Howard County health briefs

Blood donations

The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac 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.

Focus group

Howard County General Hospital's Center for Breast Care is looking for women who are living with metastatic breast cancer to participate in a focus group to help determine the services and resources needed in the area. Women interested in participating should contact Tina Evans, 410-884-4650 or

The center guides women dealing with cancer through diagnostic and treatment options and includes personal support and counseling.


Health education programs Howard County General Hospital will sponsor the following programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs will be held at the Wellness Center's Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia. Information and registration: 410-740-7601 or

Quit smoking: Learn tips for quitting the tobacco habit and master long-term success. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 23.

Graduate school open house At Tai Sophia Laurel campus, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Oct. 16, and Nov. 20. A special open house and workshop on the transformative leadership and social change programs will be held 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 28. RSVP to the office of graduate admissions, 410-888-9048, ext. 6647, or e-mail The school offers the following programs: master's programs in acupuncture, science in herbal medicine, arts in transformative leadership and social change. Graduate certificate programs include health coaching, herbal studies, medical herbalism, transformative leadership and wellness coaching. The institute is a nonprofit, accredited educational institution for wellness-based studies. The institute is at 7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel.

The institute will also offer free wellness classes in September. Registration: (keyword: free wellness) or 410-888-9048, ext. 6611.

Acupuncture and cancer: supporting patients and families during and after treatment, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

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