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Life Line Screening

is offering a 10-minute ultrasound screening to detect risks that can lead to heart attacks, brain attacks, aortic aneurysms, and other cardiovascular diseases on Thursday (July 8) at Lakewood Country Club (4801 Gen. DeGaulle Drive).

The screening involves an ultrasound scan that is painless and lasts 10 minutes or less. Cost is $99 for a complete vascular screening package or $125 for a complete vascular and osteoporosis screening.

Pre-registration is required, and appointments begin at 9 a.m. Call (800) 643-6188 to reserve a space.

A Place for Health

More than 20 exhibitors will be on hand to help people learn ways to feel better and adopt a healthier lifestyle at the Place St. Charles Health Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday (July 8-9) in the first floor lobby at the Place St. Charles (201 St. Charles Ave.).

Some of the vendors will provide free samples, while others are offering complementary health and blood pressure screenings and breast cancer risk assessments. Others will discuss the latest techniques for limiting stress, the benefits of acupuncture, massage and yoga, and how nutritional supplements can strengthen your health.

Exhibitors include Elmwood Fitness Center, Nutri-Sport, Natural Health Consulting, Crescent City Physicians, Via Viente, Belladonna Day Spa, Canon Hospice, Spa Isabell, St. Charles Vision, Touro, Tulane and others.

For more information, call 524-4444.

Innovative Vision

People on Medicare who have vision problems but want to live independent lives now have new help in the New Orleans area through HomeSight for Southeast Louisiana (By appointment, 887-4817), which opened in June.

The company, which was founded in Acadiana and now operates in five states, offers at-home care for the visually impaired and provides devices to help them live more comfortably. HomeSight, the first company of its kind in the United States, is 7 years old and its services are fully covered by Medicare.

"We have a unique approach in that with a referral from an ophthalmologist or medical doctor, we will go to the home and check it out from the front door to the back door," says Catsy Schneider, a certified ophthalmic medical technician who works at HomeSight. "We'll check for safety Š lighting, well arrange their closet so they can match up clothes, we provide them with assistive devices free of charge, such as lighting, a grab bar for their bathtub so they can get in and out safely Š bump dots for their microwaves and ovens, fluorescent tape." Employees also teach patients how to prepare simple meals safely.

HomeSight also helps patients distinguish between their various medications so they can take the correct amounts, a problem that Schneider says accounts for numerous hospitalizations of the seeing-impaired every year.

"Our goal is to make them as independent as they can be and use the remaining vision that they have," Schneider says. "We also teach them about their disease and to understand it."

The staff of HomeSight includes registered nurses, certified ophthalmic technicians, physical therapists, social workers, certified aides and other professionals as needed. A medical referral is required.

Fitness Made Fun

Learn exercise routines, healthy eating habits, stress management and receive personal health assessments among other things at the Fit-Fun-N-Thin-Some Program offered free by the Daughters of Charity Neighborhood Health Partnership.

Education seminars and exercise classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and exercise only is available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 24 at Incarnate Word Center (8326 Apricot St.). Call 866-5978 ext. 21 for more information.

Cognitive Trial

Adults with mild cognitive decline may be eligible to participate in a study to determine whether a drug now used to treat Alzheimer's Disease might also be useful in treating their symptoms.

Researchers at Tulane University are looking for people between 45 and 90 years old who are experiencing memory loss and other changes in thinking not attributed to Alzheimer's. For more information, call 588-5800 or (800) 588-5800.

The Smells of Health

East Jefferson General Hospital's (4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie) Elder Advantage program is holding a special program about aromatherapy from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 28. The class is free and includes refreshments, but registration is required. Call 455-4066 for information or to register.

The program will focus on using the ancient medicinal properties of aromatherapy to enhance well-being and will include a discussion of essential oils.

For the Heart

Louisiana Heart Hospital (64030 Hwy. 434, Lacombe, 985-690-7524) has just opened a new medical office building on the hospital grounds to house the almost two dozen physicians who practice at the facility.

Doctors began moving into the offices the first of last month and the ribbon cutting ceremony was June 30. The medical office building gives Northshore residents a convenient location where they can find a doctor that specializes in cardiovascular medicine, and it allows physicians to be closer to their patients that are in the hospital.

Vital Organs

Tulane University researchers are now enrolling patients who have been diagnosed with early signs of kidney disease to participate in a clinical study that will help doctors learn more about its causes and how it affects the heart. The Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study, which will be conducted at several medical institutions across the country and will include about 500 patients in New Orleans, is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

No experimental treatments or drugs will be used in the study, which will last for several years. The purpose is to learn more about the causes and course of kidney disease so doctors can better understand how to prevent and manage it. Participants will answer questions about their medical history, have blood pressure measured and receive EKGs and other tests that will be repeated over the course of the study.

For more information, contact Tamara Pearson at 988-4392 or email

Funding Help

Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals has established an online database at www.dhh-state-la-us/pcrh that details all health-related funding opportunities available through state, federal and private agencies. The purpose of the clearinghouse is to provide information about funding opportunities to communities seeking funding for health-care service projects that will improve health care for Louisiana residents. In addition, DHH's Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health will offer workshops and on-site technical assistance for communities concerning grant applications and health-related projects. For more information about these services, contact Beth Millet at (225) 342-1889 or email her at

A professional from Life Line Screening performs non-invasive ultrasound tests to detect problems that could lead to stroke and other cardiovascular problems at Lakewood Country Club this week.
  • A professional from Life Line Screening performs non-invasive ultrasound tests to detect problems that could lead to stroke and other cardiovascular problems at Lakewood Country Club this week.

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