Health news and events around the valley, May 26-June 1, 2016
Health news and event information from around the Las Vegas Valley.
May 25, 2016 - 11:45 am
Bring kids to work day: Health Plan of Nevada hosted a Bring Your Kids to Work day April 28 at its 2716 N. Tenaya Way campus to give employees’ children a better and more informed understanding about Health Plan of Nevada and what their parents do at work. The day featured a variety of specially created sessions on healthy living, such as Bug, Germs, Gross Smoke and More and Lean, Mean and Locating the Ice Cream.
We Heart Maggie: The eighth annual golf tournament supporting the Children’s Heart Foundation is planned for 11:30 a.m. May 28 at the Rio Secco Golf Club, 2851 Grand Hills Drive. Featuring a silent auction, raffle, awards reception and afternoon events for kids, the tournament supports programs such as as Camp Mend-a-Heart, Smart Heart Scholarships, family outreach and research. To register as a golfer or virtual golfer, sponsor or to donate, visit weheartmaggie.com or call the Children’s Heart Foundation at 702-967-3522.
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. June 16 on
High Blood Pressure, New Thinking about the J-Curve, Prevention, and Treatment and Research, featuring Dr. Bruce Morgenstern.
Register for each event at speakers.roseman.edu or call 702-802-2872.
Community Health Fair: The fair is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at Centennial Hills Hospital, 6900 N. Durango Drive. Attendees can meet physicians, learn about hospital services and browse the information centers of more than 60 vendors. A variety of free health screenings will be available, along with children’s activities, refreshments and more. The first 100 attendees will receive a free gift.
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.
Medicare Information Session: The free meeting is planned at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Rainbow Library, 3150 N. Buffalo Drive. A representative from Nevada State Health Insurance Assistance Program is set to answer questions about Medicare, Prescription D and other plans, deductibles and co-pays, how to file a claim, and more. Call 702-507-3710.
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 at EMGcares.org or 702-823-4364.
Nevada Senior Services’ memory programs: A program for people experiencing early memory loss and their loved ones began May 5 at Temple Sinai, 9001 Hillpointe Road. New Pathways Cafe plans to meet 9 a.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nevadaseniorservices.org.
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.
Health 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 of a possible shingles rash appearing; have not received the shingles vaccine; have a 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 email@example.com 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 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 call 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. Visit atriaseville.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.