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Seminar focuses on juvenile arthritis

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) and the Arthritis Foundation of Maryland will partner for a Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Seminar from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the AAMC Sajak Pavilion, 2001 Medical Parkway. The seminar is free and open to the public.

According to the foundation, juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States -- 50,000 of them stricken with rheumatoid arthritis.

"There are approximately 5,600 children with pediatric arthritis in Maryland alone," said Grace Ban, executive director of the Arthritis Foundation's Southern Maryland branch. "Additionally, many more children are at risk for developing this frustrating and painful condition."

At the AAMC seminar, parents will hear from rheumatologist and a pediatric physical therapist about the causes, treatment options and warning signs of juvenile arthritis. Parents can ask questions of health care providers who regularly see patients with the condition.

Research suggests rheumatoid arthritis in juveniles stems from an autoimmune disorder, occurring when the body's white blood cells are unable to differentiate between healthy tissue and invading bacteria. In children suffering from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, white blood cells attack the healthy cartilage of the body's joints.

In typical cases, signs and symptoms -- joint pain and red, swollen joints -- usually begin between the ages of 6 months and 16 years. Often, the number of joints affected early on will dictate the severity of the disease and any chances a patient can anticipate a remission.

"Awareness and information is the key for both parents and physicians in helping to get children properly diagnosed to avoid unnecessary and long-term pain," Ban said. "That is why these seminars are so important. With the proper information, parents are empowered."

Information: www.aahs.org or 443-481-4000.

BWMC doctor is physician of year

The Maryland chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has named Dr. Joel Klein, assistant director of emergency medicine at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, as its Physician of the Year.

Klein, of Silver Spring, has worked at BWMC since 2004. He helps oversee one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, with more than 90,000 patients a year receiving care there.

Klein received his bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University and a master's degree in bioethics at The University of Washington in Seattle. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and completed an internship and residency in emergency medicine at Johns Hopkins. The Maryland chapter of ACEP chose Klein for going above and beyond his job requirements in clinical work, emergency medicine advocacy and public health, said Claire Jefferson, executive director.

Grocer sponsors health program

The Giant Food store at 6626 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie will join the Anne Arundel County Department of Health's Learn To Live program to sponsor Good Food For Good Health this weekend.

The program helps consumers select nutritious low-fat, high-fiber foods at the supermarket. Shoppers can visit nutrition booths staffed by health educators and take home bags containing free healthy recipes, brochures and a magnet. The event hours at Giant are 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Learn To Live encourages county residents to reduce their risk of developing cancer and other serious illnesses by making healthy lifestyle choices, including eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking and getting regular cancer screenings. Information: 410-222-7979 or www.aahealth.org.

Pharmacist speaks on supplements

Brian Sanderoff, pharmacist and radio personality, will discuss the benefits of natural supplements at a program to be presented at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday at Baywoods of Annapolis Continuing Care Retirement Community, 7101 Bay Front Drive.

Topics he will cover include a simple explanation of basic biochemistry -- why the body responds the way it does to the stimuli we give it. He will also dissect the common chronic diseases that plague Americans today, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and depression, and how the use of vitamins and herbal products may be an answer for many chronic diseases. He will answer questions from the audience.

Sanderoff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1984 from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. In 1993 he began hosting and producing Your Prescription for Health, a talk radio program.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call 443-837-1208.

Medical Center runs blood drive

The Anne Arundel Medical Center Blood Mobile will join the city of Annapolis for its 2008 City Hall Blood Drive today, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blood Mobile that will be parked in front of Annapolis City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester Street.

City employees, as well as any member of the public, are invited to participate. All the blood collected will benefit Anne Arundel Medical Center patients.

Participants must be older than 17 and weigh more than 110 pounds.

Donors will receive a free mini-physical, including a blood-pressure check, a cholesterol check, and a blood-iron level check for anemia.

Each year, AAMC needs more than 7,300 units of blood for its patients. The AAMC Blood Mobile helps the medical center make up a monthly 200-unit shortfall. Blood collected at AAMC stays in the community.

Medical center lists activities

Baltimore Washington Medical Center is offering the following activities:

Tuesday, Surviving Breast Cancer, shares common experiences and problems associated with the disease. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., first floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Reservations are required. 410-787-4387.

May 8, motivational speaker Kim Goad speaks on "Go from Overwhelmed to Overjoyed," a program to relieve stress. 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Program is free but reservations required. 410-787-4367.

May 12, Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer Support Group meets to discuss cancer prevention and recovery. 6:30 p.m., first floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. 410-787-4387.

May 12, 13 and 15, Beginning and Intermediate Yoga, Pilates, and Beginning and Intermediate Yoga/Pilates Combo Classes offered. Cost is $40 for eight-week session. Pre-registration required. You may register online at www.bwmc.umms.org, click on Events and then the class start date.

May 13, Stroke Support Group meets for discussion on stroke prevention and recovery. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, 410-787-4732

May 14, Blood Pressure Screening. 8:30 a.m. to noon, Harundale Presbyterian Church, Eastway and Guilford Road, Glen Burnie.

May 14, Caregivers Support Group meets, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., first floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Drive, 410-553-8129.

May 16, Tate Center's Image Recovery Center will host an Open House for a showing of new spring and summer collections and sample products. Refreshments and door-prizes will be offered. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., open house on the second floor of the Image Recovery Center, 305 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Free. 410-787-4367.

May 17, Safe-Sitter, a program for pre-teen babysitters, ages 11- to 13- years will be offered to give participants skills and abilities in caring for young children in emergency and nonemergency situations. The cost of the program is $50. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 301 Hospital Dr., Glen Burnie. Pre-registration is required. 410-787-4367.

May 20, Surviving Breast Cancer, shares common experiences and problems associated with the disease. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., first floor conference room, Tate Center, 305 Hospital Dr. Reservations. 410-787-4387.

May 20, Educational information on medication, nutrition, smoking cessation and rehabilitation related to strokes will be available. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Dr. Constantine Padussis Conference Center, third floor, Medical Center. 410-787-4367.

May 21, Joint School, information on preparation, recovery and benefits of hip and knee replacement surgery, 4 p.m., 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie. Reservations. 410-553-8282.

May 21, Joslin Circle diabetes support group meets to discuss diabetes management. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Joslin Diabetes Center, 300 Hospital Dr., Suite 223. 410-787-4940.

May 28, Blood Pressure Screening. 8:30 a.m. to noon, Harundale Presbyterian Church, 1020 Eastway at Guilford Road in Glen Burnie.

Information: 410-787-4367.

Screenings offered at Arundel Mills

Baltimore Washington Medical Center will offer the following activities at its Outreach Center, Arundel Mills mall, between Dave and Buster's and Entrance 4:

Friday, computerized neck and back screenings. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday, certified diabetes educator from Joslin Diabetes Center will hold discussion titled "Get Moving!" 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Tuesday. blood pressure screening, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 8, foot screening, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

May 16, computerized neck and back screenings, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

May 19, county department of aging will offering information on its services and answer questions. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

May 20, blood pressure screenings, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

May 22, foot screenings. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Information: 410-787-4367.

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