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Men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their families have a free source of information as well as comaraderie at a bi-monthly support group hosted by the Tulane Cancer Center and Tulane's Department of Urology.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Patricia Trost Friedler Cancer Counseling Center at Tulane, the support group meetings will feature speakers who will cover topics such as treatment options, symptoms, psychological aspects of treatment and more. Tulane Department of Urology Chairman Dr. Raju Thomas also will be available to answer questions. Call 588-5800 for more information.

In order to bolster funds available for prostate cancer research, the Department of Urology and Tulane Cancer Center (TCC) had a special necktie designed for supporters who contribute at least $50 to Tulane's Prostate Cancer Research Fund. For another $5 donation, supporters also will receive a special lapel pin designed to increase awareness of the deadly disease. TCC Director Dr. Roy Wiener says his group is now trying to trademark the necktie symbol and hopes it will be adopted as a national symbol for prostate cancer awareness.

Tax-deductible donations can be made by calling 585-6060 or log onto the TCC Web site at

Learn and Live

Whether or not you're kissed by lady luck on the game floor, the second annual Ochsner Sea Escape at Beau Rivage Resort and Casino is no gamble: it's packed with information about breast cancer, prevention, clinical treatments and research.

The two-day event in Biloxi, Miss., is scheduled for Jan. 18-20, 2002, and includes seminars, discussions and other activities aimed at heightening women's awareness of the various aspects of breast health as well as technological and research advances. The event is sponsored by the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner, the Ochsner Cancer Institute and Fox 8 television.

Cost is $262 per adult (double occupancy) and all meals are included. To register, contact Beau Rivage at 888-383-7037.

Home-style Health Care

Thousands of health professionals, product manufacturers, exhibitors and more will check the pulse of New Orleans this month during Medtrade, the largest annual meeting for the home health care industry, at the Ernest Morial Convention Center.

The convention, scheduled Oct. 23 through 25, will feature a keynote address at 3 p.m. on Oct. 25 by Tom Scully, President George W. Bush's pick for administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), who will address a "Washington Update" of issues affecting Medicare and Medicaid, which insure about 25 percent of Americans.

Conference attendees can choose from a bulging list of continuing education sessions and informational seminars on topics such as patient privacy legislation and quality-of-life issues. It also provides a fertile networking ground for home care and rehabilitation professionals.

Exhibitions include more than 100 new products as well as other goods and industry enhancements from more than a thousand dealers, distributors, other businesses and health care providers. The size of the event reflects the rapid expansion of the industry.

For more information or to register, call 877-693-1013 or visit Medtrade's Web site at

More Than Pain Killers

Keeping patients safe as well as pain free is a tenet of the mission of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), which is holding its annual meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Oct. 13 through 17.

More than 10,000 anesthesiologists, educators, exhibitors and others are scheduled to attend the event, which features dozens of panels, workshops and lectures and seminars covering such issues as how ethnic factors can affect the care received by back pain sufferers, dangers of a new rapid detox procedure for drug addicts, use of nitric oxide to ease the pain of sickle cell anemia patients, implications of a growing trend among patients to use herbal remedies, the use of suspended animation to help resuscitate patients who are near death, and many other subjects.

For more information about anesthesiology, the ASA or the annual meeting, call 847-825-5586 or log onto the group's Web site at

Too Little Time

Seven days just isn't enough to disseminate all the information available, so local advocates have extended Mental Illness Awareness Week for 12 days, with a multitude of events scheduled all over the New Orleans area.

Planned events start today with a benefit golf tournament at Eastover Country Club. On Thursday (Oct. 4), The Mental Health Association in Metropolitan New Orleans has scheduled "A Look at Employment Issues and Mental Illness" forum from noon to 3 p.m., in the second floor auditorium at 136 S. Roman St. Call 897-1140 for information about both events.

Depression and anxiety screenings will be offered at Kenner Regional Medical Center from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8 through 13. Reservations are required; call (888) 836-3848. For New Orleanians, Central City Mental Health Center is sponsoring depression and anxiety screenings from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12 at the Neighborhood Health Clinic (2222 Simon Bolivar St.). The Desire Florida Counseling Center has scheduled depression screenings from 9 am. to noon on Oct. 8 and Oct. 11 at the Helen Levy Community Center (2727 Louisa St., 942-8345). To commemorate National Depression Screening Day Oct. 11, East Jefferson General Hospital is scheduling one from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its Elder Advantage & Counseling Center. Call 454-4066. Another depression screening will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 10 at Delgado Community College (501 City Park Ave.), sponsored by Chartres-Pontchartrain Mental Health Center.

To keep such community services going, the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) New Orleans has scheduled its sixth annual fundraiser golf classic at 11 a.m. at Eastover Country Club. Call 896-2345 for information.

For mental health advocates and community agencies, Central City Mental Health Center is staging an educational presentation from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 10 at its facility (221 Philip St.). Later in the afternoon, NAMI-New Orleans is hosting a Friendship Club open house from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1538 Louisiana Ave. Call 896-2345 for information. A presentation addressing "The Sandwich Generation Part II (Living between a rock and a hard place)" is scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 11 at Kenner Regional Medical Center's auditorium.

Advocates will close out the month with a "Walk In Our Shoes" consumer empowerment walk and rally from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at LaSalle's Landing in Kenner's Rivertown. The event is sponsored by Consumers United, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority and the EXTRA Mile. Call 838-5464 for information.

Good, Clean Fun

Preventing substance abuse should start early in life -- with kids. That's the goal of Sports Odyssey 2001 -- Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, a fun-filled family event scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Louisiana Superdome.

Demonstrations, exhibits and information concerning healthy living and the prevention of substance abuse will be available, but the children will be drawn to the activities. As the name implies, Sports Odyssey focuses on physical activities, with games including football, basketball, volleyball, rock wall climbing, frisbee and appearances by local sports figures and local personalities.

The event, supported by The Times- Picayune and Louisiana Superdome, will benefit Odyssey House Louisiana, a long-term substance abuse program for adults and children from all over the state. For more information, call 821-9211.

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