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Health briefs: Hearing Loss Association, Clearwater Chapter to meet

The Hearing Loss Association of America, Clearwater Chapter, will meet at 2 p.m. today at Morton Plant Mease's Cheek-Powell Pavilion, Room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. The closed-captioned meeting includes a guest speaker available for questions on the topic of hearing loss and information on the availability of special telephones at no cost.

Call Gert Azarva at (727) 724-6409.

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Mark Cascione, M.D., of the South Tampa MS Center and Dr. Maddox will discuss strengthening and physical therapy exercises that anyone can do at the North Pinellas Multiple Sclerosis Self Help Group meeting at 7 p.m. today at The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 2675 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor.

Space is limited. RSVP by calling Bud Llewellyn at (727) 698-4346 or Eileen Smith at (727) 365-0987.

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Breath of Life Women's Health and Birth Center, 1900 East Bay Drive, Largo is offering the following free classes and seminars:

Thursday, June 4, 6:30-8 p.m., "Childbirth Seminar." A certified nurse-midwife and staff will provide information about various childbirth delivery options, pain management, relaxation and labor support.

Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-noon, "Breastfeeding Seminar." Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, common mistakes and misconceptions and more.

Seating is limited for both events. To reserve a seat call (727) 216-1420. Visit the center's Web site at

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Diagnostic Clinic offers information on today's hottest health topics at the following free health seminars:

• Friday, noon to 1 p.m., "Cataract Surgery in the 21st Century" with ophthalmologist Dr. James Roberts who will explain modern treatments for this age-old eye problem. Hosted by The Barrington, 901 Seminole Boulevard, Largo. Call (727) 584-7706.

• Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, "Interventional Pain Management Therapies" with Dr. Carl Tandatnick, who will detail what new pain management injections, medications, exercises and lifestyle changes can do for an aching neck, back, spine, limbs and joints. Hosted by Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave., Largo. Call (727) 584-7706.

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The Facial Pain Association will come together for its quarterly meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. For 10 years this support group has served families from the entire west central gulf coast region.

There is no cost to attend. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Rohn Harmer at (813) 949-2879, e-mail at or visit

Seminars, classes and support groups:

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, Room F108, 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's Methodist Church, Room 102, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo. E-mail or visit

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor; Thursdays 11 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays 7:30 and 10 a.m. Saturdays at Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave.; and 2 p.m. Saturdays at The Dry Dock, 1733 U.S. Alt. 19, Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 327-4555 or visit

RECOVERY INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater. Call (727) 525-1749.

T.O.P.S. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 9-10 a.m. weigh-in, 10-11 a.m. meeting every Thursday at United Methodist Church, 1025 Union St., Clearwater. Call Beulah Little at (727) 461-7101. There is a fee for this class.

HEART, ARTS & MORE: 9 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 18 and 25, Mease Countryside Hospital, Shaffer Tower, fourth floor, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor; art projects and heart pillows, open to cancer patients, volunteers and community, (727) 725-6016.

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 10 a.m. Monday and June 22 (the second and fourth Monday of every month), Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Room 114, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater, RSVP to (727) 298-6384.

Health briefs: Hearing Loss Association, Clearwater Chapter to meet 06/01/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 1, 2009 5:55pm]
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