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Medical NewsGolf: Is Your Back Your Biggest Handicap?

dr david duffner

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

Desert Healthcare District offices

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

Pre Eyelid Surgery

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)

hearing aid

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…

Medical NewsFirst-of-its-kind Clinical Trial for Prostate Cancer Treatment at DMI

Focal Ablation

If you have prostate cancer, your current options for therapy include sitting back and waiting to see if the cancer grows (active surveillance), total removal of the prostate gland, or radiation therapy of the entire prostate gland. The second and third options often results in life-altering side effects such as Read more…

Medical NewsDesert Medical Imaging Offers Option to ‘Watchful Waiting’ for Men with an Elevated PSA

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in American men (next to skin cancer) and 1 in 6 will be diagnosed within their lives. These odds are high and it is likely you know someone who has been diagnosed – or who has been told they have an ‘elevated Read more…

Medical NewsKnowing You Have TMJ Is a Blessing: Not Knowing Can be a Curse

Many people suffer for years from debilitating symptoms such as migraine-like headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, ringing in the ears, soreness around or pain behind the eyes, facial pain, or clicking of jaw joints. Their first course of action is to visit their primary care physician, who may treat the symptoms Read more…

Medical NewsPractitioner Profile: Peter M. Kadile, D.O.

Dr Kadile

Profession: Family Physician Studied: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 1989 (Marquette University) Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 1994 (Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine) Practice: Integrative Family Medicine with House Calls in La Quinta Hometown: La Quinta where he lives with his wife Jill, a Certified Pilates Instructor, twin daughters Jasmine and Read more…

Medical News“Are D.O.’s ‘Real’ Doctors?”

Excerpt from a Presentation by Peter Kadile, D.O. Recently Dr. Peter Kadile (“Ka-DILL-ee”) spoke as part of Eisenhower’s Healthy Living Series. His presentation entitled M.D., D.O., D.C., N.D.: Similarities and Differences was very informative. In reference to our title, Dr. Kadile said, “Believe it or not, I get asked this Read more…

Medical NewsCan Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) Be Cured?

Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from tinnitus. Many famous people suffer(ed) from tinnitus including Peter Townsend, Bob Dylan, and even Beethoven. What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. It is often described as a high-pitched squeal, but Read more…

Medical NewsKnow When to Get Your Mammogram

Each October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women are reminded of the importance of having a mammogram to aid in early breast cancer detection. Mammograms are essentially an X-ray of the breast while it is compressed. These images are used to detect abnormalities including breast cancer that may not Read more…

Medical NewsOptions For Your Lower Back Pain

An Interview with Albert Lai, M.D. Back pain is the second most common reason for a visit to the doctor’s office. If you are one who suffers from a lower back condition, you may be interested to learn about the latest options to alleviate pain. Desert Health sat down with Read more…

Medical NewsIntegrative Cancer Care: Communication is Key

Integrative Cancer Care

“You have cancer.” For some, these words are a sudden reality. For others, a harsh diagnosis to deliver. They have become three of the most feared words in our society today. When faced with this news, a patient may become overwhelmed with the plethora of information and tasks that follow. Read more…

Medical NewsStudies Identify Correlation Between Fibromyalgia and Sleep Disorder Breathing

Fibromyalgia (FMS) is an often misunderstood—even unrecognized—disorder that causes widespread muscle pain and tenderness which tends to come and go and move about the body. FMS affects 2-4% of the population, predominantly women and the prevalence increases with age. In 1990, The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in the Criteria Read more…

Medical NewsYou Can Win the Arthritis Battle

Regular exercise eases the pain and returns function to people suffering with arthritis. Why do you think the first thing your doctor does when you complain of a sore knee or painful shoulder is to send you to physical therapy? They want you to strengthen the muscles supporting your aching Read more…