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Health notes for week of June 9-15

Morton Plant Mease's Advanced Breast Cancer Diagnostic Services is expanding to north Pinellas and Pasco counties.

As part of its commitment to providing advanced and comprehensive breast imaging and diagnostic services, Morton Plant Mease has opened two new Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center locations at Mease Countryside Hospital's Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor; and at Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, 2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity.

The new centers offer diagnostic services in tranquil women-centered environments and are staffed by specialized board-certified physicians, nurses and technologists.

"Providing results to patients in the shortest time frame possible eases the stresses associated with breast cancer diagnosis," said Dr. Barbara Bourland, medical director of the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center. "Our goal is to decrease the diagnostic time from weeks to days with leading medical technology, including breast MRI, non-surgical biopsies and computer-aided detection."

With digital mammography and advanced diagnostic breast procedures, the breast center team is committed to providing follow-up diagnostic results within 48 hours. If the diagnosis is cancer, a nurse navigator is available to provide one-on-one guidance, support and comfort to help patients through the difficult time.

For information on the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Centers, call (727) 953-6877.

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Learn techniques on how to get control of your time and life, how to stop worrying and start living at a free seminar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. Call (727) 724-1525, ext. 112.

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Dr. Salvatore DeLellis, podiatric medicine and surgery, will present a free seminar on foot and ankle pain at 1:15 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (727) 943-3600, weekdays, anytime.

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Nationally recognized dementia care specialist Teepa Snow will present a free special dementia caregiving session for family and professional caregivers at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barrington Terrace Assisted and Memory Care Residence, 333 16th Ave. SE, Largo. Light refreshments will be provided. To reserve a seat, call (727) 588-0020.

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Join Morton Plant Mease physicians for a men's health seminar on wellness, diagnosing and treating prostate cancer and for screenings including prostate cancer noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, Grand Room, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men. The American Cancer Society says more than 2 million men are prostate cancer survivors. Dr. Michael Rommel will discuss men's health, wellness and prostate cancer prevention noon to 12:30 p.m.; Dr. Craig Barkley will talk about the latest advances in the treatment of prostate cancer and enlarged prostate 12:30 to 1 p.m.; and free screenings including blood glucose (non-fasting), blood pressure, body mass index, and prostate cancer will take place 1:30 to 3 p.m. To register for the seminar, call (727) 253-4252.

Seminars, classes, support groups

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays (except holidays) at Crystal Beach Community Center, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 7 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor, 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

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. Mondays, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, Tarpon Springs, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 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 message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

alzheimer's caregivers support group: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), 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. Visit

Health notes for week of June 9-15 06/08/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 7:01pm]
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