Health Notes

Health Notes

Have any health notes to submit to the paper? New class? New or ongoing support group? Blood drive? Call 703-917-6449 or e-mail

Free seminar on allergies on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 7-8 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Hear about the underlying cause of allergies and what to do to correct them without shots or drugs. Registration required 703-255-6360 or

"Caring for your Newborn" will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 19 from 6-7 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St., S.E. Topics include preparing the nursery, nutrition, bonding and more. Free but registration required. 703-255-6360 or

Christ Centered Yoga workshop on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N.E., Vienna. Christ-centered yoga fuses Biblical study with hatha yoga. For more information or to register, contact, Becky Martin at 770-861-8420 or Suzann Albanese at 703-372-2332 or

Attorney Mitch Lambros will address The NoVA Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) Support Group on Sept. 16, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. about applying for social security disability benefits with difficult to diagnose and describe conditions such as CFS, FM, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and mitral valve prolapse syndrome / dysautonomia (MVPS/D). The seminar will take place at the group's regular third Saturday of the month meeting, in the Large Conference Room of Mason Governmental Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale. No registration required; no fee. For more information, contact Elly Brosius at 703-968-9818 or Visit

Complementary Approaches in Cancer Care: Acupuncture, Meditation and Qi Gong. Monday, Sept. 18. 7:15- 8:45 p.m. Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St., Lower Level, Rm.1E. Learn about some basic modalities found to be useful when living with cancer. Clinical psychologist Carlos Durana, Ph.D., M.Ac., is a practicing acupuncturist, meditation, and qi gong instructor. Register at 703-776-2841.

Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 21, Haven of Northern Virginia will offer a free six-week support group for children, ages 6-12, who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. The children will learn how to identify their feelings of grief and express them appropriately. The group will meet 5-6 p.m. at Haven, 4606 Ravensworth Road, Annandale. Registration is required. Call Haven at 703-941-7000 or E-mail

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia will meet Sunday, Sept. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Physicians' Conference Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Fairfax. Socializing and refreshments begin 1:30. Program begins at 2 p.m.: Dr. Dan Albrandt, consulting pharmacist, will answers questions new drugs and treatments (cholesterol, BP, arthritis, heart, others) on the horizon. No admission fee. Ostomy nurse at every meeting for help and advice. Open to anyone interested. Park in Blue garage. For more information, Group phone is 703-802-3457 or visit

Whole Foods Market cooking demonstration on soups and stews will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2:30-4 p.m. at 143 East Maple Ave., Vienna. The demonstration will feature Autumn Soups and Stews. Participants will receive copies of recipes and have an opportunity to sample dishes. Co-sponsored by Whole Foods Market and The Cancer Project. Seating limited, register by Monday, Sept. 25.

Parkinson’s Disease Carepartners Support Group meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning Sept. 19 at Dolley Madison Library, lower level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes carepartners and family members. Call Angela Robb at 703-277-9666.

A Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets on the fourth Tuesday monthly beginning Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls. The Parkinson Foundation (PFNCA) welcomes PD patients and family members. There is no fee. Call Glenn Lawrence at 703-406-2732.

Depression and Manic Depression Support Group. The Sterling/Reston Chapter of DRADA meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month, 7-9 p.m. For location, call Ginny at 703-966-2510. DRADA stands for Depressive and Related Affective Disorders Association, a nonprofit, self-help group sponsored by Johns Hopkins, which has been in existence for over 20 years.