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Vision Forum for Blind, Visually Impaired to be Held Wednesday

Vision Forum for Blind, Visually Impaired to be Held Wednesday

Blind and visually impaired teens, adults and their families are invited to participate in the sixth annual Vision Forum on Wednesday at the Las Vegas Senior Center, 451 E. Bonanza Road. 

Forum participants will have the opportunity to attend presentations on assistive technology, low-vision resources, transportation options, fitness/Zumba, nutrition, consumer safety, daily living and the family.

On-site registration for the free event will open at 8:45 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the day’s activities will continue until approximately 1:30 p.m.

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

The American Red Cross invites the public to attend a free Adult CPR Class on Saturday, April 23 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Called "CPR Saturday", the event will train 1,000 people in one day in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Two sessions will be conducted; one beginning at 8:30am and a repeat session at 1:30 pm. Each session is three hours. A two-year Adult CPR certification will be issued upon successful completion.

Register at www.redcrosslasvegas.org or (702) 531-0237.

Sunrise Hospital to Host Healthcare Seminar

Sunrise Hospital to Host Healthcare Seminar

Sunrise Hospital, in partnership with Nathan Adelson Hospice, will host a Healthcare Decisions Day on Saturday, April 16.

At this free event, people can learn details about Advance Directives, how to talk to your loved ones about Advance Directives, and vital health resources such as the Nevada Lock Box, organ and tissue donation and financial planning. You will also have the opportunity to complete and file an Advanced Directive at the event. After 1 p.m., attendees can hear presentations about community services for older adults.

The event will be held at Sunrise Hospital Auditorium, 3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appetizers will be provided to all participants and community resource organizations will offer additional information. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 233-5454.

Groundbreaking for Community Health Center

LAS VEGAS -- A new community health center is one step closer to becoming a reality in Las Vegas.

A ground breaking ceremony was held in the empty lot near MLK and Lake Mead Blvds.Monday morning. It's the future site for a 30,000 square foot facility that will provide affordable medical care to those who don't have access to it.

The center will combine a primary care facility with pediatrics and an OB-GYN clinic.

Thomas Chase, the CEO of Nevada Health Centers said this particular neighborhood has a high rate of uninsured people who need affordable medical care.

Construction is set to begin on the new community health center soon with an opening date set for December.

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

The Nevada Diabetes Association is offering a free patient event April 30 at Desert Springs Hospital to help educate diabetes patients about the signs and symptoms of painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (pDPN).

Kenneth D. Grant, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Touro University, is going to emphasize the importance of speaking with a physician, getting a proper diagnosis, and tips on how help to manage the condition.

Approximately 20 percent of people with diabetes experience pDPN, which is characterized by burning pain, pins and needles, or shooting pain in the hands or feet.  It can become extremely debilitating, affecting patients' ability to participate in everyday activities, to sleep, and to exercise.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic and progressive health conditions in the United States today; the incidence has skyrocketed in recent years.

Southern Nevada Gets New Tuberculosis Clinic

LAS VEGAS -- An age old disease will be studied in a brand new clinic. The Southern Nevada Health District's Tuberculosis Clinic is moving into a new building.

Some people don't realize that tuberculosis is very common. One in three people in the world have it. Dena Austin's son was diagnosed with tuberculosis after several visits to the hospital. He contracted it after having surgery.

"They figured most likely what happened when he was in the hospital for a pulmonary disease shunt infection, he was exposed to it. Someone must have coughed and it bypassed his lungs and went straight to his skin which was his weakest organ," said Dena Austin, his mother.

Tuberculosis dates back to the age of mummies and the clinic says the treatment is effective but the bacteria that makes up tuberculosis is changing so the main concern for the future is resistance.


UNLV Dental School Offers Free Care to Veterans

UNLV Dental School Offers Free Care to Veterans

The UNLV School of Dental Medicine will hold Saturday a free dental clinic for low-income veterans who do not qualify for treatment through the Veterans Administration.

Student doctors, overseen by licensed faculty, will perform a range of procedures from filling cavities to providing dentures and crowns. During the clinic, student doctors will be treating about 30 veterans and will perform all procedures.

This is the only such clinic currently in existence at American dental schools.