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Medical center expands schedule for blood donations

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Blood Donor Center has announced an expanded appointment schedule.

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The blood bank will now be open for appointments:

Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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Tuesdays from 7:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. (evening hours by appointment).

Wednesdays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (evening hours by appointment).

Thursdays from 7:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fridays from 7:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The donor center is on Level 1 of the Acute Care Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. To make an appointment: 443-481- 4215 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Red Cross seeks volunteers for summer blood drives

The Red Cross Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services region is seeking youths to work as volunteers at blood drives this summer. Teenagers 14 or older can earn service learning credits and develop job skills by assisting the blood collections staff. Training is provided.

Volunteers will welcome donors to the reception area and help care for them in the refreshment area after blood is donated.

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A commitment of 40 hours over the summer is required. Blood drives last four to six hours and are held daily throughout Maryland. Training is being held this month.

Volunteers would serve at blood drives in Baltimore and in Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard counties. To register for training: 800-272-0094, Ext. 1; or e-mail: karlofft @usa.redcross.org.

Health Department offers free women's newsletter

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn to Live program offers county residents HER, a free newsletter for women. The publication addresses heart disease, bone health, exercise, nutrition and skin cancer prevention.

HER can be ordered by calling the Learn to Live Line: 410- 222-7979.

Free health materials offered on Web site

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In an effort to help improve the health of county residents, the Department of Health provides resources for women, men and young people. Free health information materials can be downloaded or ordered from the Learn to Live Web site, www. aahealth.org/LearnToLive.asp.

Information: 410-222-7979.

Water-quality phone line operates 7 days a week

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health operates a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week water-quality phone line.

The help line, which started Friday, will operate until Sept. 6. County residents can call anytime and get the most recent results from water samples. Residents can also go to the department's Web site, www.aahealth.org, for water-quality results and a fact sheet about water sampling.

The phone line is an information-only system. Information will include emergency closings of waterways or portions of waterways, the most current water sample results and a listing of phone numbers to assist residents in reporting water-quality problems. 410-222-7999.

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North Arundel Hospital plans cancer exhibits

North Arundel Hospital will offer cancer educational exhibits in its storefront at Arundel Mills.

The exhibits will focus on cancer-related issues from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. the second Thursday of the month, beginning this month. Planned exhibits are: June 12, skin cancer; July 10, cancer risk assessments; Aug. 14, gynecological cancer; Sept. 1, prostate cancer; Oct. 9 breast cancer; Nov. 13, lung cancer; Dec. 1, genetics and cancer.

Information: 443-755-8773.


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