Healthy Lifestyles at Esplanade Mall

Ochsner Medical Center is hosting a spring health fair for children, adults and seniors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 14. in the Center Court at Esplanade Mall (1401 W. Esplanade Ave,, Kenner). Enjoy cooking demonstrations and sample fitness classes. Representatives from senior health group Golden Opportunity and Elmwood Fitness Center will be on hand. Information will be available about diabetes and sports medicine, and free cholesterol and blood pressure screenings will be offered.


Prevention on Par

East Jefferson General Hospital is presenting a day of golf and information about men's health issues April 10 at the Tournament Players Club of Louisiana. Prevention on Par will include a swing clinic with pro Kelly Gibson, a round of golf and a luncheon, where Dr. Sean Collins, urologist, will discuss the latest in minimally-invasive procedures for prostate care. Registration for the day is $75, which covers all activities. To register, call 456-5000.


Better hearing Benefit

May is National Better Speech and Hearing Month, and the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center will kick things off with a benefit concert featuring Theresa Andersson on Wednesday, May 2 at Le Chat Noir (715 St. Charles Ave.). Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose will emcee the event. Tickets are $75. Also during the month of May, the New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center, a nonprofit United Way agency, is offering free hearing screenings for people of all ages. For more information, call 897-2606.

Children's Hospital opens Amputee Clinic Children's

Hospital is opening an Amputee Clinic to better serve children who have lost limbs or were born without them. Doctors, physical and occupational therapists and prosthetic and orthotic vendors will be available to meet with patients and their families. Children's Hospital will host an hourlong clinic-opening event April 11 at 4 p.m. in the hospital auditorium, where parents can meet with clinic leaders Drs. Maurice Sholas and Tony Gonzales and learn how children with amputations can lead fulfilling lives. After opening day, the clinic will see patients on the second Wednesday of every month.


Migraine study at Ochsner

Ochsner Health System is participating in a research study to evaluate whether a new less-invasive procedure to repair a common heart defect reduces migraine headaches. Ochsner is seeking to enroll patients who suffer from severe migraines and also have the heart defect Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO). PFO, a small opening between the upper chambers of the heart, is found in about 25 percent of adults. This opening allows blood to bypass the filtering system of the lungs and sometimes enables substances in this unfiltered blood to travel directly to the brain, which could trigger migraines. Recent observational studies have reported that a significant number of patients are relieved of some migraine attacks following the closure of the PFO. For more information, call 842-4833.


Adult depression linked to childhood abuse

A recent report published in the Archives of General Psychiatry stated that people who were abused or neglected as children face more than a 50 percent increased risk of major depressive disorder (MDD) in young adulthood. The study examined 676 people who experienced abuse and neglect before age 11. Compared to other individuals of similar age, sex, race and social class, the abused and neglected subjects were 75 percent more likely to suffer from MDD. The authors of the report stress the need for early intervention in cases of childhood abuse.