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Health notes: Pinellas program gives kids free dental care

Program gives kids free dental care

The annual Give Kids a Smile program sponsored by the Pinellas County Dental Association will be Feb. 6 at various Pinellas County Health Department locations.

To be eligible for free dental care, children must be Medicaid-eligible. Screenings and X-rays will be offered to children ages 3 to 18 with followup appointments on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 for children who need additional services. Parents or guardians must fill out paperwork authorizing dental treatment, provide transportation and remain at the clinic with children.

Appointments are necessary and are available first-come, first-served. Call (727) 210-4222 to ensure children's eligibility, make an appointment and find the nearest clinic.

A seminar for men on the topic of erectile dysfunction is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Urologist Dr. Christopher Shiepis will provide an overview of the causes and latest treatment for the dysfunction. The condition is treatable at any age. More men have been seeking help and returning to normal sexual activity because of improved, successful treatments.

A reservation is required and can be made by calling (727) 943-3600, anytime, 24 hours a day.

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"Opening My Toolbox," a workshop of recovery using an unusual and highly effective toolbox of skills for coping with depression, addictions, and other emotional problems, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.

Recovery issues include valuing one's self-worth and dealing with communication problems, relationships and codependency.

A $7 donation is requested. Bring a friend at no additional cost. Call (727) 822-3480 or e-mail

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Shyler Neveraux, doctor of Oriental Medicine, will discuss why menopause is not an estrogen-deficiency problem at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. The free lecture will address menopausal symptoms and explain saliva testing and supplementation with bio-identical hormones. Call (727) 443-6703.

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A free lecture, "Thyroid Disease — Why This Epidemic?" with Dr. George Springer, takes place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Springer will describe the function of the thyroid gland, how deficiencies can lead to thyroid problems and how these can be treated with natural supplementation. For more information, call (727) 443-6703.

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Al-Anon, a support group for helping families and friends of alcoholics, meets locally at the following places and times:

7 p.m. Sundays, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 407 S Saturn Ave., Clearwater.

6 p.m. Mondays, St. Paul's Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Largo.

8 p.m. Tuesdays, Serenity Club, 631 Turner St., Clearwater.

8 p.m. Saturdays, the Compass, 401 Second St., Safety Harbor.


Seminar, classes and support groups

T.O.P.S. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays at the Largo Community Center, 65 Fourth St., Largo, (727) 538-2361. Fee.

T.O.P.S. (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY): noon-2 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 938-0934. Fee.

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS (12 STEP): 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Grand Villa ALF, 750 Starkey Road, Largo, (727) 460-7824.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP MEETINGS: 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Monday (except holidays) at 517 Crystal Beach Ave., Crystal Beach. E-mail naranonfamily or visit

Health notes: Pinellas program gives kids free dental care 01/26/09 [Last modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 7:06pm]
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