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 […]

New technology puts hospital on cutting edge of hip, joint placements

Author and sports TV personality John Brenkus’ physically active lifestyle had caused much of the cartilage and some of the bone in his knee to wear away. The pain got so bad, it made it difficult to walk, let alone run, swim or cycle. Desperate for relief, the 47-year-old amateur triathlete traveled from his home in Park City, Utah, to […]

Essay contest winner hears the good news

Decibel Hearing Services held an essay contest in December 2018 to give an individual in need and living with hearing loss a set of premium hearing aids. After receiving many essay entries from individuals in the community and their families and friends, Decibel selected Eva Bogaardt as the winner of the Gift of Hearing Essay Contest. She was nominated by […]

Buddhist monk to discuss meditation, healing

American Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Rigpa will give a lecture on “The Healing Power of Meditation” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sat., Feb. 9 at the Scherr Forum, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Rigpa has been studying and practicing Buddhist meditation for almost two decades. He is based in Hollywood and teaches classes, workshops and […]

Community 360 goes beyond

In its ongoing effort to support the social and emotional needs of students, the Las Virgenes Unified School District has broadened its reach to parents and the community at large by offering a new round of resources, services, events, podcasts and phone apps. Called the Community 360 Collaborative, the program represents a partnership between the school district, mental-health professionals, law […]

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