Health Briefs for Jan. 31, 2013

Podiatrist to speak
on foot ailments

Dr. Maxime Savard, DPM, a doctor of podiatry, will speak on the topic of foot pain Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Andrea’s in Metairie, 3100 19th St., Metairie. Fee of $18 includes dinner.

The discussion is part of Ochsner Health System’s “Hello Health” series. For more information or to register, call (866) 624-7637.

Alla features float
on breast cancer

The Krewe of Alla will feature the “Hope Float” for Breast Cancer Awareness in its parade Saturday on the West Bank.

The float is presented by the Cancer Center at West Jefferson Medical Center with a little help from the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation and friends.

Alla rolls at noon starting at Belle Chasse Highway and Carol Sue Avenue.

Touro cardiologist
to give tips on heart

In recognition of American Heart Month, Touro Infirmary cardiologist Viviana Falco, M.D. will give a talk on maintaining a healthy heart Tuesday at noon in the Presidents’ Room, 1401 Fourcher St., at Touro Infirmary Uptown.

Learn the facts about heart disease, symptoms and signs of a heart attack, understanding your risk and more.

The seminar is free and lunch and parking are provided, but registration is required. Call (504) 897-8500.

East Jeff sponsors yoga in City Park

Addy Meisenheimer of the East Jefferson General Hospital Wellness Center teaches yoga Saturday at 8 a.m. among the lush landscaping and stunning artwork in the Besthoff Sculpture Gardens in City Park.

Classes are offered the first, second and third Saturday of every month.

The class is $5; free for New Orleans Museum of Art and Wellness Center members. For information call the center at (504) 849-6868.

Keep your baby safe with first aid tips

Learn general information on first aid, medical and environmental emergencies for babies, car seat safety and ways to prevent infant abduction. The class will be offered Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Destination Maternity Learning Studio, 3300 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie. The class is free, but registration is required. Call (504) 456-5000.

Free car seat checks at Mandeville station

State Police station Troop L, 2600 Causeway Boulevard in Mandeville, offers free car seat checks every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m., by appointment.

Contact Trooper Nick Manale at (985) 893-6250, ext. 628, to set up an appointment.

Ostomy Support Group meetings set

The Greater New Orleans Ostomy Support Group holds meetings on the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at 7 p.m. at East Jefferson General Hospital, 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

For information, call (504) 454-4941.

Support, play groups available at hospital

The Slidell Memorial Hospital Parenting Center offers free weekly support and play groups Wednesdays in the classroom on the second floor of the Wellness pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd. Staff provides learning and support while children and parents socialize. Walking age to 30 months meets at 10 a.m.; 31 months to preschool at 11. Refreshments, crafts, story time, music and movement activities; no registration required. For more information call (985) 649-8529.

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

The bus will be parked Thursday at Wal-Mart, 4810 Lapalco, Marrero, from 2 to 6 p.m.

West Jefferson offers
cancer support

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 or for information, 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.

For times and information, 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 more 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. on the last Monday of the month at East Jefferson General Hospital and include a guest speaker.

Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

Stroke support group meets at E. Jefferson

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.

Ochsner program discusses sleep apnea

Ochsner’s Golden Opportunity Program for people 50 and older will offer a seminar on obstructive sleep apnea Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Brent House Lejeune Room at Ochsner Medical Center, 1516 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson.

The program is free. For more information, contact the New Orleans Golden Opportunity office at (504) 842-7000.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau