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IOA Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 Feather River Bulletin 'Notes" of appreciation Hank and Adeline Taylor, with dogs Foxxmo, Benny and Tango, pose with Face the Music Studio's new fence. After an 80-foot locust tree fell during the Dec. 12, 2014, storm and caused $11,000 in damage, concerned friends and citizens pitched in to help raise money to pay for the expensive repairs. Studio owner and local music teacher Johnene McDonald said she extends a "noteworthy" thanks to the community of Quincy. "1 have never felt so appreciated and loved in my whole life," said McDonald. "It is totally overwhelming how much everyone contributed to help me pull through this crisis! We are so fortunate to live in this wonderful community where people are willing to pull together and help each other in times of need." Photo by Johnene McDonald mu Quincy High School senior music, dancing, appetizers Tickets are $10 for adults and Breeann Taylor-Mays is and desserts at the Quincy $7 for students; kids 12 and planning an event to raise Elks Lodge from 7 to 9 p.m. under are free. money for the QHS music The event features live music All proceeds from this program for her senior from the Quincy High School event are going toward the project. "Celebrating 100 jazz band, soloists and other QHS music program. Years of Music" showcases various performers; guests "Please come out for an the centennial of the high may listen, sit or dance as enjoyable evening," said school and all the bands and they prefer. Taylor-Mays. "Your support choirs of the past. Presale tickets are will help increase awareness On Jan. 24 everyone is available at Carey Candy Co. of the importance of the invited to come enjoy live and Quincy Natural arts in our schools." Ann Powers Staff Writer , Eastern Plumas Health Care and University of California, Berkeley are teaming up to offer a new diabetic retinopathy program that will not only save many patients a lengthy commute, it could also save their eyesight. Berkeley's director of optometry, Dr. Harry Green, runs the digital health clinic and is training EPHC staff on how to use the service at the Portola Medical Clinic. The telemedicine clinic is a diabetic retinopathy disease detection resource administered through Berkeley's Optometric Eye Center. The program provides professional diagnostic consults through EyePACS, a clinical communication system, and is offered to medical facilities statewide. The test doesn't replace a full eye exam from an ophthalmologist, but specifically tests for diabetic retinopathy. However, if the UC Berkeley optometrist reading the diabetic retinopathy screening sees any issues, patients are referred to an ophthalmologist. "This program is about preventing blindness and changing people's lives," said Green. Studies show diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in working adults. But, with a comprehensive dilated eye exam, proper diagnosis and intervention, it's 90 percent preventable, according to Green. He says that all diabetics should get annual eye exams but many don't -- even if it means keeping their vision, Fortunately, EPHC diabetic patients no longer have to l 0tent ally find themselves, in that risky category, explained clinic officials. Clients will benefit from UC Berkeley medical experts specifically trained in diabetic retinopathy detection conducting real-time "readings" of their retinal images. Berkeley also provides results from state-of-the-art equipment, education for patients and providers alike, certification and quality assurance for retinal reading. Linda Satchwell, EPHC Family nurse practitioner Christina Potter takes diabetf'c retinopathy photos of Annie Yoakum's eyes. Photo courtesy Eastern Plumas Health Care t "This program is about preventing blindness and changing people's lives. " Harry Green Director of Optometry University of California, Berkeley community programs of the eyes. The process takes coordinator, runs the Portola 20 minutes. Program and stresses that the "The goal is to gain the . service is crucial for EPHC's most complete view possible " most vulnerable patient of the entire retina," said population. Green. 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It's free and will for diabetic retinopathy. , potentially keep them from Reports show about 45 : going blind." percent of Americans Satchwell says their diagnosed with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy the disease at some stage. photographers take eight Diabetic retinopathy can views of each patient's eyes. also pose a serious problem They are saved on a thumb for pregnant women with drive and uploaded onto diabetes. Optometrists EyePACS. The UC Berkeley recommend that every optometrists then read them expecting mother with at their center, diabetes should get a Each diabetic retinopathy comprehensive dilated eye screening includes a brief exam as soon as possible. exam and administration of Starting in March, the four dilation drops by family EPHC diabetic retinopathy nurse practitioner Christina photographers will be doing Potter. EPHC's trained the screenings. 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