Battling stress with boredom

Stress is everywhere. From the time we wake up in the morning until the time we hit the sack again each night, the stresses inherent in daily life are a constant. Many seek out mental health professionals to help in dealing with stress, but Dr. Perri Zinberg, a cognitive behavioral therapist in Los Angeles, said […]

Diabetes goes to the dogs – University of Pennsylvania graduates first diabetes detection dog

It is estimated that 25 million people have diabetes while 80 million people have pre-diabetes. Insulin-dependent diabetics often devote a great deal of time and anxiety worrying about their risks of experiencing a potentially fatal episode of hypoglycemia, especially at night while they sleep. That’s why the recent graduation of the first diabetes detection dog […]

Kaiser Permanente PrEP Study reports 45% increase in condom-less sex Kaiser Permanente PrEP Study reports 45% increase in con

A San Francisco Business Times article reports “eye-popping statistic” from a Kaiser Permanente study of approximately 500 individuals taking Truvada once a day as pre-exposure prophylaxis to prevent HIV. The study, which enrolled a majority of men who have sex with multiple men and was conducted through Kaiser’s HIV care and prevention program in San […]

Four mosquitoes in Palm Springs test positive for West Nile Virus

PALM SPRINGS – Four mosquito samples from Palm Springs tested positive for West Nile virus, it was announced today. The samples bring the Coachella Valley’s total number of positive mosquito samples to 41, compared to 109 at this time last year, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. The most recent Palm […]

Health Net and Tenet Healthcare Reach Agreements Covering Six Southland Hospitals

PALM SPRINGS – Health Net Inc. has reached agreements to resume covering services at two Coachella Valley hospitals and four other medical centers in Los Angeles and Orange counties that were terminated from its network last month, the health insurance provider announced today. The new, multi-year agreements between Health Net and Tenet Healthcare cover Desert […]

Is your hunger signal working?

Is your hunger signal working?

Have you ever felt that you could just keep eating and still not feel full? A recent study suggests that some foods may not trigger that feeling of being full which may, in turn, contribute to weight gain and obesity. On Jan. 2 (2013) in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Yale University researchers […]

The power of denial

In 1982, I listened intently to a 28-year-old man sincerely explain to me why he simply couldn’t be an alcoholic because he “only” drank beer. I had been asked to convince him that he was, in fact, an alcoholic and that the hospital’s treatment program was available to help him get sober. Being only a […]

Money-saving open enrollment tips

Millions of Americans will be receiving 2013 open enrollment materials. Although it’s tempting to simply check “same as last year,” that can be a costly mistake – especially if an employer is offering different benefit plans next year or one’s family or income situation has changed. Plus, an important feature of health care flexible spending […]

Weight loss doctor shares his views

TEMECULA – The Village & Valley News asked Dr. Robert Skversky, M.D., of Weight No More in Temecula to share his views on weight loss via a question and answer series. Skversky has over 20 years experience in the medical treatment of overweight/obese individuals and has been featured on numerous television programs. He uses combination […]