A couple of years ago, I sat in the office of Lynn Leany and heard him talk about the opportunity to receive Provenge, then a new drug therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer. His battle with cancer continues today as he seeks out new drugs to keep him alive.
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At first blush, it doesn't make sense. We live in Southern Nevada, where the sun shines about 320 days a year, yet it isn't difficult to find doctors who say many of us are deficient in vitamin D, which is often called the sunshine vitamin.
My 88-year-old mother's last days in the hospital were pure hell. There is no doubt that she thought the members of the hospital staff were trying to kill her. A recent study found that for people with Alzheimer's disease, a stay in the hospital accelerated mental decline and increased the risk of going into a nursing home or dying.
The more you learn about Anna Wroble as a mother and as a registered nurse, the more it seems natural that she be the one to change how thousands of expectant and new parents gain information about childbirth and caring for newborns.
The Wesley Warren of today does not act like the somber Wesley Warren of last fall. Rather than on the edge of tears, the Las Vegas man suffering from a disease that has left him with a 100-pound scrotum is seemingly enjoying his celebrity.
Somehow it always comes as a surprise - a doctor or his loved ones getting sick. Oh, sure, when I think about it rationally, I know physicians and their families are prone to the same illnesses and bad luck as the rest of us mortals. But I'm not always rational when it comes to my health or that of my family.
When Tom Thomason took the fifth, he was in a Sunrise Hospital operating room, not a courtroom. Still, there was a question he couldn't answer as he went under the knife. Could Dr. Troy Watson pull off a successful ankle replacement surgery on his fifth try?
Even after 30 years as a physician - Dr. Marietta Nelson now runs The Eye Clinic of Las Vegas - she finds the doctor-patient relationship awe-inspiring. Never, she says, can she take lightly that someone entrusts his own or his child's well-being to her.
Las Vegas police officer Tony McCleery hurts. You would, too, if a pickup plowed into you as you stood on Las Vegas Boulevard.
If you're looking for a sign of the UC San Diego Health System Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas, you'll have about as much luck as you would have looking for a sign of Bigfoot. And that's just the way new CEO Mickey Goldman wants it - for now.
This will be the first Mother's Day without my first health care provider. Alzheimer's took her out in January. The patient-provider relationship was always excellent: Mom always found a way to give her patients, or rather her children, the attention they deserved.
Every time I hear sports talk show host Paul Howard selling LASIK eye surgery - it only took him a few painless minutes to acquire 20-15 vision - I think of a woman I wrote about in Texas who lost her sight from a laser procedure. Her emotional appeal to me to let people know that such surgery is not without risk has stayed with me.
Outside Henry Chanin's office at The Meadows School is the golf cart he must use to move around campus. It is a reminder of one way the hepatitis C he acquired in 2006 during a colonoscopy at Dr. Dipak Desai's Desert Shadow Endoscopy Center has changed his life.
How do you stop people from acting foolishly? There's a government-sanctioned body in Nevada -- a task force on unlicensed health care -- that's trying to do just that within the Hispanic community.
This is April, so my wife and I are thinking of planning get-togethers with friends to recognize Alcohol Awareness Month, Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month, National Autism Awareness Month, National Donate Life Month, Safe Kids Week and World Meningitis Day.
Unless you've got the soul of a machine, you hate to see what 50-year-old John Nelson has gone through the past few months. In December, the NV Energy technician had a colonoscopy and learned he had colon cancer. Soon afterward, he underwent surgery to remove a tumor.
The more I think about the number of people taking anti-depressants government statistics show one in 10 Americans over the age of 12 taking them the more depressed I become.
Herb Gilbert is 90, and that means enduring people acting as though he can't think and can't hear, which he said became even more frustrating recently during two short hospital stays. Medical professionals, he said, engaged in what researchers refer to as "elderspeak."
Suzanne Newton says she doesn't normally talk much about throwing up. But she's so sick to her stomach about a trip to the ER -- it was far more costly than she ever imagined -- that she feels she must talk about what sent her to the hospital in the first place.
The more I think about the burial plot my wife gave me as a gift a couple years ago, the more I think about how I'll get there. And now I have decided once and for all that I want to kick the bucket like a doctor.
She must have taken a tumble, just like all little ones do. That's what Jerad Ewing thought when his 3-year-old daughter, Ava, complained of soreness in her hip area. That soreness she first experienced in 2010 turned out to be Stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare and often deadly form of childhood cancer.
Do you have a guess what is behind the government's push for electronic medical records? Easier access fpr doctors and patients? Better care? Nice guesses. It is lousy handwriting, according to many doctors, that is actually behind the push.
After six months of studying Dr. Dipak Desai as he lived in a nuthouse in Sparks, three of the state's best shrinks recently concluded, in effect, that he knows the difference between an outhouse and a courthouse, that he remains competent enough to tell his lawyer, Richard Wright, to keep stalling so he doesn't go to trial.
Like most people, Dr. Joseph Thornton, an associate professor at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, laughs at jokes about hemorrhoids, even appreciating the down-home wisdom some one-liners provide: "Hemorrhoid patients never play musical chairs." But he also is the first to say that humor revolving around hemorrhoids is funnier if you don't have the ailment.
So different, yet so much the same. Sally Towey, an 81-year-old Las Vegan, was talking about the ordeals of Gabrielle Dee "Gabby" Giffords and her late daughter, Kim Sullivan.