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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 870-772-8622.


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.

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 903-798-3265 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. Prevention is the key to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. 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.

TheraCare Home Health offers free blood pressure checks to all seniors at 2 p.m. every Tuesday at Cowhorn Creek Estates, 5415 Cowhorn Creek Road. Call 903-832-4663.

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 870-773-2108.

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 Services. For more information on the assistance available for mammograms and diagnostic screenings, call Stephanie Stewart 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 903-794-3315 or by mail to Ashley Gardner, P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504.

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