Get in shape now to avoid winter sports injuries
Safety in winter sports starts well before you hit the slopes. To ensure that your body is ready for the intense exercise and higher elevations of skiing, snowboarding or other sports, you need to begin getting into condition weeks before your first trip.
Preparing your cardiovascular system is essential because the strenuous exercise at higher elevations will require your body to maintain a higher oxygen level. To build endurance, plan to exe...
Breast biopsies and surgery: Steps toward health
Regular mammograms help women guard against breast cancer by detecting signs early, when the disease can be treated most effectively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a screening mammogram every two years for women age 50 to 74 years. The CDC advises women 40 to 49 to talk with their physicians for advice on the frequency of having a screening mammogram.
If you have a mammogram that indicates the possibility of c...
Treatment advances for varicose, spider veins
As people age, they might become concerned about the appearance of the veins in their legs. I treat patients with a condition known generally as lower extremity venous disease. Unsightly veins can be more than a cosmetic problem; some small vein problems indicate a more significant medical concern. Once treated, advanced venous problems — i.e. venous stasis ulcers — can deliver pleasing cosmetic improvement.
Venous disease covers a spectrum of...
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Where can I buy my first home af...
It’s Christmas come early for first-time homebuyers in this buyer’s market. Low interest rates, a wide selection of available homes and a variety of assistance programs can make the dream of being a homeowner a reality.
But where should the first-time homebuyer start when it comes to scoping out the most affordable homes in our area?
Q: How many three bedroom homes in Sparks are under $150,000 and 10 years old or younger?
A: Eighty-eight home...
Buying produce in season improves your health, budget
You probably have heard the advice to eat more fruits and vegetables. Summer is a great time to start that habit, especially with more of these foods available fresh and in season.
Buying fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season will improve your nutrition and stretch your food budget. Produce that is in season will be available in larger quantities and, therefore, cost less than out-of-season fruits and vegetables. You also gain the gre...
Plan now for back-to-school physicals
A new school year is approaching, and parents have started thinking about having their children immunized to comply with school district requirements.
Having these immunizations during a back-to-school physical provides an opportunity for a more thorough review of your children’s health. You also can learn about preventive medicine and other health matters that affect your child. When I conduct these examinations, I evaluate whether the child’...
The healing power of oxygen therapy
For people with diabetes and those with infections or injuries, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) offers an effective treatment that can speed healing.
Early, advanced wound care intervention can prevent a wound from becoming an acute or chronic condition that could require extensive treatment, including amputation. If a wound becomes chronic — that is, if it has not started to heal in two weeks or has not healed completely in four to six week...