Health and Wellness

Oak Park college senior plans to run coast to coast

Event to raise funds for cancer support programs


Instead of a time to get away from the grueling schedule of homework and tests, Oak Park resident Stephanie Allen sees summer break as a chance to accomplish more. The 21-year-old senior is a mathematics major at Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, and this year she plans to use her summer break to raise money for cancer support programs. […]

Weyman off to Pan Am games

Dr. Terry Weyman, a sports chiropractor who practices in Westlake Village, was selected to care for the USA taekwondo team at the Pan American Games Qualifier from March 4 to 9 in the Dominican Republic. Weyman, a Westlake resident, will be caring for able-body and para-athletes at the event. “Its always an honor to travel and work with Team USA, […]

Bio-Identical Wellness in new office

Christine Farrell, certified family nurse practitioner, and Bioidentical Wellness have moved to a new location at 343 S. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. The move has allowed for a more spacious office and the ability to provide more services. Jane Hammond, certified physician assistant, has joined Farrell in treating men and women with bio-identical hormone therapy. The office is offers IV […]

New labeling proposed for medications

Law to prevent taking wrong drugs

Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel (D-San Fernando Valley) recently introduced legislation to protect patients by requiring physicians to include the purpose of any prescription medication on the medication’s label, unless the patient opts out. Labeling medications will help to avoid confusion and reduce the risk of adverse drug events—including medication errors, adverse or allergic reactions, and overdoses for patients taking multiple medications, […]

Youth share their life with cancer

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is taking entries for the seventh annual “Dear Cancer, It’s Me” high school essay contest. The entry deadline is before midnight Thurs., Feb. 28. All students in grades nine through 12, attending schools from the West San Fernando Valley to Santa Maria, who have experienced cancer are eligible to submit essays. The composition of […]

Still time to receive a flu vaccination

As of Feb. 7, Ventura County has seen five influenza-related deaths this flu season, which started in October 2018. At this point in 2018, the county had seen 40 deaths resulting from complications from the influenza virus. Many deaths in a flu season occur in people who have multiple health issues, such as diabetes, dementia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. […]

They got the beat: heart health

The West Hills Hospital and Medical Center will host a free Heart Smart community health event from 2 to 5 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 21 at Corporate Pointe at West Hills, 8413 Fallbrook Ave. Healthy snacks will be served. The schedule for seminars is: 2 p.m.: Hands-only CPR demo and discussion. West Hills Hospital’s cardiac catheterization lab team will show the […]

Keeping your healthcare costs down

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Most doctors accept Medicare as full payment for their services. But some accept it only for certain services, and others don’t accept it at all. What does this mean for you? If you have Original Medicare, it means you should try to use doctors, hospitals, medical equipment suppliers and other healthcare providers that participate or “accept assignment” in Medicare. Such […]

California leads in reducing tobacco use

But e-cigarettes remains at epidemic levels

The latest American Lung Association State of Tobacco Control 2019 report reveals that California again leads the nation in efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use. Tobacco use remains the nation’s leading cause of preventable death and disease, taking an estimated 480,000 lives every year. While California received solid grades in many areas, a trend is threatening the health of […]

Making connections

Valley Outreach Synagogue’s Rabbi’s Speaker Series continues with “Heart Connections” at 7 p.m. Tues., Feb. 19 at Valley Outreach Synagogue, 26670 Agoura Road, Calabasas. Dr. Ben Simon, medical director of cardiovascular services at Providence Tarzana Hospital, in conversation with Rabbi Ron Li-Paz, will discuss what the heart does for the body and what you can do for your heart. Admission […]


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