Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

March 17, 2006

Seminar April 4 on the avian flu

In response to the spread of avian influenza in Asia and Europe, Dr. Penny E. Borenstein, county health officer, will present "Get the Facts: Pandemic Influenza and the Avian Flu," a seminar for decision-makers, stakeholders and members of the community, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 4 in Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The seminar is to present information necessary to help prepare for a potential pandemic, and to answer the questions: "What is an influenza pandemic?" "What is avian influenza?" "Will the avian flu turn into a pandemic?" And "What can we expect if a pandemic strikes Howard County?"

Everyone is invited. Registration is requested by March 29.

Information or registration: 410-313-6306.

Hospice benefit raised $355,000

Hospice of Howard County's 20th Taste & Auction, held last fall, raised more than $355,000.

Nearly 700 people attended the event, which was held in the Grand Ballroom at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center in Ellicott City.

Screenings

Mammograms -- Howard County Health Department offers free mammograms to women ages 40 and older who meet certain requirements. 410-313-4255.

Hearing -- A free hearing screening will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Howard County Hospital Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway. 410-740-7601.

Body analysis -- A computerized body analysis that includes lean body mass-to-fat ratio, estimated basal metabolism, exercise guidelines and suggested weight loss will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to noon April 8 at the hospital's Wellness Center. The cost is $15; a repeat analysis within six months costs $10. 410-740-7601.

Osteoporosis -- An osteoporosis screening will be offered from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Wellness Center. Participants should wear socks and shoes that can easily be removed; the test is performed on the heel. Appointments are necessary. The cost is $35. 410-740-7601.

Safety

Tutorial -- The STTAR (Specialized Trauma Treatment, Advocacy and Recovery) Center Inc. is offering private safety education for families. 410-290-6432.

Self-defense -- A self-defense class for mothers and daughters, ages 12 to adult, will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of the Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway. The cost is $75 a pair. 410-740-7601.

Send health-related notices to fay.lande@baltsun.com or fax to 410-715-2816.

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