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'WOMEN'S NIGHT OUT'

Television stars Jill Eikenberry and Michael Tucker will headline Lexington Medical Center's "Women's Night Out," an annual celebration of breast cancer survivors.

The event is scheduled for Oct. 13 at the Embassy Suites in Columbia. Tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit the Cancer Care Fund at Lexington Medical Center.

Eikenberry and Tucker, who are married, starred in the TV show "L.A. Law." Eikenberry is a breast cancer survivor, and they will talk about her experience and how it impacted their relationship.

Information/tickets: lexmed.com or (803) 936-8850.

WALK AGAINST SUICIDE

The Columbia Out of the Darkness Community Walk is scheduled for Sunday at Riverfront Park.

The 5K walk is a fund-raiser for suicide-prevention programs. Registration begins at 1 p.m. at the park entrance, near the corner of Huger and Laurel streets. The walk begins at 2 p.m. on the trail along the Columbia Canal. A remembrance and closing ceremony is set for 4 p.m.

Information: (803) 348-7518.

BRAS FOR A CAUSE

Never have undergarments been so exposed for a good cause.

Brasseries that are bedazzled by members of the Best Chance Network make up the Artful Bras exhibit that will be on display at Pieces & Patches in the Old Mill in Lexington from Tuesday until Saturday. Come to a reception from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday to meet the artists.

There are 50 original works of art, all trying to draw attention to the need to be regularly tested for breast and cervical cancer. Soon, the bras will be auctioned, with proceeds donated to Best Chance Network, a program that helps women ages 40 to 64 who meet certain income guidelines and need to be screened for breast and cervical cancer, but do not have insurance or have limited insurance.

Details: (803) 359-3442

DEPRESSION SCREENING

Fewer than half of those suffering from depression seek treatment, often because they are reluctant to undergo mental health screening.

National Depression Screening Day was created to encourage people to seek help by offering free, anonymous screenings. Go to mentalhealthscreening.org to find out where in-person screenings are available nationwide.

While no in-person sites are listed for the Columbia area, there is a link to an online survey. A recent study found 55 percent of screening participants sought depression treatment within three months of screening.

DENTIST HONORED

Lexington dentist Dr. Richard Cross has received the 2009 Carlos Salinas Award for his work with people with special health care needs.

Cross has been practicing pediatric dentistry for 36 years with a special focus on children with special health care needs.

"At almost any given time you will find children in wheelchairs, autistic youngsters and children with multitudes of developmental difficulties in the reception room," said Christine Veschusio, director of oral health for S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. "One of his staff members said that his concern is for all children, for good dental health for children in general, but his greatest concern is for those with special needs."

GET FIT, GET HAPPY

The annual "Get Fit, Get Happy" Senior Wellness Expo is scheduled for Oct. 15 at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive, Columbia.

The free event begins at 10 a.m. Information: (803) 787-2023.

FLU SYMPTOMS

The death last week of a Sumter 11-year-old who had swine flu prompted fears among parents.

Health experts caution that the H1N1 virus has caused relatively mild symptoms among most otherwise healthy children. But they warn parents of children with flu-like symptoms to look for these signs that could be warnings of more serious problems.

- Fast breathing or trouble breathing

- Bluish skin color

- Not drinking enough fluids

- Not waking up or not interacting

- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

- Fever with a rash

If a child exhibits any of those symptoms, parents should consult a physician.

For more information, Palmetto Health has a brochure on its Web site for parents dealing with the flu. Got to ch.palmettohealth.org/documents/Brochures/CH%20Flu%20Brochure.pdf.

HEALING WITH HUMOR

Presentations on prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and healing with humor will be among the highlights of the S.C. Cancer Alliance's annual meeting Oct. 23.

The meeting runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Road, Columbia. It costs $25. Information: (866) 745-5680.

MANAGE ONGOING HEALTH PROBLEMS

People with ongoing health problems such as arthritis, diabetes or heart disease can learn how to better manage their conditions in a new six-week program sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

The workshops are part of the Living Well South Carolina program. Participants meet for 2 1/2 hours each week to practice new skills and behaviors.

The free program begins Oct. 7 and meets each Wednesday from 1-3:30 p.m. for six weeks at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Columbia. Register: (803) 898-0760.

HEALTH FAIR

Bethlehem Baptist Church will offer community workshops and a health fair 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 10 at 1218 Lyon Street, Columbia.

The workshop topics include teen health, self defense for women, diabetes, heart disease, nutrition and caring for the elderly. Diabetes and prostate cancer screening also will be offered.

For information or to register for screening, call (803) 466-4091.

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