Valleywide Health News, March 12-18, 2015

SUNSCREEN TO BE AVAILABLE DURING CASHMAN FIELD BALL GAMES

The Las Vegas 51s baseball team has partnered with Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada to offer complimentary sunscreen at Cashman Field during the 2015 baseball season. The sunscreen is set to be available beginning with the Big League Weekend day game between the Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland A’s at 12:05 p.m. March 14.

Fans will be able to protect themselves from potentially harmful UV-A and UV-B rays by visiting one of two CCCN sunscreen kiosks on the main concourse at the ballpark. Cashman Field ushers will also have a supply of complimentary sunscreen available for fans, so they may reapply during the game.

Visit cccnevada.com.

HYPNOBIRTHING CLASSES PLANNED AT SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL

A HypnoBirthing Class is planned from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through April 6 at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive.

The class is offered by HypnoBirthday Las Vegas and offers self-hypnosis techniques, along with breathing and exercise techniques, and information about nutrition, breastfeeding and post-partum care. The cost is $275, which includes instruction for the pregnant mother and her birth partner, a course textbook, a self-hypnosis practice CD and a course binder.

For more information, visit hypnobirthinglasvegas.com or call 702-385-3331.

DOCUMENTARY SCREENING TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CROHN’S AND COLITIS FOUNDATION

A screening of the Las Vegas-produced documentary “Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl” is scheduled for 4 p.m. March 15 at Brenden Theatres inside the Palms, 4321 W. Flamingo Road, to raise funds for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American and the Cleveland Clinic Digestive Disease Institute.

The award-winning documentary, produced and directed by Robin Greenspun, chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of 25-year-old Dana Marshall-Bernstein, who suffers from Crohn’s disease.

Tickets are $50, and corporate sponsorships are available. Proceeds will directly support the foundation’s research efforts and programs for those living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, as well as support the institute’s efforts.

For tickets, visit bit.ly/168WIl3. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Kim Gradisher at 702-581-8284 or kgradisher@ccfa.org.

WOMEN AND CHILDREN’S HEALTH FAIR SET FOR MARCH 21

A free women and children’s health fair is planned from 9 a.m. to noon March 21 in the main lobby of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Blood pressure screenings, oral screenings, giveaways and information from health and wellness providers and community vendors are planned, along with exercise demonstrations from Fit4mom and face painters and arts and crafts for kids.

For more information, call 702-233-7000.

FREE WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON ELDER CARE

The free workshop Elder Care: Planning for the Future is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon March 21 in Fellowship Hall at Green Valley United Methodist Church, 2200 Robindale Road.

Three presentations are planned: Jason Cassady, talking about estate planning; Dr. Camille Falkner, talking about home care business, and and Travis Harrelson of Palm Mortuary.

Refreshments will be served. To register, call 702-454-7989.

VALLEY HOSPITAL TO OFFER DIABETES INFORMATION

Valley Hospital Medical Center, 620 Shadow Lane, plans to host Ask a Certified Diabetes Educator Day from 9 to 11 a.m. March 24 in the main lobby.

In honor of Diabetes Alert Day, certified diabetes educators from the hospital will be available to answer questions concerning diabetes, such as “Am I at risk for diabetes?”, “How can I prevent getting diabetes?”, “What should I eat to prevent getting diabetes?,” and “What is a normal blood sugar?” The event is free.

For more information, call 702-388-4000.

READING FOR SMILES PROGRAM TARGETS KIDS’ DENTAL CARE

Vegas PBS has once again kicked off its Reading for Smiles program to provide dental care workshops in schools. In 2014, it hosted 141 workshops reaching 4,431 children.

The workshop distributes kits that include a book, a 30-day supply of flossers, a Sesame Street DVD toolkit and a new toothbrush.

For more information, visit vegaspbs.org/rtl/workshops/smiles.

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY SEMINARS PLANNED

Free weight loss surgery informational seminars are planned at the Surgical Weight Control Center, 3802 Meadows Lane, at 10 a.m. March 14 and 28 and April 11 and 6:30 p.m. March 17 and April 2.

Registration is required by calling 702-313-8446. Anyone considering weight loss surgery, including gastric sleeve, lap band or gastric bypass, or who would simply like to learn more about the various surgeries, is invited to attend.

SEMINAR TO ADDRESS SURGERY FOR KNEE AND HIP PAIN

A seminar focusing on surgical options for knee and hip pain is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. March 23 and April 13 in conference rooms 1 and 2 at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. It will cover procedures for partial knee resurfacing and total hip replacement using the specialized MAKOplasty technology available only at Centennial Hills Hospital.

To register, call 702-388-4888. For more information, visit centennialhillshospital.com and click on “Hospital Services.”

POWER OF LOVE GALA TO BENEFIT KEEP MEMORY ALIVE

Keep Memory Alive’s 19th annual Power of Love Gala is set for June 13 to raise funds for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Ave. The event is set to feature Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and friends and include live auctions, wine and cocktails, and cuisine by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Tickets are on sale at keepmemoryalive.org/pol. For more information, call 702-263-9797 or email events@keepmemoryalive.org.

PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT FOR NEW ALZHEIMER’S DRUG TRIAL

The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, 888 W. Bonneville Ave., is recruiting participants for a new clinical trial, the A4 trial, investigating whether treating older individuals with the investigational drug solanezumab can delay memory decline in those who may be at risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease. The Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study, or A4 study, also aims to learn more about brain markers and other tests to better predict who will experience memory decline and progress toward Alzheimer’s-related dementia.

The 3½-year, placebo-controlled study will test an experimental anti-amyloid antibody medication called solanezumab in people who may be in an asymptomatic stage of Alzheimer’s disease (having evidence of elevated amyloid build-up in their brain, but normal thinking and memory function). PET amyloid imaging scans will be used to determine whether potential participants have evidence of elevated amyloid buildup. The overall goal of the study is to determine whether decreasing amyloid in the brain with antibody treatment can help slow the memory loss associated with amyloid buildup in some people.

The trial is seeking healthy, older individuals ages 65 to 85 who may be at risk for memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease. Those selected will be randomized to either receive solanezumab or a placebo once every four weeks by intravenous infusion. Approximately 1,150 participants will be tested nationwide.

The study is a private-public partnership, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Eli Lilly and Co. and several philanthropic organizations.

For more information, call 855-568-7886, visit clevelandclinic.org/brainhealth or email brainhealth@ccf.org.

BLOOD DRIVES PLANNED ACROSS LAS VEGAS VALLEY

The American Red Cross plans to host blood drives across the Las Vegas Valley. All blood types are needed, especially types O negative, A negative and B negative.

For more information or to schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Upcoming donation opportunities are:

Henderson

March 13, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Mercedes of Henderson, 925 Auto Show Drive

March 17, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Roseman University, 11 Sunset Way

Las Vegas

March 14, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sky Pointe Landing Apartments, 5850 Sky Pointe Drive

FREE BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKS TO BE OFFERED FRIDAYS

Free blood pressure checks are set to be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at the Southern Nevada Health District’s main facility, 330 S. Valley View Blvd.

For more information, visit southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.

SOUTHWEST MEDICAL ASSOCIATES TO HOST WEIGHT MANAGEMENT GROUP

The HEW/Weight Management Support Group is planned from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays at the Southwest Medical Associates Lifestyle Center-West, 8670 W. Cheyenne Ave., Suite 105. Discuss nutrition and exercise and get tips for weight loss.

To register, call 702-877-5356.

MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUPS PLANNED FOR STROKE, BRAIN INJURY SURVIVORS

Monthly support groups for survivors of stroke and brain injuries are planned at Centennial Hills, Desert Springs, Summerlin and Valley hospitals. The meetings offer education, encouragement and resources from other survivors and are facilitated by the stroke coordinators at each hospital.

Support groups are open to all survivors and their spouses/partners/caregivers. All four hospitals are Primary Stroke Centers and are committed to providing a continuum of care through diagnosis, intervention, treatment, acute rehabilitation and ongoing recovery.

Groups are planned at:

— Centennial Hills Hospital Medical Center, 6900 N. Durango Drive, from 3 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month in Conference Rooms 1 & 2 on the first floor near the cafeteria. Call 702-629-1309.

— Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, from 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of every month in the South Magna Conference Center in the black building south of the main entrance. Park off Bruce Street. Lunch is provided. Call 702-369-7560.

— Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, from 3 to 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month in Conference Room B on the first floor past the cafeteria. Call 702-233-7061.

— Valley Hospital Medical Center, 620 Shadow Lane, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month in the fourth-floor acute rehabilitation unit in the dining room. Light refreshments will be served. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619.

SMOKING CESSATION CLASSES PLANNED ACROSS VALLEY

The American Lung Association plans to host smoking cessation classes through April at locations around the valley. Sessions feature a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking, with each session designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group.

Clinics are scheduled for:

— 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through April 7 at the Aljian Conference Center at St. Rose Dominican Hospital’s San Martin Campus, 8280 W. Warm Springs Road; call Kimberlee Kobernick at 702-616-4900 or register at dignityhealth.org/las-vegas/classes-and-events.

— 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays upon request, St. Christopher’s School En Espanol, 1840 N. Bruce St., Room 8; call Rocio Galicia at 702-376-7429.

SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL TO HOST STROLLER STRIDES CLASS

A new Stroller Strides Fit4Mom class is planned from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays on the campus of Summerlin Hospital Medical Center at 653 N. Town Center Drive.

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms do with their babies. Activities include power walking/jogging and intervals of strength and body toning exercise using exercise tubing, a stroller and the environment. The class is taught by certified fitness instructors with specialty training in the pre- and postnatal woman. Instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to engage and entertain the babies.

Registration is required. To enroll, visit lasvegas.fit4mom.com.

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