Oklahoma medical and health notes, Nov. 4

Oklahoma medical and health notes, Nov. 4
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: November 4, 2012

Volunteers are sought

for colon research study

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is looking for adults who have been treated for the bacterial infection clostridium difficile, or C. diff, to participate in a research study. C. diff is a bacteria that can cause serious diarrhea and life-threatening inflammation of the colon. Adults ages 20 to 90 with a history of treated C. diff infection might be eligible to participate in the study. Healthy adults with no history of the disease also are needed so that researchers can compare their blood samples with those of the C. diff volunteers. Those selected for participation will come to OMRF in Oklahoma City once to have about four tubes of blood drawn and will receive compensation to offset expenses. To learn about qualifying for the study, call Ginger Roberts at 271-7221 or email robertsv@omrf.org.

Hospice caregivers offer training

Hospice of Oklahoma County is looking for volunteers who are interested in hospice care. The organization will offer a free training session beginning Nov. 20. Hospice of Oklahoma County provides special care for the dying and their families in nine central Oklahoma counties, including the metro and surrounding areas. This training will provide information necessary to help hospice patients. Hospice of Oklahoma County Inc. is a nonprofit, Medicare-certified hospice program. For more information, call 848-8884.

From Staff Reports