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Cancer prevention and early detection: Protecting yourself and your family
Scientists and medical professionals have been waging the War on Cancer for many years, even before President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971 and set the country on track to better fight this disease. We've had many successes and many failures, but the fight goes on with better treatments, new research and ever-changing insights into what patients really need.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Spectrum Healthcare's Mobile Crisis Team Partnership Program
No one ever plans a mental health crisis. It can't be scheduled or penciled in a calendar as one would a dentist appointment or a vacation.

Just as you can't schedule the flu or any other illness, a mental health crisis strikes suddenly, often without warning. It cares not about location or time of day; it simply occurs, and when it does, it often results in a call to 911.

Monday, September 12, 2016

The 'Fountain of Youth' is full of dumbbells
One of the major problems that we face as we go through the aging process, is that we tend to move our bodies less and less. As balance wanes and lean muscle mass & endurance decrease, we can feel less confident about continuing a favorite sport, activity or traveling.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Overview of Yavapai College health care education offerings
As the ongoing national conversation about health care in the United States evolves, there is one constant: the need for trained medical professionals, especially in rural America. That need is being addressed on a daily basis by rural community colleges such as Yavapai College.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Zika virus carrier concerns local health officials
Although no Zika cases have been reported in Yavapai County, "we have them (Aedes Aegypti mosquitos) in the Verde Valley in abundance," said Yavapai County Community Health Services Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator, Robin Oothoudt. "Pecks Lake and Tavasci Marsh (both in Clarkdale) are producers."
Monday, September 12, 2016

Take the challenge: Get out of your comfort zone
I totally hear you when you tell me that you don't feel any more like going to the gym. Same old routine, same equipment, same comfy speed on that rat mill, and same faces to exchange pleasantries with.

Well, this means it is time to inject some juice into your fitness routine! Staying - or becoming - fit does not have to be a chore. It can, actually, be quite fun!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Is bariatric surgery the right choice for you?
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services and the World Health Organization obesity is fat accumulation that may impair health.

The World Health Organization defines obesity as a body mass index, or BMI, greater than or equal to 30. This is not the case for athletes, who often have high BMIs as a result of greater muscle mass.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hip and knee replacement Q&A
Allen Boyd, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Joint Replacement Program at Verde Valley Medical Center, answers some of the most common questions regarding hip and knee replacement.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Verde Valley Support and Self-Help Services
The following is a guide to support and self-help services here in the Verde Valley:
Monday, September 12, 2016

Changing world brings changing emergency preparedness
In the past, the phrase "emergency preparedness" would bring to mind floods or fires. Now, acts of terrorism and outbreaks of contagious disease need to be added to disaster planning.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that people take steps now to better cope with an unexpected emergency later.

Monday, September 12, 2016

'Hands-only' CPR simplifies steps, increases first responders
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), most people who experience cardiac arrest die because they don't receive immediate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Monday, September 12, 2016

Stocking a first-aid kit, applying the basics
The first step to first-aid is having an adequately-stocked medical supply kit. Not only should it contain bandages, but also some basic medications and simple medical devices. Be sure to have a first-aid kit in your home and vehicle as well as your place of work. Include a booklet on first-aid basics and routinely check contents for expiration dates.
Monday, September 12, 2016

Asthma rates rising in Arizona
There was a time when folks moved West to avoid respiratory distress. But times have changed.

"Asthma is more prevalent in Arizona. Recent studies show both Phoenix and Tucson rank in the top five cities with the highest prevalence," according to Leonard Moss, M.D., pulmonologist at Northern Arizona Healthcare's Sleep and Pulmonary Center.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Mammograms and you: Five common questions
1. What is a digital mammogram?

According to Irma Monreal, lead radiology technician, Verde Valley Medical Center, "A digital mammogram - also known as full-field digital mammography, or FFDM - is similar to a standard mammogram because it uses X-rays to make pictures of the breast. However, a digital mammogram is more advanced in how the picture is made, looked at and stored."

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to become a former tobacco user
"I have to hide smoking from my kids," Jon, a resident of Camp Verde, says. "They're disgusted by it. It's a disgusting habit, I admit, but I've been smoking my whole life. I'd like to quit. I've quit a bunch of times. But ... I'm not ready. I have to go outside to smoke. My kids get mad if they find my cigarettes- they throw them away, they've grabbed 'em out of my hand and broken them in half. They dig through my stuff to find my cigarettes. I'm almost 50, and hiding from my kids like I'm a teenager doing something illicit."
Monday, September 12, 2016


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