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Health notes: Foot, ankle screening Jan. 18 at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital

A free foot and ankle screening will be offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Dr. David Fine, a specialist in podiatric medicine and surgery, will conduct the screening and provide information on foot health. Fine is a member of the medical staff of Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital and has offices in Palm Harbor and Trinity.

Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600.

The Clearwater Civitan Club will host Dr. Alan Percy at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Paul B. Stephens School, 2935 County Road 193, Clearwater.

Percy, a pediatric neurologist at the University of Alabama, will highlight his work with Rett syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, and provide an overview of various Civitan International Research Center research activities.

In 1983, Percy, along with Dr. Vanja Holm and Dr. Mary Coleman, were the first physicians to recognize Rett syndrome in the United States. He established Rett centers at Baylor College of Medicine and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he serves as professor of pediatrics, neurology, neurobiology and genetics.

He is the principal investigator of the Angelman, Rett, and Prader-Willi Syndrome Rare Disease Clinical Research Consortium at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Since 1983, he has authored more than 120 scientific papers on Rett syndrome and is a co-author of The Rett Syndrome Handbook.

For more information on this event call Frank Kelley at (727) 631-9354 or email

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Clearwater's Aging Well Center joins with Morton Plant Mease for a Health and Wellness Fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road. The fair will include health information, screenings, refreshments and giveaways.

Health screenings will include health risk assessments, blood pressure, body mass index, prostate and skin cancer, pulmonary function, sleep and vision. Participants will be able to find out about such diseases as cancer, diabetes, stroke, and sleep, vision and memory disorders. Information will include laboratory and imaging services, joint, spine and other orthopedic education, lungs, heart issues, breast health, sports medicine and fitness issues. Doctor referrals, volunteer services, immediate care centers and advanced directives will also be addressed.

The event is free and open to the public.

To register or for more information, call (727) 253-4076 or visit

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. For details, visit

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor, "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit


9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or email

5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Mail health news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email sbeall@

Health notes: Foot, ankle screening Jan. 18 at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital 01/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 7:01pm]
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