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A phone call a day

Been spending too much time on your computer reading e-mail and think you have carpal tunnel syndrome?

"Health Calls," a new segment on news station NBC 29's Live at Five newscast, brings in doctors from the University Medical Center to answer basic medical questions on the air.

Viewers can send in postcards with their specific questions and NBC 29 will contact experts at the Medical Center to come on the air.

NBC 29 News Director Dave Cupp created the segment.

"I went to a conference several years ago and there was a seminar for early afternoon newscasts," Cupp said. "The segment had been popular with viewers because they get a live answer."

While the station hasn't set a permanent schedule for "Health Calls," Cupp said he plans to air the segment two or three times each week during the 5 p.m. newscast. Last week the program aired Tuesday and Thursday, and it will air at the same times this week.

University doctors will rotate to answer the questions, said Suzanne Morris, assistant director of Media Relations for the University Health System.

Last week, Family Medicine Prof. Dr. Sim Galazka, and Dr. Sue Squillace, associate professor of clinical family medicine, answered the questions on the segment.

"We'll try to get a specialist in [the question's] area generally," Morris said.

In line for the bathroom

The Tuttle Coffee House has had to cancel some programmed events because construction on bathrooms has taken longer than expected.

"The baths are being renovated and brought up to [Americans with Disabilities Act] code," Housing Director Mark Doherty said.

Doherty said the bathrooms are being made handicapped accessible, and that construction work slowed because contractors had trouble finding labor.

But he added that the construction will be completed by Friday, making the Coffee House ready for a "healthy set of programs."

-Compiled by Brandon Rogers and Mary Rekas