Health and Wellness

Medicine, not Big Macs: Ronald McDonald room



Clay Paschen’s memory of his first visit to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles still brings tears to his eyes. In 1977, a doctor in the oncology department had invited Paschen, a Camarillo resident, to a meeting at the hospital. CHLA thought it was time to bring Ronald McDonald House Charities to California. They wanted Paschen, who owned a McDonald’s restaurant in […]

New timetable for catching cataracts

Surgery better sooner than later



There has been a misconception about cataracts and their need to “mature” or “ripen” before undergoing treatment. Many people have settled with inadequate vision unnecessarily while waiting for their cataracts to worsen. Early-stage cataracts does not have to hinder your lifestyle and can be addressed sooner rather than later. Let’s look at the anatomy of the cataract. New layers of […]

Los Robles scores high on patient safety

Los Robles Health System was awarded an “A” in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program, a national distinction recognizing achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. This is the fifth consecutive A-rating for Los Robles. Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. Safety grades from A through F […]

Free goody bags at wellness event

The Conejo Senior Volunteer Program will present its seventh annual Wellness Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wed., Jan. 13. This year, the event is going “on the road” as a drive-thru event taking place at the Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Older adults who are interested in discovering what local agencies and businesses […]

Spreading joy, not the coronavirus

First responders, schools and seniors receive masks


Having watched the coronavirus ravage her hometown of Wuhan, China, Hui Pan knew that she needed to do something in Ventura County to help keep first responders safe when COVID-19 reached the United States Pan said Wuhan wasn’t prepared to stop COVID’s rapid spread when the virus took hold there in December 2019. The city’s doctors and nurses didn’t have […]

Philanthropist cultivated natural paradise

Gardens of World founder Lynn Hogan gone at age 92


Friends and family are mourning Lynn Hogan, a prominent local philanthropist, businesswoman and mother of four. The 92-year-old died in Thousand Oaks on Nov. 24, three days shy of her 93rd birthday. Private services were held Dec. 11 in Westlake Village. Hogan and her husband of 69 years, Ed, co-founded one of the first companies to provide organized travel to […]

Talent show coming for people with special abilities

Entries taken through December


Ryan Satterfield grew up singing, dancing and acting in local theater productions. His interest in the arts is what drew him to shows like “America’s Got Talent.” The 34-year-old, though, was surprised that televised talent shows consistently under-represent individuals like himself who have special needs. The realization inspired Satterfield, who has autism and epilepsy, to create his own talent competition, […]

Visualizing the perfect game of golf

COMMENTARY /// Aye, eye doc


For many people, golf is what they strive to spend their retirement investing in and why not? The beautiful weather, the smell of the grass, the laughter among friends on the course. It’s the perfect way to relax and stay fit in the golden years. The irony is that when you finally get the time to be able to hit […]

Blood donors are sought during the holidays

The American Red Cross is asking those who are feeling well to donate blood this holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, more than 1 million blood transfusions will be given in the U.S. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked to meet patient blood needs. Those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma […]

Local dancers hear the sounds of Hawaii


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