$4,000 worth of medical tests for free

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The CDC NHANES Mobile Exam Center has been set up in the parking lot of Baptist Beaumont Medical Center, Orange, Campus in Orange to gather medical information about 500 randomly selected Orange County residents. The Mobile Exam Center travels to 15 counties and/or parishes in our nation each year to collect medical information from a cross section of our nation’s population.

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The hallways of the CDC NHANES Mobile Exam Center are necessarily narrow to leave room for the ten examination rooms and a mobile laboratory. The exams include a body measurement, an oral exam, a dietary interview area, a liver ultrasound room, a hearing and audio testing room, a bone density/osteoporosis examination room, a blood pressure/hypertension examination room and a blood draw/phlebotomy room, as well as a blood-testing laboratory.

About five hundred Orange County residents will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) this month and next where they will receive approximately $4,000 worth of medical testing for free. In addition, those participants will get to take the results of those tests with them to provide to their family doctor, medical clinic or other health practitioner for their own personal diagnostic and treatment uses.

Study manager George Dixon said that the survey and medical exam results conducted by the Centers For Disease Control are purposely kept completely and entirely confidential. Dixon said that the results are not released to your insurance provider, nor to any hospital or clinic. Your test results are also not released to any government agency or employer. In fact, Dixon said the NHANES study only uses your name to find you for your in-home interview and then to sign you in for your battery of medical tests. Once you are signed in, you are given a wrist band with a randomly generated number that is used to identify your tests in the test center. That number cannot be traced back to your name or identity.

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