Health news in brief

Here is health news from across Southwest Florida:


A gentle yoga class focused on relaxation and stretching will be held at 6 p.m. the next three Wednesdays at the Garden of Hope and Courage at NCH Healthcare Sysytem, 350 Seventh St. N., Naples. Free for the first session on Wednesday; $10 on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Information:

H1N1 vaccine

The Collier County Health Department will offer the H1N1 vaccine at these locations:

* 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at North Collier Regional Park, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples

* 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday Immokalee Health Department, 419 N. First St., Immokalee

* 10 a.m. -6 p.m. Sunday at the former Kmart, Freedom Square, Collier Boulevard and U.S. 41 E., Naples

Vaccines will be available for pregnant women and people who live with or provide care for infants under 6 months of age. Vaccines also available for people between the ages of 6 months and 24 years. Also available for people 25 to 64 years old with medical conditions that put them at higher risk for flu-related complications. Also eligible are health care and emergency medical services personnel who have direct patient contact.


Dr. David Greene will talk about a minimally invasive treatment for sufferers of chronic sinus inflammation from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday at Physicians Regional-Pine Ridge. The hospital is at 6101 Pine Ridge Road, physician’s dining room, Naples. Reservations are required. Information: 348-4511

Caregivers workshop

Ardent Manor is sponsoring a free workshop titled “Self-Care for Caregivers” from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Friday at St. William Catholic Church, 750 Seagate Drive, Naples. The workshop hopes to answer the question “Who takes care of the caregiver?” and offer advice for combatting caregiver stress. Reservations are required. Information: (866) 231-0921

Alzheimer’s fun fest

Harbor Memory Care will host an Alzheimer’s family fun fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 101 Cypress Way E., Naples. The event features arts and crafts, a kids fun area (with two bounce houses and an inflatable slide), live entertainment and a silent auction. Information: (727) 578-2558

Eye screening

The Lions Club will provide eye screenings for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration at 9 a.m. Sunday at 508 Ninth St., Immokalee.


Dr. Raymond Phillips, a gastroenterologist, will discuss Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Gulfshore Endoscopy Center, 1084 Goodlette-Frank Road, Naples. Refreshments will be served. Information: 649-6441.

Mental health meeting

The Mental Health Association of Southwest Florida will have a luncheon meeting at noon Dec. 10 at the Bellasera Hotel, 221 U.S. 41, Naples. Judge Steven Leifman will be the guest speaker. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. $25. Information: 261-5405

Deadline for Health Briefs is 10 a.m. Thursday. E-mail to or mail to Sheila Mesulam, Naples Daily News, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34110. All briefs are printed on a space-available basis. Connect with Sheila Mesulam at

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