Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

June 14, 2006

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center is experiencing a critical supply shortage of all types blood, especially O-positive. The center relies primarily on its own blood bank rather than donations from the Red Cross or on blood purchases.

The center's blood bank is open for donations:

Mondays, 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Call 443-481-4215 for an appointment.

Health Department schedules activities

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's sun safety mascot, "Alex the Alligator," will visit public libraries to teach children ages 3 to 7 about sun safety:

Today, 9:30 a.m., Maryland City branch, 3501 Russett Common, Laurel.

Tomorrow, 9:30 a.m., Severna Park branch, 45 McKinsey Road, Severna Park.

Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m., South County branch, 5940, Deale-Churchton Road, Deale.

Sun-safety presentations are also available to day care facilities with groups of 15 or more children. To schedule an Alex the Alligator appearance, call 410-222-7339.

BWMC plans free activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center has scheduled free activities at county locations:

Today, 8:30 a.m. to noon, blood pressure screenings, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

Today, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., prostate screenings, Tate Center's first floor main lobby.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Health screenings set at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer activities at its Arundel Mills Outreach Center, between Dave and Buster's and mall entrance No. 4:

Tomorrow, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., blood pressure and lung capacity screenings.

June 22, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., foot screenings.

June 26, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

June 27, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., blood pressure screenings.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Hospital offers support groups

Anne Arundel Medical Center offers several support groups for the community:

Alzheimer's Support Group for caregivers. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 410-721-3258.

Amputee Support Group. Provides information for amputees, their families and health care providers. Meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday. Call for location. 410-268-6080.

Cardiac Support Group. Meets at 7:30 on the first and third Tuesday, Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 443-481-1925.

Celiac Support Group. Meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Friday. 410-672-5834.

Crohn's/Colitis/IBD Support Group. Meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 410-626-7755.

Endometriosis/Infertility Support Group. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday in Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. Endometriosis information: 410-721-2858. Infertility information: 410- 729-0864.

Sickle Cell Support Group. Meets from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. the third Saturday in Suite 250. 410-787-0294.

Information: 443-481-4700.

Healing arts group schedules programs

The American Healing Arts Alliance is sponsoring these programs:

Second Tuesday of the month, Meditation and Healing Exchange, Peace Point, Edgewater, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Peace Dove Meditation, and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Healing Hearts exchanges. 410-956-0055 for registration.

Fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Peace Point. Book study group meets. Registration: 410-956-0055.

Information: 410-956-0055.

County sets schedule for waste disposal

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works has announced this schedule for household hazardous waste disposal days:

Tomorrow, Sudley Convenience Center, 5400 Nutwell Road, Deale.

Sept. 9, Glen Burnie Convenience Center.

Oct. 21, Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility.

Nov. 18, Glen Burnie Convenience Center.

Drop-off times for all dates and locations are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 410-222-7951.

Harbor Hospital plans seminars

Harbor Hospital in Baltimore is offering the following activities:

Today, 5:30 p.m., Dinner with the Doc: "Get Your Summer Back" - dinner and a discussion of back pain. Ecker Business Center 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Saturday, 8 a.m., free cholesterol screenings. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Monday, 11 a.m., Harbor Senior Event: "Navigating the Medicare Muddle" - seminar on Parts A and B, new preventive coverage and other aspects of the program. Registration. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. 410-350-2563.

Tuesday, 6 p.m., Total Joint Tuesday. Discussion about knee problems. If you have a current X-ray of your knee (weight-bearing), please bring it. If you do not, please inform the hospital when you call so that a free film can be scheduled. A light dinner will be served. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 27, 10 a.m., Yoga for Dummies. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

June 28, 6 p.m., Coping with PMS, discussion about premenstrual syndrome. LifeResource Center, 2990 S. Hanover St. Registration. 410-350-2563.

Information: 410-350-2563 or harborhospital.org.

Medical center plans yoga classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering yoga classes:

"Beginning Yoga," the basics of Hatha yoga, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, or 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays.

"Continuing Yoga," an intermediate class, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

"Mom and Baby Yoga and Infant Massage," 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays. The fee is $40 for four weeks.

"Mommy and Me," which covers postpartum issues, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Fridays.

"Therapeutic Yoga," covers comfort levels, breathing exercises and focus, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays.

"Prenatal Yoga," for expectant mothers (all trimesters; physician's consent required), 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Unless otherwise noted, classes are $10 each and will be held on the second floor of the Sajak Pavilion. Monthly registration required.

Information: 800-MD-NURSE or askaamc.org.

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