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Pinellas County health notes

A physical fitness program designed for people with developmental difficulties takes place 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday at Countryside Recreation Center, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. The classes start and end with warm-up and cool-down sessions, incorporate aerobics and flexibility, improve coordination, and utilize the Wii Fit video gaming system. Prices per month are $7.50 with Play Pass; $10 with recreation card; $12.50 without card. Call (727) 669-1914.

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Attend a free seminar and luncheon on the topic of how diabetes and sleep problems can be related and what can be done about it at noon Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. Dr. Amir A. Noorani, pulmonary and sleep medicine specialist, will be the expert speaker at the seminar. He will detail the association between diabetes and sleep disturbances as well as the causes, treatment and prevention of sleep apnea. The lunch is courtesy of Philips Respironics. Questions from the audience are welcome. A reservation is necessary. Call (727) 943-3600, anytime, to reserve a seat.

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In observation of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month in September, the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease will present a series of special lectures, free health care screenings and a 5K family friendly run/walk event.

To help promote prevention and detection of prostate cancer, there will be free screenings 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, Suite 206, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater, and Mease Countryside Medical Arts Building, Suite 300, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor.

The screenings include educational information, digital rectal exams and prostate-specific antigen blood tests.

Throughout September, special presentations and interactive sessions will be held offering information about the latest treatment techniques and options and updates about prostate cancer symptoms and diagnosis.

• Dr. Scott M. Klavans will talk about the latest advances in the treatment of prostate cancer and enlarged prostate at noon Friday, at Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion Conference Center, Room 114, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater.

• Dr. Martin B. Richman will discuss the latest advances in the treatment of prostate cancer and enlarged prostate at noon Friday, at Mease Countryside Hospital, meeting rooms 1-5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

• Dr. Paul Arnold will explain the latest advances in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) treatments at noon Tuesday at Mease Countryside Hospital, meeting rooms 4 & 5, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

Space for these lectures and interactive sessions is limited and reservations are required. For reservations, call (727) 253-4035 or visit (click on classes and events).

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Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the Morton Plant Mease Foundation's Prostate Cancer Awareness 5K Race on Saturday in Clearwater. Proceeds from the event, presented by Urology Specialists of West Florida, will benefit community screenings, education, counseling services and other prostate cancer programs provided by the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.

The 5K run begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Cheek-Powell Wellness Center, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. The race course winds through the Morton Plant Hospital Campus and along nearby waterfront neighborhoods. A Kids Dash for children follows the main event at 9 a.m.

Participants can sign up by visiting; search for Morton Plant Mease. Registration fee is $30 through Friday and $35 on race day. The registration fee for the Kids Dash is $10 through Saturday. Entry fees are nonrefundable. Online registration closes Friday. Registration capacity is limited to 1,000 entries.

Call (727) 253-4056.

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Orthopedic spine surgeon Dr. David Siambanes, whose special interests include pediatric and neuromuscular scoliosis, will provide a free power point presentation on "New Advancements in Scoliosis Surgery" at a meeting of the Scoliosis Association of Palm Harbor 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the North Pinellas Branch YMCA, 4550 Village Center Drive, Palm Harbor. An RSVP is required. Call (727) 726-5412.

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The merchants of Northwood Plaza, 2562 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, will present a Health and Fitness Expo 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to assist Safety Harbor Neighborhood Family Center while promoting good health with a 1-mile walk, free massages, health seminars, a blood mobile, all while collecting donations for the needy. Visit

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BayCare Health System, a leading health care provider in the Tampa Bay area, is now providing ongoing support and resources for surgical weight loss. Learn more about surgical weight loss at an information session with Dr. Richard Gordon, who will discuss adjustable gastric band, bypass and sleeve methods, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bardmoor Outpatient Center, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. Call (727) 953-6890.

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A Step Ahead, the only program of its kind in the bay area providing emotional and physical support to amputees and those facing limb loss, will hold its first "Amputee Action Group" activity, a mall walk, at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Westfield Countryside Shopping Center (Countryside mall), 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. The group will meet on the south side of the mall at the entrance near TooJay's Deli.

Amputees, those at risk of amputation and their families and friends are invited to attend. There is no cost.

The Amputee Action Group helps those affected by limb loss return to a normal, active lifestyle. Events could include walking, kayaking, hiking and other action-oriented activities.

Recent amputee Brian "Fossil Man" Evensen, well-known amateur archeologist and owner of the Lost in Time store at the St. Petersburg Pier, will participate in the group, along with amputee cyclist/runner "Boston Bill" Hansbury, who has been featured on ESPN.

To RSVP, call (727) 943-3600.

Pinellas County health notes 09/08/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 6:24pm]
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