Health and Wellness

Put disease on the mat

When she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Jennifer Parkinson decided to come out swinging. Parkinson, a Newbury Park resident, was diagnosed with the condition when she was 32. She’d started showing symptoms two years before that, and by the time she was diagnosed she could barely walk and had to leave her career as a nurse because of the disease’s […]

At risk for hepatitis? Medicare can help with screenings, treatment

COMMENTARY /// Personal health

Did you know viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, causes more than 1 million deaths per year worldwide? That’s about the same number of deaths caused by tuberculosis and HIV combined. Hepatitis is contagious. The Hepatitis B virus (HBV) spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. People can also get infected by […]

Study shows crayfish can be harmful

Water district has concerns

A new study to be published in the scientific journal “Conservation Biology” indicates that the presence of invasive crayfish could contribute to the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in the Malibu Creek watershed and also reduce its biological diversity. Research about the invasive species found in the watershed and the potential impact they might have on ecosystem integrity was conducted by […]

Advice for the weekend athlete—use exercise for healing

I talk a lot about fitness in my columns, but I’ve yet to address the role it plays when recuperating from an injury. From wounds and broken bones, to muscle, ligament and tendon tears, a fit body is a body that heals well, since returning to good health is a lesser battle if your physical conditioning is optimum in the […]

Where’s my stuff?

A HELPING HAND—Caldera Medical, an Agoura Hills-based medical device company, continues its community outreach effort by assisting the My Stuff Bags Foundation. During two days in July, Caldera volunteers made blankets and hair ties as well as stuffed and packed 600 My Stuff Bags for the foundation to give to children who have been take from their homes due to […]

Suicide prevention signs along highway offer hope to motorists

More than a dozen suicide-prevention signs line the overpass that connects the 23 and 118 freeways. The notices, installed by Caltrans in early June, hope to save lives along the 2.2-mile stretch of road that crosses above Los Angeles and Princeton avenues. Since the overpass was constructed in 1993, 11 people have jumped off the two 100-foot-tall bridges, according to […]

Alzheimer’s caregivers need support too

COMMENTARY /// Senior health

Caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims share a common journey, on a path filled with increasing obstacles as the disease progresses. At some point, caregivers need to come to grips with the truth that they can’t do this alone. Janet Coleman, RN, hospice nurse for Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association, has for years been gently guiding caregivers who, in the final stages […]

Cyclists seek to put the brakes on cancer

Stuart Wood of Westlake Village and Peter Worley of Thousand Oaks will cycle almost 200 miles on Aug. 3 and 4 as they take part in the 39th annual Pan-Mass Challenge for cancer research and care. More than 6,300 cyclists from over 40 states and eight countries will cross the state of Massachusettes and arrive at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to […]

Finding financial assistance for medical needs

The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara will hold a free workshop titled “Disability Insurance and Financial Assistance” from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 9 at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. The talk will cover benefits open to those who are temporarily or permanently unable to work, such as private disability insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, state […]

Hike follows ridgeline

Trail has views of Mount Boney

In Thousand Oaks, a trailhead is never far away. Access points to the 150 miles of trail managed by the Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency are tucked into convenient locations throughout the city. Case in point: Potrero Ridge Trail, which follows a ridgeline in Newbury Park. It travels along a low-lying ridge that runs from east to west. The trail […]

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