Thursday, October 7, 2010

Health news in brief

Posted By on Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Hit Your Feet
Put on your most comfortable shoes and sign up for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 12th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in New Orleans 5K walk/run Sunday, Oct. 10, to raise funds to fight cancer. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Roosevelt Mall (outside Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park). The walk/run begins at 8:30 a.m.
The event is open to everyone who wants to walk. There is no registration fee or minimum fundraising requirement. To sign up, sponsor a runner or make a donation, visit www.makingstridesneworleans.org, or call the ACS at 833-4024.

Know Your Options
Women facing breast cancer can learn about reconstruction after mastectomy at an EnCourage Support Group meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (CRBS) (1717 St. Charles Ave., 899-2800; www.breastcenter.com).
The meeting is organized by CRBS microsurgeons Drs. Scott Sullivan and Frank DellaCroce and Dr. Christopher Trahan in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Young Survivors.
The talk is free but reservations are required. Call Katie at 899-2800.

See Clearly
St. Charles Vision (Citywide; www.stcharlesvision.com) now offers Zeiss GT2 3D digitally customized lenses, providing a wider field of vision, better peripheral vision and less distortion for people who need glasses with bifocal or progressive lenses.
Dr. Charles Glaser, an optometrist at St. Charles Vision, explains that digital customization, an unprecedented way of manufacturing eyeglass lenses, allows each lens to be cut to a curve that perfectly fits a patient’s prescription. Traditional bifocals and progressive lenses are made by fitting a patient’s prescription between the two closest options.
The customized lenses are available at all six St. Charles Vision locations in the metro area.

Senior Centered
Abundant Life Adult Day Health Care Center (5961 Bullard Ave., 240-2900) opened last month, offering planned programming, activities and health-related services to seniors in eastern New Orleans.
Designed to provide seniors with a social outlet — and their caretakers with a break — the day center is staffed with a nurse and other health professionals. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Abundant Life also offers physical and occupational therapy.

Wear Your Humanity
To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Apricot Lane Boutique (Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 849-0900; www.apricotlaneusa.com) is selling pink Humanity bracelets, with proceeds during October benefiting the Breast Cancer Society.
The national franchise worked with Humanity to develop two leather-wrap designs: pink ($24), magenta with crystals ($30) and a metallic pink “Come Together” cuff featuring studs and crystals ($42).
Humanity bracelets incorporate written text on the inside and art on the outside to tell stories, and are created to support nonprofits around the world.

A New Resource
The LSU Breast Center moved into new facilities last Friday, Oct. 1, at 2025 Gravier St. (fourth floor, 903-2452; http://labchp.lsuhsc.edu) across the street from the Interim LSU Public Hospital. The new offices provide more privacy for patients as well as a larger space.
The center offers free comprehensive breast health services to uninsured women, including early cancer detection, diagnostic services, coordination of care and more. Many women who need treatment are eligible for assistance through the Louisiana Breast and Cervical Medicaid Program.
No appointments are required at the center, and walk-in mammograms and clinical breast exams are available.

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