New Orleans health briefs for July 11-17, 2013

Algiers church sets health fair Saturday

Olive Branch Baptist Church of Algiers and local community partners will hold Caring Out Loud 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, 1134 Branch-Joseph Ave., formerly Odeon, Algiers.

Representatives will be there to help apply for Medicaid, SNAP food stamps, child care and other programs. Second Harvest Food Bank, New Orleans Public Library, Job Corps and other agencies will be there.

The event is free and open to everyone. There will be hot food, activities for children, a school supply giveaway, health screenings and dental screenings. For more information, call (504) 367-4681.

Childbirth classes
slated for weekend

The Positive and Prepared Childbirth Class is a weekend class, this Saturday and Sunday, designed to give expectant couples the confidence, knowledge and skills necessary for a safe and satisfying family-centered birth experience.

The class offers birth education as well as hands-on practice of relaxation, breathing, and coping techniques for labor and birth. Classes are held in the Foucher Room from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1401 Foucher St.

For more information or to register, call Jessica LeBlanc at (504) 669-3143.

Diabetes drug tests volunteers sought

Tulane University is one of 37 centers participating in a nationwide five-year study to compare the effectiveness of diabetes drugs.

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study needs volunteers to test the risks and benefits of four diabetes drugs widely used in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating Type 2 diabetes.

Researchers at Tulane and other centers want people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the last five years. The volunteers may be on metformin, but not on any other diabetes medication.

Participants will receive all of their diabetes medications free of charge, including at least four medical visits per year. For information on participating in the study, call (504) 988-0200.

Mall walking group meets at Lakeside

Join the Healthy Lifestyles walking group, sponsored by East Jefferson General Hospital, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. every Thursday at Lakeside Shopping Center’s center court. Enter via any entrance of Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie. Free. Call (504) 456-5000 to register.

Uninsured children
can get free shots

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.

The bus will be parked:

2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Rouses, 4001 Gen. DeGaulle, Algiers.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Walmart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, at Clearview Mall on Veterans Boulevard

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Rouses, 1644 Gause Blvd., Slidell.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, at Rouses, 6600 Franklin Ave.

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. July 18, at Walmart, 4810 Lapalco Blvd.

For more information, call (504) 733-3268 or visit

Say goodbye to varicose veins

Ochsner Medical Center’s Dr. Pavan Narra gives advice on how to “Say Goodbye to Varicose Veins” at noon Wednesday at Royal Palm, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Cost is $18 and includes lunch. To register call (855) 312-4189.

Cardiologist joins Ochsner center

Kenner announces the addition of David Liff, M.D., cardiologist, to its staff.

Liff earned his medical degree from Ohio State University School of Medicine. He completed regency in internal medicine and fellowship in cardiology at Emory University Hospital System in Atlanta and completed his fellowship in interventional cardiology at North Shore University-Long Island Health System in New York.

Liff will be practicing at Ochsner Medical Center, Kenner. Call (504) 443-9500.

Match program gala is Friday

Be The Match and WWL-TV present Masquerading For A Match, a benefit for the National Marrow Donor Program, at 8 p.m. Friday at the New Orleans Board of Trade, 316 Magazine St.

The evening will feature live entertainment including the 610 Stompers, local restaurants serving their signature dishes and cocktails and raffle for a dream vacation.

The ball will be an annual benefit and fundraiser in support of helping patients have a second chance at life. Funds raised help to cover the cost of adding new potential donors to the Be The Match Registry.

For more details and information on registration please visit or contact

Grief and loss support

The Akula Foundation Grief and Loss Support Group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at West Jefferson General Hospital. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. Call (504) 347-5511 for location or other information.

Prostate Support Group: The American Cancer Society Man to Man Prostate Cancer Support Group at West Jefferson Medical Center provides information about the disease and treatment options. For information and to register call (504) 349-6763.

Learn to prevent dangerous falls

Robbie Banta, a physical therapist, will lead an interactive presentation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 on how falls can be prevented through exercise and physical therapy.

Each year, one third of older adults experience a fall. Learn about risk factors, prevention and treatment to minimize the risk.

The talk will be held in the Presidents Room at Touro Infirmary, 1401 Fourcher St., second floor. It is free; no registration is required. Lunch is provided. Parking in the Prytania and Delachaise street garages will be validated. For more information, call (504) 897-8500 or go to

Support for Women with Cancer

This group is open to any woman, regardless of her cancer diagnosis, who is actively in treatment and interested in receiving and giving support to other women with cancer. The monthly group meetings are designed to be informative and promote the sharing of thoughts and feelings. Meeting dates and location are subject to change. This month’s meeting is from noon to 1 p.m. July 18. Call (504) 897-8678.

Gentle yoga classes
held on Saturdays

Seniors meet for stretching and gentle yoga at 11 a.m. Saturdays in the meeting room at the Rosa Keller Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St. The class is free.

Yoga in City Park

Yoga class is held from 8 a.m to 9 a.m. the first, second and third Saturday of the month in the Besthoff Sculpture Gardens at The New Orleans Museum of Art. The fee is $5 per class but is free to Wellness Center members and NOMA members. For reservations or information call (504) 456-5000.

Blood center needs donations in Metairie

The Blood Center of Southeast Louisiana is seeking donations of whole blood and platelets.

Visit the center from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday at 3400 16th St., Metairie; 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (504) 887-2833.

Diabetes support groups

A diabetes support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month at East Jefferson General Hospital. Members share information and support each other to promote successful diabetes management. New members are welcome. Call (504) 454-4165 or email

Diabetes support group meetings at Touro are every third Tuesday of the month at 1401 Foucher St., Suite C309. Valerie Burton, RN, CDE, leads a support group meeting that helps learn how to keep diabetes under control from diet, the importance of glucose testing, medication Management and exercise tips. For more information call Touro Diabetes Center at (504) 897-8813.

Women’s wellness program

Women of all ages, sizes and abilities are invited to join the Common Ground Health Clinic for cooking, fitness, nutrition, stress management and more every Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., at Common Ground Health Clinic, 1400 Teche St. .Call (504) 361.9800.

Ostomy Support Group meets at E. Jeff

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 more information, call (504) 454-4941.

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 April at (800) 960-0587 or check online at

Parkinson’s support group offering info

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 with a guest speaker. Call (504) 456-5000 for more information.

Stroke support group
meets at E. Jefferson

Stroke support group meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the eighth floor gym at East Jefferson General Hospital. Call (504) 456-5000 for information.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau