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Ever Wonder Who Participates in All Those Health Surveys?

Giving blood and participating in fundraiser walks are popular ways to help those in need, but there's another way to directly support America's medical research communities and... — Updated 2/27/2017


Kaweah Delta to Host Monthly Diabetes Support Groups

To help people who have diabetes live better lives, Kaweah Delta Health Care District will begin a series of free monthly diabetes support groups through October in Visalia, Lindsay, Woodlake and Orosi. Support group attendees... — Updated 2/27/2017


People Over 50 at Increased Risk of Shingles Virus

A few years ago, a Harris Interactive-sponsored poll found that Americans consider 50 to be the "perfect age" to live forever in good health. For many, the half­-century mark can... — Updated 2/27/2017


Hepatitis C Kills More Americans than Any Other Infectious Disease

New CDC studies underscore the urgency of hepatitis C testing and treatment, especially for baby boomers Deaths associated with hepatitis C reached an all-time high of 19,659 in... — Updated 2/27/2017


Senior-Friendly Workout Improves Movement and Prevents Injury

Exercise is good for everyone, but seniors with mobility or balance issues may wonder what kind of exercise they can do that will be safe, easy and effective. Jogging outdoors,... — Updated 1/1/2017


Electronic Blood Pressure Monitors Now Available at Tulare County Libraries

Tulare County Library and Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) are collaborating to provide more than books to check out at the library. Patrons of Tulare County Branch Libraries can now check out electronic blood... — Updated 1/1/2017


Why Sleep Apnea is Bad for Your Health

A poor night's sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is sleep apnea a leading... — Updated 10/27/2016


Study Reveals New Risks for Diabetes Patients

Did you know that you could be slowly getting sicker with artery blockage, even if you are symptom-free and not diagnosed with heart disease? Your gender, age and whether you have... — Updated 10/27/2016


The Truth about End-of-Life Care

When a loved one is critically ill, hearing that it's time for hospice care can be devastating news. On top of the emotional upheaval of coping with a terminal illness, you may be... — Updated 10/27/2016


'The Best Prevention for Influenza is the Flu Vaccine'

Flu season is here. It's time to take steps to protect yourself against "Influenza 2016." The influenza strains that are expected to be most prevalent this year are the... — Updated 10/27/2016


10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia

Senior Helpers, a provider of personalized in-home senior care, shared 10 telltale signs a loved one may be living with Alzheimer's or dementia. With Baby Boomers now reaching age 6... — Updated 8/28/2016


First Case of Zika Virus Reported in Tulare County

The Tulare County Public Health branch has confirmed that an individual in Tulare County has tested positive for the Zika virus after getting bitten by mosquitoes during recent... — Updated 8/28/2016


Health Threat as Cedar Fire Smoke Spreads into Area

Smoke levels from the Cedar fire are high in Tulare County, especially in the area of the city of Porterville. Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. It can... — Updated 8/28/2016


Home Delivery of Medications Increases Adherence

Seniors with multiple chronic illnesses who had medications delivered to their homes were more likely to adhere to those therapies than individuals who used retail pharmacies, according to a new study in the Journal of Managed... — Updated 6/24/2016


Before You Take Your Next Breath...

Before you take that next breath, do you know what's in the air in your home? Sure there's oxygen and carbon dioxide – that much you know – but it's the things you don't know... — Updated 6/24/2016


Three Million Cataract Surgeries Performed Each Year

Approximately 25 million Americans have cataracts, which cause cloudy, blurry or dim vision and often develop with advancing age. The American Academy of Ophthalmology observed... — Updated 6/24/2016


Eight Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy and Sharp

The brain is the body's most complex organ. It's also the most important one. That's why keeping it healthy is critical, especially as you age. Every day, scientists are... — Updated 6/24/2016


The Hazards of a Grandparent's Home

It is no secret that grandparents play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. From giving encouragement and life advice, to helping out as a caretaker, many turn to... — Updated 5/2/2016


Zika Virus Poses No Additional Risk to Seniors

The increasing attention given to the Zika virus has caused concern among many seniors in Tulare and Kings counties, but the disease poses no special threat to seniors, according... — Updated 5/2/2016


Older Adults Encouraged to Get Annual Flu Shot

Anthem Inc. encourages older adults to get their annual flu shot this year… even after the problems with last year's flu shot. Last year's flu vaccine wasn't as effective as usual, resulting in the highest hospitalization rate... — Updated 1/22/2016


Family HealthCare Network Opens New Traver Health Center

After nearly two years of planning and development, Family HealthCare Network (FHCN) opened the doors of its newest community health center in the rural community of Traver on... — Updated 1/22/2016


Kaweah Delta Announces Free 'Better Living' Workshops

Kaweah Delta Health Care District is offering a free workshop to help people learn how to better manage their health. The workshop is designed for those with ongoing health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, asthm... — Updated 1/22/2016


Seniors with Diabetes: Medicare Benefits Can Help Save Your Sight

One in four Americans age 65 or older has diabetes, putting them at increased risk for vision loss and blindness. Diabetes-related vision loss is largely preventable with regular... — Updated 11/22/2015

 By Steve Pastis    Health

Medicare Specialist Advises Seniors to Avoid Medicare Advantage, HMOs

"Medicare insurance is the most confusing thing for a senior to figure out," Susan Hatch told members of the Senior Care Organization at their October meeting at Café 225 in... — Updated 11/22/2015


CDC Recommends Shingles Vaccine

People age 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, or herpes zoster, a condition often marked by debilitating chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control... — Updated 11/22/2015


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