Health Briefs for March 10, 2013

Myosistis support

A myosistis support group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at The Haven, 8225 YMCA Plaza Blvd. The group is open to those with myosistis and their caregivers. For more information, call (225) 572-7752.

Woman’s Hospital

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

Call (225) 231-5475 or visit

Huntington’s support

Huntington’s Disease Support Group will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd.

Mary Bird Perkins

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center will offer the following free cancer screenings:

Call (225) 215-1234 or visit

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.

HIV services

The following HIV services will be offered:

Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave., will hold the following free events:

For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, 5000 Hennessy Blvd., will hold a free Diabetes Education & Awareness Group meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the hospital’s auditorium.

Kristine Rumney of the OLOL Diabetes & Nutrition Center will speak on “Diabetes: Fact or Fiction.” For more information, call (225) 765-8020.

PC Hospice

Pointe Coupee Hospice, 350 Hospital Road, New Roads, will host an “Open House: Introduction to Hospice Care” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the hospice.

Featured speaker will be Dr. Jack McNulty, founder and president of Palliative Care Institute of Southeast Louisiana.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, call (225) 638-5717.

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.

MS Association

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America will meet at noon Tuesday at BREC, 7505 Independence Blvd. Lunch will be served. To RSVP, call (225) 766-6089.

Grief Support

The Community Grief Support Group will meet at noon Tuesday at Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, 550 Lobdell Ave. The group is open to anyone coping with the loss of a loved one. For more information, call (225) 927-2273.

The Hospice of BR

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


National Alliance on Mental Illness will hold the following events:

Cancer Society

American Cancer Society will hold an ACS Cares Day Tuesday at Baton Rouge General, Mid City location, 3600 Florida Blvd. The event provides those currently in cancer treatment assistance with wigs and other resources. For more information, call (800) 227-2345 or visit


Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge, I-12 at O’Neal Lane, will hold the first part of its “Childbirth Series,” a three-part series on pregnancy topics, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the center. Other parts are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 19 and 26. The entire series can be taken at once from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $25 for mom and a partner. Call (225) 755-4854 to register.

Life Source Services

Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., will offer the following events and opportunity:

Call (225) 291-9421.

Mary Bird - OLOL

Mary Bird Perkins - Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center will hold the following free cancer screenings:

For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or visit

People’s Health

People’s Health will hold the following free events:

To make reservations, call (866) 220-0418 or visit

BR General

Baton Rouge General will hold the following events:

Red Cross

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

The Acadiana Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 101 N. Pat St., Scott, will hold “Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED” from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the office. Cost is $110.

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter American Red Cross, 2640 Canal St., New Orleans, will hold the following classes:

The Southeast Louisiana Chapter Northshore Office, 300 Ashland Way, Madisonville, will hold the following classes:

For more information, call (800) 733-2767 or visit

Alzheimer’s Services

Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, 3772 North Blvd., will hold a free Lunch-N-Learn session, “The Sunset of Life,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the office. Registration is required. Call (225) 334-7494 or email for more information.


Capital Area Human Services District, 4615 Government St., Building 2, Room 200, will host its “Annual Public Forum” from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the office. The goal of the forum is to get community input to develop strategies for enhancing substance abuse treatment and prevention services. CAHSD will post a report on its website based on community input. The forum is free and open to the public. For more information, call (225) 922-2700 or email

St. Joseph Hospice

St. Joseph Hospice and its inpatient facility, The Carpenter House, 10615 Jefferson Highway, 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.

Lane Regional

Lane Regional Medical Center, 6300 Main St., Zachary, will hold the following events:

The sale will have rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and more. All items are $5 each. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward future LRMC Auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For more information, call (225) 658-4309.

Diabetic Foot

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.

Wheels to Succeed

Wheels to Succeed is looking for volunteers for its 5th annual “No Such Thing as Impossible” bike ride, which will be at 8 a.m. Sunday, March 17, at West Feliciana Sports Park, St. Francisville.

Volunteers will help with food, cleanup and more from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration and sponsorship are now open as well. Proceeds from the bike ride will help buy specially adapted bikes for children with disabilities. To register, visit

Sisters Network

Sisters Network Baton Rouge, an affiliate chapter of the national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization, will host a one-day conference from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Second Baptist Church, 914 North Acadian Thruway.

The conference is part of a 10-day conference tour by Sisters Network Inc. and will focus on triple negative and advanced breast cancer. Speakers will be Dr. B. Jay Brooks, Jr. chairman for the Department of Hematology and Oncology at Ochsner Clinic, and Dr. Deborah Abernathy, medical oncologist and hematologist.

The conference is free and open to breast cancer survivors, clinicians, caregivers and the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or (225) 456-6271.

Narcotics Anonymous

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