Birthworks classes

Birthworks classes
CANFIELD -- Birthworks at the Ursuline Center, Shields Road, offers an Infant Care class from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, $40 per couple; and a One-Day Lamaze class from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Feb. 22 $55 per couple. Call (330) 755-0605.
Breast cancer study
YOUNGSTOWN -- Forum Health Cancer Care Centers are seeking local women to take part in the national Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) to compare the drugs' effectiveness in preventing breast cancer. To qualify for the study, women must be postmenopausal, over the age of 35 and at a higher than normal risk for breast cancer, as determined by their physicians.
Participants will receive either tamoxifen or raloxifene at no cost and be monitored through follow-up examinations. Women interested in receiving a no-obligation assessment for STAR may call (330) 884-4176.
Mental health workshop
PARMA -- NAMI Cuyahoga County, an affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, offers a morning workshop, "Parents and Teachers as Allies," Feb. 15 at the Cuyahoga Special Education Service Center. The program examines the symptoms of major early-onset mental illnesses; relationships between parents and teachers; and understanding the various perspectives of school personnel, parents and the child.
The program is for parents and teachers with the primary goal of assisting those who work with children with mental illness to help them cope and excel. The cost is $10, or $20 with Professional Development Units. Call NAMI Cuyahoga County at (440) 333-9944 or e-mail
Detoxification talk
VILLA MARIA, Pa. -- EverGreen and Villa Maria Sister Services offer the first program of their 2003 Complementary Health Series, a video presentation and discussion titled "Detoxification: A Natural Approach," Feb. 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Villa Maria Community Center. The video presents information about illnesses that are accelerated when toxins build up in the body. No fee or registration is required. Call (724) 964-8920.
Permanent birth control
PITTSBURGH -- The Essure procedure, a nonsurgical option for women seeking permanent birth control, is available at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. There's no incision and no scar, and it can be done on an outpatient basis, said Dr. James Alonzo, a gynecological surgeon and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UPMC Shadyside.
The Essure procedure, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in November 2002, involves the implantation of soft coil springs into the Fallopian tubes through the vagina and uterus. The soft springs are treated with Dacron fibers that stimulate growth of a barrier of natural scar tissue.
Cancer society grants
CANFIELD -- Community Investment Grants for public and private nonprofit agencies are available through the Ohio Division of the American Cancer Society. Application proposals must be postmarked by March 3, 2003.
The 2003 CIGs will range from $1,000 to $5,000. Last year, $200,000 went to 35 agencies in the state, including three in the Mahoning Valley: East Liverpool City Hospital, $9,000; Forum Health Cancer Care Center, $6,209; and the American Cancer Society Mahoning Area Office, $4,000.
For more information or to receive a CIG application, call (330) 533-0546 or toll free at (888) 227-6446.
Living with cancer
GREENFORD -- Forum Health Cancer Care Center, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, will offer a four-session seminar, "I Can Cope: Living With Cancer," at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 27 and March 6 and 13 at Greenford Christian Church, 11767 Lisbon Road. There is no fee, but preregistration is required. Call (330) 533-3278.

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