Health Notes

HEALTH NOTES

July 14, 2006

Mayer cancer center extends its hours

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource and Image Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital, has extended its hours and is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

The center provides educational resources for cancer patients and their families, and aesthetic services for cancer patients. Visitors are invited to drop in.

Through an agreement with Comfort Care Medical Equipment Inc. of Baltimore, a specialist will be available by appointment to help patients choose and be fitted with appropriate prostheses; the center will offer a variety of breast forms and bras. Some prosthetic devices are covered by insurance companies. Arrangements can be made for people who are uninsured.

Salon appointments are also available for haircuts and wig consults.

The center will also offer a new line of lightweight, natural and synthetic wigs designed specifically for sensitive scalps. Free and low-cost wigs are also available.

Information or to schedule an appointment: 410-740-5858, or www.cmcric.org.

CPR classes slated tomorrow at church

The Central Maryland Red Cross will offer an adult, infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow at First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, 9325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia. The cost is $45.

Adult CPR with automated external defibrillator skills will be offered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. The cost is $50.

Classes in adult CPR will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. The class will be repeated July 22 and again on July 29. The cost is $40.

Adult CPR and first-aid basics will be offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22, and July 29. The cost is $45.

Information or registration: 410-624-2060 or 800-787-8002. Or www.redcross-cmd.org.

Support

Pediatric center benefit -- Elkridge Furnace Inn will hold its fifth Bastille Day Celebration to benefit the Pediatric Trauma Service of Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The event, which is open to the public, will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. today. The event includes wine, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and live music. Tickets are $50. 410-379-9336.

Women's self-defense -- Howard County General Hospital will offer a self-defense class for women from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the hospital's Wellness Center, Suite L-9 of Columbia Medical Center, 11055 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Students, ages 16 and older, will practice effective and easy-to-learn techniques designed for adult situations. The cost is $45 a person. 410-740-7601, or www.hcgh.org.

Breastfeeding support -- La Leche League of Columbia PM will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. The topic will be "Nutrition and Weaning." Pregnant mothers, as well as infants and toddlers, are welcome. The group offers information, guidance and support at meetings and by phone. 410-864- 8080 or 410-461-3423.

Difficult children -- The Howard County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will sponsor a presentation by psychologist Joyce Derby, "Parenting High Maintenance Children," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. The forum is designed to present a variety of parenting strategies for children with emotional and behavioral problems, and to support parents in creating a loving, learning environment. Parents are invited to ask questions. 410-772-9300.

NAMI -- NAMI Howard County is offering three support groups.

A peer-based group for people who are living with mental illness meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 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 teenagers with serious emotional or behavioral problems meets from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the Patuxent Room of 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 in the day room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia. The groups are free and are open to non-NAMI members. 410-772-9300.`Quit Kit' -- The American Lung Association of Maryland is offering a "Quit Kit," a free packet of material to help smokers stop smoking. The packet includes a booklet of tips for quitting successfully, a summary of nicotine-replacement therapies, strategies for weight control and a list of local smoking-cessation programs. To order the packet or find a smoking-cessation group: 800- LUNG-USA, or www.maryland lung.org. Freedom From Smoking Online, a free smoking-cessation program, is available at www.lungusa.org.

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