Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

March 27, 2005

Pneumococcal vaccine offered to seniors Friday

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health is offering a walk-in pneumococcal vaccination clinic for county residents who are 65 and older and residents with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease.

The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road in Glen Burnie. Immunizations are free, but a $10 donation will be accepted. Medicare Part B will cover the $10 donation for individuals who bring their Medicare cards.

For most, one dose of pneumococcal vaccine at age 65 or older provides protection for a lifetime. Individuals with chronic illnesses who have received the vaccine before the age of 65 may need a second dose, as long as five years have lapsed since the previous vaccination dose. 410-222-4896.

Breast cancer scholarship fund essays due by May 31

The deadline for submitting essays for the Joan Lauffer Breast Cancer Scholarship Fund is May 31. All college-bound high school seniors who have, or had, a parent with breast cancer are encouraged to apply.

Essay writers must attend public or private school in Anne Arundel County and should write a one- to three-page essay. The essay should explain how cancer has affected the student's family, and how this scholarship will assist in his or her future. The scholarship fund will award up to $1,000 to the qualified participant.

Essays should be e-mailed to lauffer@toad.net by May 31, along with name, age, phone number, high school, and prospective college and major. 410-956-0791.

People in the news

Dr. James E. Chappell, a board-certified plastic surgeon, has been elected president of the John Staige Davis Society of Plastic Surgeons of Maryland. In addition to being on staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical System, Chappell is the director of the Wound Center at AAMC and serves as a committee member for the Infectious Disease Committee. He also participates in multidisciplinary breast conferences at AAMC.

Chappell has a state license in outpatient ambulatory surgery in Severna Park, where he resides. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Maryland State Medical Society, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Calendar

Movie night: Hospice of the Chesapeake's Spiritual and Bereavement Care Center is offering a movie night from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Light Center Spiritualist Church, 13 First Ave. S.W., Glen Burnie. 410-987-2129.

Line dancers: The "Rowdie Refs," a Relay for Life line-dance team, will hold a benefit dance for the American Cancer Society from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 3 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, Local 1805 at 898 Airport Park Road in Glen Burnie. The admission fee is $10 and includes door prizes, refreshments and music. Tickets are sold at the door. The event will feature line and couples dancing. 410-461-1925, or 410- 582-9149.

Free Pilates class: Pilates at Excel Movement Studios is offering a free Trial Mat Class from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. April 4 at 2001 Tidewater Colony Drive, No. 101 in Annapolis. Noelle Richmond will be the instructor. Participants who register and pay the night of the class can receive a $5 discount for the mat session that begins April 18. 410-897-0550, or www. excelpilates.com.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Anne Arundel Alcoholics Anonymous meets from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays at the Brooklyn Park library, 1 E. 11th Ave., Brooklyn Park.

Feel better sessions: The American Cancer Society is offering feel-better sessions for women undergoing chemotherapy for cancer from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 4 at the Anne Arundel Medical Center, Sajak Pavilion, Wellness Center, Suite 250. These are free sessions led by professionals. 410-721-4304.

Lupus support group: The Lupus Support Group will meet at 10 a.m. April 9 at Severna Park library, 45 McKinsey Road. For a free packet: 800-777-0934.

Weight management: North Arundel Hospital and the Joslin Diabetes Center offer a 12-week course that focuses on lifestyle training for optimum health, including balanced eating, stress management, diabetes self-management and two one-hour supervised exercise sessions. The cost is $270. Registration: 410- 787-4940.

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