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  • Life Line Screening to bring affordable health screenings to Temecula

    Updated Jul 17, 2024

    TEMECULA – Residents living in and around Temecula can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Grace Presbyterian Church, 31143 Nicolas Road in Temecula, will host the community event Friday, Aug. 2. Screenings can check for the level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health; HDL and LDL cholesterol levels; diabetes risk; kidney a...

  • County offers reminders of summer safety tips for children

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Hot temperatures continue as summer is in full swing in San Diego County and children are spending more time outside. “There are so many fun activities for children and families to enjoy together over the summer, but unfortunately this is also a time when a lot of preventable injuries can happen,” said Dr. Kelly Motadel, County Chief Pediatric Officer. “It’s important for parents and caretakers to be extra cautious of their children’s safety.” The county is sharing some summer safety reminders to help families with children m...

  • 6 Exercises to help control high blood pressure

    Kelly Shelley, Epoch Health|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    This is part 6 in “Easy Exercises to Combat Chronic Disease.” In this series, occupational therapist Kevin Shelley focuses on simple exercises to help manage common chronic diseases. Hypertension is known as the ’silent killer' since there are often no symptoms until serious damage has been done. These exercises can help you control it. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is perhaps the king of the silent killers. About half of us have it, though you may not know it unless you test for it. I’ve seen countle...

  • Healthy Habits: Calf Muscle – The forgotten working muscle

    Megan Johnson McCullough Ph.D., Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    The calf muscle is made up of two muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus. The gastrocnemius is the larger muscle that can be seen bulging out of the leg. It is a superficial muscle, which means it is just under the surface of the skin, that has two heads. The soleus lives underneath the larger muscle. The two muscles taper together at the bottom of the leg and head into the Achilles tendon, which leads down to the heel. When movement occurs, such as walking, running or...

  • Scientists find a cause of lupus and a way to potentially reverse it

    Marina Zhang, The Epoch Times|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Patients with lupus have an imbalance in a crucial chemical pathway in their bodies, according to a Nature study published on July 10. Researchers found that this imbalance produces more disease-causing cells that promote lupus. If this chemical imbalance can be corrected, they believe lupus can be reversed. Current lupus treatments often target symptoms or broadly suppress the immune system, leading to side effects. The researchers believe targeting the specific chemical imbalance identified could more effectively treat...

  • A bag that holds no privacy

    Lorene Morris, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    One of my favorite primetime series is "This Is Us." It depicts the Pearson family's triumphs, troubles, and tight bonds. Its heartwarming drama captured many hearts. For me, one episode stands out: "The Death of Jack Pearson." He dies suddenly and unexpectedly. His wife, Rebecca, breaks down. Alone and devastated, she receives his belongings in a plastic bag and walks down the hallway to leave the hospital. The scene is barren, without comfort or compassion. In a word,...

  • Transitional Bridges offers compassionate alternative to plastic belongings bags

    Updated Jul 17, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – Transitional Bridges, a San Diego-based nonprofit focused on inspiring compassion and improving end-of-life care through art, has created Transitional Belongings Bags, a compassionate and eco-friendly alternative to the plastic bags hospitals use to hand over belongings to loved ones after a patient has died. The concept was first introduced 17 years ago by the Irish Hospice Foundation Hospice Friendly Hospitals Program to promote dignity and sensitivity when r...

  • Support group to hear about Foundation for Senior Care

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    FALLBROOK – North County Parkinson's Support Group Fallbrook invites any interested to join its monthly Parkinson’s Support Group meeting, every fourth Friday of the month. This month’s meeting is on Friday, July 26, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fallbrook Regional Health and Wellness Center, 1636 E. Mission Road. The topic will be “Extending Independent Living, Local Resources” with the speaker being Perla Hurtado, executive director of the Foundation for Senior Care, where she has served for the past three years. The Foundatio...

  • 7 Resources you can use to manage your mental health

    Stan Popovich, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Are you having trouble finding places to get some assistance for your mental health? Nowadays, many places have waiting lists, and some places can be very expensive. This can be very frustrating when you need help right away. As a result, here are seven options you can use to start the process of getting some assistance as quickly as possible. 1. Contact your doctor: Your doctor is a great source in finding available mental health resources in your area. Explain your situation to your doctor and ask if he or she knows of...

  • Affordable health screenings are coming to Fallbrook

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    FALLBROOK – Residents living in and around Fallbrook can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Zion Lutheran Church will host this community event on Aug. 5. The site is located at 1405 East Fallbrook St. Screenings can check for: • The level of plaque buildup in your arteries, related to risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and overall vascular health. • HDL and LDL Cholesterol levels • Diabete...

  • Temecula Valley Hospital performs first successful MitraClip® procedure

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    TEMECULA – Southwest Healthcare Temecula Valley Hospital announces the successful completion of its first MitraClip® procedure, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to providing high quality cardiac care to the community. The MitraClip procedure, a minimally invasive treatment for mitral valve regurgitation, offers new hope to patients who are not suitable candidates for open-heart surgery. Mitral valve regurgitation, a condition where the heart's mitral v...

  • Enhancing oncology care: A new approach at Rancho Springs and Inland Valley Hospitals

    Updated Jul 10, 2024

    SOUTHWEST RIVERSIDE COUNTY – In a significant stride towards improving oncology care in Southwest Riverside County, Oncology Rancho Springs and Inland Valley Hospitals have launched a pioneering initiative: the Southwest Healthcare Oncology Program. This initiative promises to redefine cancer care delivery through a patient-centric, team-based model that aims to enhance every aspect of the patient journey from screening to survivorship. Patient-centric care redefined The cornerstone of the Southwest Healthcare Oncology P...

  • When should a child go to a chiropractor?

    Shelby Ramsey, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Making decisions regarding a child's health seems to be a constant. Have you ever wondered when a child should go to a chiropractor? Does your child have any of these symptoms? · Trouble latching · Acid reflux · Gas · Difficulty pooping · Colic · Recurrent ear infections · Bed wetting · Growing pains In Dr. Mandi McCoy's experience, the top reason for chiropractic care in her infant patient population is difficulty with latching. She explains the link below that's worth sharin...

  • Exercise safety first when hiking in the heat

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    There are hundreds of hiking trails available to San Diego County residents and visitors, but it can be dangerous, and even deadly, to not take the heat into consideration before lacing up your boots. Over the weekend, a 50-year-old woman died after leaving a group of hikers she was hiking with and setting out on her own in the Black Mountain Open Space Park in the City of San Diego. The county routinely closes parks in remote areas due to excessive heat to protect hikers,...

  • County reports increase in Mpox cases

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    County public health officials are reporting seven new Mpox cases in May and June and encouraging vaccinations ahead of summer festivals and events. The rise in cases mirrors increases in Los Angeles which recently reported 10 new cases. So far this year, the County has reported an average of one to two new Mpox cases per month. Four of the recent cases were among people who had not been vaccinated against Mpox. "It's important for people to get both doses of the JYNNEOS...

  • California to expand funding for children's hospitals, serve state's sickest kids

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Children's Hospital Association (CCHA) announced June 25 an agreement to expand health care for children in the state. The agreement will provide additional funding for the Department of Health Care Services to support California children’s hospitals now and in the future. This funding will help support medical care for critically ill children and those fighting the most serious and life-threatening diseases. “In California, our children are not just our future – they are...

  • VCC announces medication assisted treatment program for individuals seeking recovery from opioid use disorders

    Updated Jul 4, 2024

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic announces its Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program, aimed at providing comprehensive support and treatment for individuals struggling with an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). The MAT program at VCC combines the use of medication management by a primary care clinician, to control withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings, with counseling and behavioral therapies to provide a whole-patient approach to the treatment of substance use disorders. “This program is an important part of Vista Com...

  • Summertime eye health tips

    Archana Dubey MD, Special to the Village News|Updated Jul 4, 2024

    Eye health is an important factor in our overall well-being. Yet 65.3% of California children don’t regularly see an eye doctor. With many kids out of school for the summer, screen time may add up quickly and potentially contribute to health issues, making it a great time to shine a spotlight on vision health. That can include a focus on preventing or treating nearsightedness, also known as myopia, which can affect our ability to see far-away objects clearly. Importantly, childhood onset of myopia has been linked to a g...

  • County recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

    Fernanda Lopez Halvorson, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Elder abuse can affect anyone, but everyone can be part of the solution. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was observed June 15 and highlighted the importance of building strong support for elders. It is meant to bring people together to identify, address and prevent abuse. As many as one in 10 older adults living at home have experienced abuse, including neglect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Locally, County Adult Protective Services processed...

  • Cooler Heads achieves milestones in cancer patient care with innovative technology

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    SAN DIEGO – NuFund Venture Group highlighted the achievements of one of its portfolio companies, Cooler Heads. The medical tech company made strides in enhancing the quality of life for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy through its portable scalp cooling technology. Cooler Heads is transforming the market for scalp cooling, the therapy that allows chemotherapy patients to keep their hair, by making this aspect of symptom management profitable for infusion centers. Their flagship product, Amma, is an FDA-cleared, p...

  • VCC receives 5-year contract for continuation of resilience community mentoring program

    Updated Jun 27, 2024

    VISTA – Vista Community Clinic's Community Health Department has announced that it has been awarded a prestigious five-year contract from the County of San Diego Probation Department to continue its Comprehensive Credible Messenger Mentoring Program, better known in the community as Resilience. The Resilience program connects former or current justice-involved individuals, known as mentors, with justice-involved youth and young adults, referred to as mentees. Through this program, mentors serve as guides and advocates, h...

  • Secrets of iron absorption revealed

    Kate Rheaume, Naturopathic Doctor, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Fatigue, being cold, hair loss and a pale complexion are all telltale signs of low iron, a common nutrient deficiency and a major energy zapper. As prevalent as this problem is, most cases of low iron may be flying under the radar. New research suggested that the most severe iron insufficiency cases are flagged, while individuals with moderately low – but still health-impacting – levels can be overlooked at times. Many women whose well-being is undermined by low iron are not getting the help they need. In addition to iro...

  • Drug education resources are here to help

    Jody Boulay, Special to the Village News|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    Drug addiction and hopelessness have ravaged countless communities across California. Fortunately, within these communities, many organizations make a difference, whether through drug education, prevention, or treatment. There is hope for the younger generations as they have more access to prevention and education resources to help them make informed decisions. In addition, more information is available for parents to equip them with the tools to help their kids. Locally, behavioral health services in San Diego County offer...

  • The secret to timeless skin: Dr. Anthony Youn's guide to aging gracefully

    Julie Reeder, Publisher|Updated Jun 27, 2024

    As people age, their skin undergoes myriad changes, which often leads to concerns about maintaining a youthful appearance. Dr. Anthony Youn, plastic surgeon and author of the book “Younger for Life,” offered insights and practical advice on how to keep skin healthy and vibrant through the years. The five pillars of autojuvenation Youn introduced the concept of “autojuvenation,” which encompasses five key areas: diet, nutritional supplements, skincare and noninvasive treatments...

  • Prevent underage intoxication and potentially save lives

    Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    With schools out for summer for many teens and children, the risk of them gaining access to alcohol goes up when parents are at work and teens may be unsupervised. Minors often get alcohol or marijuana in one of these ways: from older friends, strangers willing to buy it for them, store clerks who fail to check IDs, online, friend's parents and sometimes their own parents. The Sheriff's Department is reminding adults that it is against the law to provide alcohol or marijuana...

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