Health and Wellness

Free app shows what insurance covers

COMMENTARY /// Medicare


Let’s say you go for your annual physical and your doctor recommends that you get a hearing and balance test. Or an electrocardiogram. Or a Hepatitis B screening. Does your Original Medicare cover these services? Now there’s a quick way to find out, using your smartphone or tablet. It’s Medicare’s new What’s Covered app and it’s free. You can use […]

Robot helps kids with autism



Autism represents a spectrum of disorders that range from difficulty with communication to the inability to speak. For the parents of autistic children, treatment choices can be difficult. Ralph Morin, an 82-year-old Moorpark resident, offers a solution that he says could accelerate the therapeutic process for kids on the autism spectrum. Morin is the founder and CEO of Scholastic Robotics, […]

Out of the Darkness walk

Event promotes suicide prevention

The annual American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide Out of the Darkness Campus Walk will take place on Sat., March 9 at Kingsmen Park on the Cal Lutheran University campus, 60 West Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Registration begins at 8 a.m. The walk will take place 9 to 11 a.m., rain or shine. Guest speakers include Assemblymember […]

Disaster drill keeps medics alert



Five-year-old Johnny showed up at Simi Valley Adventist with chills, a fever, and muscle aches and pains. His worried parents looked on as nurses assessed the child, trying to figure out what might be ailing him. While treating the little boy, another patient checked in with similar symptoms, this time an elderly man who fell while trying to help his […]

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, […]

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

commentary /// Medicare


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 […]


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