Health and Wellness

Calabasas resident heads to Special Olympics World Games

There’s nothing quite as special as winning. While the prestige and accolades may fade, the symbol of victory—the gold medal—will always be a testament to being the best. Mark Hanson, 32, traveled to the United Arab Emirates this week to participate in the Special Olympic World Games, which will take place March 14 to 21 in Abu Dhabi. A tennis […]

Nar-Anon helps

The Conejo Valley Nar-Anon Family Group is a weekly support group for those who feel desperate due to the drug addiction problem of a family member or friend. Members meet at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in room 9 at Temple Adat Elohim, 2420 Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks. The group has no religious affiliation with the temple and is open to […]

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, […]

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