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Wearing gloves shouldn't be optional

Dr. Farolyn McSweeney, the president of the Nevada State Board of Oriental Medicine, likes to tell people “you can never be too careful” when it comes to the possible spread of infections.

Example for nation set here in Nevada

It can be done. It has been done. Right here in Nevada, where health care seldom receives accolades. Deadly central line-associated bloodstream infections ---- part of the reason 99,000 Americans die each year from preventable hospital-acquired...

Men do just fine as caregivers

Ernest Williams, an 81-year-old Korean War veteran, was so matter of fact about it. For nearly six years he had bathed and dressed and fed his 76-year-old wife, Inas, who suffered with Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. He had...

Vaccines offer simple answers

For years there has been broad agreement in the public health and scientific community that while better flu vaccines are needed, a yearly seasonal flu vaccine is the best preventive method against influenza. So it's not surprising that health...

Obesity quietly taking its toll

What Dr. Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society didn't say the other day in the nation's capital was the last straw. Oh, the first part of what he said was great: Death rates from cancer continue to inch down in the United States. Then he added...

It's time to value the rest of life

I looked across the dance floor and for a moment they were there. Doing the jitterbug. Laughing. New Year's Eve 2012. What I saw in my mind's eye from my teenage years ---- my parents enjoying themselves ---- brought home an unpleasant reality yet...

With hope and help, boy may walk again

A smiling 4-year-old Noah De La Cerda sits in his wheelchair and blows a kiss over his left palm at Danita Cohen. "Already flirting," Cohen says with a laugh as she leans over in her chair and uses her hand to brush back Noah's thick brown hair...

More organ donors needed

Peggy Maze Johnson, a longtime political activist, used to think it was hard work to get out the vote. Or making sure that public sentiment was against using Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste. Turns out, she now says, neither effort was as tough as...

Catching a glimpse of bravery among us

They are times you don't forget ---- when you get a glimpse of the steel that makes a warrior a warrior. Twice in the past seven years I've had those days. Once I sat in the living room of retired Gen. Paul Tibbets, who led the first A-bomb mission...

Felon can practice medicine

Talk about bizarre. Dr. Ralph Conti is a convicted felon awaiting sentencing on fraud charges growing out of a stem cell implant scheme ---- he and accomplice Alfred Sapse are described by the Food and Drug Administration as "predators who prey on...

Basking briefly in legend's brilliance

The surgical mask and cap that Dr. Denton Cooley wore always directed your attention to his green eyes. On that day in 2002 the then 83-year-old surgeon - who astounded the world in 1969 when he was the first surgeon to successfully implant a...

To stop hospital negligence, use the law

When you read the report "Call to Action: Safeguarding the Integrity of Healthcare Quality and Safety Systems," it soon becomes apparent there are far too many thugs running the nation's hospitals, men and women in white coats and expensive suits...

Therapist's similes deliver smiles

It doesn't take long to determine that Adrien Pettit finds helping children with speech problems a fulfilling and rewarding career. Her face lights up when she talks about a child who's overcome stuttering or an inability to produce certain sounds...

Hospitals endanger lives on daily basis

You can do it when you're not in the middle of the storm - plan, make comparisons, put things in perspective. It's what executives at New York University's Langone Medical Center could have done long ago. So they didn't end up with flooded backup...

Patients wise to question spinal shots

Dr. Daniel Kim, the founder of the Southern Nevada Pain Center, is concerned about all the phone calls his office receives from people worried about whether they should receive epidural spinal injections for back pain. He wants to set their minds at...

Meeting her match could save her life

She has the energy of someone half her 36 years. Her smile is so infectious you start smiling even though your brain says you shouldn't. Models would love to have her complexion. Two young sons haven't made this blackjack dealer at Caesars Palace...

Is anyone watching the pharmacy industry?

The more you follow the outbreak of meningitis, which is linked to tainted spinal injections developed by a compounding pharmacy out of Massachusetts, the more disgusted you become. And the more you look into whether compounding pharmacies are well-regulated in Nevada, the more worried you become.

Honoring the living, as long as he can

It should have been a wonderful time for Dr. Dale Carrison. But as he received an award for contributions to the community, he knew that the business of medicine too often had gotten in the way of keeping in close touch with friends and family.

Repaying kindness a patient at a time

At three in the morning Dr. Florence Jameson helped bring a new baby into this world. Five hours later, she stood in the lobby of the Volunteers in Medicine of Southern Nevada clinic and excitedly talked about giving birth to a facility to help the uninsured.