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Medical NewsA Holistic Approach to Saving Brains

A new report in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology now ranks Alzheimer’s as the third leading cause of death in our country behind cancer and heart disease.1 It is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with the disease and that number is expected to triple Read more…

Medical NewsBariatric Surgery

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

Most of us are keenly aware that dieting can be a constant yo-yo. In our quest to maintain a healthy weight we’re often motivated to try just about any diet that’s been shown to have at least a modicum of success.  Now take it a step further, when weight becomes Read more…

Medical NewsCould Your Tearing Be a Plumbing Problem?

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The common problem of watery eyes has many causes which are most easily understood if we approach it like a plumbing issue.  Tears are produced in glands (lacrimal glands) located in the outer corners of the upper eyelids, just underneath the bone above our eyes. The tears flow out of Read more…

Medical NewsThe Modern Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment: Less is Often More

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More than 268,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019. During that period, an additional 42,000 women will die of this disease. These numbers represent more than 15 percent of all new cancer cases and nearly 7 percent of all cancer deaths. Currently, 12.8 percent of American women Read more…

Medical NewsPlasma Cell Neoplasms: A Common Form of Blood Cancer in the Coachella Valley

Have you observed vague symptoms of fatigue, weakness, weight loss, bone pain and broken bones recently? Are you above 40 years of age and/or have a history of HIV? If so, you should see your primary care physician and ask for a referral to a hematologist as you are at Read more…

Medical NewsDo You Believe in Miracles?

Shay’s Story

It was early November and there was an itch near the top of my breast that would not go away. I vividly remember how annoying the itch was and thinking I felt a lump. During a boot camp workout, I asked my friend what she thought it might be, and Read more…

Medical NewsWhat HEAL Offered Me

The HEAL academy (Health and Environmental Academy of Learning) is not the average high school academy. By giving students opportunities and experiences to work in their community, the academy helps students like me prepare for a career either in health care or in the environmental health field.  I have been Read more…

Medical NewsHypnosis for Parkinson’s Symptoms

Clients with Parkinson’s disease share the stiffness, shakiness, slowness, pain, fear, anxiety, dementia and sleeplessness that they experience with the disease. As part of integrated medical care, clinical hypnosis is a safe and drug-free approach for treatment that has shown to be effective in reducing these and other symptoms of Read more…

Medical NewsInaugural Prostate Health Initiative

Where were you this past September when we honored men with a prostate cancer diagnosis? Did you know that an estimated 174,650 U.S. men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 286,600 new cases of U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2019? In short, 1 in Read more…

Medical NewsDental Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time for any mother, but it often comes with questions about what is safe and important for oral health and dental care. During pregnancy, as hormone levels change, there can be an effect on the oral cavity. One of the more common occurrences is “pregnancy gingivitis” Read more…

Medical NewsLopsided

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

I looked down at my toes as I lay in the restorative yoga pose and noticed one pant-leg pulled up on my shorter leg, accentuating the way I was born. My right leg is an inch shorter than my left leg and so my body has compensated. My back curves Read more…

Medical NewsStem Cell Treatment for ED

Erectile Dysfunction (ED), is a debilitating issue for many men after age 40 which includes the inability to obtain and maintain an erection or simply a soft erection. I have used a variety of procedures to treat erectile dysfunction, including extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) using staccato-like sound wave pulses along Read more…

Medical NewsYour Health Matters

Your health Matters by Janet Zappala

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects approximately 1-2 percent of Americans. It’s a chronic disorder that can render those suffering with it helpless to do anything about unwanted and repetitive behaviors and thoughts that won’t go away. Symptoms, which can begin gradually in childhood, and vary in severity throughout one’s life, Read more…

Medical NewsAdvancements in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

The world of prostate cancer diagnosis has changed significantly over the past thirty years. One of the most notable advances of the past decade is the development of a new biopsy strategy that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Developed in part by the doctors and scientists at Coachella Valley’s Desert Read more…

Medical NewsPreparing Sports Medicine Professionals:

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The Palm Springs High School Academy for Learning Medicine (PALM) offers its students the opportunity to explore medical careers, but the work of the students in the academy is not limited to just the traditional school year.  Academy students take Sports Medicine I and II as juniors and seniors, respectively. Read more…

Medical NewsToday’s Teeth Straightening Options

A beautiful smile and straight teeth are something for which many people aspire. If your teeth aren’t as straight as you would like them to be, orthodontics are a great option to improve your smile.  Traditionally, metal braces were the only option to straighten teeth. We now have multiple options Read more…

Medical NewsDevelopments in Regenerative Science

New developments in stem cell clinical science could mean more options for patients seeking cell therapy. Stem cells are involved in the ongoing process of cellular repair for injuries related to toxins, aging, trauma, disease, infection, damage, radiation, and many other conditions associated with our existence on planet earth.  Today, Read more…

Medical NewsSurvivors’ Guilt and Gratitude

Shay’s Story

On July 15, 2019, I celebrated my third Cancerversary (a special word in the cancer world to celebrate another year of being cancer-free). It reflects the day that I finished chemo, weekly doctor appointments and that safety net of support. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful Read more…

Medical NewsHope for Brain Health

The Paradigm Shift in Medicine Today

Brain adaptation is key to our survival. Our unconscious mind processes millions of data bits per second, and our ability to “think about our thinking” is one of the features that makes humans unique among mammals. Much of the time our brain adaptation is beneficial, but in many cases preserving Read more…

Medical NewsImaging Doesn’t Show the Whole Picture

If I were to show you a picture of a telephone, could you tell me if the telephone was ringing just by looking at the picture? No, and you cannot identify the cause of low back pain by solely looking at imaging such as an MRI or X-ray. A recent Read more…