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Hours Extended for Immunization Clinic

Health officials are extending hours and locations to keep up with the demand for immunizations before the start of school.

The Southern Nevada Health District will offer immunizations until 6 p.m. Friday at the Ravenholt Public Health Center on Shadow Lane. Students must bring their immunization record and be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

The health district will also be offering vaccinations at the Henderson Public Health Center until 3:30 p.m., and at the Community Outreach Medical Center until 3 p.m. on Friday. 

Shot clinics will also be available at the Galleria Mall in Henderson, the Walmart Supercenter on West Charleston Boulevard and Anthem Hills Pediatrics on South Rainbow Boulevard on Saturday. The Southern Nevada Immunization and Health Coalition is sponsoring some of the weekend shot clinics. For a complete list of locations and times, check out snicnv.org .

Girls on the Run Looks for New Recruits

Girls on the Run Looks for New Recruits

A program designed to improve the overall health of girls in our community is looking for more children to participate.

Thursday coaches with Girls on the Run will meet with interested parents to talk about the program. The meeting will be from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas Donald W. Reynolds Clubhouse at Robindale Road and Eastern Avenue.

Girls on the Run provides girls with an education in a healthy lifestyle. Like the name suggests the girls participate in running events but that is only part of what they do. Coaches also talk to them about eating healthy, making good choices and improving body image. The idea is to give pre-teen girls the skills they need to stay healthy their whole lives. The whole program culminates in a 5 kilometer run. 

Komen for the Cure Provides $340,000 Grant to St. Rose

Komen for the Cure Provides $340,000 Grant to St. Rose

Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Nevada recently awarded two grants totaling nearly $340,000 to St. Rose Dominican Hospitals for its breast health programs.

The R.E.D. Rose (Responsible Early Detection) program, which provides cancer diagnostic screenings and treatment services to women and men 49 years of age and under, has received $300,000, while the Barbara Greenspun WomensCare Center of Excellence have received $39,390 for its prosthesis program.

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.

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.

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.