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A new video from Fanlight Productions in Boston helps clarify questions about how children perceive and cope with pain.
"No Fears, No Tears — 13 Years Later" features a clinical psychologist and seven young adults who survived painful medical treatments in childhood. These seven young adults were featured in the award-winning film, No Tears, No Fears, which 13 years ago documented how eight children, ages 3 to 12 years, with cancer managed painful medical treatments.
The new film explores the long-term impact of having learned as a child how to deal with fear and pain. The seven young adults still vividly recollect their painful childhood experiences. However, they also describe how learning to master the pain has affected their attitudes toward it, as well as their relationships and lives today. Their stories challenge myths about childhood pain and demonstrate the power of hypnosis, imagery, breathing, and distraction. Their stories also prove that children can actively help themselves through taxing medical treatment.
The video runs 46 minutes and costs $195 plus shipping and handling. It can be rented for $50 a day. To order, contact Fanlight Productions, 4196 Washington St., Suite 2, Boston, MA 02131. Telephone: (800) 937-4113. Web site: www. fanlight.com.
MEE (Motivational Educational Entertain ment) Productions in Philadelphia recently released its latest video, "Life Is What You Make It," to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS treatment options within America's inner cities.
The video was produced for African-Americans and Latinos living with HIV/AIDS.
The free, 23-minute video features people living with HIV/AIDS, an example of a support group, and comments from a physician who specializes in HIV/AIDS treatment. The video helps adults diagnosed with HIV better understand the range of treatment options and services and encourages them to become actively involved in choosing a treatment regimen that fits their lifestyles.
Issues included in the video are:
• the importance of treatment;
• access to treatment resources;
• barriers to an effective treatment regimen;
• hidden concerns and anxieties about living with HIV and its long-term treatment;
• control and empowerment.
Community action teams will distribute the video at appropriate events and activities in urban settings nationwide.
The video also can be ordered by calling toll-free (877) 633-7763 or visiting the company's Web site at www. meeproductions.com.
SEAK Legal and Medical Information Systems in Falmouth, MA, brings its Ninth Annual Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Seminar to the Wyndham Emerald Plaza in San Diego March 29-31. Sessions include:
• preventing a workers' compensation case from becoming a discrimination case;
• evaluation and proof of low back injury;
• integrated disability management;
• getting the dysfunctional injured worker back to work;
• psychiatric fitness for duty exams;
• evaluating symptom magnification, deception, and malingering;
• effective use of investigation in workers' comp cases;
• diagnosis, prognosis, compensability, treatment, and impairment in fibromyalgia.
In addition, two one-day preconference seminars will be offered on March 28. They are:
• "Delayed Recovery: What Works"
• "Return-to-work Programs that Work: How to Develop and Implement a Comprehensive Cost-Effective Program."
The preconference seminars cost $295 each. The main conference costs $565. To register or to receive a conference program, contact SEAK, P.O. Box 729, Falmouth, MA 02541. Telephone: (508) 457-1111. Fax: (508) 540-8304. Web site: www.seak.com.
Annual meeting to be in Atlanta
The National Managed Health Care Congress returns to the Georgia World Congress center in Atlanta April 16-19 for its 12th Annual Con fer ence, "NMHCC/2000: Delivering the Future of Health Care."
As usual, NMHCC organizes its conference into professional tracks to help attendees select the sessions best suited to meet their needs. This year's tracks are:
• behavioral health care;
• managed care organization executives;
• hospital and integrated delivery system executives;
• information systems for health care;
• disease management;
• alternative medicine;
• employers investing in health;
• Web-enabled technology;
• case management;
• hot topics.
The conference costs $1,595 for a four-day pass and $1,395 for a three-day pass. Discounts are available for government employees and academicians. To register or to receive more information, contact NMHCC, P.O. Box 102713, Atlanta, GA 30368-2713. Telephone: (888) 882-2500. Web site: www.nmhcc.org.
Customize a plan
Pritchett & Hull in Atlanta recently released double-sided tear sheets on a variety of orthopedic issues.
The double-sided 8½ x 11 sheets come in 50-sheet tear pads for $10 per pad plus shipping. Each of tear pads presents stretching and strengthening exercises suitable for both prevention and rehabilitation. The sheets include easy-to-read instructions with an interactive format that allows you to customize each patient's exercise plan.
Available titles include:
• "Strengthening Your Back"
• "Strengthening Your Hips"
• Strengthening Your Knees"
• "Strengthening Your Shoulders"
• "Learning to Use Crutches"
• "Learning to Use a Cane"
• Learning to Use a Walker."
To order any of the information sheets above, call toll-free (800) 241-4925 or order on-line at www.p-h.com.