VILLA MARIA, Pa. -- EverGreen will sponsor yoga classes from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays, starting Jan. 22, at Villa Maria Community Center. Maureen Lauer- Gatta, a registered yoga teacher, will lead the class in beginning Hatha Yoga. Registration is required; the cost is 10 per session. Sign up for multiple classes and receive a discount. Walk-ins are welcome. to registerl, call Tina Fanfer at (724) 964-8920 Ext. 3387 or e-mail BODonnell@humilityofmary.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is sponsored by Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary.
Smoking ban rules
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Department of Health advisory committee for smoking ban rule development will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday. to discuss draft rule revisions based on comments received from residents during a public comment period that ended Thursday. The meeting, which is open to the public, is at the ODH, 246 N. High St., Eighth Floor Conference Room.
YOUNGSTOWN -- In celebration of January as National Blood Donor Month, Humility of Mary Health Partners' blood donor services department is launching the Commit to Life program. Under the program, volunteers sign a pledge card promising to donate blood four times over the course of one year. With each donation, volunteers reach a new star level: bronze, silver, or gold. Donors who reach the gold level will receive a coupon for a free lipid panel, said Sharon Barry, HMHP blood donor recruiter. For more information about HMHP's blood donor services, call (330) 480-2595.
WARREN -- North-Mar Church, 3855 E. Market St., is offering a divorce recovery workshop for divorced or separated people from 7 to 9 p.m. on six consecutive Thursday nights starting Feb. 26 at the church. The fee is 30, with a 5 discount if paid by Feb.19. Participants will receive a copy of "Growing Through Divorce" by Jim Smoke. Depending on the demand, the program will provide child care or help participants find it. Call Joe Davenport, workshop leader, at (330) 638-1882, or the church office at (330) 856-3496 to register.
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians is accepting nominations from the public for its 2007 Family Physician of the Year and Friend of Family Medicine awards.
For the family physician award, the recipient must be an OAFP member; be currently in practice; have at least 10 years of post-residency experience; possess high professional standards; provide high-quality, family-centered care, and be involved in the community.
Send letters of recommendation to the OAFP Awards Selection Committee, Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, 4075 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43214-3296, or call (800) 742-7327.
The Friend of Family Medicine award recognizes either an elected official or member of the media (individual or organization) who has worked or reported on issues related to family medicine in Ohio. Any work, articles or broadcasts that represent a nominee's support of family medicine must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2006.
Nominations for the Friend of Family Medicine award should include a copy of articles, broadcasts (date and title of story that aired is sufficient) or other examples of work that exhibit the nominee's support of family medicine. To request a nomination form, contact OAFP at (800) 742-7327.
Nominations for both awards must be postmarked no later than April 6, and the winners will be recognized during OAFP's annual awards luncheon Aug. 11, 2007 at Cherry Valley Lodge in Newark.
Fertility clinical trials
CANFIELD -- The Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center, 6674 Tippecanoe Road, is seeking women between the ages of 18 and 49 to participate in a nationwide clinical trial to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a study drug regimen for the treatment of those with heavy menstrual periods.
Menstrual cycles, on average, occur every 28 days and last about four days. Heavy periods can lead to a significant decrease in quality of life, time lost from work or school, and anemia or the need for surgery. The research study could lead to a nonsurgical treatment option," said Dr. Bryan R. Hecht, a gynecologist at the Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center. Study participants will be compensated for their participation. For more information, call study coordinator, Lori Stein, at (330) 702-1950.
Counselors get boost
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The 109th Congress passed legislation recognizing licensed professional counselors as health care providers within the Veterans Affairs health care system. The new law will give counselors access to better paying jobs as mental health specialists, with the potential for promotion into supervisory positions within the VA, according to the American Mental Health Counselors Association. Also, it allows the VA to hire counselors for mental health professional positions at the same pay grade as clinical social workers.
Early pregnancy screening
YOUNGSTOWN -- The department of maternal-fetal medicine at St. Elizabeth Health Center offers first trimester screening. The test is used to assess a baby's risk for Down syndrome, other chromosomal abnormalities and major congenital heart problems. The new testing comes as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that all pregnant women, regardless of age, be offered tests for Down syndrome.
Sriram Perni, maternal-fetal medicine specialist at St. Elizabeth, is the lead author on a major paper about the procedure and travels nationally to speak to other physicians.
This is the most precise screening of its kind, and the need for the more invasive amniocentesis is reduced. The test does not provide a definitive diagnosis, but can help parents decide whether or not to undergo further diagnostic testing, Perni said.
First trimester screening is performed between 11 and 14 weeks and combines an ultrasound measurement of the nuchal translucency -- the clear space in the tissue at the back of a developing baby's neck--with blood values of the hormones PAPP-A and free beta-hCG. This testing detects as many as 90 percent of those pregnancies affected by Down syndrome and more than 95 percent of those with trisomy 18.
For more information about maternal-fetal medicine services at St. Elizabeth Health Center, call toll free (877) 700-4647.
HUBBARD -- The Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern Ohio Chapter, and the Hubbard Community Pool are offering a free program to help people with arthritis lead better lives. The Taking Control of Arthritis Pain program will be Feb. 7 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Board of Education Meeting Room, 150 Hall Ave. This free program includes a personal workbook. Light refreshments will be served. Participants will learn how to control the effects of arthritis and manage pain, plus gain knowledge of arthritis and relaxation techniques. To register, call (330) 534-1921 ext. 1301 between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m.