Finding a good nursing home

By Greg Dill Special to the Village News One recent Sunday morning, I woke up to a text message from a coworker saying she’d been up all night with her mother in the emergency room. Her mom had fallen, broken her hip, and was getting admitted to the hospital for surgery. As you can imagine, my colleague was […]

Millions diagnosed with clinical depression each year in U.S.

Dr. Terry A Rondberg Special to The Village News Everybody feels sad once in a while. Depression, on the other hand, is a complex state characterized by profound sadness, sluggishness, feelings of worthlessness, and a loss of interest in social activities. There are 15 million people in the U.S. diagnosed with clinical depression annually. Feeling […]

Don’t rely on pharmacies to catch drug interactions

By Trudy Lieberman, Rural Health News Service When you fill a prescription at your local pharmacy, you assume the medicine you receive is safe and won’t interact badly with other drugs you’re taking. That’s not an unreasonable assumption, considering that pharmacists enjoy a positive reputation among the public. A recent Gallup poll found that pharmacists […]

Learn to protect yourself and loved ones from diabetes

Dr. Terry A. Rondberg Special to the Village News There’s an epidemic racing through America at an incredible rate: diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, it’s the fastest-growing disease in the country and the fifth leading cause of death. If the trend continues, one out of three Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime. […]

Major changes may be coming to Medicare

Trudy Lieberman Rural Health News Service What’s going to happen to Medicare? That’s not an insignificant question given the political shift in Washington. Now, with Republicans controlling the presidency and both houses of Congress, some ideas they’ve been pushing for years have a chance of passing. Those ideas would drastically change the way Medicare works […]

Avocados: An appropriate food choice during American Heart Month

Avocados: An appropriate food choice during American Heart Month

MISSION VIEJO – February is American Heart Month – a critical time to raise awareness about the importance of heart health and the harmful consequences if ignored. The Hass Avocado Board (HAB), as part of its four-year collaboration, is teaming up with the American Heart Association during American Heart Month to encourage Americans to consume the daily recommended servings of […]

Fallbrook Regional Health District celebrates with first Wellness Walk

Fallbrook Regional Health District celebrates with first Wellness Walk

FALLBROOK – On Feb. 1, the Fallbrook Healthcare District celebrated its new name, Fallbrook Regional Health District, with its first Wellness Walk. The celebration took place at 10 a.m. at the Fallbrook Community Center with representatives from Senator Joel Anderson’s office and Assemblywoman Marie Waldron’s office presenting Certificates of Recognition to Gordon Tinker, board president. […]

Incidents of non-fatal strangulation more likely to lead to homicide

SAN DIEGO COUNTY – The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement officials and the San Diego City Attorney have signed an agreement that outlines a coordinated community response on how to handle strangulation cases. Studies have shown that episodes of non-fatal strangulation have a greater likelihood of leading to homicide. The Strangulation […]

Handling Valentine’s Day when a person has diabetes

Handling Valentine’s Day when a person has diabetes

FALLBROOK – Celebrating a holiday can be challenging for those with diabetes, as sweet treats are a part of many holiday celebrations. Come Valentine’s Day, chocolates, candy and rich desserts can often be found on the menu, which can prove problematic for those who have to watch their blood-glucose levels. Diabetics may be tempted to […]

Donors urgently needed to increase Red Cross blood supply

LOS ANGELES – The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors to make an appointment to give this winter so that patients can continue to receive lifesaving treatments. Blood donations are needed now to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor […]