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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.

Relay For Life seeks participants

Relay For Life seeks participants

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants for its Relay For Life fundraiser in April and May.

Ten relays will take place in southern Nevada during the next two months and ACS will hold a number of "Paint the Town Purple" recruiting events from April 4-7. During these events, relay committee members and team captains will be visiting area businesses encouraging community members to participate. In addition to Relay’s purple posters, volunteers will distribute purple lollipops, because "CANCER SUCKS."

Those events include: 

  • Cheeburger Cheeburger Fundraiser – Monday, April 4, 5-9 p.m., 8390 S. Rainbow Blvd.

 

  • CiCi’s Pizza Las Vegas Fundraiser – Wednesday, April 6, six locations, all day/night – 10-20 percent of sales go to ACS.

 

  • Beer Tasting Benefit - Thursday, April 7 at Freakin Frog, 7-10 p.m., 4700 S.

Shots 4 Tots Week Offers Free Immunizations in Henderson

Shots 4 Tots Week Offers Free Immunizations in Henderson

The Southern Nevada Health District and United Way of Southern Nevada are offering a free childhood immunization clinic during Shots 4 Tots Week in Henderson. Children needing immunizations must be accompanied by a parent or an adult with written permission from the custodial parent of the child, and the child'd immunization records. For more information, call the immunization clinic at (702) 759-0850 or visit www.snhd.info.

The Shots 4 Tots Clinic will be held:

March 14-Friday, March 18 at the Henderson Public Health Center

129 W Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89015, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Henderson Woman's Plea for Help Goes Viral

HENDERSON -- One Henderson woman has been battling through years and years of pain with no medical diagnosis. Kristie Tunick was told by local doctors there was nothing they could do for her.

Tunick is suffering from a number of conditions and her hope is fading fast. Her friends are now reaching out to the masses through YouTube. Already, the video has had more than 1 million views. They want her story to get out.

"There is no diagnoses at all as we sit here today," said Dave Tunick, Kristie's father. He says if he could trade places with his 33-year-old ailing daughter, he would.

Operation Medicine Cabinet Works to Safely Dispose of Unused Medicine

LAS VEGAS -- Many believe a lack of designated place to dispose of prescription drugs could be the reason for the rise in abuse. Saturday people took part in Operation Medicine Cabinet which was being held in conjunction with the drug enforcement administration's first National Take Back Initiative.

The goal is to offer a safe place to drop off prescription medication and help keep them potentially out of the hands of children and teens. While the community has turned out in high number for these events, many are asking for a way to be able to dispose of their medication any day of the week. Currently there is bill and a possible solution that could be on the way.

The Safe Drug Disposal Act is currently making it's way through Congress right now and just passed the House last Wednesday.

Some people we spoke with say they had been holding on to expired and unused medication for years simply because they had nowhere to take it.

Rankings Released on Las Vegas Hospitals

LAS VEGAS -- New Medicare hospital rankings are out and Las Vegas finds itself missing nearly every nationwide average for patient care. After a year of patient surveys, the federal Health and Human Services Department made public their findings.

It's eye opening to see what problems patients pick out in local hospitals, from how attentive nurses are to the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Saint Rose - Sienna Hospital in Henderson leads the pack as the best local hospital.

"We ask our staff to do hourly rounding where we check on a patient every hour; some of the advantages to this are patients shouldn't have to use a call light," said VP and COO Teressa Conley, St. Rose Sienna Hospital.

Saint Rose Sienna Hospital was one of only two hospitals in the Las Vegas area that beat nationwide averages for patient care.