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  • Kaweah Health Rehabilitation Hospital Receives a Three-Year Accreditation

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Kaweah Health Rehabilitation Hospital has received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) for its Acute Rehab Program. CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through an accreditation process that focuses on enhancing the lives of the individuals supported by the organization. Kaweah Health Rehabilitation...

  • Adventist Health Celebrates New Cardiac Cath Lab in Tulare

    Updated May 2, 2024

    On February 22, Adventist Health celebrated the opening of its advanced cardiac catheterization lab at Adventist Health Tulare. The community celebrated the ribbon-cutting with a sparkling cider toast and set off confetti poppers outside the hospital's main entrance. Attendees also toured the cath lab and received a step-by-step explanation from staff on the daily processes. "We're thrilled to expand specialty care for our Tulare County community," said Joe Croft,...

  • United Health Centers Awarded $2 Million Grant

    Updated May 2, 2024

    United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley (UHC) announced it has received a $2 million grant from the State of California Department of Health Care Access and Information (HCAI) under the Song-Brown Health Care Workforce Training Program’s 2023 Primary Care Residency Application. This grant will support the launch of a new Internal Medicine Training Program, aimed at addressing the critical shortage of internal medicine doctors in the Central Valley. UHC is one of 18 recipients awarded grants of $1 or $2 million d...

  • Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory and Thinking Problems

    Updated May 2, 2024

    People who experience sleep apnea may be more likely to also have memory or thinking problems, according to a preliminary study released in early March and presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 76th Annual Meeting in mid-April. The study shows a positive association but did not determine whether sleep apnea causes cognitive decline. Sleep apnea is when people stop and restart breathing repeatedly during sleep, which can lower oxygen levels in the blood. Symptoms...

  • What Seniors Need to Know about the Measles Outbreak

    Updated May 2, 2024

    Health officials are on high alert as measles outbreaks have been reported in multiple states in the U.S. and cases are rising globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health alert on March 18 to draw attention to the global spread of measles ahead of the spring and summer travel season. The American Medical Association (AMA) echoed the CDC's warning, emphasizing the importance of vaccination to prevent the spread of measles. AMA President Dr....

  • Health Problems Tied to Risk of Depression and Anxiety

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    A new study in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences has found people with multiple chronic conditions reported persistently high levels of anxiety and depression, and worse physical function. And compared to white study participants, those who identified as non-white experienced worse health-related quality of life as multiple chronic health conditions increased, the study found. “As people get older, it’s not just that they develop hypertension and that’s it. It’s that these c...

  • Tips for Caregivers and Families of People with Dementia

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    A caregiver, sometimes referred to as a caretaker, is anyone who provides care for another person. Millions of people living in the United States take care of a friend or family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Sometimes caregivers live with the person or nearby, other times they live far away. For many families, caring for a person with dementia isn't just one person's job, but the role of many people who share tasks and responsibilities. No matter what...

  • Health System Not Ready for Seniors with Disabilities

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    The number of older adults with disabilities - difficulty with walking, seeing, hearing, memory, cognition or performing daily tasks such as bathing or using the bathroom - will soar in the decades ahead, as baby boomers enter their 70s, 80s, and 90s. But the health care system isn't ready to address their needs. That became painfully obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic, when older adults with disabilities had trouble getting treatments and hundreds of thousands died. Now,...

  • Diets Rich in Plant Protein May Help Women Stay Healthy

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    Women who consume higher amounts of protein, especially protein from plant-based sources develop fewer chronic diseases and are more likely to be healthier overall as they age, according to a study led by researchers at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University and published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Analyzing self-reported data from more than 48,000 women, the researchers saw notably less heart disease, cancer and diabetes, and cognitive and mental health de...

  • Breakthrough in Treating Alzheimer's Using Targeted Drug Delivery

    Updated Mar 2, 2024

    A potential advancement in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease was announced earlier this year by researchers at the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute (RNI). A first in-human study, featured in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, demonstrates that focused ultrasound in combination with anti-amyloid-beta monoclonal antibody treatment can accelerate the clearance of amyloid-beta plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Anti-amyloid-beta monoclonal antibody the...

  • Nutrition Tips for Older Adults

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    As the calendar turns to a new year, many people resolve to start eating healthier. However, trying to keep up with the latest reports on nutrition as we age can be difficult – it seems like the advice is always changing. But there are a few universal truths to nutrition as we age, and it’s important to understand how our needs change in our senior years and why that is. And with that, we can make dietary choices that help with bone strength, heart health and even cognitive ability. To do so, on a basic level, each day you...

  • Kaweah Health, Stanford Medicine Work Together to Grow Cardiac Surgical Care

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Kaweah Health is welcoming Dr. Michael K. McLean, cardiothoracic surgeon and Stanford Medicine faculty member. Dr. McLean is the first of three Stanford Medicine cardiothoracic surgeons who will live and work in Visalia as part of the Kaweah Health Cardiothoracic Surgery Program, working together with the Stanford Medicine Cardiac Surgery Program. “The Kaweah Health cardiothoracic program has a long history of providing award-winning care, and with Stanford Health Care, we will work to help ensure that our community c...

  • Strawberries May Reduce Middle-Age Dementia Risk

    Updated Jan 4, 2024

    New research from the University of Cincinnati (UC) found that daily strawberry consumption could help reduce the risk of dementia for certain middle-aged populations. In 2022, UC's Robert Krikorian, Ph.D., and his team published research that found adding blueberries to the daily diets of certain middle-aged populations may lower the chances of developing late-life dementia. He said the current research into strawberries is an extension to the blueberry research. "Both...

  • Study Finds Way to Predict Which Organs Will Fail First

    Bruce Goldman, Stanford University Senior Science Writer|Updated Jan 4, 2024

    Like any typical car or house or society, the pace at which parts of our bodies fall apart varies from part to part. A study of 5,678 people, led by Stanford Medicine investigators, has shown that our organs age at different rates - and when an organ's age is especially advanced in comparison with its counterpart in other people of the same age, the person carrying it is at heightened risk both for diseases associated with that organ and for dying. According to the study,...

  • New MRI Scanning System Advances Healthcare in Tulare

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Adventist Health is improving healthcare in Tulare with an advanced MRI and medical imaging space. The equipment began serving patients in late August. The ribbon-cutting was held on September 6 at Adventist Health Tulare, 869 N. Cherry St. MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create an image of the body, and the new Tulare MRI leverages artificial intelligence to enhance patient comfort and image quality. Healthcare providers orde...

  • COVID-19, Flu and Valley Fever Cases Expected to Increase

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    Tulare County has been seeing an increase in COVID-19 activity in late summer/early fall, according to Dr. Sharon Minnick, senior epidemiologist, Tulare County Public Health. "As of late September, the variants that seem to be increasing the most are EG.5 (Eris) and XBB.1.16 (Arcturus), but these have both been found in California all summer," she said. "Historically, large surges have been associated with the sudden rise of a brand new variant, which is very hard to...

  • What to Do if You See Changes in Loved Ones During the Holidays

    Updated Nov 11, 2023

    As we approach the holiday season, people are hitting the road or taking to the skies to visit family. Maybe it's just been a few months, or maybe it's been since this time last year that you, a sibling or another relative last saw an aging loved one. But it's common at this time of year for family members to notice drastic changes in a parent, family member or other loved one since the last time they'd been together. If you live with or near a loved one and see them...

  • Alzheimer's Association Holds International Conference

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    New research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2023 covered the breadth of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research, including advancements in treatment, early and accurate diagnosis, and risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. AAIC is the premier annual forum for presentation and discussion of the latest Alzheimer’s and dementia research. This year’s conference took place both virtually and in-person in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and attracted more than 10,000 attendees...

  • Kaweah Health Completes Watchman Heart Implant

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Kaweah Health announced its first implant procedure of the Watchman FLX left atrial appendage closure device for stroke prevention on a patient with atrial fibrillation (AFib), a condition that affects the heart's ability to pump blood normally. Kaweah Health is the first hospital in the area to offer the Watchman device, an alternative to the lifelong use of blood thinners for people with non-valvular AFib. The procedure was performed by Dr. Atul Singla and a specialized...

  • Wheelchairs, Diabetes and Insulin

    Kimberly Jensen, Quail Corner|Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Wheelchairs How often can I get my wheelchair replaced and does Medicare cover motorized scooters? That is a really great question and I want you to get the most accurate information possible. I reached out to Nourlie Carlos, FNP-BC at Optimal Medical Care in Visalia, whom I have heard is very successful at getting his patients wheelchairs and scooters. He shared the most often asked questions along with his comments. When should a wheelchair be replaced? A well-cared-for and well-maintained active wheelchair can last from...

  • Poor Sense of Smell Increases Risk of Depression in Older Adults

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    In a study that followed more than 2,000 community-dwelling older adults over eight years, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have significant new evidence of a link between decreased sense of smell and risk of developing late-life depression. Their findings, published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, do not demonstrate that loss of smell causes depression, but suggest that it may serve as a potent indicator of...

  • Adventist Health Offers World's Tiniest Pacemakers

    Updated Sep 4, 2023

    Adventist Health Hanford is now offering the world's smallest pacemakers to Central Valley patients, the hospital announced in a July 12th press release. Sukhvinder Bhajal, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist, performed the first Hanford procedure. The Micra VR and Micra AV Transcatheter Pacing Systems (TPS) is a leadless pacemaker option for patients who only require pacing in the ventricle. It is used to monitor and regulate heartbeats that are slow, fast or irregular,...

  • First-Ever County-Level Alzheimer's Estimates Presented

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    The first-ever county-level estimates of the prevalence of people with Alzheimer's dementia - in all 3,142 United States counties - were presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2023, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Researchers found the highest prevalence of Alzheimer's in the east and southeastern regions. The data were simultaneously published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. Kumar B. Rajan, Ph.D., professor in the...

  • FDA Approves Leqembi to Treat Alzheimer's Disease

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    On July 6, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) converted Leqembi (lecanemab-irmb), indicated to treat adult patients with Alzheimer's Disease, to traditional approval following a determination that a confirmatory trial verified clinical benefit. Leqembi is the first amyloid beta-directed antibody to be converted from an accelerated approval to a traditional approval for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The drug works by reducing amyloid plaques that form in the br...

  • Adventist Health Offers World's Tiniest Pacemakers

    Updated Sep 3, 2023

    Adventist Health Hanford is now offering the world's smallest pacemakers to Central Valley patients, the hospital announced in a July 12th press release. Sukhvinder Bhajal, MD, a cardiac electrophysiologist, performed the first Hanford procedure. The Micra VR and Micra AV Transcatheter Pacing Systems (TPS) is a leadless pacemaker option for patients who only require pacing in the ventricle. It is used to monitor and regulate heartbeats that are slow, fast or irregular,...

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