Drive the length of the Coachella Valley and you will surely notice an armada of golf courses dotting the landscape. Golfing in the desert has become one of America’s favorite pastimes, combining temperate weather, sunshine and green fairways. Courses are booked year-round, even during the desert’s off-season summer months as golfers swing their way to a day of finesse, friends and strategy.
According to some sources, golf dates back to the 1400s in Britain, specifically in Scotland. Modern day golf emerged in the 19th century, eventually finding its way to the United States. In 1894, delegates from golf clubs in New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Chicago met to form the Amateur Golf Association of the United States, which later became the United States Golf Association. click for more
“I was in my early thirties, living in Los Angeles and just wasn’t feeling right,” he recalls. After seeing several doctors who gave him a clean bill of health, he finally saw a neurologist who agreed to order a brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
“He found a small tumor in a delicate part of my brain and referred me to a neurosurgeon,” Alvillar says. “She felt surgery was too risky, so the neurologist sent me to another neurosurgeon at UCLA. He didn’t think the tumor was causing symptoms, but if it needed to be taken out some day, he felt he could do the procedure.”
“At the time, I didn’t want to have anyone cut into my head,” Alvillar says. He agreed to annual checkups and “watchful waiting.” After a few years, imaging revealed that the tumor had grown, but it wasn’t impacting Alvillar from a neurological standpoint. click for more
“They’d last just a few seconds,” the Blythe resident says. “I thought it was normal.”
Over time, however, they became more frequent and prolonged. He was discharged from the Navy because of them. And during the past three years, they began to be debilitating. On more than one occasion, he went to his local emergency room where his heart rate was measured at 170 beats per minute (a normal heart rate is 60 to 100). He also began to experience lightheadedness, weakness, chest pain and breathlessness. click for more
According to Eisenhower Medical Center physician Murthy Andavolu, MD, MBA, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology, prostate cancer is the medical parallel to breast cancer in women. “Pathologically and physiologically, prostate cancer is the equivalent of female breast cancer — a hormonally dependent, hormonally driven cancer,” says Dr. Andavolu. “And, advanced prostate cancer is responsive to hormone treatments. As a result, hormone treatments are becoming more and more center stage in the treatment of prostate cancer as opposed to chemotherapy, although it is not the only mode of treatment.” click for more
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“I grew up in the motion picture business; my father was in it for almost 50 years,” Sawaya recalls. “So I got into the business right out of high school and did stunts for about 12 years.” click for more
“I used to work serving banquets at a hotel, lifting those big trays,” she relates. “I had a herniated disk and was told I needed surgery to fix it. I had heard bad things about back surgery so I was reluctant to have it. So I just went to therapy.”
Over the years, however, Sotomayor’s back issues worsened.
“I was in a lot of pain, sciatic pain, and my back would go out,” she says. “I was taking painkillers and after awhile, even the medications didn’t work. I tried a chiropractor, but that didn’t help.” click for more
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Located at the Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center in La Quinta, the Center for Family Medicine is home to a team of five faculty family medicine physicians, as well as a team of associate family physicians who care for patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, giving you a one-stop resource for managing all your family’s health concerns at every stage of life.
“One of the greatest benefits of having a family physician is the comprehensiveness and breadth of family-based care,” says Maureen Strohm, MD, Program Director, Family Medicine Residency. “Busy moms and dads don’t have to make separate appointments with different doctors for their children and themselves — everyone can be seen by one doctor, in one place. click for more