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Buy Alex's Lemonade

  It's time to set up the lemonade stands again for National Lemonade Days from Friday, June 10, through Sunday, June 12, with all money raised going to childhood cancer research.

  The Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is challenging volunteers across the country to raise $1 million for cancer research in just three days. The foundation is named for 8-year-old cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who decided in 2004 she would raise $1 million to help find new treatments and cures for cancer by selling lemonade and asking other kids across the country to do the same. Many responded, setting up Alex's Lemonade Stands all over the U.S.. Scott reached her fundraising goal before she died in August 2004.

  Volunteers can register online at www.alexslemonade.org to operate a lemonade stand or host a variety of other fundraising events, and their sponsors can make pledges online as well. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has raised more than $40 million and funded more than 150 research projects nationally.

Nurture Your Body and Soul

  During the next three months, Crescent Lotus Dance Studio (3143 Calhoun St., 382-5199; www.crescentlotus.com) is hosting a series of workshops aimed at improving women's bodies and souls using movement and healing techniques.

  The LoveNurtureBody Women's Wellness Workshop is organized by Future Vision Women. The goal is to use dance, yoga and other movement, music, meditation, poetry and visualization to help women set goals, communicate better and overcome insecurities and fears. It also helps women acknowledge their personal needs and dreams, as well as accept their individual body types.

  The workshops are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays July 1-22 and Aug. 26-Sept. 16. Tickets are $75 (early bird, individual), $100 regular individual, and $150 for two people. Register at www.futurevisionwomen.com/registration-eventsclassesworkshops.

Maternity services expanded

  New Orleans Catholic Charities has two new locations for its ACCESS Pregnancy and Referral Centers — in the Daughters of Charity Health Centers in the Bywater and Carrollton neighborhoods. It already has established centers in Metairie and on the West Bank.

  Maternity support services are available at 1030 Lesseps St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and at 3201 S. Carrollton Ave. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  Call 427-1278 for appointments.

  The centers provide services including pregnancy testing, ultrasound, case management, Medicaid enrollment and education classes. Pregnancy termination is not offered.

New Primary Care Clinic

  Drs. Troy Davis and Brandee Simon-Davis are now seeing patients at the Old Mandeville Primary Care Practice (2581 Florida St., Suite C, Mandeville, 985-674-2995; www.oldmandevilleprimarycare.com), which celebrated its grand opening May 14. The husband-and-wife physician team provides comprehensive care for adults, including preventative medicine, health screenings, disease treatment and consultations about lifestyle choices, fitness and well-being.

Ovarian Cancer Study

  Dr. Patricia Braly of Women's Cancer Care (4228 Houma Blvd., Suite 130, Metairie, 883-2960; www.womenscc.com) is enrolling women who have recurring ovarian cancer for TRINOVA-1, a global clinical trial to determine whether adding the investigational drug AMG 386 to paclitaxel chemotherapy will keep cancer in remission longer.

  AMG 386 is designed to stop the body's normal process of creating new blood vessels to transport oxygen and nutrients to heal and nurture cells and tissues. By stopping the growth of vessels to cancer cells, the cells are starved and their development slows down or stops.

  Women who participate in the study will receive either paclitaxel chemotherapy or that plus AMG 386. They must be at least 18 years old, diagnosed with recurrent epithelial ovarian, primary peritoneal or fallopian tube cancer, have had an ovary removed surgically and previously followed a platinum-based chemotherapy regimen.

  For more information about the trial, call Mary Ann Ostroske at 885-8220.

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