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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, DECEMBER 13, 2012, PAGE 8 T By DR. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D., PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Ponchatoula Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist Dr Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula strawberry farm. He is a graduate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "re- tired" now in Kentwood.) In November of 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clin- ton said, "An AIDS-free generation is not just a rallying cry -- it is a goal that is within our reach." President Barack Hussein Obama echoed that promise and said, "We stand at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/ AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic op- portunity to bring that fight to an end." But, scientific evidence shows that they are wrong. An estimated 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and despite a small drop in new infections over the last decade, 2.5 million people were infected last year. An AIDS-free genera- tion means that virtually no ba- bies will be born infected, young people will have a much lower risk than today of becoming infected, and that people who alread: have HIV will receive life-saving'treatment. However, only about 8 .mil- lion HIV patients in developing countries are getting treatment and the United Nations aims to have 15 million treated by 2015. But, such treatment leads to the development of resistant viral strains. Other practices must be ini- tiated, such as treating more pregnant women, and keeping them on treatment after their babies are born; increasing male circumcision to lower men's risk of heterosexual infection; increasing access to both male and female condoms; and more HIV testing. Last year, the U.S. govern- ment spent about $5.6 billion and the world spent $16.8 bil- lion fighting AIDS in poor coun- tries. Currently, Congress and Obama struggle to avert loom- ing budget cuts at year's end and AIDS funding is on the chopping block. Hillary Clinton warned that the U.S. must continue doing its share but we already do more Dr. Howes than our share when compared to Africa. Zambia will have to treat about 145,000 more pa- tients over the. next four years to meet its share of the U.N. goal. South Africa is the nation which has the most people liv- ing with HIV in the world at 5.6 million. The report urges targeting the populations at highest risk, including gay men, injecting drug users and sex workers, especially in countries where stigma and discrimination has denied them access to HIV pre- vention services. One in five new HIV infec- tions occur in a tiny segment of the U.S. population, which is young men who are gay or bisexual. Using 2010 data, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said blacks rep- resented more than half of new infections in youths. In the America that I love, we realize that the most effective way to stop the spread of the disease is to stop the activities that spread the disease. How- ever, with the porno-loaded In- ternet, our sex-crazed world is ramping up on risky sexual ac- tivities. So, be careful.., please be very careful. Let the party begin Chemist and pharmacist Tommy Jackson and his wife Shirley are photographed as they arrive at The Atrium Room for Ponchatoula Rota- ry's Christmas party. (Times Photo) Unl mited Renoval:ions & Lawn Service The magic of Christmas Mrs. Landis McMahon, one of the fabled Queens of Erin, holds her son Pat- rick, eyes wide with wonder at this year's Ponchatou- la Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. (Times Photo) Jeff Wright presented service award At the Rotary Christmas Party held in the Atrium Room of ROX, Jeff Wright was presented the Addie Morris Service Award. Trea- surer Sparky Welles is pic- tured at left. (Times Photo) Star of "Four Weddings" Ponchatoula's Megan Gaudin (right), 20, is getting married and the world will know it! Her upcoming wed- ding to Brandon Burns will be featured on the television show "Four Weddings." She was photographed at Dun McMahon following Satur- day's parade. (Times Photo) Gardenettes bring holiday cheer to North Oaks It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as the Gardenettes of Ponchatoula spread their holiday cheer. The members made a special visit to North Oaks Health System bringing along their creative talents to beautiful- ly decorate two trees at the facility. The members en- joyed the decorating along with fellowship and refresh- ments. Pictured with one of the beautiful trees are Gar- denettes members (back row from left) Louise Steadman, Margaret Bailey, Cricket Ayala, District VI Director Diane Dufour and Sandra Haro. (Front row from left) President Dale Rieth and Janice Hickey. (Gardenette Photo) Local awarded Funeral Director of the Year WALL, N.J. -American Funeral Director magazine recently announced that Martha McKneely Thompson won its 2012 Funeral Director of the Year award. Mrs. Thompson is a fourth- to exceed my expectations; and generation funeral director and for the struggles and challenges is one of the owners of Brandon I've faced, which have given me G. Thompson Funeral Homes in an extraordinary appreciation Louisiana. for my successes," Thompson She was the choice for this said. year's Funeral Director of the Martha Thompson was pre- Year award because of her ut- sented with an awards plaque most dedication to her family during the Seventh Annual Fu- and profession, her advanced neral Service Business Plan, involvement within her com- held Nov. 8-9 in Charleston, munity and her desire to help S.C. as many families as she can. "We are honored to present Mrs. Thompson said it was Mrs. Thompson with our Funer- a shock to win, but she was al Director of the Year award," ;" thrilled to be the holder of such said Thomas A. Parmalee, exec ..... a prestigious honor, utive director of Kates-Boylston "I am so grateful for my lov- Publications, the company that ing and supportive parents who publishes American Funeral encouraged me to be true to my- Director, which is a nationwide self and taught me to respect magazine that has been helping and show compassion to all funeral professionals succeed people; for my incredibly hard- and Serve since 1877. working husband, who loves me "Her dedication to her com- despite my flaws and imperfec- munity, her profession and her tions; for the multitalented and family truly encompassed what compassionate members of the being Funeral Director of the 'Thompson Team,' who continue Year is all about." Kathy Bedenbaugh honored Kathy Bedenbaugh re- ceived a Paul Harris Fellow- ship from her Rotarian hus- band Garnett at the club's Christmas party on Thurs- day. He praised his wife's community activism and accomplishments. (Times Photo) /i Beautiful partiers Mrs. Angelique Richard- son and Mrs. Brandi Layris- son are pictured at Thurs- day's Ponchatoula Rotary Christmas Party held in the Atrium Room of ROX. (Times Photo) Regional urses ,. COVINGTON - Lakeview Regional Medical Center has recent- ly launched Nurses On-Call, a free health information call center that can be accessed 24 hours day, 7 days a week by calling 985- 867-3900 or toll free 866-452-5384. A team of experienced regis- tered nurses provides a link to quality physicians and profes- sional health advice, assists in making physician referrals or appointments, answers health related questions, and can sim- ply provide information about a healthcare service. "Nurses On-Call is a strong addition to the services we offer at Lakeview Regional," states Jason Cobb, CEO of Lakev- Jew Regional Medical Center. "We're building relationships with the residents in our com- munity by connecting them to a resource that delivers the an- swers and advice they need to make informed decisions about physicians, our hospital and their overall health. It's a com- plement to our current offerings and enables us to build upon our reputation as a premier community health resource." For years, Lakeview Regional Medical Center has offered pa- tients helpful services such as physician referrals, registration for Classes, and other general services. Nurses On-Call con- tinues to deliver those services, ,, plus it now offers residents 24 hour access to registered nurses and customer service represen- tatives who can answer ques- tions, transfer callers to physi- cians' offices, offers professional health advice, or provides other information. They use American College of Emergency Physician (ACEP) protocols and are trained to tri- age patients and direct them to the appropriate care resource "calling 911, going to an emer- gency room or urgent care facil- ity, or seeing one of Lakeview Regional's doctors. If a caller needs to see a doctor, the nurse on the phone can transfer the caller directly to the doctor's office. In addition to provid- ing a great consumer service, Nurses On-Call also relieves the emergency department staff from the burden and risk of handling health advice calls. Nurses On-Call is not meant to replace a visit with your physi- cian, and should not be used in situations that warrant a call to 911 emergency services. To access Nurses On-Call, call 985-867- 3900 or toll free 866-452-5384 Lakeview Regional Medical Center: Conveniently locat- ed on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain just south of 1-12 on 190, just 20 minutes drive for most Times subscrib- ers, Lakeview Regional Medical Center (LRMC) is a 178-bed, full-service, acute care, com- munity hospital that has been delivering high- quality, cost :ef- fective health care for over 25 years. Lakeview offers the highest quality patient care through state of the art technology and employs 850 highly trained and dedicated staff members. For more information about LRMC, please visit www.lakev- iewregional.com or call (985) 867,3800. The hospital is locat- ed on 53 acres at 95 Judge Tan- ner Blvd., Covington, Louisiana 70433. A toast to "Miss Shirley" Ponchatoula Rotary Club President Parker Layrisson raised a toast to Mrs. Shirley Welles at the club's Christmas party held this year in Rox's posh Atrium Room. "Miss Shir- ley" was known to generations of admirers as a bon vivant who had a rare talent to inspire youth to reach their full potential in serving their community while never sacrific- ing a zest for life. Layrisson is flanked by former Rotary presidents, (left to right) Wil Richardson, Sparky Welles, Celeste Layrisson and David Osborne. (Times Photo by Chris O'Connor) Angels of Academia on parade at Christmas (Times Photo) LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA Buy a year's home delivered subscription to The Ponchatoula Times 985/386-287.7 Painting Pressure Washing Repairs Lawn Service Landscaping Free Estimate. ' ti i ,z,, John Johnson 985.517.8919 Call us at 985-386-3323 or email us at editor a p0nchat0ula.c0m with your news or photos Call 985/386-2877 24 EMAIL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -- editor@)onchatoula.com SUBSCRIBE ONLINE WWW.PONcHATOULA.COM/PTIMES