Learning the facts behind organic foods, gluten, pesticides and genetics can help you live a better life

Chronic diseases are long-term medical conditions that often can be prevented; the top ones include heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity. There is no super food or fad diet to combat them — the key is eating well, getting moderate physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking.

How can you trust that the health information you’re getting is accurate?

Is anyone really in a good position to be able to look at a story and know if it’s true or not?

The skinny on smart choices when it comes to fast food

John Cisna is pictured before and after his diet of nothing but McDonald's for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

My weight-loss journey began with a challenge to my science students: design an experiment to test whether an individual could become better off by eating nothing but McDonald’s for 90 days.

The key to managing high blood sugar is to rethink your lifestyle

Working in his garden helps Las Vegan Leonard Rosales remember to eat healthy and provides exercise in the process.

Leonard Rosales knew something was wrong last year when he began noticing unusual symptoms. Constantly thirsty, he experienced sporadic episodes during which he simply felt “off.”

The natural choice

Executive Chef Paco poses at El Dorado Cantina, 3025 Industrial Road, Wednesday July 1, 2015. The Mexican restaurant specializes in meals made with non-GMO, organic ingredients. The beef are grass-fed, the fish are farm-raised and the chicken are free-range, a representative said.

If you try to eat organically and avoid genetically modified ingredients, going to a restaurant can be tough. It’s one thing to buy organic at the grocery store, but that might not be as easy to do when dining out, leaving you with a tall glass of delicious water while your dining companion dives in to the rib-eye with béarnaise sauce.

Southern Nevada has higher numbers of a painful problem

Southern Nevada has higher numbers of a painful problem

If you draw a line along the Southern states, this area is often referred to in the medical profession as the “Stone Belt” because of the hot climates where dehydration is common.

The lowdown on cholesterol

There are myriad cholesterol medications that help regulate cholesterol levels, including statins, bile acid sequestrants, nicotinic acid, fibric acids and cholesterol absorption inhibitors.

Is the food you’re eating giving you an ulcer?

Like many modern health issues, our understanding of ulcers has evolved over time.

Preventing and treating cancer one smart bite at a time

Dr. Matthew Schwartz helped George Linton battle cancer with the help of Linton's wife, who wrote a cookbook to help people with throat cancer.

Henderson resident George Linton is all too familiar with cancer diagnoses and the unique dietary challenges that can come with them.

The list of side effects of childhood obesity is long and can reach into adulthood

Childhood obesity is more prevalent today than ever before. In America, approximately 17 percent — 12.7 million children — ages 2 to 19 years old are considered obese.

What are you having for dinner? Your pharmacist wants to know

Your pharmacist has reviewed medications for drug-drug interactions, but is most likely not aware of an individual’s particular diet and may not know which drug-food interactions would apply.

An eating disorder may feel like a crutch, but that’s a dangerous lie

“I’ve had trouble with eating disorders for over 20 years, since I was 16 years old. In the past I went to treatment and saw different therapists on and off. Now is my first time finding success,” said Jennie.

Peanut allergies are on the rise — but maybe not for long

According to a study funded by Food Allergy Research & Education, the rate of peanut allergies among school-age children more than tripled from 1997 to 2008.

Diabetes is so very common and yet often misunderstood

According to CDC’s 2012 National Diabetes Statistics Report, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes and of those almost 28 percent went undiagnosed.

Treating addiction at different ages

Michael, 53,  has successfully completed Solutions Recovery in-patient treatment program.

Recovery, like addiction, is a very personal journey. Individuals are not just taking themselves off of a drug their body is physically dependent on. They are taking themselves out of a way of life and either learning or unlearning attributes that make them who they are ...

Senior moments to remember

Southern Nevada is fortunate to have the warm, dry weather that attracts many to retire and live out their golden years in the golden sun. This hopefully helps alleviate the potential aches and pains in our senior citizens, yet, this population needs to maintain their health awareness ...

Patient success profiles: Ruth Peoples

Ruth Peoples and Dr. Andrew Cash at the Desert Institute of Spine Care.

Peoples was referred to me when she moved to Nevada to be closer to her grandkids. By that time, nearly her entire low back was fused from L2 to S1. She had 10 screws, one of which was broken and two 10-inch rods. She had four discs that had been removed and replaced with plastic polymer implants. She had multiple revision surgeries, fusions, bone grafts, cadaver bone — she had fused 80 percent of her lumbar spine, and probably 100 percent of her functional lumbar spine ...

Patient success profile: Joseph Mosier

Patient Joe Mosier pauses with Pam Hetterscheidt, R.N. manager, at a Southwest Medical Associates Urgent Care facility.

Myasthenia gravis is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under voluntary control and is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. There is no cure, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing ...

Intervention and education are key to helping mental illness

The stigma of mental illness is a paradox; it’s all around us but creates a blanket of anonymity that keeps sufferers unseen and often untreated for months, years, decades or sometimes a lifetime ...

Dispensing good advice from behind the counter

Here are some health care basics to understand ...

Getting the most out of a doctor’s appointment

Regularly visiting a primary care doctor is an important component of staying healthy but many people might not be taking full advantage of their one-on-one time with providers ...

Health care milestones from newborns to teens

As children grow from newborn into young adults, they cross several milestones along the way — both medically and developmentally. Each year, health care needs change and there are different milestones that should be met. Knowing what to look for allows parents to provide support and prepare children as they reach the milestones. In some cases, it allows parents to realize when something may need to be done ...

Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2015

Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2015

We reached out to more than 4,000 physicians and medical professionals in Southern Nevada. We asked them who they recommend in a variety of specialties and are proud to share with you the top names — those doctors who were recommended over and over again ...

Patient Success Profile: Murray Molinsky

Murray Molinsky undergoes a routine checkup by Dr. Fadi Braiteh. Molinsky has had good success while on an experimental drug.

Anti-cancer drug development has evolved over the last decade to further target the cancer cells’ molecular anomalies. Where research once focused on the anatomical location of a specific cancer (lungs, breasts, kidneys, gallbladder or the pancreas, for example), new studies are looking deeper ...

Nonprofit Q&A: Ronald McDonald House Charities

Back Row (from left): Jacqueline Bowering, Shaneka Horne, Stephanie Franks, Marvella Baca, Brett Jones, Christine Fernandez, Stacie Lang, Brenda Williams, Julie Beard, Missy Check. Front Row (from left): Dustin Parks, Alyson McCarthy, Donna Cline, Zack Triplett

RMHC of Greater Las Vegas offers several volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages.

Volunteer Profile: Hospice volunteers say it’s all about making a difference

George and Patricia Pratt

"The biggest reward is that we make a difference with the patients and their caregivers/families, and seeing the smiles on the patient’s faces at the end of our visit."

Valley services instrumental to identifying, healing victims of child sex trafficking

Given Las Vegas’ ideal environment— a bustling honeycomb of illicit opportunity — it’s hardly a surprise that Southern Nevada’s population center has always topped the FBI’s list for child prostitution ...

Oh, the nerve: Understanding a new way to think about pain

We each know someone who experiences chronic pain, the result of disease or accident or the lingering side effect of surgery ...

Smart bombs: The new weapon in the war on cancer

The cancer world’s smart bomb comes in the form of an immunotoxin. Immunotoxins carry a payload of chemotherapy and attach to the cancerous cell, killing it when the time is right ...

Organization aims to change way minority communities think about organ donation

For people such as Arlett Valencia, who is waiting for a life-saving kidney and pancreas transplant, there is no greater gift than the gift of life. Enter Nevada Donor Network ...

The American College of Phlebology helps patients understand treatments

Take a 24-hour town, round-the-clock, never-sit-down job shifts and an aging workforce and you have prime conditions for vascular issues ...

What everyone ought to know about overactive bladders

Dr. Jason Zommick is a urologist with Urology Specialists of Nevada.

Studies show that one in three adults over the age of 40 have reported symptoms of overactive bladder at least sometimes. It does become more common

Local doctor’s mission to improve health care in Southern Nevada counters common myth

In July 2014, Dr. Dhiraj Narula became the first physician in the Western United States to conduct a revolutionary procedure. He was among the first handful of cardiologists in the world to conduct an implant of the Evera MRI implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) system.

In July 2014, Narula became the first physician in the Western United States to conduct a revolutionary procedure. He was among the first handful of cardiologists in the world to conduct an implant of the Evera MRI implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) system.

Nurse walking again after landmark surgery in Nevada

As the first reported person in the U.S. to receive an osteointegration implant for transfemoral amputation, Elizabeth Bailey-Smith’s progress is significant.

It’s been a few months since Elizabeth Bailey-Smith has been discharged from physical therapy and she wears her state-of-the-art prosthetic leg all the time. A cane helps, but ...

Modern health care, especially for seniors, is becoming a team effort

In the wake of the Affordable Care Act, health care organizations across the nation are recognizing the importance of focusing more intently on quality of care and improved medical outcomes. For some organizations, this is a dramatic departure ...

Illness doesn’t care if you work graveyard shift

Medical facilities in Nevada are increasingly adapting to accommodate patients’ diverse health care needs, with a strong focus on providing patients with improved access to treatment. These efforts include ...

Program provides intensive training for new graduate nurses

Transitioning into the role of professional nurse is cause for great excitement and apprehension for the student nurse. Nursing school is tough, but the student nurses have their professors to help them ...

Worried if you’re choosing the right nursing home?

As your loved ones get older, they may decide to move into a nursing home. There are a tremendous amount of benefits from living in a nursing home, but picking the right one can be very difficult ....

Artistry of the da Vinci Xi: UMC one of few Nevada hospitals with breakthrough surgical technology

The da Vinci Xi has broader capabilities than prior generations of the da Vinci system, with the adaptability to be used across an array of procedures in urology, gynecology, thoracic, cardiac and general surgery.

“The new robotics system at UMC is a perfect fit and it’s one of the only hospitals in the valley with the system,” Dr. Ovunc Bardakcioglu said. “The advanced technology is superior to all others as it allowed me to work in the upper and lower part of the body at the same time. I was able to remove her entire colon using the robotics system.”

On the leading edge

Dr. Arnold Chung of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Associates is seen before entering an operating room Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Mountain View Hospital.

Innovative procedure shortens recovery time for lung cancer patients.