Health Notes


May 19, 2006

Medical and health professionals needed

Medical and health professionals are needed to serve as volunteers in the Howard County Medical Reserve Corps. Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, infectious-disease specialists, epidemiologists, dentists, veterinarians and other professionals are being recruited. Mental health professionals are also being sought.

The volunteers will support local emergency response teams in the event of a major natural or man-made disaster in the region, such as chemical or hazard materials spills, flu and other epidemics, hurricanes, floods or acts of terrorism. Some volunteers can offer support by phone consultation.

The volunteers should be prepared to help family, friends and neighbors in case of an emergency. They may receive training on state-of-the-art health topics and can earn continuing education credits.

Information: Laurie Nelson, 1-240-426-2528, or www.hcmrc. com.

Arthritis program to be offered

The Arthritis Foundation will offer a program for people newly diagnosed with arthritis or a related condition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the offices of the foundation's Maryland chapter, 9505 Reisterstown Road, Suite 1 North, in Owings Mills.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required.

Information: 410-654-6570, Ext. 222 or 223.


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


NAMI support -- NAMI - Howard County is offering a peer-based group, for people who are living with mental illness who work, go to school or regularly participate in the community, at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia.

A support group for parents and caregivers of children and teens with emotional or behavioral problems such as serious depression, anxiety and bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, oppositional-defiant and co-occurring disorders. The group meets at 7:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the Patuxent Room of the Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia.

A group for family and friends of adults with mental illness meets on the second Tuesday of each month at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The groups are free, and you need not be a member of NAMI to participate. 410-772-9300.

Classes, services

Red Cross classes -- The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer an Infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class, focusing on overcoming reluctance to act in emergency situations involving children younger than age 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $40.

Infant and child CPR and first aid will be offered from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $45.

A class in adult CPR will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 27 at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. The cost is $40.

Adult CPR and first-aid basics will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27 at the church. The cost is $45. 410-624-2060.

Healing arts -- Tai Sophia Institute, a graduate school for healing arts and sciences, will offer "Redefining Health," a two-day weekend seminar, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 4 at the institute, 7750 Montpelier Road, North Laurel. The workshop, led by Tai Sophia's President Robert Duggan and Chancellor Dianne M. Connelly, provides strategies to enable participants to re-examine themselves, their work and their relationships and make positive changes in their lives. The cost is $140. Twelve CEUs are available; 15 contact hours are available for nurses. 410-888-9048, Ext. 6611.

Wellness -- Howard County General Hospital's Community Health Education program will offer the following:

Baby-sittingThe hospital will offer "Essentials in Babysitting" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 and July 8 at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Participants will hear how to manage children, create a safe environment and apply emergency techniques. Lunch for children and a certificate of attendance will be provided. The program is co-sponsored by Health Quest Inc. The cost is $46. Registration is required. 410-740-7601 or

Losing weightIndividualized weight-loss counseling with a registered dietitian is offered between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the hospital. Appointments, which cost $25 for a half-hour visit, must be scheduled in advance. 410-740-7601.

Send health-related notices to or fax to 410-715-2816.

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