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If you're feeling poorly after regular office hours but don't want to wait for service in an emergency room or can't afford time off from work to visit a physician, two doctors have set up a new no-hassles clinic in Kenner that operates in the evenings and on weekends.

Medi Quick (1516 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-6662), which celebrated a grand opening May 3, is open to patients from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointments are necessary, and patients can receive minor surgery and physicals in addition to treatment for illnesses. Founders Drs. Christian Mayorga and Luis Mosquera say that because the clinic doesn't file claims through an insurance carrier, the cost to patients is reasonable; patients pay fees directly to the clinic with cash, checks or credit cards.



Meals With Heart

The Ochsner Clinic Foundation's Heart and Vascular Institute is offering special evening sessions to teach area residents how to prepare tasty meals that won't hurt their hearts.

The two-hour "Healthy Cookin' in New Orleans" sessions are hosted by Debbie Strong, a registered dietician at Ochsner, and will include tastings of the foods prepared. She also will answer audience questions as she gives them healthy preparation alternatives and other ways to trim fat and calories from favorite dishes.

Classes are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. May 6 and May 20 at Ochsner Clinic Metairie (2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 842-1234). The cost is $10 for May 6, which focuses on seasonal salads, and $15 for May 20, in which a guest chef will appear. Reservations and prepayment are required.

 

Free and Easy

To help people who can't afford prescription drugs obtain the medicines they need, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center have initiated an Internet Web site that details patient assistance programs that dole out some 1,400 free of charge.

Www.helpingpatients.org is a free online database in which people can log on, complete a form and receive a list of programs for which they qualify to receive free medications. Such patient assistance programs have long been sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and others to fill gaps for people who lack prescription drug insurance coverage. Last year alone, companies helped more than 5 million patients obtain medicines.

PhRMA President Alan F. Holmer was at LSU last month for the launch of the Web site and emphasized the industry's strong support for better Medicare prescription drug coverage for seniors and the disabled.

 

Meeting the Need

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the country's largest gathering of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and students at an annual meeting scheduled May 22-27 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

A featured speaker will be former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher, who will discuss where the country stands in terms of reaching goals set in its Healthy People 2010 program as well as the role of physicians and PAs. The keynote address will be delivered by Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In addition, more than 250 continuing education sessions are on the slate. For a complete list of speakers and sessions, log on to the AAPA Web site at www.aapa.org/annual-conf/index.html. For more information or registration, call the AAPA at (703) 836-2272.

Super Saturday

The Southeast Louisiana Association of Diabetes Educators, the New Orleans Dietetic Association and the City of New Orleans are gathering around the Superdome from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 10, with information and activities aimed at increasing awareness about diabetes and obesity.

The Health Fair and Health-Walk will include a host of health and fitness experts who will discuss exercise and well-being, vendors of diabetes supplies and tests, and health professionals who will discuss how to gain control of blood sugar, feel better and live healthier. In addition, professionals will conduct body fat tests and other health risk assessments as well as dispense information about diet and diabetes. Participants also are encouraged to take part in a walk around the Superdome to emphasize the role of exercise in overall health.

 

A Good Laugh

What could be better than a good, relaxing laugh? How about a combination of exercise and a comedy show designed as a Healing Laughter Workshop?

The innovative program is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9 at Yoga Now & Zen (4413 Chastant St., Metairie, 455-7585) and will feature stand-up comedienne and actress Grace Fraga and "sit-up" comic and licensed therapist Marion Wikholm. Cost is $10 ($8 with a reservation). For reservations and information, call 836-0803.

click to enlarge The new Web site www.helpingpatients.org is - designed to make sure those who need medicines - can get them.
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