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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.



The Howard County Mental Health Authority's Board Development Committee is seeking civic-minded residents to fill two at-large positions and two family members positions on the Howard County Mental Health Authority Board of Directors. The board ensures the availability of quality mental health services and provides leadership on mental health issues through education, prevention, community and interagency partnerships. Members serve terms of up to four years and meet at least 10 times per year. Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume by Dec. 10 to Howard County Mental Health Authority, Attention: Joe Friend, 9151 Rumsey Road, Suite 150, Columbia 21045 or


to apply for membership on the board.


Graduate school open house

At Tai Sophia Laurel campus, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20. To register call 410-888-9048, ext. 6647, or e-mail

. The school offers 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.

Health education programs

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

•Great American Smoke Out:


Howard County General Hospital and the American Cancer Society challenge you to quit using tobacco products for at least 24 hours as a first step to quitting. This walk-in program offers resources to help you quit. Stop by the main lobby of the hospital, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia.

•Brain waves:

Navigating the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the brain. Dr. N. Joseph Gagliardi will discuss the effects, recovery and treatment, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Support groups

Teens Together Support

Networking group for teens who have or have had a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer will meet from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the third Sunday of every month in the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Columbia. Contact Kelly Schwab at



Support/intervention programs

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

•Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Sundays

•Bipolar, 6 p.m. Thursdays

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


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

•Rehabilitation Sharing — strokes and long-term illness, 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Information: Physical Medicine, 301-497-7901 or 410-792-2270. All programs are free. Information: 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Support groups

at the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite G050, Columbia:

•Caregivers meet at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month.

• Breast Cancer support group will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of every month. Registration: 410-964-9100, ext. 5.


Stage IV Breast Cancer support group will meet from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of every month. Registration: 410-740-5858.

Widows and widowers group

will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Jilly's, 10300 Baltimore National Pike, the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, Ellicott City. Information: 410-740-5858.

Parkinson's education and support group

will meet at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month, 8180 Lark Brown Road, Elkridge. Information: 410-955-8795.

Parents and caregivers support group


of children and adolescents with serious mental health issues meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Monday of every month in Room 204, First Presbyterian Church, 8325 Presbyterian Circle, Columbia, and the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30 p.m., Faulkner Ridge Center, 10598 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia. National Alliance on Mental Illness support groups are free. Information: 410-772-9300 or

Family support group

sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offered to family and friends of adults with a mental illness, 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Day Room at Harmony Hall Retirement Community Center, 6336 Cedar Lane, Columbia, and at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Room No. 3, 10755 Scaggsville Road, Laurel. Information: 410-772-9300.

Stage 4 breast cancer support group

sponsored by Howard County General Hospital meets monthly. Date and times will vary for November and December because of the holidays. Contact the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center 410-740-5858.



Podiatry screening

sponsored by Howard County General Hospital will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia.

Diabetes screening

sponsored by Howard County General Hospital will be offered 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 30 at the Wellness Center at the Medical Pavilion, 10710 Charter Drive, Suite 100, Columbia.