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Registration to open for Turkey Trot

Online registration for the 118th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot starts Thursday.

The time-honored 8K (nearly 5-mile) race will take place on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, and continues to be a sold-out event every year.

Online registration will be available at www.ymcabuffaloniagara.org through noon on Nov. 21 or until the capacity of 14,000 runners is reached, YMCA officials said this week.

The cost to participate is $30 until Oct. 31, and $35 from Nov. 1 to 21; runners and walkers alike are encouraged to participate.

This year’s event will again provide participants with a disposable chip to record runner times and include a post-race celebration at the Buffalo Convention Center. Also returning this year is the family friendly post-race area in Statler City, across from the Convention Center.

Proceeds from the event help make YMCA programs and services at all YMCA Buffalo Niagara branches accessible to children and families who would otherwise be unable to afford them.

Coaches vs. Cancer hosts golf tournament

The All High Golf Tournament, to benefit the American Cancer Society through Coaches vs. Cancer, will take place Aug. 13 at Buffalo Tournament Club, 6432 Genesee St., Lancaster.

The cost is $75 and includes 18 holes of golf with cart, one small bucket of range balls, lunch, dinner, and open bar through dinner.

Participants can register by emailing JoAnna Jacob at joanna.jacob@cancer.org by Aug. 5.

The tournament is a four-person scramble with a shotgun start, and multiple prizes will be awarded. Tee time is 9:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Jacob at (800) 227-2345.

Mammography coach makes impact

More than 1,400 Western New York women, most of whom probably would not have otherwise received breast cancer screenings, had mammograms in the first year of the Mobile Mammography Coach’s effort to save lives.

Sponsored by Erie County Medical Center, First Niagara Financial Corp. and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni, the coach deployed two digital mammography units to under-served and under-tested women across the region. It was dedicated a little more than a year ago.

The service is staffed and operated out of the practice of Dr. Vivian L. Lindfield in Amherst; it completed an average of more than 13 mammograms a day over 105 days. Out of 1,410 exams, 110 women were flagged for more specific secondary exams, and overall, the tests found two positive results.

“This project was always about making a real impact on the lives of women and their families through early detection. We could not be more pleased by the number of women screened and, more importantly, who received care,” ECMC CEO Jody L. Lomeo said in a news release. “This a great example of the power of collaboration in our community and I thank the Buffalo Sabres Alumni, First Niagara, and the board of the ECMC Lifeline Foundation for believing in something greater for the prevention of breast cancer in our community.”

First Niagara and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association donated $750,000 for the Mobile Mammography Coach. The Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation, which contributed to its operation, owns the mobile coach.

Western New York had the highest rate of new breast cancer in Upstate New York, according to a 2010 report. Upstate had a higher breast cancer death rate per 100,000 women in 2011 at 24.5 per year, than nationally, 24; statewide, 23.7; or in New York City, 23.9, according to Susan G. Komen For the Cure.

Another partner in the effort is the Buffalo/Niagara Witness Project, which helped identify women in the community in need of screening. The project educates participants on early cancer detection through stories told by breast and cervical cancer survivors in churches and other community settings.

The bus also furthers ECMC’s commitment to the neighborhoods around its health campus. Although the breast cancer rate is 17 percent lower in African-American women than in white women, the mortality rate is 32 percent higher. Moreover, the survival rate for breast cancer in African-American women is 75 percent, compared with 89 percent among white women. Mammography screening reduces mortality by up to 50 percent, according to the American Cancer Society.

For more information on the Mobile Mammography Coach, call (855) GO-4PINK or (855) 464-7465, or visit www.ecmc.edu/mammography/schedule.asp.

World’s oldest pills treated sore eyes

In ancient Rome, physicians treated sore eyes with the same active ingredients as today. So suggests an analysis of pills found on a cargo ship wrecked off the Italian coast in around 140 B.C.

“To our knowledge, these are the oldest medical tablets ever analyzed,” says Erika Ribechini, of the University of Pisa in Italy, head of a team analyzing the relics. She thinks the disc-shaped tablets, 4 centimeters across and a centimeter thick, were likely dipped in water and dabbed directly on the eyes. The tablets were mainly made of the zinc carbonates hydrozincite and smithsonite, echoing the widespread use of zinc-based minerals in today’s eye and skin medications. The tablets were also rich in plant and animal oils. Pollen grains from an olive tree suggest that olive oil was a key ingredient, just like it is today in many medical and beauty creams, says Ribechini.

– News staff and wire services