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Can Being Scammed Have Long-Term Effects on Men's Health?

“Grandpa, do you know who this is? Please don’t tell anyone, but I’m in trouble and need money right away.” So begins one of the most common scams targeting older adults. For older men in particular, getting tricked by a... — Updated 1/3/2023

 
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Current Influenza Season Differs from Recent Years

The 2022 flu season is different from recent flu seasons, according to Tulare County Health Officer, Dr. Karen Haught. “During the 2020 and 2021 flu seasons, most people were using masks while in indoor spaces, which served to pr... — Updated 1/3/2023

 

Adventist Health Introduces Second Mobile Health Unit in Central Valley

In an effort to increase healthcare access throughout the Central Valley, Adventist Health unveiled a mobile health unit that will provide primary care services throughout the... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

Kaweah Health, Keck Medicine Enhance Local Urology Services

To better serve patients in Tulare County, where a recent community needs assessment found that urology services are severely lacking, Kaweah Health and Keck Medicine of USC have... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

Kaweah Health to Mark Hospice, Home Care, Palliative Care Month

Kaweah Health is celebrating November as National Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Care Month by emphasizing the importance of quality home-based care and dignified end-of-life... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

Alzheimer's Drug Lecanemab Slows Memory Decline in UK Trial

The following article was posted at https://www.AlzheimersResearchUK.org on September 22. We are sharing the post with only minor edits so we don't lose any of the enthusiasm of... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

CDC Recommends Three Flu Vaccines for Seniors

During most seasons, people 65 years and older bear the greatest burden of severe flu disease, accounting for the majority of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. For the 2022-2023 flu season, the CDC recommends any one of... — Updated 11/7/2022

 

Kaweah Health Uses New Piece of Technology in Stroke Rehabilitation

Kaweah Health is the first in California using a new piece of technology, the SafeGait 360º Balance and Mobility Trainer to help people who are learning to walk again after... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

St. Louis Encephalitis Cases Reported in Tulare County

Tulare County Public Health has reported two cases of St. Louis Encephalitis (SLEV) in the county. An additional five cases are currently under investigation and may result in... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

First West Nile Virus Case Detected in Kings County

The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) of the year has been detected in Kings County. The Kings County Department of Public Health (KCDPH) reported the case to the California Department of Public Health on July 14 and it is... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

Bank of America donates $10,000 to Adventist Health

Bank of America awarded Adventist Health in the Central Valley a $10,000 grant in support of the COPE Health Scholar Program, which provides aspiring health care professionals an... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Simplified to 988

In July, the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was simplified to 988 – an easy-to-remember three-digit number for 24/7 crisis care. The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

FDA Ruling Enables Access to Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule on August 16 to improve access to hearing aids, which may in turn lower costs for millions of Americans. This action... — Updated 9/8/2022

 

Walking May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Walking for as little as 15 minutes a day may help stave off Alzheimer's Disease, says a study at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. The study found that regular habits of... — Updated 7/24/2022

 

Rectal Cancer Disappears After Experimental Use of Immunotherapy

Sascha Roth remembers the phone call came on a hectic Friday evening. She was racing around her home in Washington, D.C., to pack for New York, where she was scheduled to undergo we... — Updated 7/24/2022

 

Monkeypox Less Serious, Harder to Catch than COVID

The monkeypox virus is a completely different virus than the viruses that cause COVID-19 or measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is not kno... — Updated 7/24/2022

 
 By Larry Kast    Health

Older Participants Sought for Cognitive Survey

Area residents now have the opportunity to participate in a national study of the effects of COVID-19 on cognitive function. Kaweah Health in Visalia is one of four locations... — Updated 5/6/2022

 

Second Booster Recommended for Seniors

On March 29, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its recommendations to include a second booster shot for people over the age of 50 to increase their... — Updated 5/6/2022

 

Reducing the Risk of Falling

Every year, 36 million older adults suffer a fall, and with a fall can come serious physical and emotional outcomes. Falls are a leading cause of hip fractures and other serious... — Updated 3/5/2022

 

Study Predicts Alzheimer's Cases Could Triple by 2050

The number of adults (aged 40 years and older) living with dementia worldwide is expected to nearly triple, from an estimated 57 million in 2019 to 153 million in 2050, due... — Updated 3/5/2022

 
 By Kimberly Jensen    Health

When Living Alone Isn't Safe

My mother is living in her home alone. When I went to visit her for Thanksgiving, her home was a mess. When do I know when it is not safe for her to be living alone? This year, I received more calls than usual regarding what... — Updated 1/10/2022

 

Self-Administered Cognition Test Predicts Early Signs of Dementia

Many people experience forgetfulness as they age, but it's often difficult to tell if these memory issues are a normal part of aging or a sign of something more serious. A new... — Updated 1/8/2022

 

West Nile Virus Results in First South Valley Casualty

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency announced that seven human cases of West Nile Virus have been detected and reported in Tulare County. Kings County reported... — Updated 11/10/2021

 

Aspirin Regimen No Longer Recommended for Everyone

On October 12, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement on aspirin use to prevent heart disease and stroke, also known as cardiovascular disea... — Updated 11/10/2021

 

COVID-19 Makes a Comeback in the South Valley

It really did seem that things were changing and that life was getting back to normal. After all, the state lifted its mask mandate in June. Unfortunately, the one constant in... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

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