Metro New Orleans health briefs, March 7, 2013

Cancer center receives $100,000 from Kay Yow fund

Cancer center gets Kay Yow grant

Tulane Cancer Center has received a $100,000 grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in partnership with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, officials said.

Susan Donohoe, executive director of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, presented Dr. Victoria Belancio of Tulane Cancer Center with a ceremonial check at a news conference at the Louisiana Cancer Research Center.

The Women’s Final Four will be played April 7-9 in New Orleans.

Kay Yow, a former North Carolina State University head women’s basketball coach, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died on Jan. 24, 2009. The fund supports a cancer research grant in the host city of the NCAA Women’s Final Four each year.

Event raises money to fight dystrophy

The Children’s Neuromuscular Foundation of Louisiana will host its sixth annual “Dancing for Dystrophy” gala on Friday at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. A patron party begins the evening from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by the gala until midnight.

CNMF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in Louisiana with a neuromuscular disorder.

Dancing for Dystrophy will feature live music by The Mixed Nuts, great food and drinks from some of New Orleans’ finest restaurants and a silent auction with some unique offerings. For more information, please visit http://www.dancingfordystrophy.org.

Daughters of Charity
honors advocates

Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans hosts its second annual “Keeping Our Promises” Gala at 7 p.m. Saturday at First NBC Bank, 210 Baronne St.

The gala includes music by Tanya Boutte and Friends, great food, drinks, the Inspired Cross Awards Presentation and a silent auction with some unique offerings.

Sally-Ann Roberts of WWL-TV Channel 4 will serve as the mistress of ceremonies.

This year’s DCSNO will honor Clarence Adams Sr., of Ozanam Inn; Sharon Alexis, of The Salvation Army; and Dr. Robert Marier, of the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners, for their work to promote healthy communities.

Tickets start at $100. For information, call (504) 212-9544.

‘Life, Laughter, Love’ is theme of gala

Divine Care Hospice will host an evening of “Life, Laughter and Love” at 6 p.m. Saturday at at Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Dinner, live auction, music by James Andrews, Gina Brown, Michael Ward and more.

Tickets are on sale for $150. Visit http://www.divine_isbfoundation.eventbrite.com for tickets, sponsorships, donations, and beneficiary options.

Touro dietitians teach healthy eating

Dietitians at Touro Infirmary lead a seminar on healthy eating strategies at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Foucher Room, 1401 Foucher St., second floor, New Orleans.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise Street garages will be validated. The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500 for more information.

Safe-driving tips offered for seniors

Older adults can learn tips for safe driving over a free lunch program at noon Wednesday in the Foucher Room of Touro Infirmary, 1401 Foucher St., second floor, New Orleans.

Touro Rehab Center staff will discuss ways to maintain and/or modify driving ability to continue to drive safely.

Lunch will be provided, and parking in the Prytania and Delachaise Street garages will be validated.

The seminar is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500.

Bus offers children free immunizations

The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network bus offers free shots to children who lack insurance coverage for vaccinations. The network also maintains a computerized registry for easy record keeping.

For information, call (504) 733-3268 or go to http://www.GNOshots4kids.com.

The bus will be parked at the following times and locations:

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco, Marrero.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Clearview Mall, Veterans Boulevard, Metairie.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rouses, 1644 Gause Blvd., Slidell.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Rouses, 4500 Tchoupitoulas St.
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Rouses, 4001 Gen. DeGaull, Algiers.

Mental health group meets in Slidell

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection support group will meet at 6:30 p.m. March 14 in the Camellia Room of Ochsner North Shore, 100 Medical Center Drive, Slidell.

NAMI Connection is a free monthly support group for adults living with mental illness. No registration required. Groups are confidential — participants are welcome to share as much or as little information as they wish.

For more information, visit http://www.namisttammany.org or call Martha Benson at (985) 626-6538.

Free blood pressure screenings offered

West Jefferson Medical Center offers free blood pressure screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. on the first Friday of each month, except holidays, at Budget Saver Grocery, 1951 Barataria Blvd., West Jefferson.

For details, call (504) 348-0055.

Cancer support group available

Bosom Buddies, a support group for breast cancer survivors, their family members and caregivers, meets the first Tuesday of the month at West Jefferson Medical Center’s Hall of History in the Gretna Classroom at the hospital in Marrero.

To register, call (504) 349-1640.

Grief support groups meet at Touro, W. Jeff

Free grief support groups are sponsored by the Akula Foundation at Touro Infirmary on the first and third Thursday of the month and at West Jefferson General Hospital on the first and third Wednesday.

Call (504) 723-3628.

Epilepsy group offers counseling services

Short-term counseling provides assistance in coping with the initial diagnosis of a seizure disorder, temporary and chronic difficulties and stress management.

Efforts are directed toward promoting the healthy functioning of people with epilepsy.

For information, contact Kelly Aprill at (800) 960-0587 or check online at http://www.epilepsylouisiana.org.

Parkinson’s support group sets meetings

Parkinson’s support group offers opportunities to share information on new treatments and medications; discuss tips and tricks for living well with Parkinson’s and offer each other positive reinforcement.

Meetings are at 1:30 p.m. the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital and include a guest speaker.

Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

East Jefferson hosts stroke support group

Stroke support group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the eighth-floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Call (504) 456-5000 for information.