Debt deal: Too little too late for five local citizens
Time will tell if the new congressional debt deal will have a positive or negative impact on our weakening economy. And honestly, how much more can we take? Not a lot, according to these five local citizens.
A retired 74-year-old from the aerospace industry living in a senior community: It’s a shame that our country has so much debt. From the moment they’re born, future generations will start paying for what is now a $14.3 trillion total debt....
Detecting colorectal cancer early saves lives
After years of performing surgery to remove colorectal cancers, I cannot stress enough the importance of early detection and treatment of this highly prevalent form of cancer. Colorectal cancer ranks third in frequency of people living with cancer, behind prostate and breast cancer.
The term colorectal refers to the parts of the digestive tract known as the colon (also known as the large intestine) and the rectum.
The most significant risk for...
Start on the road to relief from neck and back pain
Nine out of 10 people in the United States suffer from neck or back pain some point in their lives. However, you can successfully prevent and treat neck and back pain. While some people might recover from an injury in five to seven days, others might require a continuum of care to recover fully.
The spinal column runs the length of the neck and back. It protects the spinal cord, maintains proper posture and enables the head, neck and trunk to ...
Is now really the best time to buy?
Dear Annie: Buying a home is an American dream. But with so many people losing their homes in the last five years, I am very afraid to take that leap of faith. This whole investing idea is new to me. My monthly rent is $900 for a small two-bedroom condo that I will never own. In the three years that I’ve lived here I’ve watched rents just keep on going up. I am tired of being a renter. But does it really make sense for me to buy right now?
Stay a step ahead of foot pain
Our feet are often taken for granted and overlooked when it comes to care and medical attention. Many people don’t realize just how complex the anatomy of a foot is. But with 28 bones, several joints, and many ligaments, tendons and muscles, feet are one of the more intricate parts of the body.
Our feet work hard every day and suffer damage on a regular basis from stress, inappropriate footwear and exercise. Pain most commonly occurs in the t...
With Alzheimer’s, you must take care of the caregiver
Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease requires a great deal of compassion and dedication. To give that kind of care, a person needs to be at their best, which means taking care of themselves, too.
As you embrace the role of caregiver, remember that being a caregiver is a job, and you have earned the right to respite. Reward yourself with breaks. Look for these and other ways to care for yourself. Incorporate daily activities that...
Don't let elbow pain stop your summer fun
Now that the summer sports and recreation season has finally arrived, you will want to prevent elbow pain from putting a crimp in your tennis game or gardening.
I see numerous patients with elbow pain and other sports injuries at my office in Spanish Springs at the Northern Nevada Medical Group.
Pain in the elbow generally arises in a person’s 40s and 50s and results from overuse of the forearm muscles. It usually occurs during or after acti...
Assess risk from poor circulation in the legs
Circulation problems in the legs can result in serious complications, particularly for people age 50 and older. Fortunately, diagnosis and treatment are available nearby.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD), also known as peripheral arterial disease, is a common blood vessel disease that is linked to stroke and heart attack. PVD affects at least five million American adults
The disease results from fatty material (plaque) building up on the wal...