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Medical NewsTeary Eyes: When Is It Time To See A Doctor?

Do you have teary eyes? Have you learned to live with constant watering, or been told that there is no treatment? Epiphora, the medical term for excessive tearing, is a common complaint the cause of which can be difficult to isolate. Patients often suffer from this condition silently for years, Read more…

Medical NewsInfusion Centers Save Millions and Offer Comfortable Care

Infusion therapy is the intravenous administration of medication. IV medications are generally prescribed by a physician when a patient’s condition or disease state cannot effectively be treated by conventional therapies or oral medications. Many medications are designed to be delivered intravenously as their only means of treating a disease. So Read more…

Medical NewsNew Studies Link Sleep Disorders to Parkinson’s and Dementia

Although their genetic foundations differ, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and dementia are all characterized by the untimely death of brain cells. What triggers cell death in the brain? In a recent study, American neurologists and sleep experts suggest that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder could be Read more…

Medical NewsThe Food and Inflammation Connection

A connection between back pain and diet isn’t immediately obvious. But an aching back led Dr. Hessam Mahdavi, MD, DC, to develop a food lifestyle to fight inflammation. Mahdavi’s back problems began in 2002. As his pain worsened, he tried ibuprofen, exercise and spinal manipulation, but none provided more than Read more…

Medical NewsHow Do We Stop the Diabetes Epidemic

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The 1950’s were a time of excess in America. Rising from the desperation of the 40’s and World War II, Americans were filled with optimism–anything was possible and we had the world at our fingertips. It was a time of invention. Companies sold convenience and accessibility with families in mind. Read more…

Medical NewsJoslin Diabetes Center to debut at Desert Regional Medical Center

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New affiliation brings physicians and their patients the benefits of a team approach based on some of the latest research. Desert Regional Medical Center has partnered with the world-renowned Joslin Diabetes Center to become one of only two centers on the West Coast offering Joslin’s comprehensive clinical approach to diabetes Read more…

Medical NewsWomen and Diabetes

Editorial Courtesy of Desert Regional Medical Center Actress Halle Berry, singer Patti LaBelle, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and author Anne Rice are just several of the more than 12 million American women living with diabetes. This disease, which changes the way the body uses sugar, can increase a woman’s Read more…

Medical NewsCalling All Doctors, Nurses and Dentists: Volunteers In Medicine Is Ready for You

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Coachella Valley’s Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) just celebrated its inaugural year and is currently looking for medical and dental professionals to contribute their time to assist with VIM’s continued growth. Desert Health® sat down with VIM management team, President Roy Pitkin, M.D.; Board Member and Founder, Ron Hare, M.D.; and Read more…

Medical NewsHere’s to a Healthier New Year! Tips From the Team at The Eisenhower Wellness Institute

In December, the doctors from the Eisenhower Wellness Institute reviewed some old fashioned advice and the latest research on healthy practices to consider for 2012. Presenters included Medical Director, Patricia Avila, MD, MPH; Integrative Medicine Specialist, Hessam Mahdavi, MD, DC; and Sports Medicine Specialist, Steven Steele, MD. Desert Health® was Read more…

Medical NewsHearing Loss And Hearing Aids: What You Need To Know (Part 2 of 2)

Hearing loss is a major public health issue. It is the third most common chronic illness in the U.S, after arthritis and heart disease. So why does hearing loss often go untreated? In many cases, it occurs gradually, so individuals may not be aware of their hearing loss. This article, Read more…

Medical NewsCT Coronary Angiogram: A Simpler Way to Detect Heart Disease

3D image of a heart taken with advanced CT technology

Coronary artery disease is the accumulation of atherosclerotic plaque within the walls of the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen and nutrients. This disease is the leading cause of death for men and women worldwide (especially postmenopausal women). When plaque ruptures in a coronary artery it can lead to Read more…

Medical NewsGolf: Is Your Back Your Biggest Handicap?

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If your aching back is keeping you off the course, it doesn’t have to. Desert Health® recently spoke with Dr. David Duffner, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of Desert Regional Medical Center’s Institute of Clinical Orthopedics & Neurosciences (ICON) to determine what you should do if back pain is keeping Read more…

Medical NewsPractitioner Profile: Hessam Mahdavi MD, DC

dr mahdavi hessam

Profession: Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Chiropractic Studied: Saba University School of Medicine; Southern California College of Chiropractic Practicing: Internal Medicine, Integrative Medicine at Eisenhower Wellness Institute Originally From: Newport Beach. Has lived in the Desert for 2 years Professional Accreditations: Member American College of Physicians Board Certification, Internal Medicine Certification, Holistic Read more…

Medical NewsIntegrated Health Care:

Integrated Health Care

Aspiration of Both Consumers and Medical Professionals. The Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine defines this practice as “medicine that confirms the importance of the practitioner/patient relationship; focuses on the whole person; is evidence-based; and uses all appropriate modalities, health care professionals and disciplines to achieve health and Read more…

Medical NewsDesert Healthcare District Awards Over $5.8 Million to Area Organizations in Need

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Desert Health promotes those local organizations and practices which set the Coachella Valley apart as leaders in the field of health care and integrated medicine. One such organization is the Valley’s Desert Healthcare District. Created in 1948, the Desert Healthcare District’s original mission was to provide hospital services to residents Read more…

Medical NewsAesthetic Eyelid Surgery: More Than Just A Fresh Look

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The eyes are the central focus point of a person’s face and convey a wide range of expressions. They aid us in communication and give our listener important non-verbal clues. Given the importance of our eyes, we naturally want to look and feel our best. An outpatient eyelid lift can Read more…

Medical NewsHearing Loss and Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know (Part 1 of 2)

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Hearing loss is a major public health issue. After arthritis and heart disease, it is the third most common chronic illness in the U.S. Unfortunately, hearing loss often goes untreated. Why is it that hearing problems often fail to prompt a visit to see a doctor? There are many misconceptions Read more…

Medical NewsEisenhower Wellness Institute Focuses on Lifestyle Changes for Improved Health

Dr. Patricia Avila

In the March issue of Desert Health, our lead feature discussed how US Medical Schools are starting to embrace integrative medicine. In that article, Dr. Richard Olds, Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs & Founding Dean of UC Riverside School of Medicine stated that “in the American medical community, we have become Read more…

Medical NewsIntegrative Approach to Migraines

An interview with Dr. Gerald B. Weiss, board-certified neurologist and pain management specialist What is the first step if you think you suffer from migraines? When patients come to me, we do a complete neurological evaluation to diagnose the pain as a migraine on a clinical basis. If a patient Read more…

Medical NewsPractitioner Profile: Ghassan Boghosian, D.O.

Dr Ghassan Boghosian

(pronounced ‘Bo-GO-zee-en’) Profession: Orthopedic Surgeon fellowship trained in hip and knee replacement Studied: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at South Pointe Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital Fellowship in adult lower extremity reconstruction at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Practice: Star Othropaedic Read more…