Chattanooga area health news and events

Chattanooga area health news and events

September 20th, 2012 in Life Entertainment

Myeloma meeting

The Chattanooga Multiple Myeloma Networking Group meets tonight from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Center for Cancer Support, 605 Glenwood Drive, Suite 307, in the Memorial Plaza Building next to Memorial Hospital. Andy Lebkuecher from the International Myeloma Foundation will speak on Dr. Brian Durie's presentation "Facing the Challenges of 2012." Complimentary dinner. For information, contact Jack or Linda Huguelet at 886-3554.

Autism Center open house

Chattanooga Autism Center, 1400 McCallie Ave., will hold an open house from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 2, to announce its new space, which includes an Autism Resource Library, offices, therapy room and conference room where parents and advocates meet. Light snacks will be served. For information, visit Chatta or call 260-1115.

Mental and physical health

Christian psychiatrist Dr. Tim Jennings (Come and Reason Ministries) and cardiologist Dr. James Marcum (Heartwise Ministry) will explore the relationship between mental and physical health in a one-day seminar on Oct. 20, "Modern Medicine, Biblical Technology and the Brain," at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Free for those registering in advance or $50 at the door. To register, visit or call 423-800-0550.

Hydrocephalus walk

The second annual Greater Hydrocephalus Walk will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at Coolidge Park. The 5-kilometer walk (3.1 miles) will begin at 11 a.m. Hydrocephalus is an abnormal accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain, also known as water on the brain.) Currently there's no prevention or cure. All money raised will go for research. For information, call Chara McLaughen at 503-6657.

Women's Health Symposium

Parkridge Medical Center will host a Women's Health Symposium at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Diagnostic Center, McCallie Avenue. This women-only event features dinner and physician panel discussion. Cost is $10. Register by Sept. 27 to MedLine at 800-242-5662.

Wellness open house

Four Seasons Wellness hosts its annual Fall Open House from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, at 6237 Vance Road, Suite 4. Includes demonstrations, vendors, discounts, food and more. For information, call Margie Wesley at 423-883-5462.

Memorial offerings

• Basic Diabetes, Thursday, Oct. 4, at 1:45 p.m., at Memorial Ooltewah Imaging Center. This class provides an overview of diabetes, including treatment, prevention of complications, diabetes meal planning and carbohydrate counting. Memorial's Diabetes and Nutrition center can help you obtain a physician's referral and provide cost information. Registration required. 495-79709.

• Mammograms: Memorial's Mobile Health Coach will provide mammograms for women age 40 and over who haven't had a mammogram in the last 12 months, with or without insurance. Two locations: Bradley County Health Department, 201 Dooley St. S.E., Cleveland, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday and Oct. 8. To schedule an appointment, call 423-728-7020, ext. 105 or 106. Also at Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic, Highway 56, Beersheba Springs, Tenn., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CST, Sept. 29. To schedule an appointment, call 931-692-2229.

Weight-loss study

You may qualify for a local, no-cost, weight-loss clinical research study. Learn more by calling 888-978-8398 or visit

Erlanger classes

• Free Metabolic/Bariatric Surgery Seminar, 6-8 p.m., Monday, at Erlanger East (Gunbarrel Road). Area residents who are overweight and/or with health problems related to obesity can learn about the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center at Erlanger. Registration required at Erlanger's HealthLink at 778-5465.

• Memory screening, Erlanger North (Morrison Springs Road), 8:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesday. Jennifer Hindmon, of Erlanger North Senior's Unit, will administer the Mini Mental Status Exam to determine problems that should be discussed with your family physician. Appointments limited; registration required. Call 778-5465.

Boot camp for dads

This session for dads (rookie and veteran) discusses the challenges new fathers face, such as uncontrollable crying (from baby and mom), in-laws and living on little or no sleep. Led by a First Things First instructor. This is a guys-only event. Call First Things First at 257-5383 for information.

Items for this column are due the Friday before Thursday's publication date. Write to Linda Weaver, P.O. Box 1447, Chattanooga, TN 37401-1447; fax 668-5071; email