We've had some wonderful speakers in the last few weeks!
 
Maureen Staunton, Manager and Nurse Navigator at the Women's Imaging Center/Ultrasound at Presence Holy Family, came to talk to us about breast cancer and breast health. Maureen described their partnership with Silver Lining (the Alliance Foundation), which allows poor women to pursue treatment beyond the initial mammogram or other early intervention exam. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, although survival rates are much higher than in past decades as a result of educating the public and early detection programs. Presence Holy Family's women's health center is a huge part of that effort.
 
Barb Kimicata gave us a fascinating look at the question of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in our diet. Barb is a volunteer for Illinois Right to Know GMO, a nonprofit dedicated to education, legislation, and labeling of GMO foods. This organization is part of a nationwide alliance collecting research, articles and other information about the GMO industry. First, the difference between GMOs and hybrids. Breading crops and animals for better yields is centuries old, but GMOs are different. These organisms have had their genes "spliced", to introduce resistance to weed killers and pests, for example. Did you know that 94% of the soy we consume is genetically modified? There's a lot to learn! The library has many books and films on the subject so you can learn more.