Yoga for Life

  Melanie Fawer has just opened a new yoga studio in the upstairs of her Life boutique (5422 Magazine St., 267-0380; Life Yoga opened May 30, and offers several levels of yoga, from the beginners Life Yoga Basic, ot the intermediary Life Yoga Flow to the Life Yoga Restore. There also are two classes for kids as well as Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga classes for adults.

  Fawer, who has studied with yoga masters and has 20 years of experience with yoga, developed the Life Yoga series of classes, which include breathing techniques, movement-to-breath coordination, hands-on alignment, core awareness and individual attention.

  Classes are available daily, and the studio offers a free class at 11:45 a.m. on Sundays.

Strength in Knowlege

  The Center for Restorative Breast Surgery (1717 St. Charles Ave.) will hold an EnCourage Support Group meeting for women with breast cancer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 10. The meeting is free and open to the public. During the meeting, four women will tell their stories of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery, and guests can ask questions or tell their own stories. Space is limited; to make reservations, contact Katie at 899-2800.

ABCs of Health

  Students at Walter L. Cohen High School (3520 Dryades St.) can now visit a doctor or nurse practitioner during the school day without leaving campus — even if they don't have health insurance. Tulane University's Department of Pediatrics and the Louisiana Recovery School District opened the school-based clinic last month to provide treatment for illnesses and injuries as well as preventative care.

  The center operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the regular school year. Summer hours will coincide with summer school. Students will receive care regardless of their ability to pay.

  The clinic is staffed with a doctor, nurse practitioner, medical office assistant, social worker and nurse. Students can get physical exams, sports physicals, immunizations, hearing and vision screenings, nutrition counseling, health education and primary care. The clinic also offers behavioral health services, including individual, group and family counseling.

  Teachers at Cohen, which has a health careers focus in its Academy of Health Sciences, plan to use the clinic as an educational resource for students considering careers in health care.

Arthritis Relief

  Touro is offering the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) for people suffering from severe arthritis or other conditions that impair joint movement. The six-week program includes hourlong group exercise classes that meet at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday beginning June 23 at Touro Infirmary (1401 Foucher St., Presidents Room, second floor).

  The program uses gentle activities, such as exercises performed while standing or sitting, to increase joint flexibility. There also are endurance-building activities and games, and participants will learn relaxation techniques.

  Registration is required and the class is limited to 25 participants. The charge is $20. Call Hesh Bolno at 897-8386.

Sharing Knowledge and Resources

  Ochsner Health System and LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHC) are combining resources to provide cancer patients with better access to comprehensive care and to develop advanced treatment options. This collaboration also will help research move more quickly from the laboratory to your doctor's office.

  The partnership between Louisiana's largest medical research facility (LSUSHC) and the state's largest clinical provider (Ochsner) means LSUHSC and Ochsner patients will have access to cancer treatment services at both organizations, making it easier for them to get comprehensive care. Researchers and physicians from both institutions also will jointly study cancers, so together they can develop new methods of diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases.

Patch Up

  Louisiana residents who want to quit smoking can receive free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and counseling by calling the state's Tobacco Quit line at (800) QUIT-NOW. The Quit With Us Louisiana program ( is being funded by the Louisiana Tobacco Control Program and the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living. The free NRT offer is available only while supplies last.

  When a similar NRT program was offered in 2007 and the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline experienced an almost 1,500 percent increase in calls.

International Education

  Ochsner Health System and The University of Queensland Medical School in Brisbane, Australia, are hosting each others' medical students in an effort to bolster the education of students from both schools and alleviate doctor shortages in the Gulf South.

  Under the program, U.S. medical students can complete two years of pre-clinical training in Brisbane and their third- and fourth-year training at Ochsner Health System. Australian medical students will also be able to spend part of their third and fourth years at Ochsner. The first 16 U.S. Medical students traveled to Australia in January, and several students from Queensland, one of Australia's top medical schools, began four-year elective and core rotations at Ochsner.

  Dr. William W. Pinsky, executive vice president and chief academic officer at Ochsner says the program will allow students to broaden their medical training and experience quality education opportunities in two different countries. He says the long-term benefit should be a reduction in physician shortages, particularly in primary care, in the Gulf South.

Cyber Seminar

  The Crohns & Colitis Foundation is hosting a free interactive educational teleconference/webcast examining inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), their risks and treatments. "Balancing the Risks and Benefits of Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases" begins at noon Tuesday, June 9. Dr. Corey A. Siegel, director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will discuss the the disease, diagnosis, medications and other treatments, and will answer listeners' questions.

  To participate, you can use a telephone to hear the presentation and ask Siegel questions, or you can log on to a computer to hear the presentation, see slides and submit questions. To register for free, visit or call (877) 547-5641 ext. 312.

  IBD are medically incurable, painful illnesses that attack the digestive systems of more than 1.4 million Americans, causing a variety of symptoms including abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, bleeding, fever and weight loss. There are many treatments, including medications and surgery.

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