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September 1, 2010
By Anne McMillin
September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month, an annual observance advancing the notion that recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is possible. Substance abuse affects individuals, families, and communities as a whole. If you or a loved one is suffering from drug or alcohol abuse problems please seek help. Ole J. Thienhaus, M.D., chair of the Department of Psychiatry, is available with more information.
High blood cholesterol affects over 65 million Americans. It is a serious condition that increases your risk for heart disease. The higher your cholesterol level, the greater the risk. You can have high cholesterol and not know it. Lowering cholesterol levels that are too high lessens your risk for developing heart disease and reduces the chance of having a heart attack or dying of heart disease. Internists from the University of Nevada School of Medicine are available to discuss effective methods, techniques and lifestyle choices for lowering one's cholesterol.
The National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness day focuses on the challenging issues facing the aging population with regard to HIV prevention, testing, care and treatment. The campaign focuses on those who are living with the disease or are initially diagnosed with the condition at the age of 50+, increasing the use of protection from HIV infection among the baby boomer population and identifying resources for grandparents becoming the primary guardians for children who have lost their parent(s) to HIV/AIDS. Trudy Larson, M.D., and Echezona Ezeanolue, M.D., infectious disease physicians at the School of Medicine specializing in HIV/AIDS, can discuss these issues with media representatives.
The University of Nevada School of Medicine's Student Outreach Clinics for September have been announced for the following dates: a children's clinic will be held September 4 from 8 a.m. to noon., a women's clinic will be held September 18 from 8 a.m. to noon and a general clinic will be on September 27 from 6 to 9 p.m.
No appointment necessary; patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Spanish translators are available.
Clinics are held at the Family Medicine Center, located on the University of Nevada, Reno campus just north of Mackay Stadium off of North Virginia Street. Take RTC bus route 7 to North Virginia Street or the free Sierra Spirit bus.