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Horse Science Fair and Open House

Great information for horse owners

4-H, a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension youth development program, is inviting everyone to a Horse Science Fair and Open House on September 3. The fair and open house is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at the Desert Pines Equine Medical and Surgical Center located at 5000 N. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, Nev.

Along with 4-H demonstrations, there will be information about horse nutrition, first-aid, colic prevention and a discussion on the most popular breeds of horses. You can find out how to become involved with a local 4-H club and meet the Desert Pines Equine Center staff!

For information, please contact Lori Leas at 702-257-5524 or

4-H is the largest out-of-school youth organization in the United States with over 7 million members. There are over 49,000 young people engaged in 4-H programs across the state of Nevada. The 4-H program promotes life skills development through an expanding number of delivery modes: 4-H community and project clubs, military and 4-H Afterschool programs; special interest groups; school enrichment; camping and more.

Love Your Library? Tell A Friend!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to promote the value of having a library card and using it. The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District and Da Vinci The Exhibition have teamed up to present “Love your Library? Tell a Friend!,” a library card sign-up campaign that begins Monday, September 1 through Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Just sign up for a free library card during the month of September, or if you already have a library card, Like Us on Facebook, and be automatically entered to earn a chance to win a Grand Prize that includes a family four pack of tickets to Da Vinci The Exhibition at the Venetian Hotel and Casino, and a gift basket of merchandise from the retail shop.

“free access to a collection of more than several million items”

Library patrons who already have a library card and want to visit Da Vinci The Exhibition will receive an exclusive discount admission price of $19.50 for adults. One child will be admitted free with each paid Adult admission. Admission for each additional child will be $12.50. Simply show your LVCCLD library card at the Da Vinci The Exhibition Box Office to receive the exclusive discount.

A library card allows free access to a collection of more than several million items of books, magazines, downloadables, CDs and DVDs, as well as online access to an array of information. Teens and children have access to online homework help offering a wealth of free resources designed to assist kids with their daily school assignments.

Getting a free library card is easy. Just stop by any Las Vegas-Clark County Library District branch to fill out an application or apply online at

The Difference Between a Sore Throat, Strep and Tonsillitis

The terms sore throat, strep throat, and tonsillitis often are used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. Tonsillitis refers to tonsils that are inflamed. Strep throat is an infection caused by a specific type of bacteria, Streptococcus. When your child has a strep throat, the tonsils are usually very inflamed, and the inflammation may affect the surrounding part of the throat as well. Other causes of sore throats are viruses and may only cause inflammation of the throat around the tonsils and not the tonsils themselves.

In infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers, the most frequent cause of sore throats is a viral infection. No specific medicine is required when a virus is responsible, and the child should get better over a seven to ten day period. Often children who have sore throats due to viruses also have a cold at the same time. They may develop a mild fever, too, but generally aren’t very sick.

Strep throat is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes. To some extent, the symptoms of strep throat depend on the child’s age. Infants with strep infections may have only a low fever and a thickened or bloody nasal discharge. Toddlers (ages one to three) also may have a thickened or bloody nasal discharge with a fever. Such children are usually quite cranky, have no appetite, and often have swollen glands in the neck. Sometimes toddlers will complain of tummy pain instead of a sore throat. Children over three years of age with strep are often more ill; they may have an extremely painful throat; fever over 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius), swollen glands in the neck, and pus on the tonsils. It’s important to be able to distinguish a strep throat from a viral sore throat, because strep infections are treated with antibiotics.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If your child has a sore throat that persists (not one that goes away after her first drink in the morning), whether or not it is accompanied by fever, headache, stomachache, or extreme fatigue, you should call your pediatrician. That call should be made even more urgently if your child seems extremely ill, or if she has difficulty breathing or extreme trouble swallowing (causing her to drool).

This may indicate a more serious infection. The doctor will examine your child and may perform a throat culture to determine the nature of the infection. To do this, he will touch the back of the throat and tonsils with a cotton-tipped applicator and then smear the tip onto a special culture dish that allows strep bacteria to grow if they are present. The culture dish usually is examined twenty-four hours later for the presence of the bacteria.

Most pediatric offices perform rapid strep tests that provide findings in minutes. If the rapid strep test is negative, your doctor may confirm the result with a culture. A negative test means that the infection is presumed to be due to a virus. In that case, antibiotics (which are antibacterial) will not help and need not be prescribed.

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Las Vegas Home to Clinical Trials for Pediatric Diabetes

Palm Research Center has been a clinical trials site in Las Vegas since 2008. Clinical trials are the safest and fastest way to find treatments and new ways to improve health through FDA regulated research studies. Most studies at Palm Research Center are conducted in adult and pediatric diabetes, cardiology, and other areas in endocrinology.

After a successful start in the Southwest region of Las Vegas, Palm Research Center is expanding to the Northwest, and is happy to announce the addition of their newest office adjacent to Mountain View Hospital. Palm Research Center’s providers specialize in diabetes and thyroid disease, and all other endocrine conditions placing them at the forefront of their specialized profession. The team at Palm Research Center gains knowledge and experience through their involvement in cutting edge therapies in clinical research with various pharmaceutical companies. The research investigators at Palm Research Center are also physicians at Palm Medical Group, an endocrinology group. Thanks to Palm Research Center and Palm Medical Group, people in our community with specific health concerns have the chance to participate in nationally-sponsored clinical trials.

Participation in a research study provides patients the opportunity to contribute to scientific efforts to find new and effective medical treatments. Palm Medical Group and Palm Research Center’s physicians are dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of both research study participants and medical group patients.


Palm Medical Group

Southwest Office
9280 W Sunset Rd, Suite 306
Las Vegas, NV 89148

Northwest Office
3150 N Tenaya Way, Suite 415
Las Vegas, NV 89128

Healthy After School Snacks

As parents prepare for yet another “back to school” season, they will scurry to malls in search of new clothes for their ever-growing child along with a litany of school supplies too numerous to name. But, let’s not forget about healthy after-school snacks as we plan ahead for the upcoming school year.

It’s common knowledge that after school is prime time for snacking, and it is also a time when many kids make, shall we say, less than nutritious food and beverage choices. Try these waistline-friendly after school snack alternatives your kids are sure to love:

  • Potato Chips/Fries: Cut the potato in the desired shape (round, rectangular, oblong, etc.). Fully coat with egg whites. Season with a touch of salt or other herbs as desired. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown. Serve with sugar-free catsup.
  • Popcorn: Air pop popcorn and on it drizzle a moderate amount of powdered butter substitute, light parmesan cheese, or even honey for a tasty twist.
  • Pizza: On a fat-free/low-calorie/low-carb whole grain tortilla (or whole grain bagel), smear tomato paste or sauce and top with fat-free cheese, whatever veggies the child likes, and even lean meats like ham or turkey dices. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted with a few brown spots on top.
  • Tortilla Chips: Cut Chinese wonton squares (usually found in the produce aisle) in half diagonally so they become triangles. Spread out evenly on a baking sheet, lightly spray with cooking spray, and sprinkle on a dash of salt. Bake at 350 degrees until crunchy. Eat alone or serve with fat-free salsa or the below-described Mexican bean dip.
  • Mexican Bean Dip: Drain and food process two 14-ounce cans of black beans. Add 3/4 cup of fat-free salsa and 1/2 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and blend until completely smooth. Top with a dab of fat-free sour cream, fat-free cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped green onions, etc. as desired.
  • Fruit Smoothies: These are a warm weather staple that can, and should, be enjoyed year-round. While fruit smoothie recipes abound, it need not be a complex process. Simply blend, in amounts to your personal liking, either plain or flavored fat-free/sugar-free yogurt with skim milk, ice cubes, and either fresh or frozen fruit chunks. For added sweetness, you can add a touch of honey or an artificial sweetener, such as stevia. Blend and enjoy!
  • Healthy Ice Cream Sandwiches: These are a snap – and always a crowd pleaser! Purchase any type of round fat-free/sugar-free cookie on the market (preferably the new whole grain varieties) or bake any low-fat/low-calorie cookie recipe from scratch. Sandwich waistline-friendly sherbet, sorbet, or gelato between two cookies and press to make a sandwich.

Children’s health advocate, Merilee Kern, is the creator of the ground-breaking “Kids Making Healthy Choices” APP for children. She may be reached online at

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