Health Care As It Should Be June 2012

Upcoming Events

  • CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconferences LC
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    TU, Jun 19: Changing Roles and Responsibilities of Caregivers Read More
    W, Jun 20: Colorectal Cancer: Progress in Treatment  Read More
    TU, Jun 26: Metastatic Melanoma: Advances in Treatment  Read More
    W, Jul 11: Mantle Cell Lymphoma: Treatment Update   Read More

    Great Living Starts Here Series LQ
    W, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Jun 27: Quick and Easy Meals Featuring Dairy Read More
    Jul 11: Outdoor Food Safety: Safe Food Handling and Storage Read More
    Eisenhower Medical Center dietician

    Confused About Medicare? AC
    2 to 3 p.m. Attend one or all.
    M, Jul 9: Medicare 101 and Medigap Plans  Read More
    TH, Jul 12: Medicare Advantage Plans  Read More
    M, Jul 16: Medicare, Part D — Prescription Drug Plans Read More
    Barbara Smith, LVN, and Susan Heggie, Manager, Eisenhower Indian Wells Healthy Living Resource Center

    What You Should Know About Your Medications LQ
    Argyros Health and Wellness Series
    W, Jul 11, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Lyle Matthews, PharmD, MAM, Director, Pharmacy Services
    760-610-7205; register by Jul 10.  Read More

    Brain Fitness TC
    TH, Jul 12, 10 to 11 a.m.
    Sheda Heidarian, MD, Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine
    760-969-7770, extension 7560  Read More

    Surgical Treatment of Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers LC
    TH, Jul 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Evelyn Kachikwu, MD, Surgery (Oncology)
    760-834-3798. Complimentary dinner; register by Jul 11Read More



  • Tea - Steeped in Health Benefits

    Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. With more than 3,000 variations, it can be daunting for novice drinkers to know where to start. However, with the current research about tea and its many health benefits for those who sip it regularly, it is worth exploring the perks of this popular potable. click for more
  • Sports Medicine

    Historically, Sports Medicine has been synonymous with sideline orthopedic surgeons rushing to the aid of a football player, tennis star or golf great. But in recent years, Sports Medicine has become a growing multidisciplinary field attracting physicians from Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Even pediatricians have migrated to specializing in Sports Medicine.

    The patients have changed, too. “In my 16 years of practice in Sports Medicine, I’ve treated numerous professional athletes from various national and international golf and tennis tournaments,” says Stephen Steele, DO, FAOASM, a Family Medicine physician who specializes in Sports Medicine. “I’ve also seen my practice evolve to include individuals who get their exercise by simply walking the dog or climbing the stairs in their house.”

    The benefit of a Sports Medicine physician, for athletes and non-athletes alike, is that they have been trained to focus on the precise diagnosis and treatment of a patient’s injury and can make the necessary referrals to safely return them to the activities they enjoy. Dr. Steele notes, “Injury management is precision. Find the exact, right diagnosis…then you can treat it much more efficiently.” click for more

  • Treating Osteoporosis and Urinary Incontinence in Women with Physical Therapy

    Osteoporosis and urinary incontinence are two conditions that affect both men and women but are largely associated with the female population. Recent figures estimate more than 52 million Americans either have osteoporosis or low bone mass, of which 35 million are women. Urinary incontinence, defined as a condition in which involuntary loss of urine causes a social or hygienic problem, affects another 15 to 25 million Americans, of which the majority are women.

    As we age, our bone growth peaks at age 30 before it begins an age-related decline in mass that increases drastically at menopause. Additionally, peak muscle mass is achieved by our 40s, with age-related loss of muscle beginning at age 50. This muscle loss impacts the smooth muscles of the pelvic floor.

    However, both bone and muscle loss can respond to exercise. Specific exercises targeted to maintain bone mass, reduce age-related bone loss, preserve muscle strength, coordination and postural stability, and reduce future risk of falls or fractures, can be performed with very little equipment. Age, fitness level and risk factors should always be evaluated in consultation with your physician before seeing a physical therapist.  click for more

  • World Spirometry Day

    To mark World Spirometry Day, Coachella Valley residents are invited to the Eisenhower Multispecialty Clinic (north side of Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center) on Wednesday, June 27 for free lung capacity testing between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Clinic will be conducted by Hassan Bencheqroun, MD, a Pulmonary Disease Specialist who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Reservations are not required. For questions, please call 760-834-3564.The event is just one of a number of public tests being held around the world as part World Spirometry Day, which aims at encouraging more people to get their lungs tested for an early indication of diseases such as asthma, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — an umbrella term for chronic bronchitis and emphysema, in which the airways to the lungs become narrowed.Spirometry is the most accurate measure of lung health — giving patients valuable knowledge about the permanent damage they may be inflicting on their lungs. The... click for more