Briefs: Health notes, Pasco County

Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital presents a free seminar on Obstructive Sleep Apnea at 1 p.m. Friday. Dr. Amir Noorani will be the speaker. He is a specialist in pulmonary disease and sleep medicine. The hospital is at 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Reservations are required by calling (727) 943-3600.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice is holding a photo contest with winners featured in Gulfside's 2009 monthly calendar. Sixteen photos will be selected for the 15-month calendar, including a cover shot. All entries are due by Sept. 30. Call (727) 845-5707 for guidelines.

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A free information seminar on the topic: "Can You Swallow This," will detail the topic of swallowing disorders, a condition called dysphagia. The speaker is Angene Campa, a speech language pathologist. The seminar is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Reservations are required by calling (727) 943-3600.

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Look Good...Feel better, a free program that teaches people in active cancer treatment ways to deal with the appearance-related side effects of treatment meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, Second Floor Conference Room, 2N, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Register by calling (727) 869-5498 or (888) 741-5119.

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Volunteers with medical training (RN, RDMS etc.) and other volunteers are needed at the West Pasco Pregnancy Center. The center's offerings include free pregnancy testing, counseling, limited obstetrical ultrasound, childbirth classes and adoption support. A volunteer orientation meeting is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the center at 5330 George St., New Port Richey. Call (727) 846-9999.

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The CARES Zephyrhills Senior/Community Center, 5320 First St. in Zephyrhills will offer a Chronic Disease Self-Management Program starting at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 2. The program consists of a series of workshops that will be given for two and one half hours once a week for six weeks ending on Nov. 6. For a reservation, call (813) 788-0471 or (813) 293-0987.

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Former smokers offer a support group for others from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays at the Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road in New Port Richey. Call (727) 868-3835.

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Special Students of Hernando, a community resource and support group, for any parents, guardians, caregivers, providers or educators who have or interact with children who have any disability meet the last Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This group, that is not a disability specific group, meets at the ARC Nature Coast Community Café on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Call Nikki Pierce at (352) 584-5512 or visit the Web site at SpecialStudentsOf Hernando.com.

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"Understanding and Managing Your Medication" will be presented by Troy Jarvi, a pharmacist from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at the Regional Medical Center, Bayonet Point, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. His talk will include topics such as knowing when and how to take medications, safe practices in drug storage and purchasing and what to do when medications change. Call (727) 869-5498 for reservations.

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Florida middle school and high school students can compete in the Florida KidCare "Act-Out for Health" contest. Students can produce a 30-second television commercial or create a print advertisement promoting Florida KidCare, the state and federally-funded insurance program that provides affordable health benefits for children birth through age 18. The first place and runner-up will be chosen from six regions across the state and one grand prize winner in the print and commercial categories will be chosen and awarded a $5,000 scholarship Other prizes include Best Buy gift cards for each student that helped produce the winning ad and a monetary donation will be given to the students' school. To receive an entry form and contest guidelines visit the Web site at actout4health.org or call (850) 224-5437, ext. 6114. All entries must be in by 4 p.m. Dec. 5.

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Swing for Charity, the 14th annual Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Golf Tournament, is set for Oct. 3 at Southern Hills Plantation off U.S. 41 in Brooksville. It is a foursome format with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds benefit United Way of Pasco. Call (727) 869-5494 or (800) 432-7811, ext. 5494 for registration or sponsorship information.

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Co-Dependents Anonymous meet at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Community Congregational Church, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 841-7274.

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"What's So Good About Feeling Bad?" is a play produced by All Children's Hospital designed as a teaching tool to explain the complexities of the human body and how it protects and fights to keep kid's health. The two-act play has employees of the hospital portraying characters representing a body system with comedic sketches and musical numbers. The second act is a game show format. The play dates are: Wednesday and Oct. 8 and 22, Nov. 5 and 12, Dec. 3 and 17, Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and 18, March 11 and 25, April 15 and 29 and May 6 and 13. The play is performed at the All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center, 701 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. This play is for pre-school, elementary and home schooled children. Reservations can be made by calling Joyce Kosirowsky at (727) 767-4245 or register on line at www.allkids.org/achplcy.

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The Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope will host its regular General Cancer Support Group at 6 tonight. The group meets every other Tuesday at 8763 River Crossing Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 842-8411, ext. 150.

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CARES and the Osteoporosis Center of Florida are offering free bone density scans from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the CARES Crescent Center, 13906 Fifth St., in Dade City and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the CARES Rao Musuuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Readings will be given to each participant to take to their doctor. Call (727) 514-4770.

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The Birthplace at Community Hospital, 5637 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey, is offering a six week prepared childbirth class beginning Oct. 1. Classes meet one night a week from 7 to 9 p.m. and the fee is $70. Reservations are required by calling (727) 834-5630.

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The Florida Cancer Institute — New Hope will hold its Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group at 5 p.m. tonight at the Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope's Spring Hill Center, 10441 Quality Drive, Suite 203 in the Medical Arts Building next to the hospital. Call (352) 688-7744.

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A Sleep Apnea and CPAP/BIPAP Clinic is offered from 1 to 3 p.m. each Wednesday at the Pasco Sleep Center, 5453 Gulf Drive, Suite 1 in New Port Richey. Sleep questions, mask fittings, pressure checks and equipment questions are offered for free. Call (727) 845-0459.

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Life line screenings appointments are offered beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 at Unity Truth Center, 5844 Pine Hill Road in Port Richey. Early registration is urged. There are eight tests that can be taken in less than one hour. Cost is $20 to $45 for individual tests or $80 to $139 for a series of tests. Call (800) 779-6353.

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Any adult who is trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one is invited to participate in a Hernando-Pasco Hospice (HPH) ongoing grief support group at no charge. Led by counselors, a group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. each Wednesday at the hospice office, 4422 Grand Blvd., Troublecreek Square, New Port Richey. Another group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursdays at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52 in Hudson. A group meets every Monday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Florida Hospital, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills and from 2 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway, in Land O'Lakes. Call (727) 863-7971 or (813) 780-6797 or visit the Web site at hphospice.org.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida Inc. has added new telephones, TTYS and captioned telephones through its no charge equipment distribution program. Amplified telephones and related equipment are offered at no cost to permanent Florida residents who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf/blind or speech-impaired. Equipment is available Monday through Friday at the office at 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey. They also offer free hearing screenings by appointments. Call (727) 853-1010 or (866) 685-9477.

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Gulfside Regional Hospice has formed a new grief support group in Dade City. The group meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Gulfside East Pasco administrative office and bereavement center, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City. Call (813) 780-1235 or (727) 992-8035. The group that meets at the Edwinola, 14235 Edwinola Way in Dade City, gathers from 10 to 11 a.m. Sept. 30. Gulfside holds a worship service at 10:30 a.m. each third Tuesday of the month at Sunset Bay Assisted Living Facility, 7423 Kauai Loop, New Port Richey. This is open to the public as well as hospice patients and families. The service will be conducted by Chaplain Andy Anderson. Call (727) 845-5707.

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HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill offers free blood pressure and diabetes screenings from noon to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month at the Community Aging and Retirement Services Inc. (CARES) Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway in Hudson. Call (727) 863-6868.

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Community Aging and Retirements Services Inc. (CARES) recognizes the problem of uninsured seniors. Located at the Claude Pepper Senior Center, 6640 Van Buren St. in New Port Richey, the service provides low-income and uninsured seniors 55 years and older with limited medical care such as general physical exams, limited primary treatment, monitoring of chronic illnesses, counseling and referrals. Some donated medications, lab services and other special services are offered. Care is provided through active and retired health professionals. Call (727) 844-3077.

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Co-Dependent Anonymous: Freedom CoDA, meets at 7 p.m. Thursdays at Community Congregational UCC, 6533 Circle Blvd., New Port Richey. Call (727) 844-5525.

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers several support group meetings for family and friends of those with mental illness and consumers (those with mental illness). This includes all brain disorders, including but not limited to OCD, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia and multiple personalities. Support groups are available for individuals, for children and adolescents, for adults and for family members. Call (727) 992-9653 for times, dates and locations of support groups.

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The Alzheimer's Family Organization offers two support groups this week. A group meets at 2 p.m. Friday at The Cottages, 5905 Pinehall Road, Port Richey. Call (352) 567-8615. Another group meets at 2 p.m. Sunday at Heritage Park, 37135 Coleman Ave., Dade City. Call (352) 567-8615. The Alzheimer's Family Organization has a program to assist caregivers of dementia and Alzheimer's disease sufferers call the Wanderers Identification Program. An identifying bracelet or pendant with a code number and direct telephone number to the participating Sheriff's Office is provided to the person with the memory disorder. Call (727) 848-8888 or (888) 496-8005 for details.

Send any health related items to Michelle Jones at mjones721@tampabay.rr.com, or fax to: (813) 684-2457 or mail to P.O. Box 558, Valrico, FL 33595. Call (813) 685-2200 with any questions. Please send information at least 10 days prior to event.

Briefs: Health notes, Pasco County 09/22/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:03pm]

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