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Pinellas health notes: Doctor seeks golfers for yips study

Doctor seeks golfers for yips study

Dr. Nick Dewan, a local psychiatrist with Morton Plant Mease Health Care, is embarking on a study to prove that a brain imaging scan may improve a golfing condition known as "the yips," a common term used in several sports fields that refers to a sudden loss of ability. In golf, it is a tremor or twitch that affects a golfer's swing. It is estimated that more than a third of experienced golfers have experienced yips.

Dewan, a specialist in sports and neuropsychiatry, is currently seeking 10 local golfers, age 40 and older with a USGA handicap card, to participate. The study requires five golfers suffering from tremors and five without a tremor condition. He will work with neuroradiologist Dr. Yair Safriel to compare brain scans of golfers with similar age and handicap.

"Through this study, we want to determine whether we can isolate and identify the area of the brain that triggers the yips when the individual is thinking about making a golf putt," said Dewan. "If we can do that, what we learn may help to develop treatments for other neurological related issues."

Golfers who meet the qualifications and would like to participate in the study can call Dr. Dewan's office at (727) 723-0779.

State offers toll-free swine flu information

The Florida Department of Health has set up a toll-free Swine Flu Information Line at 1-800-775-8039 that provides data on flu symptoms, how the disease is spread, precautions the public can take and what the Department of Health is doing to protect residents and visitors.

A second toll-free information hotline, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., has been established at 1-800-342-3557 with a Web site at

Free resources guide online on swine flu

2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares has created a quick guide to national, local and online resources regarding the H1N1 Influenza A Virus (also known as swine flu) for individuals and companies. This guide is free and posted in the "Guides" section at

This guide will be updated and reposted as new information becomes available. Please check posts for the most recent date.

Hearing loss group meets this afternoon

The Clearwater Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association will meet 2:30 to 4 p.m. today at the Cheek-Powell Pavilion, second floor, Room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. The meeting will feature a speaker with information on the subject of hearing loss and information on how to get a free volume control phone for the hearing impaired. Free parking across the courtyard.

Free information on stroke prevention

May is Stroke Awareness Month, and physicians at Morton Plant Mease Health Care are reaching out to the community by educating them on stroke prevention and risk factors. Stroke specialist Dr. Ajay Arora, neurointerventionalist Dr. Eric Lopez del Valle and vascular surgeon Dr. John Ofenloch will give a free informational session on stroke at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the Ptak Orthopaedic and Neuroscience Pavilion, 430 Morton Plant St., Clearwater.

For information call (727) 734-6867, and to register call (727) 462-7500.

Bowel diseases topic of teleconference

Leading gastroenterologists will answer questions on key controversial topics relating to inflammatory bowel diseases during Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's interactive teleconference and Webcast at 7 p.m. Thursday. Dial in by phone by calling toll-free 1-877-547-5641, ext. 310, to hear the presentation and participate in an interactive question-and-answer session, or log on to any computer to hear the program slides and submit questions.

Prostate enlargement treatment discussed

A free seminar with urologist Dr. Paul Arnold on the topic of advanced treatment for prostate enlargement will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

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

Free seminar, class at Nature's Food Patch

These free seminar and class will be at Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

• 7 p.m. Thursday, "What Every Woman Should Know to Prevent Early Death From Cancer and Heart Attacks," seminar with registered dietitian Liat Golan.

• 11 a.m. Saturday, "Morning Meals," cooking class with chef Debby DeGraaff.

Call (727) 443-6703.

Pinellas health notes: Doctor seeks golfers for yips study 05/04/09 [Last modified: Monday, May 4, 2009 6:23pm]
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