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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.

North Las Vegas Kicks Off Child Drowning Prevention Campaign

North Las Vegas Kicks Off Child Drowning Prevention Campaign

With pool season just around the corner, the North Las Vegas Fire Department will kick off its 4th annual April Pools Day event on April 1.

The Fire Department is partnering with members of the Southern Nevada Child Drowning Prevention Coalition in a valleywide campaign. In the past two years, there have been five deaths of children under the age of 4 because of drowning.

Some of the organizations participating in the door-to-door event are: Safe Kids Coalition, Southern Nevada Health District, and the Henderson, Clark County, and Las Vegas Fire Departments.

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.

New health center on tap for West Las Vegas

New health center on tap for West Las Vegas

Nevada Health Centers, Inc. (NVHC) will break ground with the City of Las Vegas on a new community health center at 11 a.m. Monday, March 28. Groundbreaking activities will take place at the new facility’s site located at the corner of Mount Mariah Drive and Stella Lake Street in West Las Vegas. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Tom Chase, chief executive officer of NVHC, will preside at the ceremony.

"The new building will bring more jobs to the city at the same time that we will provide better access to health care," Chase said. 

NVHC is planning job fairs that will be held in September and November of this year. More information about the upcoming job fairs can be provided by calling 775-307-5414, ext.

Jump Rope for Heart at Manch Elementary School

Students at Jacob E. Manch Elementary School literally jumped their way to better health.  With help from their PE teacher, Lara Heifner and Principal Diane Lewis, the students decided to take part in the American Heart Association's Jump Rope for Heart campaign. It required them to learn about the importance of heart health, to take part in regular exercise, and learn ways to increase their heart rate and why it's important for them to do that. These lessons were spread throughout the month.

The campaign culminated with a big event on the school's blacktop play area on Thursday, February 24th, 2011.  Hundreds of kids took part in a massive jump-a-thon. To help support this positive campaign, The Cannery Casino & Hotel, which frequently assists the school with activities, decided to give the kids something to be proud of.  The Cannery donated $1,000.00 to the American Heart Association on behalf of all the kids.  That money will help the Heart Association spread this positive health message to even more schools next year.

Hep C Victims Watched Court Case Closely

LAS VEGAS -- Michael Washington watched last week's hepatitis C jury verdict with great interest. In 2007, he was the first hepatitis patient genetically linked to Doctor Dipak Desai's endoscopy clinic.

For three years in a row, Washington's court date to hold somebody liable for the virus he contracted has been pushed back. He's glad Henry Chanin has justice, but wonders if he'll still be around to ever have justice of his own.

Washington's retirement years are one long struggle with the seemingly unstoppable health decline of hepatitis C. Washington was one of several patients who contracted hepatitis C from the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada in 2007. Investigators say syringes were re-used by Doctor Desai's staff.

A jury awarded hepatitis C patient Henry Chanin $500 million from drug companies Teva and Baxter Pharmaceuticals, a verdict Washington's attorney Ed Bernstein followed closely.