MS group to hear talk on stress...


MS group to hear talk on stress management

Carol Vitek, occupational therapist, will speak on stress management at the Carroll County MS Self-Help Group meeting. The group will meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Carroll Community College, Room 103, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster.

Under the guidance of the Maryland Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the MS Self-Help Groups provide mutual aid, support, recreation and education to people with multiple sclerosis and their families and friends.

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling neurological disease affecting an estimated 250,000 people in the United States.

Information:: 795-4200.

Harbor Hospital Center adds second midwife

Terry L. Maszarose of Finksburg recently joined Harbor Hospital Center as a nurse practitioner/midwife.

She joins midwife Debi Firman in providing care to women in the hospital's family care division.

Before joining Harbor Hospital, Ms. Maszarose worked in the high-risk labor and delivery unit at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She has taught childbirth education classes and conducted seminars about women's health issues as a volunteer for the March of Dimes. Volunteer counselors are needed to work in a summer camp sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The camp, for ages 6 to 21, will be from June 18 to June 24 at Camp Maria in Leonardtown.

Volunteers will act as companions for one week to a child or young adult with muscular dystrophy.

For an application form, write to MDA summer camp, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 8501 LaSalle Road, Baltimore 21286 or call (410) 494-7106 or 494-7072.

Two rabies clinics will be held for cats

The Carroll County Health Department will conduct two rabies clinics for cats older than 3 months from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at the Carroll County Maintenance Facility, 1250 Meadow Branch Road, Westminster and at the Winfield Fire Department, 1320 Old Liberty Road, Sykesville.

The cost is $4. Information: 876-1884.

Speaker to discuss medications for lupus

The Maryland Lupus Foundation is sponsoring an education program titled "Understanding Medications Used to Treat Lupus" at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the Church of the Brethren in Westminster.

Guest speaker will be Bob Vance, a clinical pharmacist and assistant director of clinical services at Carroll County General Hospital.

Medications are an important aspect of the management of lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease in which the body's immune system forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs. The program is designed to help patients learn more about the major drugs used in the treatment of lupus.

The program is free and open to lupus patients, their families and provides. Information: 1-800-777-0934.

Holistic group to hear acupuncturist/healer

The Carroll County Holistic Networking Group will have Jom Thomas, a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, as guest speaker at its April meeting.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 25 in the Thomas Dixon Room at the Westminster library branch on East Main Street.

Mr. Thomas has had a private practice at the Center for the Healing Arts for nine years. He has developed a style of healing that combines acupuncture with other hands-on modalities.

Information: 346-7845.

Cooper Ridge appoints volunteer coordinator

Bethany Johnson has been named volunteer coordinator at Copper Ridge, a facility that treats people with Alzheimer's disease and other memory-impairing illnesses.

A graduate of Frostburg State University with a bachelor of science degree in sociology, Ms. Johnson lives in Westminster.

Hospital center to hold health fair

Northwest Hospital Center is sponsoring a health fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Health and Fitness in Carrolltown Center, Ridge and Liberty Roads in Eldersburg.

The event will include free blood pressure, colo-rectal cancer and breathing screenings.

Information: 521-5968.

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