October 11, 2008
By Valley Times
Health Scene includes free and low-cost East Bay classes, screenings and events. Submit items by noon Tuesday for publication the following week. Include a daytime phone number readers may call. Address items to: Times Health Scene, P.O. Box 8099, Walnut Creek, CA 94596; fax to 925-943-8362; or e-mail [email protected]
Depression and Bipolar Results Worth Striving For -- 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Author Tom Wootton discusses his own experiences and offers solutions to those with bipolar, their family and friends. John Muir Medical Center-Concord Campus, 2540 East St. 925-465-3864, www.bipolaradvantage.com.
-- The Road to Discover: Emerging Therapies in Blood Cancers -- 6- 8 p.m. Oct. 22. Robert Robles, MD, discusses the latest advances in blood cancer treatment and clinical trials for blood cancers. John Muir Medical Center-Walnut Creek Campus, Ball Auditorium, 1601 Ygnacio Valley Road. A light dinner will be served. Free. Pre- registration required. 415-625-1129, [email protected]
-- Coping With the Holidays -- 7-9 p.m. Nov. 5. Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill. Fee. Registration, 925- 887-5678.
-- Diabetes Management Program -- New program provides counseling and education for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. San Ramon Regional Medical Center, 6001 Norris Canyon Road. 925-275-8210.
-- John Muir Women's Health Center -- Offering various educational health programs. Schedule: "Osteoporosis Exercise and Education Class," 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. $5; "Pilates for Women," noon-1 p.m. Mondays and 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays. $18; "Yoga for Women," 6-7 p.m. Thursdays. $18. All classes are offered at 1656 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-941-7900, www.johnmuirhealth.com.
-- Pregnancy Forum on Pre-Conception Planning -- 7-9 p.m. first Mondays monthly, Birthing Center, Eden Medical Center, 20103 Lake Chabot Road, Castro Valley. Registration: 510-889-5078.
-- Panic & Anxiety Program -- Noon-1 p.m. Mondays and 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Walnut Creek. Information: Judy Schiffman, director, 732-940-9658.
-- Nourishing the Mind-Body Connection -- 1:15-2:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays monthly. For cancer survivors and those touched by a cancer diagnosis. Each workshop is a series of four classes that is repeated every two months. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Summit Campus, 450 30th St., Suite 2810, Oakland. Free. Registration: 510-869-8833.
-- "Look Good "... Feel Better" -- For women with cancer. 10 a.m.- noon fourth Mondays monthly. Cosmetologists and wig consultants demonstrate ways to cope with appearance changes and other physical effects of cancer treatment. Cancer Center Salon, Herrick Campus, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Free. Registration: 510-204-4785.
-- Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis -- 1:45-3:15 p.m. Thursdays. A class of gentle stretching movements that can help to reduce stress within the body. Yoga Movement Center, 1379 Locust St., Walnut Creek. $15 drop-ins, $10 per class if purchased monthly. Marcia Conroy, 925-462-5285, [email protected]
-- New Patient Orientation Class -- 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays. An orientation class for new cancer patients receiving treatment at Alta Bates Summit Comprehensive Cancer Center. Facility tour afterwards. 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Free. Registration: 510-204- 1591.
-- "Man to Man--" 6:15-7:45 p.m. fourth Tuesdays monthly. A group for men with prostate cancer, providing support, information and education. Partners welcome. Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Services, Summit Campus, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Providence Pavilion, 3100 Summit St., Oakland. Free. 510- 869-8833, Option 2.
-- Chi Kung -- 9:30-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. Exercise program for cancer patients and their care-givers designed to increase flexibility, develop physical strength, build energy and improve overall health. Wear comfortable clothing and socks. The Wellness Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek. Free. 925-933-0107.
-- Breast-Feeding Information -- 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. Drop- in class for breast-feeding mothers for basic education about general feeding, supplementing, pumping and storing milk. John Muir Women's Health Center, 1656 N. California Blvd., Suite 100, Walnut Creek. Free. www.johnmuirhealth.com.
-- Gentle Yoga -- 2-3 p.m. Thursdays, John Muir at Rossmoor, 1220 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. $30 series. Registration: 925-941- 7900, www.johnmuirhealth.com.
-- Osteoporosis exercise class -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, John Muir at Rossmoor, 1220 Rossmoor Parkway, Walnut Creek. Registration: 925-941-7900, www.johnmuirhealth.com.
-- Healing Yoga for Cancer -- 11 a.m.-noon Thursdays. Drop-in yoga class teaches cancer patients a series of gentle movements to let go of stress. Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Comprehensive Cancer Center Conference Room, 2001 Dwight Way, Berkeley. Free. 510- 508-1653.
-- "Understanding Chemotherapy" -- Fridays. Contra Costa Regional Medical Center is offering a one-hour class for CCRMC patients who are starting chemotherapy treatments. The class, offered in English and Spanish, is open to family members and caregivers. Marianne Bunce-Houston, 925-370-5822, [email protected]; www.cchealth.org.
-- Osteoporosis Exercise and Education Class -- 9:30-10:30 a.m. Fridays. Anyone who has been diagnosed with osteoporosis can learn exercises and precautions. Doctor's approval required. John Muir Women's Health Center, 1656 N. California Blvd., Suite 100, Walnut Creek. $5 per session. Registration: 925-941-7900, Option 3; www.johnmuirhealth.com.
Children's Immunization Clinics -- 9-11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 and Dec. 6. Clinics are open to all Tri-Valley families who are low-income or uninsured, including those in Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal Managed Care. Bring child's immunization records and information about family income and medical insurance. Axis, 4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton. Fees for some immunizations. Appointments: 925-462-1755.
Flu Shots -- 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 17. San Ramon Regional Medical Center will provide free flu shots to adults age 50 and older, while supplies last. South Building, 7777 Norris Canyon Road, San Ramon. No reservations. For directions and special services for disabled adults, call 925-275-8230.
Hall of Health -- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Unique, interactive exhibits show how the body works and what you can do to stay healthy. Group reservations required. Individuals and families welcome anytime. $5 for ages 3 and older/$3 per student field trip admission. 2230 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley. 510-549-1564, www.hallofhealth.org.
-- Tele-Care Program -- Free telephone contact service for those who live alone, are homebound, disabled, convalescing from an illness or isolated. Volunteers make daily calls to monitor clients' well-being, refer to outside sources and help maintain a connection to their community. Free. 510-204-4487.
-- Electronic Media and Youth Violence -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released two online resources to help parents and educators understand and address "electronic aggression." Electronic Media and Youth Violence is available at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/electronic_agression.htm.
-- Peripheral Artery Disease Research Study -- A new investigational research study for PAD, at the stage of Critical Limb Ischemia, is under way in the Walnut Creek area to determine if a new medication might promote blood-vessel growth. Individuals must be 50 or older. Additional criteria also applies. 888-853-4656, www.tamarisstudy.com.
-- Stop Smoking Study -- Researchers at UC San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center are recruiting smokers 18 and older who want to quit. The study will compare the effectiveness of hypnosis versus standard behavioral counseling in preventing relapse among smokers who have quit for at least three days. Information: 415-221-4810, Ext. 4432.
-- Financial Help for HIV-Positive Residents -- The Contra Costa Health Services' AIDS program has been awarded a $25,000 grant to help pay for dental care assistance; insurance partnership fees and premium costs, practical support items and other special needs for Contra Costa County residents who are HIV-positive and receiving HIV medical care. 925-313-6781.
-- Diabetes/Tuberculosis Study -- Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine are seeking volunteers for a study that will look at Type 2 diabetes and the body's immune response to the TB vaccine. Information, Chang, 650-724-4941.
-- Food Allergy Study -- A UC Davis physician and food scientist is looking for food- allergy sufferers for a study to develop an educational program. Participants must be 18 or older and have an allergy to seeds, peanuts, trees, nuts, fish or crustaceans. Information: Suzanne Teuber, 530-753-4257.
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