Health news and events around the valley, Jan. 7-13, 2016

Palliative care center opens: Machuca Palliative Care is planning its grand opening celebration and open house from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 at 1509 S. Eastern Ave. Complimentary food and drinks are planned. Call 702-380-8300.

Stick a Fork Into Cancer: The American Cancer Society is set to host a week of Stick a Fork Into Cancer Jan. 25-31 in which monies raised will benefit Relay for Life in May. Restaurants/chefs can participate by engaging employees and customers in a percentage of sales campaign. Restaurants may participate for a day or longer. Visit stickaforkincancer.com.

Medicare information session: The free event for adults and seniors is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. A representative from Nevada State Health Insurance Assistance Program is set to provide information and answer questions about Medicare. Participants can learn more about benefits, Prescription D and other plans, deductibles and co-pays, how to file a claim, how to detect and report Medicare fraud and abuse, caregiver programs and information about open enrollment periods. Call 702-507-3761.

Sign-Up Saturdays: Nevada Health Link is collaborating with licensed insurance brokers and agents to offer Sign-Up Saturdays enrollment events to help close the gap between insured and uninsured residents. The events occur on select Saturdays during the health insurance open enrollment period, through Jan. 31. Visit nevadahealthlink.com. Many partnering licensed broker agents will also be open on various Tuesdays and Thursdays during the enrollment period. Nevadans are invited to attend a special enrollment event from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Henderson Convention Center, 200 S. Water St.

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.

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; 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 meets second, third Thursdays: 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 set to meet monthly: 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 planning monthly meetings: 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.

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. The locations include:

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Windmill Library, 7060 Windmill Lane. Enter code windmilllibrary.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 9 at Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive. Enter code Whitneyranch.

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive. Enter code CHLibrary.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at Nehemiah Ministries, 3606 N. Rancho Drive. Enter code Nehemiah.

From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd. Enter code WCharlestonlibrary.

From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Aliante Library, 2400 W. Deer Springs Road. Enter code Aliante library.

From 8 to 10:30 a.m. Jan. 12 at Nevada Partners Inc., 710 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Enter code NVPartners.

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 pre-donation 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.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at Lowe’s, 440 Marks St.

From 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at St Francis De Sales Parish, 1111 Michael Way.

From 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Jan. 10 at Mountain View Christian Schools, 3900 E. Bonanza Road.

From 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N. Buffalo Drive

From 1:30 to 5:45 p.m. Jan. 13 at Silver Sky at Deer Springs, 6741 N. Decatur Blvd.

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