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Health news and events around the valley, April 28-May 4, 2016

Organ donor tour: Nevada Donor Network, 2061 E. Sahara Ave., is set to open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 1 for the community to tour its Organ Perfusion Lab and see real organs as part of the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival’s Science is Everywhere Day. These guided tours will allow community members to learn what happens when someone is in need of a lifesaving transplant, and meet local transplant recipients, living donors, and family members of donors. Food, music and kid-friendly entertainment will be provided. Tours will be available every 15 minutes.

Diabetes walk: The Alliance Against Diabetes is planning a walk at 9 a.m. April 30 at 3930 E. Patrick Lane to Sunset Park, a 2.3-mile walk. Participants will receive a first AAD Walk-A-Thon commemorative certificate.

Teens Cook with Heart – Next Generation Competition: The culmination of what students and teachers learned during five culinary workshops presented throughout the school year at Clark County School District high schools, th competition is set from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at Las Vegas Culinary Academy, 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Students and/or instructors are set to work in teams to participate in Level 1, 2 or Instructor level to prepare flavorful and healthful recipes in savory or dessert categories. The teams then present their pieces to a panel of five judges. The winning team/recipe will be included in the Flavors of the Heart 2016 cookbook and presented at the FOTH event Sept. 17. To help with the recipe supplies, each team is also given a $100 Smith’s gift card to purchase ingredients.

Treatment center recognized: Solutions Recovery Inc., an addiction treatment center, was recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of a national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. The findings were part of the HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, an annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees. Visit hrc.org/hei.

District D Health and Fitness Fair: The public is invited to a free health and fitness fair planned from 8 a.m. to noon April 28 at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. The event is set to feature a walk along the paved trails at the Springs Preserve and is to include various local agencies, organizations and businesses providing health, fitness and other information. Representatives from University Medical Center will provide blood pressure screenings. The Eye Care Center will offer vision screenings and sunglasses. The American Heart/Stroke Association will bring health education materials about the risk factors, warning signs and prevention of heart disease and strokes. Also, the Clark County Water Reclamation District will provide educational and promotional materials about its medication disposal program. Other attendees will include representatives from the Children’s Hospital of Nevada at UMC, dci Dental Care International and the American Red Cross. Call 702-455-3239.

Celebration of Life butterfly release: Southern Nevada community members who have experienced the loss of loved ones can celebrate and honor their memory during the 13th annual John Anderson Celebration of Life Live Butterfly Release. Nathan Adelson Hospice Foundation is set to host the event at 2 p.m. May 1 at the UNLV Alumni Park Amphitheater, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway. Free parking is available outside the Student Union on Maryland Parkway and Harmon. The butterfly release will commence at approximately 2:30 p.m., and the event is open to the public. Butterflies can be reserved in advance for $25 by contacting Stephanie Forbes at 702-938-3910 or sforbes@nah.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit nah.org/events/245-annual-john-anderson-celebration-of-life-live-butterfly-release.

Winged Heart Awards: The Clark County Medical Society is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Winged Heart Award through May 6. The award, established in 2013 by former CCMS president Dr. George Alexander, honors nurses and health-related nonprofits that have raised the bar for health care in Southern Nevada. Nominees will be invited to the 62nd Presidential Installation Dinner & Awards Ceremony on June 18 at the Westgate hotel, 3000 Paradise Road, where the winners will be announced. Visit clarkcountymedical.org.

Bowling for cancer: A bowling fundraiser for ovarian cancer research is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. April 30 at the Suncoast Bowling Center, 9090 Alta Drive. The cost is $35 for those 12 or older and includes two games of bowling, shoes, raffles and food. Proceeds will be used toward treatments, research and medications for those facing ovarian cancer in Las Vegas. Email ayersentertainment@aol.com or call 702-473-0078.

Ladybug Ball: The Nevada Blind Children’s Foundation is planning the seventh annual Ladybug Ball at 6 p.m. April 30 at Red Rock Resort, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. The event will honor Ledcor Group for its contributions to helping families with visual impairments throughout the Las Vegas Valley. During the hosted cocktail reception, guests will be invited to visit mixologist booths where they can try smells and sounds coordinating with each booth’s specialty cocktail. Individual tickets are available for $300 or $3,000 for a table of 10. Visit nvblindchildren.org.

Brain tumor support walk/run: The Musella Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to brain tumor research, is set to host the second Desert Gray Matters 5K Walk/Run at 7:30 a.m. May 1 at Sunset Park, 2601 E. Sunset Road. May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month, and in a show of support, participants are encouraged to wear gray. The cost is $30 per person until April 23 and $40 after. Team sponsorships are available. All proceeds go toward research. To register, visit WalkToEndBrainTumors.org/nv.

National Melanoma Monday: Free melanoma screenings are slated from 9 a.m. to noon May 2 at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building H2U, 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 114. May is designated as National Melanoma Month. The American Academy of Dermatology designated the first Monday in May as Melanoma Monday. Dr. Sorahi Toloyan-Rahimi will offer the free screening. Wear loose clothing, and only a limited area will be examined. An appointment is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.

TIA Transient Ischemic Attack & YOU: The MountainView Lunch & Learn program is set to feature Dr. Azin Azma from noon to 1 p.m. May 4 at MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building H2U, 3150 N. Tenaya Way, Suite 114. Azma is a neurologist and director of stroke services at the hospital. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.

Improving Women’s Health: Endometrial Ablations: The free session is planned from 6 to 7 p.m. May 4 in Conference Room B at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. Endometriosis is a painful disorder that affects nearly five million women in the United States, particularly those in their 30s and 40s. Pain is the most common symptom, but endometriosis can also affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant. Dr. Steven Krameris set to he discuss signs and symptoms and treatment options. Registration is required by calling 702-388-4888 or visiting valleyhealthsystem.com/events.

Nevada Senior Services’ memory programs: A program for people experiencing early memory loss and their loved ones is scheduled to begin May 5 at Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road. New Pathways Cafe is planned to meet 9 am to 12:30 p.m. Thursdays for 16 weeks. It is to begin with a cafe breakfast and includes mid-morning snacks in between programs. Senior services also initiated Connections, available Fridays at the Adult Day Care Center of Las Vegas, 901 N. Jones Blvd. New Pathways Café and Connections Programs have a nominal session charge, and financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants. Contact Marcy Cherek at 702-333-1546 or mcherek@nevadaseniorservices.org or visit nevadaseniorservices.org.

Women’s Health Day: The free event is planned from 10 a.m. to noon May 11 in the Main Lobby at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. Celebrate National Women’s Health Week with a variety of exhibitors on fertility, maternity, gynecology and mammography services. A presentation featuring women’s health providers will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register for the panel discussion, call 702-388-4888.

Flair for Care Fashion Show: Nathan Adelson Hospice is planning its annual event on May 13 at Wynn Las Vegas, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South. In partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, the show will feature the fall collection of international designer Etro. The reception starts at 10:30 a.m., and the show begins at 11:30 a.m. Various sponsorship opportunities are available, and tickets may be purchased for $250 per person. Call Stephanie Forbes at Nathan Adelson Hospice at 702-938-3910.

Cardiac Education Fair: The free fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at The Boulevard mall entrance by JC Penney, 3528 S. Maryland Parkway. Focusing on the medical aspects of the cardiovascular system, the fair is set to feature a variety of free screenings, cardiac education by various hospital departments and cardiac product information by a variety of vendors.

Power of Love gala: Keep Memory Alive’s 20th annual celebrity-featured event is planned to honor Tony Bennett for his 90th birthday this year on May 21. The gala includes performances, live auctions, wine and cocktails and cuisine by Wolfgang Puck and raises money for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Tickets are available at keepmemoryalive.org/pol.

Neighborhood Health Series: Roseman University of Health Sciences launched its Neighborhood Health Series in January at the university’s Summerlin campus, 1 Breakthrough Way. The free monthly series aims to bring the community in to learn, share and collaborate with physicians, researchers and other health care practitioners on issues related to health and well-being. Sessions are planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

May 19: Depression, Research and Treatment, featuring Dr. Jeffrey Talbot

June 16: High Blood Pressure, New Thinking about the J-Curve, Prevention, Treatment and Research, featuring Dr. Bruce Morgenstern

Register for each event at speakers.roseman.edu or call 702-802-2872.

Gynecologic Support Group: The group is set to meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 19 in Conference Room 1A at the Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. The group is inclusive of all gynecological cancers. Visit summerlinhospital.com.

Show supports autism foundation: Blue Man Group’s partnership with the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation continues for the second consecutive year with a sensory-friendly show, suitable for children with autism spectrum disorders. It is planned for 4 p.m. June 12 at the Luxor, 3900 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Tickets are $36, with net proceeds from the event going to the nonprofit. Visit grantagiftfoundation.org.

EMG Blood Drives: Blood drives are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23 and Oct. 22 in the parking lot of Lakeside Business Suites, 2620 Regatta Drive, Suite. 102. Look for the United Blood Services bus. RSVP online at EMGcares.org or by phone at 702-823-4364.

Online health challenge: The Southern Nevada Health District is launching its annual 10-in-10 Challenge, the online program that helps participants both cut and burn more calories. Participants can sign up for the free program on the Get Healthy Clark County website at GetHealthyClarkCounty.org. The program is also available in Spanish at VivaSaludable.org. Call the Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at 702-759-1270.

Trials and other volunteer-oriented information:

Shingles clinical trial: The FV-100 shingles clinical trial has several sites in Las Vegas and is currently enrolling to test a potential treatment for shingles that could prevent long-lasting post-herpetic neuralgia pain for patients who are able to recognize the early signs of the disease and receive treatment within 72 hours of the first signs/symptoms of shingles. Patients must meet the following criteria to prequalify for the study: be 50 or older; able to receive the first dose of study medication within 72 hours (3 days) of a possible shingles rash appearing; have not received the shingles vaccine; history of no more than two episodes of shingles; and the onset of shingles must not be on face, eyes, or mouth. Visit GotShingles.com. The website allows for a ZIP code search to find participating physicians in your area.

Patient and Family Advisory Council: HealthInsight Nevada is creating a Patient and Family Advisory Council to help better understand the health care system from the patient’s viewpoint. Patients, families and caregivers participating in the council will share their personal stories and health care experiences. HealthInsight Nevada is recruiting members from many different backgrounds from all regions of Nevada. Contact Gina Pirozzi at gpirozzi@healthinsight.org or 702-933-7326.

Alzheimer’s study: The Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health are recruiting participants for their new, multicenter Alzheimer’s disease treatment trial EMERGE. The main purpose of the study is to determine if the experimental drug B11B037 can slow down the progression of symptoms in early AD. Men and women 50 to 85 diagnosed with AD and experiencing mild cognitive impairment with common symptoms, such as memory loss, are needed to complete the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Additional study requirements include having a Clinical Dementia Rating-Global score of 0.5, a positive amyloid Position Emission Tomography scan and a reliable caregiver. Study participants will visit their respective trial sites to receive monthly injections during the course of the 78-week trial. The severity of dementia and changes in functional and cognitive impairment in participants will be measured and compared to evaluate the drug’s ability in slowing the progression of AD. Tests and assessments to monitor participants’ health include the completion of several interviews and questionnaires to measure how they are thinking, feeling and performing in everyday activities; physical examinations; Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans; PET (positron emission tomography); and measurements of vital signs. Call 216-445-9009. To enroll at Lou Ruvo, call 702-483-6000, or contact Monica Guerra at 702-701-7893. For more information about ongoing trials, visit ClevelandClinic.org/clinicaltrials.

Ongoing health events and blood drives:

Yoga For Seniors: Atria Seville, 2000 N. Rampart Blvd., plans to offer a chair yoga and meditation class for seniors from 2 to 3 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. The class is led by master Mitch Menik and is open to the public. Sign in at the front desk. Visitatriaseville.com or call 702-804-6800.

Yoga with Christian: The sessions are slated from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. The cost is $5 per class. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.

Southern Nevada Health District app: The Walk Around Nevada app is a free, online program that helps participants increase physical activity by virtually logging 1,442 miles as they walk around the state. It can be downloaded through the Apple store for iOS devices or from Google Play for Android. Visit gethealthyclarkcounty.org or SNHD.info/apps.

Free blood pressure screenings: The screenings are scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.

MS Stretch & Flex: The events are planned for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at the MountainView Hospital Medical Office Building, H2U, Suite 114, 3150 N. Tenaya Way. This class is free for people with multiple sclerosis and current members of H2U. There is a $5 fee for others. Registration is required. Call 702-233-5474 or visit mountainview-hospital.com.

Bladder Cancer Support Group: The group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Email don@donrosiew@gmail.com or terikoehler@gmail.com.

Cervical Cancer Support Group: The group is set to meet at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, and is facilitated by Branda Kent, Nevada Chapter leader for the Cervical Cancer Coalition. For upcoming meeting information, call Ginger Fidel, Summerlin Hospital Oncology Program coordinator, at 702-233-7751.

Walk with a UMC Doc: Free Walk with a UMC Doc events are planned at 9:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. Visit umcsn.com.

Free STD testing available: Free weekly STD screenings are available at the Gay and Lesbian Center of Southern Nevada and the Richard Steele Boxing Facility. Visit snhd.info/sexual-health-clinic. Free testing is also available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Aid for AIDS of Nevada offices, 1120 Almond Tree Lane. No appointments are necessary, and anyone 13 or older will be tested. Visit afanlv.org.

Better Breathers Club plans meetings: The American Lung Association in Nevada invites those with lung health disease, their loved ones and caregivers to a Better Breathers Club meetings planned at the following locations and times each month:

Second Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. in the conference room at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive; RSVP by calling 702-835-9898.

Last Fridays, 3 to 4 p.m. at Prestige Care at Mira Loma, 2520 Wigwam Parkway; 702-431-6348.

First Thursdays, 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Rose Women’s Care and Outreach Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway; 702-616-4910.

First Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., United in Hope: Lung Cancer Survivors Support Group, at Kindred Hospital Las Vegas, 2250 E. Flamingo Road; at 702-353-2039 or lysa71@cox.net.

Fibromyalgia group meetings: The Fibromyalgia Friends Support Group of Southern Nevada is scheduled to meet during lunch and evening sessions the second and third Thursday of the month. Lunch meetings are set from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fiesta Henderson buffet, 777 W. Lake Mead Parkway. Evening meetings are planned from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Barbara Greenspun Women’s Care Center, 2651 Paseo Verde Parkway, Suite 180. Visit fmfriends.org.

Breast cancer empowerment group: A free Breast Cancer Empowerment/Support Group is set to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion with the goal of helping to empower and support women. RSVP by calling 702-233-7155.

Stroke support group: The Stroke Support Group is set to meet at various times monthly:

From 3 to 4 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive, 702-233-7061.

From 3 to 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive, 702-629-1309.

From 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of the month at the South Magna Conference Center, south of the Desert Springs Hospital main entrance, 2075 E. Flamingo Road, 702-369-7560. Recommended parking is off Bruce Street. Lunch is provided.

From 10 to 11:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor of Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of the month on the fourth floor in the acute rehabilitation unit in the dining room at Valley Hospital, 620 Shadow Lane. Call 702-388-8441 or 702-388-4619. Light refreshments will be served.

Cardiac support group meetings:

At 10 a.m. the third Saturday of the month in the cafeteria at Desert Springs Hospital, 2075 E. Flamingo Road. Call 702-369-7560.

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of the month in Conference Room B at Spring Valley Hospital, 5400 S. Rainbow Blvd. RSVP by calling 702-388-4888. This support group provides peer-to-peer patient support and education including meeting others living with heart disease, learning how to live with heart disease and having your questions answered by knowledgeable staff members.

At 10:30 a.m. the third Wednesday of the month in Classroom 1A at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center, 657 N. Town Center Drive. RSVP by calling 702-233-7470. Topics vary and include guest speakers, resources and open discussion by helping those with cardiac issues continue their recovery, provide education and encourage ongoing exercise.

Bloodmobile drives planned across valley: UBS Bloodmobile drives are planned at multiple times and locations around the valley. Call 702-233-9620 or visit unitedbloodservices.org and enter the code, if available.

American Red Cross blood drives scheduled around the valley: The American Red Cross encourages residents to donate. Blood drives are planned continually across the valley. All blood types are needed, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, on a regular basis. To schedule a donation appointment, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Recently, Red Cross announced a new RapidPass program, which allows donors to complete predonation reading and health history questions online on the day of their donation using a computer at home or work, reducing the time spent at blood drives by approximately 15 minutes.

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