Howard County health briefs

October 14, 2011

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


Spiritual reflections: Bon Secours Spiritual Center will offer spiritual enrichment programs at 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Information: Registration: 410-442-1320.

Health education programs: Howard County General Hospital is offering the following programs. Unless noted, all programs will be held at the Medical Pavilion, Suite 100, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Registration and information: 410-740-7601 or

• "Happiest Baby on the Block": This course is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Parents and parents-to-be will learn techniques to quickly soothe babies, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18. Cost $50 per couple (includes parent kits).

•Rewiring neural pathways of emotion: Examine emotional response patterns and use imagery, visualization and meditation to promote positive change from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18.

•Breast changes: A discussion of normal and abnormal breast physiology and contrast that could indicate the presence of disease. Also, newst developments in the area of breast cancer will be discussed, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19. Early registration is required.

•Prenatal class for early pregnancy: Parents-to-be learn about the early stages of pregnancy from 7 p.m. to 9 .m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

•Treatment for foot and ankle pain: Presented by Dr. Ricardo Cook from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27.

•Baby signing: Learn 100 basic signs to help baby communicate from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 29. Cost: $75 per couple, $40 per person.

Support groups

Teens Together Support The networking group for teens who have a friend or family member with cancer will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of every month in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Contact Kelly Schwab at

Support/intervention programs Offered free at Laurel Regional Hospital, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays.

•Bipolar disorder, 6 p.m. Thursdays.

•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

•Parkinson's, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426.

•Rehabilitation for strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Support groups at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia:

•Caregivers meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month.

•Breast cancer support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

•Stage IV breast cancer support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

Widows and widowers Group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's education and support group will meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

Family Support Group provides support and education to the family and friends of adults with a mental illness. The group meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, music room, 7607 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel; the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia; the third Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Celebration Church, Music Room, 6080 Foreland Garth, Columbia; and the fourth Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Room 3, 10755 Scaggsville. All National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are free; no membership or registration. Call 410-772-9300 or log on to for more information or directions.

Support group for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues meets from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month in Room 204, First Presbyterian Church, 8325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, and the last Wednesday of every month at from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Faun Court, Columbia. National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are free. Information: 410-772-9300 or

HIV support group for those infected with or affected by HIV. A women's group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Friday of every month. A group for men and women meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are at the county Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6267.

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