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?

Healthy Habits: Dr. Trina Wiggins

Pediatrician Trina Wiggins, 55, practices the splits in preparation for a Ms. Fitness competition while training at her local YMCA in Las Vegas June 24, 2016.

'I enjoy performing to inspire and motivate others to pursue their athletic passion...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Carl Allen

Dr. Carl Allen has been golfing since 1990.

'I enjoy the time spent with my colleagues, our beautiful courses, getting better at scoring and the amazingly peaceful environment...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. JD McCourt

Dr. J.D. McCourt likes to run to stay in shape.

'On a typical day, when sitting down for a meal, I like to make sure I have some of each of the five food groups...'

Progressive supranuclear palsy — The search to cure a hard-to-diagnose disorder

More recently, PSP has gained attention as a research model for potential therapeutic agents in the most common neurodegenerative disorder — Alzheimer’s disease ...

How heroin and other opiates can transcend the social ladder

"My mom was a stripper and my dad was a taxi cab driver. I was none of those things," said Vanessa. "My parents both used heroin and were HIV positive because of needle use. I lived in a nice house in Summerlin. I never pictured myself like everyone else that used drugs."

When she found out she was pregnant, Vanessa stopped using drugs and alcohol...

A young hero's gift of life

Catherine Guillet's daughter, Lauren, died at the age of 15. One of Lauren's favorite sayings was, "God only picks the most beautiful flowers. We’re all a part of the garden, meant to be different and beautiful. In order for us to flourish, we have to get rid of the weeds."

Even if Lauren hadn’t told me her wishes, we would have donated her organs and tissue because ...

Las Vegas navy veteran first in the world to receive revolutionary bladder cancer treatment

May 20, 2016, was a landmark day for many, including those devoted to treating cancer, the Las Vegas medical community and a local Navy veteran...

Healthy Habits: Dan Heller

Dan Heller plays basketball at 1801 S. Monte Cristo Way, on June 17, 2016.

'It’s not what you eat, it’s how much you eat...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Robert Kessler, D.O.

Dr. Robert Kessler, D.O., has been biking for 20 years.

"I am lighter than I was in high school...'

Nevada is in the top 15 states for drug overdoses

More people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014 than during any previous year on record ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Yolanda Flores

Yolanda Flores (pictured in the white hat) is a runner.

'I enjoy the energy, endurance and strength achieved by exercising...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Andrew Cash

Dr. Andrew Cash uses body-weight resistance using a TRX at Anthem Fitness in Henderson June 24, 2016.

I have lifted weights since high school and I also worked on cardio through cross country running, basketball, rugby and Jiu-Jitsu ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Matthew Schwartz

Dr. Matthew Schwartz, a radiation oncologist, works out at Lifetime Fitness Green Valley in Henderson Tuesday, June 21, 2016.

'Spending time with my family is important to me and being able to do something that we all enjoy is my favorite part...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Jeffrey Cummings

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings works out in his home gym in Henderson, Sunday, July 3, 2016.

It leaves me feeling like I am protecting my health and longevity ...

Healthy Habits: Dr. Teddy Sim Jr.

Chiropractor Teddy Sim, left, teaches a Zumba class at Lifetime Fitness, 121 Carnegie St., in Henderson, Sunday, July 3, 2016.

'During the day, I am adjusting spines; afterward I am just dancing the night away...'

Healthy Habits: Dr. Souzan El-Eid

Dr. Souzan El-Eid, a surgeon with the Comprehensive Cancer Centers Of Nevada, workouts on a stationary bike Monday, June 20, 2016.

Working out on a regular basis, whether it’s a class or going to the gym on your own, as well as maintaining a healthy diet is important for living a long life...

Uncracking the code to a healthier you

Just because you don’t have a family history of certain conditions does not mean that you are not at risk...

Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2016

Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2016

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 ...

Staying one step ahead of brain cancer

Cancer survivor Susan Hilburger teaches yoga at various studios, gyms and corporations around the Las Vegas area.

More than 100,000 chemical reactions take place within the brain every single second...

Advocating for our doctors … and ultimately our patients

It’s been a remarkable seven years here in Southern Nevada. And, now, it’s time for an exciting new chapter not only for me but the medical organization that advocates for so many...