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Health Briefs for Dec. 12, 2012

Updated: January 13, 2013 6:21AM



Here is a look at health news in the Southland.

Stroke Support Group: A support group for stroke survivors and their families will meet at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Information: (888) 660-4325 or www.silvercross.org.

Caring Kids: Children ages 3 to 12 who are expecting a new sibling will learn what happens when mom goes to the hospital and how they can help when the baby comes home during a class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Children should bring a doll or a stuffed animal to practice diapering. Cost is $15 per child or $20 per family. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1P06.

Weight Loss Discussion: An information session about surgical and non-surgical options for weight loss will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1N06.

Birthing Class: Palos Community Hospital is offering its birthing preparation class 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 16 at Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights. The cost is $95 per couple. Registration: (708) 226-2300.

One-Day Childbirth Class: A one-day weekend childbirth education class will be offered 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $95 per couple. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B11.

Bereavement Support Group: Small group sessions for parents who have experienced the death of a child either through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1M03.

Women and Infants Center Tour: A tour of the labor and delivery care units at Advocate Christ Medical Center is being offered for expectant parents at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1B12.

Postpartum Support Group: A free support group offers resources for new mothers to become more knowledgeable about postpartum depression, its causes and available treatment options. In addition, it also gives mothers the opportunity to talk, listen and share their experiences with other women experiencing similar feelings. The group will meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 18 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. Information: (708) 684-1333.

Breastfeeding Basics: A two-hour breastfeeding basics class is being offered at 6:45 to p.m. Dec. 18 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. The cost is $25 per couple. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1B01.

Prostate Cancer Support Group: A free support and education group for men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer meets 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 18 at Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required. Information: (800) 323-8622, code 1C15.

Look Good. Feel Better: A free workshop provided by cosmetologists will teach female cancer patients hands-on cosmetic techniques to help restore their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Women learn about makeup techniques, skin care, nail care and options related to hair loss, such as wigs, turbans and scarves. The program is 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Advocate Christ Center for Breast Care, 4545 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Registration: (800) 323-8622, code 1C17.

Physician Honored: Palos Medical Group family practice physician Dr. Robert Boll was recognized as a 2012 Patients’ Choice physician. The honor is awarded to doctors as a reflection of their patients’ continued appreciation and praise for the quality of care they provide. Of the nation’s 870,000 active physicians, only 5 percent earned the Patients’ Choice honor, according to a news release issued by the Palos Primary Care Center, 15300 West Ave., Orland Park.

Silver Cross Home Health: Silver Cross recently announced its home health service was named a top agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. This is the fifth year in a row that the agency has earned the award.

Endocrinologist: Palos Medical Group recently welcomed Dr. Jennifer Zanderan, an endocrinologist , to the Palos Primary Care Center, 15300 West Ave., Orland Park.

Specialized Conditioning: The physical therapy department of Advocate Christ Medical Center, 4440 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, offers an ongoing program designed to promote physical fitness for people who have experienced a spinal cord injury or disability. Therapists create an independent wheelchair-level exercise program using a wheelchair-accessible weight station. Classes, led by a licensed physical therapist are 4 to 5 p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays and Thursdays in the medical center’s physical therapy gym. Classes are free. A physician’s approval is needed to participate. Information: (708) 684-5425.

Emotions Anonymous: A free 12-step program for people who have had or are having emotional difficulties meets 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at Calvary Lutheran Church, 11249 S. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, and at 11 a.m. Mondays at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, 8607 S. Naragansett, Burbank.

Overeaters Anonymous: A free support group for people who are compulsive eaters meets from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at New Spirit Lutheran Church, 8600 S. Kilpatrick, Chicago.

Sharing the Journey: Small group sessions for people who have experienced the death of a significant person in their lives meets 7 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of the month at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 4660 W. 94th St., Oak Lawn. No registration required.

Orland Wellness Program: Orland Township residents in need of medical services may purchase a discount Wellness Program voucher during office hours Mondays through Fridays at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The program offers services at a discount of up to 50 percent. The services include adult and children’s physicals, podiatry screenings, dental examinations and cleanings, nutrition consultations, vision examinations and chiropractic examinations. Residents may choose a participating doctor from the program’s list, which can be found at www.orlandtwp.org.Information: (708) 403-4222.



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