Blind Center helps musician and mentor grow

Gus Garcia sings with the Blind Center's all-blind band "Broken Spectacles" during a rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

But like anything, you learn to adapt and adjust...

Dining facility abuzz with activity

Chef Erasmo Ancheta mashes up 300 pounds of potatoes with more to come as Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada prepares to serve their 51st consecutive free Thanksgiving meal to roughly 1,000 homeless and vulnerable men, women and children on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

Every day at Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the Hands of Hope Community Food Pantry and St. Vincent Lied Dining Facility buzz with activity. Feeding the less fortunate is a major tenet of our mission of service, and we are blessed to have the support of longtime donors and community partners...

Volunteer profile: Dan and Sharon Ruff

For Las Vegas resident Sharon Ruff, death has become a regular part of life ...

Patient Success Story: Fast thinking after a serious injury

Madelynne Auwae does not recall many details about the crash that changed her life, as she lost consciousness almost immediately after the impact...

Leading by example at WestCare

Dee Wirth’s life is a testament to the triumph of the soul...

Know the signs when a silent killer is lurking

Too many times, patients are experiencing a heart attack but don’t recognize the symptoms until it’s too late...

Fast food dining with diabetes? Proper choices make it possible

As anyone living with diabetes knows, following a healthy eating plan and eliminating junk food from your diet — foods low in nutritional value but high in calories, sugar, carbohydrates and fat — is essential to managing your condition and keeping your sugar (glucose) levels in check...

A multiple sclerosis journey: The path to achieve wellness

Physicians define wellness as the process of obtaining optimal health, a journey involving education, planning and action. For the more than 2,500 Southern Nevada residents living with multiple sclerosis, this journey is often filled...

Why the medical staffing shortage exists in Southern Nevada

Our medical community is comprised of thousands upon thousands of dedicated physicians and medical professionals. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, alone, is the professional home to more than 500 employees....

Staffing clinicians during a massive shortage

According to an American Journal of Medical Quality study published in 2011, Nevada ranked as the third worst state in the U.S. when it came to a nursing shortage forecast to the year 2030. And when it comes to physicians, Nevada is ranked No. 47 in the U.S. when it comes to active physicians ...

Considering the medical staffing shortage in Southern Nevada

We’ve all heard about or experienced the doctor shortage in Nevada, but most people aren’t aware why it happened, and more importantly, what health care companies are doing to address it....

Obesity's ties to cancer and what we can do

We have an obesity epidemic in the United States and its impacts are startling....

Motivating patients to change

Many common health problems, such as heart disease and diabetes, can be treated in part by patients themselves who are motivated to kick unhealthy habits. Patient choices to give up smoking, lose weight, exercise and take prescribed medications as directed are essential in achieving better health and quality of life...

Patients and doctors must work as a team

Diabetes is a nationwide health epidemic, and Nevada is not immune to the disease’s impact. According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 300,000 Nevadans have diabetes, 75,000 of whom are undiagnosed. Recent projections place the number of diabetic Nevadans at more than 600,000 by 2030....

Diabetes can lead to special problems for men

In addition to the other health issues brought about by diabetes, some men with diabetes can experience impotence, also called erectile dysfunction. ED is when a man can no longer achieve or maintain an erection. You may occasionally hear some people refer to it as “impotence,” however, most health care providers use this term less often now...

Peek-a-boo: Knowing where sugars might be hiding

Over the past 30 years, Americans have steadily increased their intake of added sugars. This has caused a significant addition of calories to our diet without...

The 441 on diabetes medications

Diabetic medications are described using the same model, which can be placed into three categories...

Sugar: Understanding how much is OK

Nevada has seen a 23-percent increase in obesity among middle-aged adults in the last 15 years. Diabetes in the state has increased by a stunning 95 percent, according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Ranking’s Senior Report...

Calvinia’s story: Biosimilars offer real hope for patients

My journey began with a diagnosis in December 2002. At that time, my vision became impaired for three months and I was told I had lupus...

Nevadans can benefit from biosimilar medications but legislation is needed to make safety a priority

In Nevada, thousands of families live with serious diseases — from cancer, arthritis and multiple sclerosis to diabetes, heart disease, lupus and other autoimmune conditions....

Igniting imagination to cope with life-threatening disease

Galia Sodoma experienced Project Imagine at Sunrise Children's Hospital during her fight against acute myeloid leukemia.

Imagine a young child battling cancer, spending long periods of time in a hospital, having to endure an exhausting regimen of tests and treatment...

Take two Gershwins and call me in the morning

I can’t remember when I first heard the phrase, “Music hath charms that sooths the savage beast,” ...

Redesigning brain disease

A seating area at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

Let’s try a quick experiment. Take a look around the room that you are in right now...

A reason to smile again

Jeffrey Engle

For years, 51-year-old Jeffrey Engle’s mouth was a constant source of emotional and physical agony....

The grieving process is universal, yet unique

Grieving is a very personal process, according to Matthew Metevelis, spiritual care supervisor at Nathan Adelson Hospice. There is no right or wrong way ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Hamidreza Sanatinia

Dr. Hamidreza Sanatinia

I like to have time to myself for healing when I am overly stressed...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Edwin Kingsley

Dr. Edwin Kingsley

"The ominous threat of getting out of shape motivates me to ride!"

CCCN and UNLV partner to help Southern Nevadans to quit smoking

Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada and UNLV have joined forces to help people who smoke tobacco products kick the habit with their “I Quit For” campaign...

New help changes the game when a heart attack strikes

Recently implemented approaches to cardiac care often provide life-saving benefits for Southern Nevada patients ....

All about intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is an umbrella term for a dieting technique that cycles between periods of fasting and non-fasting. Unlike traditional diets, it does not focus ...

Tips and tricks for dodging diabetes

In less than 20 years, the diabetes rate in Nevada has more than doubled. That alone should be enough to make most Nevadans trade ...

Adult strabismus — Help does exist

Most people would probably admit that childhood is an awkward time. It’s a time of learning and growth — both mentally and physically....

Sniffle season strategies: How to avoid the flu

Your head aches, and so does every muscle in your body. You’re cold one minute and hot the next. Your throat is scratchy and you’re starting to cough. You might be coming down with ...

Healthy Habits: Keeping fit after office hours

Pediatrician Trina Wiggins, 55, practices a leg-over-arm pushup in preparation for a Ms. Fitness competition while training at her local YMCA in Las Vegas June 24, 2016.

We all need to blow off steam somehow. Given the special burdens that medical professionals face on a daily basis, Health Care Quarterly thought it might be interesting to find out what they do for themselves to refresh and keep healthy. Their responses ...

Finding an exit from a life on the streets

Rick Denton and Leslieann Farrell, members of WestCare's VIVO project, look for a homeless couple near Flamingo and Industrial roads during a homeless outreach Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

It’s early June, and the suffocating mid-summer heat hasn’t yet consumed the valley ...

Rising numbers of opioid addiction creating alarm on a national level

According to the 2016 United Nations’ World Drug Report, the number of heroin users nationally is now approximately one million, three times the number of people addicted to the drug just 10 years ago...

Hitting the road: Southwest Medical's on-the-go mobile medical center

Patient Geoff Post, left, gets a check-up with David Livingston LPN (licensed practical nurse) in a Medicine on the Move mobile clinic exam room at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission Wednesday, June 15, 2016. The clinic is from Southwest Medical, part of OptumCare, in partnership with Health Plan of Nevada and Sierra Health and Life.

Health Plan of Nevada and Southwest Medical Associates, a part of OptumCare, have partnered to design and commission a customized mobile medical center to bring health care directly to residents in Nevada...

Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada: A lifeline for seniors

Client Judith Cran and senior companion Rosalind Robinson packing for the day's activities.

There are various ways to tell the tales of what Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada does for senior citizens through programs like Meals on Wheels and Senior Companion. For clients like Judith Cran and Carmen Roybal, these programs are vital to their quality of life...

Smart shopping can lead to a healthier life

Most people are familiar with the grocery store, but how much do any of us really know about the products we purchase?