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Pinellas health notes for week of Nov. 15

A workshop in dealing with the illness of depression will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Suncoast Hospice, Room 100, 5770 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. Topics include codependency, the use of medications and a dynamic toolbox for recovery.

For information, call Les at (727) 822 3480 or e-mail

Prostate cancer screenings and PSA (prostate specific antigen) tests to help detect prostate cancer or other prostate abnormalities will be offered free of charge, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Tampa Bay Oncology Center, 1835 Indian Rocks Road, Largo.

The event is sponsored by J. West Prostate Cancer Foundation.

For details, call Brian Carew at (727) 586-2273.

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Bright House Networks is hosting its sixth annual "Thanks-4-Giving" blood drive Monday to build our community's blood supply before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Florida Blood Services bloodmobiles will be on site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at all Tampa Bay area Golden Corral restaurants, including 10050 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

Also Monday, all Florida Blood Services and Blood Net USA Donor Centers in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk counties will be participating in this blood drive, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 1680 S Missouri Ave., Clearwater; and 11401 Belcher Road, Largo.

All lifesaving donors will receive a coupon from Golden Corral for a free lunch buffet, a limited edition "Thanks-4-Giving" T-shirt, a wellness checkup, plus entry into eight drawings for a $250 gift certificate toward Bright House Network accounts.

Healthy people, age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds can be blood donors. Identification is required before donation. For further information, call toll-free 1‑800‑682-5663.

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Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital offers a free service to assist people in finding a physician to meet personal and family medical needs. The telephone-based service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (727) 943-3600.

An adviser will answer each call with information on a variety of medical and surgical specialties according to the stated needs and preferences of the caller, and give up to three physician referrals per request.

Information is also available online at

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 INC., SUPPORT GROUP FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION: The group offers steps to feeling better and raising self-esteem at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater; 1 p.m. Mondays at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs; and 4 p.m. Tuesdays at North Branch Library, 861 70th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Call (727) 525-1749.

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ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: 9:30 a.m. Monday (meets weekly), Palm Harbor Community Center, 1500 16th St. Visitors are welcome. Open discussion. Call (727) 787-1837.

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the mid-pinellas brain trauma SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m. today (meets the first and third Thursday of every month), St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, Second Floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call Kathy Kiley at (727) 442-1819, e-mail, or visit

Pinellas health notes for week of Nov. 15 11/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 7:22pm]
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