Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

June 21, 2006

Hospital in need of blood donors

Anne Arundel Medical Center is experiencing a critical shortage of all types of 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.

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

Call 443-481-4215 for an appointment.

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., foot screenings.

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

Tuesday, 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. the fourth Thursday of the month. Call for location. 410-268-6080.

Cardiac support group. Meets at 7:30 on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Suite 250, Sajak Pavilion. 443-481-1925.

Celiac support group. Meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Friday of the month. 410-672-5834.

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

Endometriosis/Infertility support group. Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month 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 of the month 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, starting at 7 p.m. 410-956-0055 for registration.

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

Information: 410-956-0055.

County schedules waste disposal

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

July 15, 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:

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

June 28, 6 p.m., Discussion about premenstrual syndrome. LifeResource Center. Registration. 410-350-2563.

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

Medical center plans yoga classes

Anne Arundel Medical Center is offering the following 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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