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Support for diabetics

Morton Plant Mease Diabetes Education Center will offer diabetes support groups beginning this month. About one in 10 Americans suffers with diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. If current obesity trends don't change, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates one in three people will be diagnosed with diabetes in 2050 as a result of poor diet and lack of exercise.

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"For people with diabetes, it is especially important to manage the disease with the proper medications, foods and exercise," said Dr. Susan Boston, Morton Plant Mease endocrinologist.

Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to heart attack; stroke; toe, foot or leg infections requiring surgery; blindness; kidney failure; tooth and gum disease; and pregnancy complications.

Diabetes support groups will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, Sept. 20 and Dec. 6 at Mease Countryside Hospital, meeting rooms 1 and 2, lower level, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor; and from 6 to 7 p.m. June 22, Sept. 14 and Dec. 8 at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, second floor, lobby, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

To register, call (727) 953-6877 or visit

The collaborative efforts between Morton Plant Mease and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital continue providing more access to specialized pediatric care and strengthened advanced children's care in North Pinellas with a St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center at Mease Countryside Hospital, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

The new specialty center offers physical, occupational and speech therapy programs as well as pediatric physician services for neurology and endocrinology. In April, gastroenterology and cardiology physician services will be offered. This center also offers convenient, on-site pediatric laboratory services.

"Our centers are set up so each child and their family receive one-on-one time with pediatric specialists close to home," said Kimberly Guy, chief operating officer at St. Joseph's Women's Hospital and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital of Tampa. "The goal of the specialty center is to offer a medical staff that works closely with family members and primary care physicians to provide children with family-centered outpatient care."

St. Joseph's Children's at Morton Plant Mease services began in 2009 and include emergency services, neonatal intensive care units and an enhanced 18-bed, private inpatient children's unit. "We are very excited about the addition of the specialty center at Mease Countryside and bringing more pediatric services to families in North Pinellas and southwest Pasco communities," said Lou Galdieri, chief operating officer at Mease Countryside.

The Mease Countryside location is the fifth St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center in the Tampa Bay area.

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A seminar titled "Stress Incontinence: Non-Surgical Solutions" will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Avenue, Tarpon Springs.

Urologist Dr. David Jacob will be the speaker from the medical staff of the hospital and will detail the most advanced treatments, including nonsurgical alternatives.

Reservations are required. Call (727) 943-3600 to reserve a seat.

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Brain Balance Achievement Center of Oldsmar will host a free parent conference from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at 4022 Tampa Road, Suite 6.

Larry Polnicky, center director, will give a presentation on how the program is proven to measurably improve the academic and behavioral performance of children with ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, learning disability, Asperger's, autism and other neurological disorders.

All attendees will be eligible for a discount off the price of a comprehensive assessment.

Call (813) 475-6977 to reserve seating.

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Pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Robert Williams will discuss the causes, diagnosis and treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, in children during a free seminar at noon Wednesday at St. Joseph's Children's Specialty Center, first floor of Morton Plant Mease Professional Center North, Skip Cline Society Education Conference Room, Suite 100, 3253 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

Gastroesophageal reflux is the return of the stomach's contents, including acid, back up into the esophagus and sometimes into and out of the mouth.

GERD affects 25 to 35 percent of the U.S. population and is not just an adult disease. GERD is common in young children but sometimes overlooked. Infants with GERD may refuse to feed because of the discomfort and experience poor growth.

A light lunch will be provided.

To register for this seminar, call (813) 644-4336.

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Experience muscle tone development, release of toxins and increased weight loss at a hot yoga class, 8:30-9:30 a.m. every Saturday at Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave., Largo.

Performed in a room heated to 85 degrees, participants will benefit from increased flexibility as they develop strength, balance and range of motion. Monthly and drop-in rates are available. Ages 12 and older are welcome.

For more information, call (727) 518-3016.

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

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RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at the following times and locations: 1 p.m. Mondays, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, Tarpon Springs, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

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

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS: 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 1555 Windmill Pointe Road, Palm Harbor, (727) 781-2597; 11:15 a.m. Thursdays, First Presbyterian Church, 455 Scotland St., Dunedin, (727) 733-6858; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Palm Harbor Presbyterian Church, 2021 Nebraska Ave., (727) 784-3375. Free. Open to everyone.

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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

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