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Temple B'nai Israel to hold free health fair

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Temple B'nai's free Health fair offers screenings, more

"An Ounce of Prevention" health fair will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Temple B'nai Israel, 1685 S Belcher Road, Clearwater, and will include exhibits, demonstrations, screenings and speakers.

The event is free and open to the public.

More than 30 exhibitors are expected to participate. Health screenings include, but are not limited to, blood pressure, blood sugar, eyes, ears, spine scan, memory disorders and skin cancer.

Exercise and other physical activities will be offered, and the Bloodmobile will be on site.

A representative of the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine will be at the health fair providing information about testing for nine genetic diseases that have a higher incidence among people of Eastern European and Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

"We encourage those Jewish couples who might be at risk for carrying the genes that lead to these diseases and who are considering starting a family to come to the health fair to learn about the testing program," said Debbie Wasserman of the Victor Center.

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A free seminar on "Sleep Apnea: A Threat to Your Health" will be presented at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital, 1395 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs.

Amir A. Noorani, M.D., a specialist in pulmonary disease and sleep medicine, will be the expert speaker at the seminar.

Apnea is the cessation of breathing. Those who suffer from sleep apnea may stop breathing many times during sleep. The most common result of sleep apnea is excessive daytime drowsiness, although other conditions may occur. For example, the blood's oxygen content may decrease during apneic periods. Thus, the heart, brain and other vital tissues may be periodically deprived of needed oxygen. Lack of oxygen to the heart may cause chest pain, heart attacks or heart failure. Lack of oxygen to the brain may cause headaches, confusion, and personality changes.

The more common type of apnea is upper airway Obstructive Sleep Apnea. An abnormal loss of tone in the muscles of the tongue, throat and larynx during sleep may cause partial or complete blockage of air. During the obstructive period, the diaphragm continues to contract with a progressively greater effort against the closed airway, until a partial or complete awakening occurs and normal breathing resumes.

Reservations for the seminar are required. Call (727) 943-3600 weekdays to reserve a seat.

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Dr. Jacqueline Smith, owner of Advanced Spinal Rehab, 36434 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor, announced she has received her recertification from the CLEAR Institute for 2011.

The CLEAR Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and research of non-invasive approaches to scoliosis care.

Her office now offers the ScoliScore test for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis.

The test checks for the individual's predisposition for the curve to progress to surgical status.

Smith serves on the Board of Advisors for the CLEAR Institute and is one of only four doctors in Florida certified by the institute.

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 naranonfamilygroups@yahoo.com or visit Naranonfl.org.

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

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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 these times and locations: 1 p.m. Monday, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 813 Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs, (727) 785-4506; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Grace Lutheran Church, 1812 N Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 586-2585 or leave message at (727) 525-1749. No meeting fee, but a small offering is appreciated.

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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS CLEARWATER SPEAKERS MEETING: 7 p.m. every Monday, Friendship United Methodist Church, 2039 E Druid Road, Clearwater, (727) 278-2957.

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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 katek1@verizon.net, or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

Temple B'nai Israel to hold free health fair 01/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:08pm]
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