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Months After Diabetes Diagnosis, Local Girl Wins Pageant Crown

Months After Diabetes Diagnosis, Local Girl Wins Pageant Crown

Just months after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Summerlin resident Fallon Smythe earned the title of Miss Junior Teen Nevada 2011.

"Choosing to compete in the Miss Junior Teen Nevada Pageant presented itself as a positive focus in my life and a way to spread awareness of type 1 diabetes," Smythe said.

Nevada Cancer Institute to Lay Off 150

LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Cancer Institute has announced 150 layoffs in an attempt to cut costs.

The institute says they cuts will not affect the quality of care and they are committed to ensuring that all patients continue to receive high-quality care.

The initiate says they have seen their financial situation deteriorate as the economic decline and changes in the health care industry strain revenue. The restructuring will help the institute bring costs more in line with revenue.

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

Free CPR Classes to Be Offered

The American Red Cross invites the public to attend a free Adult CPR Class on Saturday, April 23 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Called "CPR Saturday", the event will train 1,000 people in one day in the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Two sessions will be conducted; one beginning at 8:30am and a repeat session at 1:30 pm. Each session is three hours. A two-year Adult CPR certification will be issued upon successful completion.

Register at www.redcrosslasvegas.org or (702) 531-0237.

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

Free Diabetes Workshop Offered at Desert Springs Hospital

The Nevada Diabetes Association is offering a free patient event April 30 at Desert Springs Hospital to help educate diabetes patients about the signs and symptoms of painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (pDPN).

Kenneth D. Grant, M.D., Professor of Medicine, Touro University, is going to emphasize the importance of speaking with a physician, getting a proper diagnosis, and tips on how help to manage the condition.

Approximately 20 percent of people with diabetes experience pDPN, which is characterized by burning pain, pins and needles, or shooting pain in the hands or feet.  It can become extremely debilitating, affecting patients' ability to participate in everyday activities, to sleep, and to exercise.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic and progressive health conditions in the United States today; the incidence has skyrocketed in recent years.

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.

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.

Rampart Casino & JW Marriott Holding Blood Drive March 12th & 13th

Rampart Casino & JW Marriott Holding Blood Drive March 12th & 13th

People who would like to donate blood but are too busy to do it during the week are in luck!  Saturday, March 12th and Sunday March 13th the Rampart Casino and the JW Marriott Las Vegas are holding a blood drive to help support United Blood Services which provides a blood supply to 22 clinics and hospitals in Southern Nevada and Northern Arizona.

Donors can arrive anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  You can also schedule a reservations by calling United Blood Services at (702) 638-7400, or go online to www.unitedbloodservices.org/lv. Refreshments will be served.