Health Notes for April 17, 2013

Screenings slated for oral cancer

Free screenings for oral, head and neck cancers will be held Wednesday, by appointment, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Mary Bird Perkins -- Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, on the fourth floor.

A physician will check the face, neck, lips and mouth. Most oral cancers occur after age 35 and are linked to cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco and/or heavy alcohol use, according to the cancer center. Oral cancers also appear, in relation to the HPV virus, in nonsmokers, it reports.

To make an appointment, call (225) 215-1234 or 1-888-616-4687.

Panel to discuss C-section issues

A panel discussion on cesarean awareness will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at The Red Shoes, 2303 Government St.

The event is being hosted by the International Cesarean Awareness Network and organizers of the Improving Birth 2013 Rally.

Panel speakers will include obstetricians Dr. Ryan Dickerson of Louisiana Women’s Healthcare Associates and Dr. Betsy Buchert of Associates in Women’s Health and certified nursing midwife Bethanie Genre.

Admission to the event is $5.

Fundraiser benefits special-needs camp

Food provided by close to 20 restaurants of all types, music to dance to and auctions — both live and silent — will be part of the Camp Tiger Benefit Auction on Friday in New Orleans.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park and Esplanade.

Camp Tiger is a free, weeklong summer day camp for special needs children from the New Orleans and Baton Rouge communities.

The camp is planned and staffed by first-year LSU medical school students. Registration is now closed for this year’s camp that will be held May 20-24.

The fundraiser’s auction items will include Sugar Bowl tickets; trips with such destinations as the 2014 Masters, New York City and a San Francisco wine tour; jewelry, autographed sports memorabilia and decorative items.

Tickets are $40 at the door or online at http://www.lsuhsc.edu/no/organizations/camptiger.

Parents urged to have no-alcohol talk

Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Louisiana encourages parents to talk to their children about the dangers of alcohol.

Parents can get information to help with the discussion from the national MADD “PowerTalk 21” program. April 21 is designated as the national day for parents to have the talk.

“For teens, alcohol is an illegal and dangerous drug. That’s why parents need to enforce zero tolerance,” according to the website, http://www.madd.org.

At the website, parents can download a free handbook, “Power of Parents.”

Research shows that “parents are the primary influence on their children’s decisions about whether or not to drink alcohol,” according to MADD.

Diabetes conference set at Pennington

A conference focusing on diabetes in Louisiana, including the challenges of the disease, as well as the most promising solutions, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

The conference is being hosted by Pennington and the Environment and Health Council of Louisiana.

Speakers will include physicians and those active in various diabetes prevention programs in the state.

Lou Brock, named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, will be the lunchtime speaker.

The conference is free, but registration is requested. Email name and contact information to jmckelviekemp@gmail.com.

Registration on the day of the conference will be available on a first-come basis.

Assumption Parish patients need drivers

The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers who can drive cancer patients to treatment in Assumption Parish.

Volunteers with a car, car insurance, safe driving skills and who can drive as little as one weekday morning or afternoon a month would be a help to patients, the society said.

To volunteer, call Sam Lato, with the American Cancer Society, at (225) 767-4567 or email sam.lato@cancer.org.

Information can also be had on the American Cancer Society’s “Road to Recovery” volunteer driving program by calling (800) 227-2345 or visiting http://www.cancer.org.

Review:

“EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD FRIENDS”

by Melissa K. Burkhardt

Executive Publishing Co.

$18.99, at http://www.excep tionallygoodfriends.com and on http://www.amazon.com.

Subtitled “Building Relationships with Autism,” this book, written by a preschool early-intervention teacher, is a children’s book with two stories.

“Ruthie’s Story” is written from the perspective of a little girl meeting and becoming friends with a new student in her class, Clay, who has autism.

Flip the book over and you’ll read “Clay’s Story, A Boy with Autism,” written from that character’s perspective.

“Today the classroom is too loud, too bright and too busy for me,” he says at one point.

Also included in the book is helpful information about autism and a resource list for parents, teachers and therapists.

Compiled by Ellyn Couvillion

Advocate staff writer