A History of Progress

Tulane University Health Sciences Center is celebrating its 170th anniversary in September with a national symposium for health professionals called Doors to Discovery from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 that includes several events that are free and open to the public.

The first is at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Hotel, where Nobel Prize winner Dr. Andrew Schally will discuss "Hypothalamic Hormones: from Neuroendocrinology to Cancer Therapy." Schally, a professor at Tulane and chief medical investigator at the VA Hospital, won the Nobel Prize in 1977 while researching reproductive endocrinology. He also has written several studies about breast cancer.

The public also is invited to hear Louis Ignarro, who won a Nobel Prize in 1998, discuss "The Road to Stockholm: A Noble Mission" at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Sheraton. Ignarro is credited with discovering nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system while a professor of pharmacology at UCLA in Los Angeles. Before moving to California, he served on Tulane's pharmacology faculty from 1973 through 1985.

During an "Open Doors" portion of the symposium Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Tulane's Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and its National Primate Research Center in Covington will offer open houses, presentations, programs and tours to enlighten the public about the many medical advances and research projects credited to Tulane over the past 170 years.

For more information or to register for portions of the symposium that have a fee, call 561-1191.

Lose Weight with Yoga

Yoga instructor Adam Kaufmann has developed yoga classes designed to help participants lose weight through breathing techniques, meditation and movements, even if they are unaccustomed to exercising.

Kaufmann has teamed up with Dr. Biswanath Gouda of the St. Charles Weight Management Center to form a Healing Group for the obese that will hold special free and confidential yoga sessions at 2:10 p.m. every Sunday at Salvation Studio (2917 Magazine St.).

"I arranged it so there are no other classes at Salvation Studio when the Healing Group is meeting, so it's very confidential and personal," Kaufmann says. "It's like a support group really. People can share experiences and ideas about food with each other, lifestyle issues. They don't feel like they're alone and isolated; there's a sense of camaraderie, helping one another." The class teaches breathing and meditative techniques that help participants overcome food cravings on their own throughout the day.

In addition to the Healing Group session, Kaufmann teaches Yoga for Weight Loss classes at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays and 1 p.m. Sundays at Salvation Studio for $15 a session. He also teaches the class at 11 a.m. Saturdays at Le Papillon at Uptown Square (200 Broadway St.) for $12 a session.

For more information, call Kaufmann at 388-0511 or log onto

Don't Drink and Jive

In support of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month during September, the nonprofit We Recover Foundation of Baton Rouge is coordinating SoberJam 2004 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 18 at Marconi Meadows in City Park.

The all-day event, which is free and open to the public, will feature local cuisine, live entertainment and a resource fair focusing on health and community information. Former CNN Talk Back Live host Susan Rook will serve as master of ceremonies, and community organizer Samantha Hope Atkins will discuss how to support alcohol and drug recovery in our city.

Entertainment for the family event will include music by George Porter Jr., the Charmaine Neville Band, Marva Wright, Rockin' Dopsie Jr., Zebra, Timothea, Greenhouse and several others.

SoberJam organizers, who held the first such event in Baton Rouge last year, say they hope the annual event soon will be staged simultaneously in several cities across the country to raise awareness about alcohol and drug addiction and recovery.

A Kid Thing

Ochsner Clinic Foundation recently opened Ochsner for Children Ambulatory Care Center (1315 Jefferson Hwy.), a state-of-the-art comprehensive pediatric facility near Ochsner Hospital.

The new 40,000-square-foot facility houses everything for children's health care under one roof, including primary care physicians, pediatric sub-specialists, X-rays, an on-site infusion center, pharmacy, a lab and more. The structure and decor itself focuses on putting children at ease with interior spaces dedicated to patients' artwork, an atrium cloud wall that later will house a collection of kites with prism tails, and a wall that has an underwater image that will serve as a backdrop for fish mobiles.

Pressure Check

East Jefferson General Hospital is offering free blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Elder Advantage Resource Center (4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie), from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month (Sept. 1 and 15) at The Esplanade in Kenner, and from 10 a.m. to noon the second Tuesday of each month (Sept. 14) at the Clearview Mall in Metairie. Call 454-4066 for more information.

Soothing Change

A Touch of Health Day Spa has changed its name to Soothe Your Senses Day Spa (2130 Monroe St., Mandeville, 985-674-1987; to be more easily identified with the nationally marketed aromatherapy products of the same name developed by owner Sharon Mathieu and her daughter Gretchen Halpin.

The spa therapies and organic aromatherapy products follow the Southern tradition of "traiteurs," or Creole healers, of which Mathieu's father was one.

Services at the spa include massage, skin care, body sugaring, manicures and pedicures and aromatherapy treatments. The Soothe Your Senses product line includes about 50 items focusing on massage, bath and body oils; salts and teas for the bath; cane sugar and salt loofah scrubs; and eye teas. The company soon will introduce a complete line of aromatherapy products for babies.

Smile for the Camera

Dr. Gregg May, owner of Mandeville Family Dentistry (3295 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985-727-3232), will be featured later this month on a segment of Ambush Makeover on Fox. Banyan Productions selected May to perform a smile makeover for Stephanie Price, owner of Insta-Gator Ranch in Covington.

During the segment, May details how he performs power bleaching procedures to brighten people's smiles. May's publicist, Deb Burst, hints that Banyan may return to Louisiana for a repeat performance. The production company travels across America, offering one-day makeovers that include plastic surgery, dental work, hair coloring and styling and makeup. Refer to local listings for the exact time the Louisiana segment will be shown. The half-hour program airs Monday through Friday.

Nobel Prize winner Louis Ignarro
  • Nobel Prize winner Louis Ignarro

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