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Medical NewsDefining Our Response to Stress in Defining Times

Your Health Matters - with Janet Zappala

st, we learn how much we’re able to handle – mentally, emotionally and physically. The coronavirus pandemic has caused nearly insurmountable amounts of stress for almost every human being on the planet. Knowing that, alone, is stressful, but it’s what we do in times like these that will define us Read more…

Medical NewsHealthcare District Launches COVID-19 Resource Center

Desert Healthcare District Foundation

The Desert Healthcare District (DHCD) has launched an online resource for local residents offering information on programs and services available during the coronavirus crisis. From food distribution and rental assistance to testing sites and small business loans, the webpage is available in both English and Spanish, and is being translated Read more…

Medical NewsNovel Therapy for Early Stage Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in the United States. It accounts for approximately one out of every five malignancies in men and one out of nine malignancies in women. The average age at diagnosis is 70 years old. Over the past decade, the overall incidence of lung Read more…

Medical NewsHARC Releases 2019 Community Health Data

This past March, Health Assessment and Research for Communities (HARC), which has been tracking our community’s health for the past 14 years, released their latest data on the well-being and quality of life for Coachella Valley residents.  While the global pandemic is certain to change these 2019 statistics, the information Read more…

Medical NewsOut of the Darkness, Into the Light

This year, an incredible young man came into my life. While I have yet to meet him personally, I can confidently say he is an extremely accomplished and compassionate human being. Peter Li is a spokesperson, author and inspirational speaker. He has written and produced an award-winning movie, attended the Read more…

Medical NewsThe Insomnia Complaint

Insomnia

“I have difficulty falling asleep,” “I wake up frequently and cannot easily go back to sleep” and “I wake up too early in the morning” are by far the most common sleep disturbance complaints we hear in sleep medicine. When accompanied by daytime consequences of fatigue, tiredness, lassitude and foggy Read more…

Medical NewsGreater Accuracy for Prostate Cancer Detection

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The days of poke and hope are over! For decades, prostate biopsies have been performed in a random, systematic fashion. An ultrasound probe is inserted into the patient’s rectum and an image of the shape of the prostate gland is obtained. Random, systematic cores are taken out at the apex Read more…

Medical NewsBring Back the Physical Exam

From the very start of medical school, the importance of a thorough physical exam is ingrained in students. Every year, and in every specialty, students are tested on how to perform a thorough exam. As such a basic and fundamental aspect of medicine, why does it so often get overlooked?  Read more…

Medical NewsAre Your Eyes Feeling Your Stress?

Our eyes are truly the windows to our souls. They also give important clues and are general indicators of our overall wellness. With many of us feeling stress at this time, it is important to note that even our eyes can be affected.  During stressful times, you may notice familiar Read more…

Medical NewsHarness Your Thoughts to Fortify Your Immune System

Now more than ever, we all need to protect our health. You have a powerful force within you that can support your wellness: your unconscious mind. Besides strengthening your immune system, your subconscious mind can fight off disease; it controls all the vital processes of your body and it knows Read more…

Medical NewsKeeping Up with Your Oral Health?

With COVID-19 playing a major role in all our lives today, many of us have started to look more closely at our bodies, our immune systems and what we can do to keep ourselves healthier.  It may surprise you to learn that your mouth plays a major role in the Read more…

Medical NewsBreast Health Pandemic Survival Guide

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The world is now abuzz with news about coronavirus (COVID-19), the viral disease that has taken us all by storm. The global response has been extreme with most things cancelled or postponed and the disruption to everyday life is unprecedented.  Whether or not the current global response is an appropriate Read more…

Medical NewsThe Science of Wellness

The Science of Wellness

Wellness is finally getting the respect it deserves. Practices, products and places that balance our beings are in higher demand than ever before with millennials and boomers leading the way. The rise in chronic disease has more and more of us striving to stay, or get, well and the industries Read more…

Medical News30 Years of Comprehensive Cancer Care

This year, Desert Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates 30 years of serving our community. In 2011, we interviewed the center’s management team for a story on integrative cancer care – the use of both medical and natural therapies – and wanted to see how things have evolved. We followed up Read more…

Medical NewsGender-based Testing for Alzheimer’s

A new study published recently in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, suggests that using sex-specific scores on memory tests may change who gets diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by 20 percent, with possibly more women and fewer men being diagnosed. “Women may be more Read more…

Medical NewsOne Vital at a Time

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Capturing vital signs is a critical skill learned and practiced at the Palm Desert High School Health Academy to prepare students for their future careers. Health professionals must understand what vital signs are, what the monitoring procedures include and how to perform each in a proper manner. Vital signs allow Read more…

Medical NewsOptions for Treating Thyroid Eye Disease

The popular TED conferences feature inspiring talks about technology, entertainment or design. This “TED Talk,” however, is focused on thyroid eye disease (TED) and expands upon my January/February article about how the small thyroid gland affects the entire body, including our precious eyes.  If someone with thyroid dysfunction is experiencing Read more…

Medical NewsBenefits of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

What’s something both fishermen and sports medicine have in common? Believe it or not, they both utilize ultrasound to get the job done. While submarines and boats have been employing the use of ultrasound throughout the 20th century to locate fish and animals in the water, its use in medicine Read more…

Medical NewsThe Psychology of Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is the most common type of pain experienced by people in the United States. It contributes significantly toward growing health care costs and over utilization of the medical system through invasive surgeries and prescription pain medication. Patients with low back pain that is acute and chronic are Read more…

Medical NewsThe Future is Here

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Many people have fully embraced robotically-assisted surgery, but some fear the use of artificial intelligence in medicine. Maybe that’s due to sci-fi movies depicting computers capable of overtaking humans, or perhaps they simply don’t understand how it can help.  Off the big screen, artificial intelligence (AI) is simply programming machines Read more…