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Volunteers wanted: Meridien Research, 5700 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton, is involved in a new 8-week clinical trial for men with low testosterone levels and/or erectile dysfunction. Eligible volunteers for this clinical trial must be between men 18 and 65 years of age with confirmed diagnosis of secondary hypogonadism (low testosterone) and mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. "We are finding many of our patients are coming in because they are experiencing a loss of interest or desire in the opposite sex or they want to improve their energy level,"explained Louis Chaykin, MD of Meridien Research. "Since the study requires a history of erectile dysfunction of six months, the desire is usually present out of frustration." Possible compensation and study-related care for eligible volunteers may be provided and all care is provided by participating physicians. For further information, visit www.NewStudyInfo.com or in Bradenton call Meridien Research at 941-756-8680.
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Nursing degree information: State College of Florida plans information sessions about the associate in science in nursing degree at 5 p.m. Aug. 4 at SCF Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway E., MTSC Building, Room 205. Information: 941-752-5209 or scf.edu/nursing.
Sarasota Sports Medicine hosting free workshop: Dr. Ken Kaufman of Sarasota Sports Medicine is hosting a free workshop on deep tissue laser therapy noon-1 p.m. Aug. 4 at Athletic Edge Sports, 8134 Main St., Lakewood Ranch. Kaufman, Sarasota's team chiropractor for the Baltimore Orioles and Director of Sarasota Sports Medicine, will reveal how deep tissue laser therapy relieves the pain and inflammation associated with rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, runners knee, bursitis, tendonitis, Achilles tendon injuries, plantar fasciitis and spinal injury. This workshop is free to the public. Following a short 20-minute presentation, free treatments will be provided. To register, call 941-927-0546 or register online at www.sarasotasportsmed.com/events. Seating is limited.
Back-to-school event for families with diabetes: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation invites families with children with type 1 diabetes to a fun, free and educational event 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 8 at The Zone Complex, 5028 Lena Road, Bradenton. Two guest speakers will help parents with tips on successfully starting off the school year. Reservations requested to Tammy at 941-776-4394 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dental implant seminar: Skyway Hybridge/North River Dental, 3030 U.S. 301 N., Ellenton, is holding informational seminars on dental seminars. Times are: 6-7 p.m. Aug. 10, Sept. 21, Oct. 12 and Dec. 14 and noon-1 p.m. Sept. 25. Information: 941-722-0502.
Acupuncture lecture: Fiorenza Arigoni lectures about acupuncture 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays at Richard's Foodporium, 3110 53rd Ave. E., Bradenton. The event is free. RSVP to 941-284-6476.
Aging concerns: Manatee Aging Network, a voluntary coalition of people representing both for-profit and nonprofit health, human and social service organizations and others concerned with aging issues, meets 9-10 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Waters Edge of Bradenton, 3132 21st Lane W., Bradenton. Networking begins at 8:30 a.m. Information: 941-748-7797.
Cancer-patient groups: These cancer-patient groups meet at Blake Medical Center, 2020 59th St. W., Bradenton. Information: BlakeMedicalCenter.com/cancer. For information and registration, call 888-359-3552.
Yoga for cancer patients with Anne Silverman, 941-465-1590; 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mondays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Exercise class for breast cancer patients with Marsha Shuford 941-798-2141; noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays; Cancer Support Community at Blake.
American Cancer Society at Blake open 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the Cancer Resource Center. Information: Diane, 941-782-7416.
Belly dancing for oncology patients: Counters the feeling of being stiff or rigid and helps improve flexibility; noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays in the Cancer Support Community at Blake.
Caring Friends Support Group: meets 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Dolphin Pelican Room at Blake. The group is free, doctor-supported and no registration is required. Information: Winnie Schroeder, 941-792-7204.
Chronic Kidney Disease Education: A free class is offered on chronic kidney disease that covers causes, progression and treatment options. Individuals diagnosed with chronic kidney disease or with diabetes and/or high blood pressure can benefit greatly from this education. Call Tracy at (941) 405-9683 to register for a class or individual session. This education is available ongoing at one of two Bradenton locations: 520 Manatee Ave E. in East Bradenton or 5902 Point West Blvd. in West Bradenton.
Fitness classes: The Senior Enrichment Center at Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, offers Yoga Stretch at 11 a.m. Mondays and Muscular Strength and Range of Movement at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Both classes are suitable for varying levels of mobility. Cost: $5 for SEC Members, $7 for guests and free to Silver Sneakers participants. Information: 941-749-0100.
H2U programs: These events are offered by H2U, an adult health and wellness organization sponsored by Blake Medical Center. Individuals pay a $20 annual membership fee, and become members of the national H2U program. Some of the benefits include: VIP hospital privileges; upgrade in room, if available; free daily local newspaper; complimentary meal plan for a spouse or caregiver during member's inpatient hospitalization; and Medicare Part A Deductible may be waived. For specific events and reservations, call 1-888-359-3552. To receive H2U Program information and membership application, call 941-792-0211. Activities offered include aerobics, bridge lesson, bingo, tai chi, line dancing, Wii, Zumba and more. The Cortez Center is at 6670 Cortez Road; the Bayshore Center is at 6049 26th St. W.; the Ellenton Center is at 7042 U.S. 301 N. For more information, call 941-792-0211; for reservations, call 888-359-3552.
LRMC programs and support groups: Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., holds the following ongoing programs and support groups: diabetes support group, Healthy Hearts support group, Heart Device support group, childbirth education classes, new mom and baby group, prenatal yoga. For information on these programs, call 800-454-8215.
MMH programs and support groups: Manatee Memorial Hospital, 206 Second St. E., Bradenton, 941-746-5111 hosts the following classes, support groups and programs at the hospital: MOMM's Place/Perinatal Education Classes for moms, dads and families including: Prepared Childbirth, Your Amazing Newborn, Introduction to Breastfeeding, Keeping Baby Safe, Lowdown on Labor, Mommy Yollet, Car Seat Check Ups, classes held in MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925. Support Groups include: Women Living with Cancer Support Group, meets at 6 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays at MOMM's Place, MMH Medical Office Building Suite 3F, call 941-745-6925; HOPE Stroke Support Group in partnership with Florida Home Health, for stroke survivors and caregivers 4-6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Bradenton Country Club, call 941-773-4628; Senior Advantage (50+) offers services designed to enhance health and well-being. Call the "What's Happening Line" at 941-745-7308 for information on events during the month, 941-745-7548 to find out about joining. For more information on community seminars, events and programs offered by Manatee Memorial Hospital, call 941-745-7545 or check the website at manateememorial.com.
Memory testing: Bradenton Research Center under the supervision of Dr. W. Alvin McElveen offers free memory testing 1-5 p.m. Thursdays at 3924 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. No appointment necessary. Information: 941-708-0005 or bradentonresearch.com.
National Alliance on Mental Illness of Manatee County: meets at Trinity United Methodist Church, 3200 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. General membership meetings are 7-9 p.m. the fourth Monday, support group meets 7-9 p.m. the second Monday. NAMI Manatee is a grassroots, self-help organization whose mission and goals are threefold: to support family members who have a loved one with a severe mental illness; to educate the general public through outreach; and to advocate for mentally ill individuals who are affected by no-fault biological brain disorders. Information: 941-758-3562 or 941-778-2095, or visit namimanateecounty.org.
Parenting and family matters: Family Resources, 361 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a variety of workshops, including "Relating to Your Teen: How to Improve Your Relationship," free workshop and snack offered 6-7:30 p.m. Thursdays; crisis intervention, family assessments and individual, group and family counseling; voluntary pay; and individual, marital, group and family support counseling for children and their families confronting difficulties involving family separation and divorce. Information: 941-741-3575.
Parkinson's Disease help: The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center, a service of Manatee Memorial Hospital is now offering the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT BIG™) program for improving communication and movement in individuals with Parkinson's disease. Two therapists from the center, Dawn Castro, PT and Ashley Zuberbier, PTA were recently trained and received their certification in this advanced treatment for Parkinson's. The LSVT BIG program consists of a total of 16 individual 60-minute sessions over one month (four sessions per week) that are specifically developed to address the unique movement impairments seen in Parkinson's patients. The intense treatment protocol which includes many repetitions of core daily living movements trains patients to increase the amplitude of their limb and body movements. The program has shown to improve balance, speed of walking and function with daily tasks. The Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center is at 5245 33rd St. E., Suite 32, Bradenton. Call Suzanne Anderson at 941-745-7559 for more information.
Tobacco prevention class change: The Tobacco Free Manatee Coalition meets 4-5 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of March, May, July, September and November. The meetings are held at the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County, 410 Sixth Ave. E., Bradenton. Tobacco Free Manatee's mission is to reduce tobacco use in Manatee County.
Creative Movement Class: Bella Danza Dance and Ballroom Academy has added a class designed and structured for children with handicaps. Children will explore music and dance in a variety of stimulating and fun activities and exercises. The class is appropriate for children or teens with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, deafness, blindness, wheelchair bound, Down's Syndrome, and others. The class meets at 2 p.m. Saturdays at The Bella Danza Studio, 5702 Manatee Ave. W. Cost: $50/month. Information and registration: belladanzadance.com or Cindy Tanner at 941-301-5854.