How to keep your pets safe this summer

By Jorie Parr
Posted on June 12, 2014

No more sleeping in. Summertime means that Joseph Scott of Palm Springs and his mastiff, Dillon, 10, hit the pavement at 5:30 every morning. Then, except for short excursions, they don’t go walking again until about 9 to 9:30 p.m.The pair has been inseparable since Scott found a small puppy left in deplorable condition under a bush on Dillon Road near Desert Hot Springs. Instantly,... READ MORE

What’s all the fuss over dark chocolate?

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on June 11, 2014

In addition to its great taste and enduring popularity, dark chocolate may help you fend off heart disease, diabetes, dementia and stroke.Chocolate has a variety of health-protective qualities thanks to its antioxidant flavonoids. The darker the chocolate, the higher level of flavonols (the main antioxidant found in cocoa and chocolate) it contains.Dark chocolate has a protective effect... READ MORE

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on June 05, 2014

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75, and nearly all men over 60, qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes. It’s the first independent look at the impact of the guidelines issued in November, and shows how dramatically they shift more people toward treatment. Supporters say the guidelines reveal the... READ MORE

Medical test surprises: Too much info?

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on March 11, 2014

It’s a growing side effect of modern medicine: A test for one condition turns up something completely unrelated. It might be a real danger, or an anxiety-provoking false alarm.Doctors dub this the dreaded “incidentaloma” — so-called incidental findings that tell people more than they bargained for, things they might not need, or want, to know.A U.S. presidential... READ MORE

Healthy diet may alter our genetic destiny

By Sharon Palmer, R.D
Posted on March 04, 2014

At one time, if your mother had cancer, your genetic destiny for this disease seemed to be etched in stone. At least that was the old way of thinking about genetic predisposition for diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.But there’s been a paradigm shift in the way experts understand our inherited genetic profile, according to Roderick H. Dashwood, Ph.D., who spoke on genetics... READ MORE

Patients find joy and healing in singing

By John Annarino
Posted on February 21, 2014

The vocal warm-up began with class members humming the notes of the scale. Then they sang “me may ma mo moo” over and over again — funny sounds that their singing made beautiful.The class is called SongShine Basics, and it’s taught by a remarkable woman, Dr. Ruthanna Metzgar, founder and president of the SongShine Foundation. Metzgar, a professional singer who has... READ MORE

Vitamin E may slow Alzheimer’s decline

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on February 14, 2014

Researchers say vitamin E might slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease — the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage.In a study of more than 600 older veterans, high doses of the vitamin delayed the decline in daily living skills — such as making meals, getting dressed and holding a conversation — by ... READ MORE

To live longer and be slimmer, eat nuts

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on February 08, 2014

Sometimes you feel like a nut, and that’s a good thing.Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease — in fact, were less likely to die of any cause — during a 30-year Harvard study.Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and... READ MORE

First successful gene therapy for cancer

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on February 04, 2014

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients’ blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer. A few patients with one type of leukemia were given this one-time, experimental therapy several years ago, and some remain cancer-free today. Now, at least... READ MORE

Family-friendly tour helps valley charities

By Jamie Lee Pricer
Posted on January 28, 2014

Hal Parkins thought he had an easy way to show off to his spouse and friends that he still “had it.” Last year, the 72-year-old Canadian snowbird cycled the 55-mile route of the Tour de Palm Springs.“With the wind, it was harder than I thought, but overall I loved it,” says Parkins.Wind has been an on-again, off-again factor in the bicycle event — organizers... READ MORE