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North Pinellas health notes for Jan. 12

A fiber-optic camera is used to examines a patient’s sinuses.

Los Angeles Times

A fiber-optic camera is used to examines a patient’s sinuses.

When is a stuffy nose something to worry about?

Dr. Jonathan Morgan, an ear, nose and throat specialist and facial plastic surgeon, will discuss the common underlying causes and symptoms of chronic sinusitis and chronic sinus pain at a 5:30 p.m. seminar Thursday at Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo.

Participants will get an in-depth explanation of one of the major advancements in sinus surgery, the balloon sinuplasty procedure. An allergy testing demonstration will be performed and a questionnaire will be offered regarding sinus issues.

Attendance is free.

Preregister at (727) 953-6877 or visit

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What role do hormones play in weight loss?

Dr. Mary Riggin will discuss hormones in the body that cause fat burning or fat storage and the foods involved at 4 p.m. today at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Attendance is free.

Call (727) 443-6703. Visit

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Caregivers are invited to attend a free seminar on "Laws Affecting Elders" at 10 a.m. Monday at Ptak Orthopedic & Neuroscience Pavilion, Suite 114, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater.

Attendees will learn about long-term care issues and 2014 Medicare changes. An attorney specializing in elder care law will be available for questions.

To preregister for a seminar, call (727) 953-6877 or visit

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Concerned about Type 2 diabetes?

Learn about risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and basic management for the disease from endocrinologist Dr. Payal Patel, at noon Wednesday at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

The seminar is free.

Preregister at (727) 953-6877 or visit

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For some adults, attempting to sleep can be exhausting.

For those who have difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep or wake up too early, these sleep disturbances can lead to daytime consequences such as fatigue, difficulty concentrating and irritability.

Dr. Alfonso Castro will address the causes and symptoms of insomnia at a 6 p.m. seminar Wednesday at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

Discussion topics will include behavioral approaches such as relaxation therapy, sleep restriction therapy, stimulus therapy and appropriate medical options.

Attendance is free.

Preregister at (727) 953-6877 or visit

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Brad Myers, "The Vegabond Chef," will discuss a plant-based diet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Myers will provide tips and tricks to make healthy eating easy and enjoyable. On the menu are slaws, salads and snacks that are raw as well as gluten- and dairy-free.

Attendance is free.

Call (727) 443-6703. Visit

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Nearly everyone has heard of Pilates, but what really is it?

Suncoast Pilates will host the Tampa Bay area premiere of the first documentary made about Pilates, A Movement of Movement by filmmaker Mark Pedri, at 6 p.m. Friday at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N Bayshore Diver, Safety Harbor.

The film explains the philosophy, lifestyle and world of Pilates, a system of exercises developed by German physical culturist Joseph Pilates, told through the eyes of elders, Pilates instructors and everyday people who have been transformed by the movement.

Before and after the film, master of ceremonies I.C. "Chuck" Rapoport, photojournalist and screenwriter, will talk about his day photographing Joe Pilates.

Also attending the premiere will be Benjamin Degenhardt, creator of 360° Pilates, an education program designed to reconnect movement teachers of all training backgrounds with the original teachings and guiding principles of Joe Pilates.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling (727) 772-6772 or visiting

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