AI: Saving Time and Lives

When it comes to treating strokes, time is of the essence. Now, thanks to new AI technology, the medical teams at Desert Care Network’s three regional hospitals – Desert Regional, JKF Memorial and Hi-Desert Medical Center – have a helping hand in quickly identifying strokes. Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the… Read more »

Victory Reigns at The Galleri Classic

It was an exciting end to the second-annual Galleri Classic Presented by Spotlight 29 held in March at Mission Hills Country Club. World Golf Hall of Famer and two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was tied with Charles Schwab Cup money leader Steven Alker at 17-under-par through 17 holes. On No. 18, both hit wedges… Read more »

National Platform for Local Research Team

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime and 1 in 44 will die each year.1 Current therapies for treating the growing disease include active surveillance (wait and watch), total removal of the prostate gland or radiation therapy of the entire prostate gland.… Read more »

Carnegie Corporation Recognizes OneFuture as Exemplar in Education

OneFuture Coachella Valley has been honored as one of 10 national recipients of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Profiles in Collective Leadership initiative. This tremendous recognition positions our local collaborative as a model career-enhancing program that effectively unites community, fosters systemic change and puts young people on a path to thriving futures and engaged… Read more »

Life Saving Contributions

La Quinta High School’s Medical Health Academy (MHA) plays an integral part in saving the lives of our community members. Since the start of the school year in 2019, the academy has coordinated and run 20 successful blood drives in partnership with LifeStream Blood Bank.  Since then, 928 students, faculty and parents registered to give… Read more »

The Top 5 Regrets

Isn’t it interesting that thinking about our mortality can be beneficial for leading a healthy, constructive life? It provides perspective and can help us focus on how precious, precarious and short our lives are.    Posted in my office is a sign reading, “What I do today is important because I’m exchanging a day of… Read more »

TMS for PTSD: A Case Study

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition triggered by experiencing traumatic events, resulting in symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety. Conventional treatments include pharmacological and therapeutic interventions, while promising emerging treatments include forms of neuromodulation like transcranial magnetic stimulation, or in this case, a particular subset of TMS: personalized repetitive transcranial magnetic… Read more »

The Human Body Unveiled: PDHS’s Health Academy Harnesses the Power of the Syndaver

At Palm Desert High School (PDHS), students in the three-year Health Academy program have the incredible opportunity to explore human anatomy with a hands-on experience using their new syndaver. By working on a life-like human model, students gain a deeper understanding of the human body and its intricate systems. One of the major pros of… Read more »

Brightening Your Smile

Have you noticed that your teeth appear darker or have more stains? Fortunately, today there are many treatment options to help whiten the teeth and brighten your smile.  External versus internal staining. External staining of the teeth commonly results from colored foods or agents coming in contact with the enamel. Individuals who use tobacco or… Read more »

Cryoablation for Breast Cancer

In 2019, I had cyroablation for my invasive ductal breast cancer. The 45-minute procedure was performed at City of Hope, one of the many facilities that took part in the FROST trial conducted by lead investigator Dennis Holmes, MD. The goal of the trial was to determine if this minimally invasive procedure, which freezes the… Read more »

Executive Presence: The X Factor

Following is an excerpt from Dr. Murphy’s new 3rd edition Maximizing Performance Management: Leading Your Team to Success used at Ivy League universities and corporate venues.  Years ago, I heard the comedian Jack Benny say, “I always play up to my audience.” To me, that means being respectful, gracious and inspiring confidence in the people… Read more »

Galleri: The Good Beyond Golf

With The Galleri Classic returning this month to Mission Hills Country Club (March 25 – 31), we were curious to learn about the progress of the Galleri test itself. Launched nationally in 2021, the test is a simple blood draw that can provide early screening of some of the deadliest cancers. A primary goal of… Read more »

Cataract Lens Dislocation

Although rare, a cataract lens implant can dislocate after surgery. Dislocations can occur in the early post-operative period of cataract surgery or even several years later. Any weakness to the zonular support structures or capsular bag that holds the lens implant can place a patient at risk for lens dislocation.   Symptoms of this condition… Read more »

Understanding Your Long-Term Care Policy

Long-term care (LTC) is a topic many of us would rather not think about, yet understanding your LTC coverage before you need to use it is an essential step in securing your future health and financial well-being.  LTC encompasses a variety of services and support to meet health or personal care needs over an extended… Read more »

Personalized TMS for Mood Disorders

Wandering through the tunnels of your mind, mood disorders create an emotional or physical upset, often impairing your ability to function at your peak. A mood disorder can take many shapes, from continued feelings of melancholy to experiencing emotional turmoil. Understanding and realizing these disorders is a giant leap toward ensuring mental wellness. The treatment… Read more »

Unlocking the Future: AI in Health Care

After exploring the fundamentals of AI in the first article and unraveling its benefits for patient care in the second, it is important to address the other side of the coin: the risks associated with using AI in health care and the essential measures needed to protect patients and their privacy.  Much discussion of the… Read more »

Debra LaCoppola’s Care 360º

Caregiving is hard, especially for those who circumstantially assume the role for a loved one or parent. Statistics show that family caregivers are at significantly higher risk of developing disease, depression, anxiety – and even dying before those for whom they are caring. Why? Because when caregiving for someone who has given so much of… Read more »

New Weight Loss Alternatives

In the dynamic realm of weight loss and health, Semaglutide and Tirzepatide have emerged as transformative agents, offering renewed hope for individuals seeking effective weight loss solutions. Celebrities in Hollywood and the influence of social media have generated both excitement and misconceptions surrounding these new weight loss alternatives.  Let’s delve deeper into the science behind… Read more »