Howard County health briefs

Look good, feel better

The free program teaches beauty techniques to women with cancer to help them combat appearance-related side effects of treatment. Participants receive a bag of cosmetics donated by major manufacturers as well as instruction and suggestions for wig care and head coverings. The class is taught by a licensed cosmetologist. Classes are held the third Monday of every month at the Howard County Hospital Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive in Columbia. For information or registration, call the American Cancer Society, 888-535-4555.

Education programs

Howard County General Hospital offers the following community education programs at the HCGH Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Space is limited, and registration is required. Visit

•Smart snacks for teens. Learn to snack healthy while choosing sensible snacks. Parents and teens are encouraged to attend from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

•Depression, intervention and treatment. Learn to identify subtle symptoms in older adults and what can you do from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2.

•Nurse midwives, a discussion of the benefits of care by a certified nurse midwife and family-centered care during pregnancy from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3.

•Ptosis can cause sagging eyebrows and droopy eyelids. This is not a cosmetic issue; sagging skin can impair vision. Nicholas Mahoney, M.D. will discuss this condition and the options from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

•Hip pain. Charles Mess, M.D. will discuss the causes and treatments of hip pain and the latest surgical approaches for hip replacement from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16.

•You're a breast cancer survivor. Now what? Share an evening discussing survivorship and research on lingering physical, emotional and social issues from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.

•Considering joint replacement? Rehabilitation, physical fitness before and after surgery will be discussed by Mark Bullock, orthopedic surgeon, Mercy Thomaskutty, anesthesiologist, M.D. and Toni Keller, nurse coordinator of the Howard County General Hospital Joint Academy from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.

•Knee pain. Daniel Tang, orthopedic specialist, M.D., will discuss knee injuries and degenerative conditions, such as arthritis and medical and surgical treatment, including arthroscopy and knee replacement, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is requesting blood donations. Eligible donors can call 800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule an appointment. Platelet donors should call 800-272-2123.


Spiritual reflections: Bon Secours Spiritual Center offers spiritual enrichment programs at 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville. Registration: 410-442-1320.


The county Health Department's North Laurel Health Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel, will offer walk-in HIV/AIDS testing services from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only: 410-313-0630. Also, the Columbia Health Center, 7180 Columbia Gateway, Columbia, will conduct HIV testing at 8 a.m. Mondays for the first 20 people. Information: 410-313-7500. Testing is free, anonymous and confidential.

Support groups

Laurel Regional Hospital Offered free at 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel:

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays.

•Bipolar disorder, 6 p.m. Thursdays.

•Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

Parkinson's disease, 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Information: 301-776-3426.

•Rehabilitation for strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center Offered free at the center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia (410-740-5858):

•Caregivers for people suffering from cancer or other illnesses meet from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at the Medical Pavilion, Howard County General Hospital, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G010, Columbia.

•A breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.

•Living with breast cancer support group meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

•Teens Together support group, networking group for teens who have a friend or family member with cancer, will resume meetings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month. Information: 410-740-5858.

Widows and widowers The group meets from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's in the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's disease An education and support group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

HIV support group for those infected with or affected by HIV. A women's group meets from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Friday of every month. A group for men and women meets from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are at the county Health Department, 7180 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia. Information: 410-313-6267.

Prostate cancer support group The Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Program is a forum for men to learn about diagnosis and treatment options, management and side effects, and quality of life issues. The program provides a comfortable and confidential setting among peers to discuss and share common experiences and problems related to prostate cancer. There are occasional guest speakers. The program is held at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of every month (excluding July and August) at the Howard County General Hospital Wellness Center in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive in Columbia. Information: American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345.

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