremy Payne, medical director for the Banner Good Samaritan Stroke Center, co-chair for the Banner Neurosciences Clinical Consensus Group and clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Arizona, has recently been appointed to the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate Board.
Banner Health is hosting a question-and-answer session for women living with pelvic discomfort and dysfunction. All Right Now: Solutions for Better Pelvic Health will address the real-life challenges that pelvic disorders create for more than 37 million women in the United States, many of whom are unaware they suffer from a diagnosable disease.
Kyrene de la Altadeña Middle School seventh-graders Alexandra Gutierrez, Abigail Kany, Rebecca Kim, Ashley Ong, Nora Wagner, and Sonoran Science Academy seventh-grader Ryann Yount dedicated more than 52 hours each in planning, organizing, making, and teaching others how to make Positioning Pillows. In all, the girls from Girl Scouts Cadet Troop 2292 made 131 pillows that they donated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cardon Children’s Medical Center at Banner Desert Hospital in Mesa.