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Hospital takes part in antibiotic study

The laboratory services department at Seven Rivers Community Hospital is participating in an international study designed to help develop and test new antibiotics.

Patients won't receive the new drugs. All work is completed in the laboratory.

Lab workers will use live organisms from patient cultures to test the new drugs' performance. The results go back to companies such as Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Richard Tomlinson, a microbiologist at Seven Rivers, is supervising the hospital's participation in the study, called Artemis.

The U.S. phase of the study is in progress; the project will move to other countries soon. The results will be reported in medical publications, presentations and seminars.

Tobacco meetings

The Citrus County Tobacco Free Partnership isn't wasting any time.

The new group is meeting three times this month to organize and review plans to spend its state money.

The partnership meets at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Citrus County Health Department, 3700 W Sovereign Path, Lecanto. On the agenda: finding a way to spend $18,109 the state has allocated for youth tobacco prevention activities in Citrus.

At 3:45 p.m. May 14, the partnership gathers at the Citrus County school system's district services center, Main Street at Montgomery Avenue, Inverness. The purpose is to adopt revised bylaws and a spending and activity work plan.

Finally, partnership members will meet at 3:30 p.m. May 21 at the health department for a regular meeting.

The partnership is composed of adults and teenagers. Similar partnerships exist in other Florida counties. Their funding comes from the state's legal settlement with tobacco companies.

Grief workshops

Hospice of Citrus County is sponsoring two six-week grief workshops this summer.

One session meets from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, June 2 through July 7. The other meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the same days.

Both seminars will meet at the hospice office, 3350 W Audubon Park Path, off County Road 491 in Lecanto.

Hospice staff will conduct the seminars, which are designed to help people cope with losses in their lives.

To register, call 527-2020.