Health and Wellness

Hikers, mind where you step–it’s rattlesnake season

Adventist Health Simi Valley emergency department officials are preparing for an increase in snake bites this year following the opening of many recreational trails throughout the area that have been closed because of the pandemic. “We anticipate seeing more snake bites this year,” said Kristen Shorts, Adventist Health Simi Valley prehospital care coordinator “The COVID-19 pandemic left a lot of […]

Blood drive in Westlake

The Chabad House North Ranch will host a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. Tues. and Wed., June 2 and 3 at 1145 Lindero Canyon Road, Ste. C2, Westlake Village. Blood drives are considered essential health services. Healthy donors are allowed to give blood at this time. Appointments are required to reduce wait times and provide social distancing. Donor […]

Health studio exercises creativity with clients during pandemic

When Californians were ordered to shelter in place in March, one of Esta McIntyre’s first thoughts was about the well-being of her clients. McIntyre runs My Health Studio on Via Colinas—it’s a fitness studio with a unique clientele. A big part of McIntyre’s business is working with people who have degenerative conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. “When we […]

Smoking, vaping may increase COVID risk

COMMENTARY /// Good health

Doctors and many other health professionals are working to treat sick patients for the COVID-19 virus. The best ways for you to help are to stay home, wash your hands, and not smoke or vape. Here are three good reasons why you should stop smoking and vaping: Smoking doubles your risk of developing respiratory infections. In one study, 391 healthy […]

Free medical and legal services to continue

The Conejo Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks continues to provide medical, dental and legal services free of charge for low-income and uninsured individuals and families through telephone and computer communications during the pandemic. A telemedicine-type system is in place for medical patients, with lab tests coordinated remotely through Quest Diagnostics and diagnostic imaging through Rolling Oaks Radiology. The clinic is […]

Blood donations crucial

Response to the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the U.S. blood supply and Vitalant and other blood centers across the country are struggling to maintain stable inventories. With schools closed and workers at home, 25% of the blood collections Vitalant was anticipating this spring have not been held. Through the end of June, Vitalant—the nation’s second largest blood collector—has seen over […]


Services for seniors Recognizing that older adults are the group at greatest risk during the pandemic, Adventist Health Simi Valley has awarded a grant of $10,000 to Senior Concerns to support the nonprofit’s new Emergency Wraparound Service for Homebound Seniors. Launched within days of the state stay-at-home order, the program serves homebound seniors in eastern Ventura County and western Los […]

Antibody testing remains elusive in Ventura County

News out of Los Angeles County this week that up to 4.1% of the population may already have antibodies to the novel coronavirus has renewed calls to provide more of the tests in Ventura County as well. In Santa Clara County, just south of San Francisco, another study—this one by Stanford University as opposed to the L.A. test by USC—indicated […]

AA and social distancing

Recovering alcoholics at risk

With stay-at-home orders firmly established, people are adapting to life in quarantine—and whiling away the hours. Virtual cocktail hours have become a favorite pastime. Some social media posts compare the isolation to being at an airport where one can drink a cocktail at any hour of the day without judgment. For a recovering alcoholic, that’s a prescription for disaster. Since […]

Managing the psychological effects of virus

From lost jobs and shuttered business to closed trails and empty parks, the coronavirus has upended how people live, work and play. Beyond dramatically shifting how people go about their daily lives, the pandemic has also led many to experience heightened feelings of fear and anxiety. “For some, this pandemic may increase anxiety because of the unknown. None of us […]

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