“Health Briefs” column for Jan. 6, 2013

By David Lightman and Lesley Clark

McClatchy Newspapers

Woman’s Hospital

Woman’s Hospital, 100 Woman’s Way (Airline Highway and Pecue), will hold the following events this week:

For more information or to register, call (225) 231-5475 or visit http://www.womans.org.


HopeKeepers, a support group for those affected by chronic illness or pain, physical or mental, will meet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at St. Margaret’s Church, 12663 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge. For more information, call (225) 337-1633 or visit http://www.hopekeepersbr.com.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered this week:

Call (225) 927-9810.

Family Service

Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge, 4727 Revere Ave., will offer counseling services for children, individuals and families who need help with a wide range of emotional, behavioral and relationship problems from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Fee is based on a sliding scale. Private insurance and Medicaid are accepted. Call (225) 924-0123.

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events this week:

Hope Chests

Hope Chests, a support group for breast cancer patients and their families, will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ochsner Clinic Foundation of Baton Rouge, 9001 Summa Ave., third-floor lobby. Meeting topic will be “New Beginnings,” positive personal goal planning for the new year. For more information, call (225) 761-5296 or email sprescott@ochsner.org.

OLOL diabetes

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., will host a Diabetes Education & Awareness Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s auditorium. Chareze Wells from the OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center will speak on “Healthy Living (class one).” For more information, call (225) 765-8020.

Survivors of Suicide

Survivors of Suicide, a free support group for people whose lives have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, neighbor, co-worker or friend to suicide, will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center, 4837 Revere Ave. For more information, call (225) 924-1431.


National Alliance on Mental Illness Baton Rouge will hold the following events this week:

Call (225) 273-6061 or (225) 291-6262.

The Hospice of BR

The Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 Siegen Lane, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

Call (225) 767-4673.


Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold the following events:

Red Cross

The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter American Red Cross, 4655 Sherwood Common Blvd., will hold the following classes:

For more information, call (225) 291-4533 or visit http://www.batonrouge.redcross.org.

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold the following events this week:

EBRP Library

East Baton Rouge Parish Carver Branch Library, 720 Terrace St., will host a blood drive with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center providing the Mobile Blood Collection Unit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Participants will get $5 waived from their library fines when they donate. They will also get their blood pressure checked along with temperature, iron level and pulse count. Call (225) 389-7450.

Dutch PT

Dutch Physical Therapy, in conjunction with the Livingston Parish Library, will present a series of free seminars throughout January for “Spine Education Month.” The first seminar will feature Dr. Barrett Johnston from The Interventional Pain Institute and will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Denham Springs-Walker Branch Library, 8101 U.S. 190, Denham Springs. Johnston will discuss pain management options for back pain. To make reservations, call (225) 588-2068 or email amys@dutchpt.com. For more information, visit http://www.DutchPT.com.

St. Joseph Hospice

St. Joseph Hospice and its inpatient facility, The Carpenter House, will hold a bereavement support group meeting from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson United Methodist Church, 10328 Jefferson Highway. For more information or to RSVP, call (225) 368-3117.

Cardinal Hospice

Cardinal Hospice, 8280 YMCA Plaza Drive, No. 3-A, will offer the following event and opportunity this week:

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer a free breast cancer screening from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Wal-Mart, 1200 West Oak St., Amite. Appointments are required.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or visit http://www.marybird.org.

C.G. Jung Society

C.G. Jung Society of Baton Rouge will hold a lecture on “Reading the Images in Jung’s Red Book,” a filmed presentation by Barbara Friedman and Mary Dougherty, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive. Marilyn Marshall will lead the film discussion.

Neuropathy pain

The Diabetic Foot Institute, 5428 O’Donovan Drive, Suite D, will offer complimentary diabetic foot screenings on Friday.

Screening will include thermal imaging, blood flow study, gait analysis and neuropathy screening. Call (225) 761-0025 to schedule.

Narcotics Anon.

Need help with a drug problem? Narcotics Anonymous holds daily meetings. Call the helpline at (225) 381-9609.


Al-Anon Family Groups, a 12-step program to help those affected by someone’s problem drinking, holds meetings daily in the Baton Rouge area. There are no fees. Meetings are confidential.

Call (225) 924-0029 or visit http://www.batonrougealanon.org.