HEALTH BEAT

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Acupunc­ture

North­field Acupunc­ture & Al­ter­na­tive Medicine Clinic will hold work­shops deal­ing with health top­ics in­clud­ing can­cer, hep­ati­tis and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease at 1 p.m. Thurs­days at the clinic, 619 E. Sixth St. Top­ics of dis­cus­sion will vary and the pub­lic is wel­come. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired to at­tend. Call 870-7728622. Acute head and back pain

Ark-La-Tex Health Cen­ter of­fers

free con­sul­ta­tions for chronic and acute head, neck and back pain. Fi­nan­cial help may be avail­able for those with­out in­surance who are not al­ready on So­cial Se­cu­rity or ap­ply­ing for So­cial Se­cu­rity ben­e­fits. Call 870-773-7246 for more in­for­ma­tion. Birth con­trol

Texarkana-Bowie County

Fam­ily Health Cen­ter, 902 W. 12th St., of­fers com­plete re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices (birth con­trol) for men, women and teens in­clud­ing birth con­trol meth­ods (pills, depo shots and tubals), preg­nancy test­ing, Pap tests, coun­sel­ing, STD test­ing and treat­ment and re­fer­ral for other ser­vices. The cen­ter is a Texas Women’s Health Pro­gram Provider. Call 903-7983265 for more in­for­ma­tion on el­i­gi­bil­ity. Miller County Health Unit

of­fers Fam­ily Plan­ning Ser­vices for Miller County res­i­dents in­clud­ing phys­i­cal ex­ams, Pap tests and choice of birth con­trol method (in­clud­ing pills, in­jec­tion, patch, IUD, Nuva Ring, or Con­doms/VCF). Most ser­vices are free for Arkansas res­i­dents who qual­ify. Call 870-773-2108 for an ap­point­ment with our nurse prac­ti­tioner 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mon­day, Wed­nes­day or Fri­day. Blood pres­sure Cy­press Home Health pro­vides free blood sugar and blood pres­sure checks to se­niors from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Mon­day of each month at the Collins Me­mo­rial Se­nior Cen­ter, 3000 Texas Blvd. Texarkana Home­Care will of­fer free blood pres­sure checks from 11 a.m. to noon the third Tues­day of each month at the Collins Me­mo­rial Se­nior Cen­ter.

Health Back Home Health will of­fer free blood pres­sure checks from 10:30 a.m. the sec­ond Thurs­day of each month at the Collins Me­mo­rial Se­nior Cen­ter. Breast care

Arkansas Breast Care Pro­gram pro­vides free mam­mo­grams, free clin­i­cal breast ex­ams, free pelvic ex­ams and Pap tests to women who are Arkansas res­i­dents ages 40 and older and meet the in­come el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments. Call 1-877-670-CARE for qual­i­fi­ca­tion ver­i­fi­ca­tion or 870773-2108. CHRISTUS St. Michael Health Sys­tem pro­vides a va­ri­ety of free breast health ser­vices for qual­i­fied women and men through fund­ing re­ceived from Komen Texarkana and Texas Breast and Cer­vi­cal Can­cer Ser­vicess. For more in­for­ma­tion on the as­sis­tance avail­able for mam­mo­grams and di­ag­nos­tic screen­ings, call Shelly Pu­ri­foy at 903-614-2667.

The dead­line for hav­ing in­for­ma­tion in­cluded in Health Beat is 5 p.m. each Mon­day. Please ad­dress health-re­lated top­ics to the city desk ei­ther by fax at 870-330-7570 or by mail to Ash­ley Gard­ner, P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504.

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