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Health news in brief

Caregiver course begins Thursday

The Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico chapter, will offer a free, seven-week course for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from 10 a.m.-noon each Thursday, beginning March 7.

The course is offered at the Alzheimer’s Association office, 9500 Mongomery NE, Suite 121. For information and to register, call 266-4473 or email For information, visit

Cancer clinic offers free help

Cancer Services of New Mexico offers a free clinic on legal, insurance and paperwork assistance the first and third Thursday of each month. Expert volunteers are available. This Thursday’s clinic will start at 6 p.m.

To register, call Stephanie Michnovicz at 999-9764 or toll-free, 888-668-2766.

Family retreat for cancer patients

Cancer Services of New Mexico will sponsor a Spring 2013 Family Cancer Retreat from May 3-5 at the Marriott Pyramid North hotel, 5151 San Francisco NE.

The free program for adult cancer patients, survivors and their families will feature educational sessions about new cancer treatments, genetic testing, side effects, pain management and hospice and insurance.

To request an application packet, call Mike Capeless at 239-4239 or visit