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Medical NewsFrom Keepsake to Keeping Safe

Your newborn baby’s footprint framed on a certificate or molded in plaster used to be merely a keepsake. Now that same print is being used by hospitals to serve as individual identification in keeping babies safe. A footprint is as unique as a fingerprint and hospitals are now using an Read more…

Medical NewsOur Most Anticipated Event

Many students in the Palm Desert High School Health Academy anticipate this event from the beginning of the school year – the regional SkillsUSA competition. The coordinator of the Health Academy, Mr. Ron Paiz, makes the event available to all motivated, outstanding, and studious members of the academy. Though the Read more…

Medical NewsGood Vibes Only: A Cancer Journey

After you survive cancer you become an expert by experience and are often the first or second call to ask questions or get referrals from a newly diagnosed friend or family member. Over the past two years since I have been NED (no evidence of detection), I have had over Read more…

Medical NewsStem Cell Therapies Are Not All the Same

Stem cells hold enormous promise as a medical therapy with multiple benefits. In an FDA consumer press release entitled Adult Stem Cell Research Shows Promise, the FDA author wrote that stem cell research could ultimately be key to the advancement of personalized medicine, the practice in which medical treatment is Read more…

Medical NewsTips for Managing Eye Allergies This Spring

Spring is a season of new beginnings. With winter months behind us, flowers blooming, and longer daylight hours, we tend to spend more time outdoors. For people with allergies, spring means one more thing: suffering. Spring may be in the air, but for allergy sufferers, so is pollen, pet dander, Read more…

Medical NewsFat in the Wrong Place

Among our five most vital organs, the liver is the only organ that is regenerative. That’s the good news if you have liver disease and it is caught early. Most people know excessive drinking can lead to liver disease, but it also occurs in people who don’t drink or drink Read more…

Medical NewsThe Battle Against Myself

Desert Health is pleased to feature this follow-up to Crystal’s 2016 story on her struggle with Pemphigus Vulgaris as requested by a reader. Original editorial is available at DesertHealthNews.com. It’s been three years since the day I was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Pemphigus Vulgaris. Being on the Read more…

Medical NewsBiting Into a New Regime

Our diets play a vital role in our overall health, but also affect our oral health. These days, many are turning to a variety of specialty diets to ensure that they are eating foods which supply the vitamins and minerals specific to their individual health. Some of these diets may Read more…

Medical NewsWe Say Good-bye to CancerPartners

For fifteen years, CancerPartners (formerly Gilda’s Club Desert Cities) provided support and free services for those affected by cancer, their families and friends. The non-profit played an important role as hospitals and facilities delivered top medical care, but often left clients to figure out the rest on their own. CancerPartners Read more…

Medical NewsShay’s Story: Celebrating the Journey Three Years Later…

On February 11, 2016, I heard the words no one wants to hear: “You have breast cancer.” I can still feel the slew of emotions if I close my eyes and take myself back to that time and place sitting in the doctor’s office, but I don’t close them any Read more…

Medical NewsThe Kinetic Chain and Tennis Injuries

Tennis is one of the most iconic international sports commonly referred to as a lifetime sport, one in which individuals of all ages can compete at all levels. The physical demands of the sport dictate the ability to repetitively exert short bursts of speed, power and explosiveness over the course Read more…

Medical NewsEarly Diagnosis of Diabetic Retinal Changes

Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography (OCT-A) is a new non-invasive approach to visualizing retinal vasculature and is changing the way physicians see the retinal and choroid (layer below the retina) vasculature. The technology uses light waves to take cross-sectional images of the retina and is similar to ultrasound imaging, except that Read more…

Medical NewsMinding Our Internal Control Tower

So, you walk into your doctor’s office to find that it is filled with patients. They’re particularly busy, so you wonder if it’s a common cold or flu going around and whether you’re going to catch it. But the surprising truth is, the majority of patients seen in an outpatient Read more…

Medical NewsIt’s Wise to Evaluate Wisdom Teeth Early

The words ‘wisdom teeth’ make most people cringe as they evoke visions of discomfort and pain. It’s important to know a few things about wisdom teeth that can help you or someone you know avoid the horror stories you often hear. It’s believed that wisdom teeth were much more important Read more…

Medical NewsProstate Cancer Diagnosis: Then and Now

When a suspicion of prostate cancer exists either due to elevated or rising serum PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels, family history of prostate cancer, or abnormal prostate on clinical digital rectal examination, consideration should be given to either confirm a diagnosis or establish that no evidence of prostate cancer is Read more…

Medical NewsWhy Are My Eyes Always Sticky and Watery?

We don’t think about our eyes until they bother us. We count on them every day to function comfortably. But sometimes they are prone to discomfort. Common complaints include tearing, dry eyes, itching, discharge and general irritation. Tearing adversely affects visual function, causing blurry vision and the need to constantly Read more…

Medical NewsPromising New Research for Type 1 Diabetes

Diabetes is a huge health concern in our country. More than 29 million Americans have Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM); another 86 million adults age 20 and over have pre-diabetes. A smaller, but significant number of Americans – 1.25 million – have Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM). Although T1DM typically Read more…

Medical NewsAre You Grounded?

When was the last time you walked barefoot on the beach or lay in the grass with your face in the sun? How about camping in the forest or hiking without your shoes? This may be the perfect prescription for what ails you. Of course, this statement is nothing new. Read more…

Medical NewsTake the Call: Your Voice and Your Health Matter

In the coming months, you may get a phone call asking you to participate in a health survey. This may be the sort of thing that you normally politely decline, but this isn’t just any survey. It’s the Coachella Valley Community Health Survey, and it’s essential to improving health in Read more…

Medical NewsHealthcare District Seeks Two New Board Directors

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” – Leonardo da Vinci Two residents in the Desert Healthcare District’s newly expanded area will soon have an opportunity to apply those wise words as members of the District’s Board of Directors. With the expansion Read more…