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Partnership Helps Low-Income Families with Dental and Health Needs

LAS VEGAS -- Low income valley residents now have a new health clinic to go to Thanks to a community partnership. The clinic will offer and general medical and dental care.

The Women, Infants and Children or WIC clinic is located at Flamingo and Torrey Pines. Not only will the patients have access to medical care, they will also have quick access to low-cost dental care at nearby Smiles Dentistry.

"I believe it's very important because that way you don't have to travel very far, you just walk next door and get taken care of over there," said Ramona Rodriguez, WIC patient.

Smiles Dentistry, which accepts Medicaid, has been open since May and WIC has already referred 95 families to them. The dentists say the most common dental issue among children and adults is tooth decay.

Allergy Sufferers Find Relief in Shot Therapy

LAS VEGAS -- The windy weather is making allergy sufferers miserable as it blows pollen around the valley. Instead of enjoying the warm weather, allergy sufferers are sneezing, itching their eyes and battling fatigue.

There's relief and not just in form of pills. More people are opting for allergy shots. One local specialist says allergy shots are becoming more popular. Life is much different for Shawn Vogann than it was just a few years ago. His asthma and allergies were so bad he'd wind up in the hospital five or six times a year.

"You can't breathe. You can't get enough air in and flu like symptoms sometimes," said Vogann.

A windy day would force Vogann to stay indoors hiding from the pollen in the air. That misery continued until he started getting allergy shots. He then began to notice a difference in a matter of weeks.

Health District Gets Millions for Smoking Prevention

LAS VEGAS -- The Southern Nevada Health District has received more than $14 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It comes from a total of $372.8 million over two years.

The SNHD is one of 44 communities in the United States to receive the award. The funds go towards a tobacco prevention projection.

Dr. Lawrence Sands, the Chief Health Officer with the Southern Nevada Health District says, "[the funds] are intended to avoid reductions in essential services in times of budget reductions."

Sands says the money will also strengthen the infrastructure of the nation's health care, while reducing costs for prevention services.

The Tobacco Control Program plans to use the funds to implement media campaigns to make sure that services to help smokers quit are available.

The SNHD could have applied for grant money to help fight obesity, but did not receive that award.