Up-to-Date News and Health Information at Kingman Regional Medical Center
As we enter flu season, KRMC will host several free flu shot clinics for children and adults. Vaccination is important for all people, but elderly people and children are especially susceptible to complications from influenza. It takes about two weeks for the antibodies that protect against flu to fully develop. For this reason, people should get vaccinated as soon as possible. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), last year’s flu season (2017-2018) was one of the most severe ever documented, with a record number of…
Kingman Regional Medical Center presents its annual Women’s Health Fair. This year’s expo will be held on Saturday, October 13th, from 9 am to 1 pm in KRMC’s Hualapai Mountain Campus, located at 3801 Santa Rosa Drive. Over 40 organizations will participate in the event, offering screenings and information to enhance the health and wellbeing of women in our community. Attendees can receive a free flu vaccination and schedule a free mammogram.
September is National Cholesterol Education Month – a perfect time to learn about the health risks of high cholesterol and what you can do about it. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that’s found in the fats (lipids) in your blood. You need cholesterol to make hormones, Vitamin D, and digestive fluids. Cholesterol also helps your organs function properly. Your liver produces all the cholesterol your body needs. However, diet, lifestyle, and certain health conditions can cause too much cholesterol in your blood (high cholesterol). High cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis—…
September is Pain Awareness Month— a time to acknowledge the millions of Americans who suffer from long-term or “chronic” pain. It is also important to realize the personal and societal implications of this problem and what can be done to help. Pain is an inevitable part of human life. Beneath your skin and within your organs, you have receptor nerve cells that send pain signals up the spinal cord to the brain. Often, your body uses pain as a tool to indicate a problem, protect from injury, and keep you…
One in six student athletes will sustain a concussion during any given sports season. This number is not insignificant, and the truth is that many concussions go unreported and undiagnosed. When you know what to look for, getting treatment and proper healing for a concussion can be much easier. What is a concussion? A concussion is a traumatic brain injury typically caused by a blow to the head. Though the effects of are usually mild and temporary, concussion does affect brain function. Student athletes who play contact sports are at…
Vaccination is an important tool for both individuals and communities. We vaccinate to protect against many serious childhood diseases, including measles, mumps, rubella, polio, diphtheria, varicella (chicken pox), pertussis (whopping cough), and others. In the United States, some of these formerly-common childhood diseases, such as polio, have been nearly eradicated. However, with recent anti-vaccine movements, some of these illnesses are returning at alarming rates, putting countless children at risk for dangerous complications.
KRMC Cancer Center has begun treating their first patient with PROVENGE®, a prescription medicine suitable for certain patients with advanced prostate cancer. PROVENGE® is an immunotherapy. It uses the patient’s own immune system to attack prostate cancer cells. “The process is really fascinating,” said Brian Brady, Registered Nurse and Cancer Center Nursing Supervisor. “The patient has their own blood collected and sent to a facility, where the makers of PROVENGE® add certain antigens to the sample. Once it returns, we administer that blood back to the patient. It works similarly…
Summer is in now in full swing, and in Arizona that means extreme heat. We know that our region gets hot; the last decade has been the warmest on record for the southwest United States. As the temperature increases, so does your risk for heat-related illness. Excessive heat can cause illness in varying degrees, from heat rash to heatstroke. In extreme cases, sustained exposure to heat can be deadly. Certain populations are especially susceptible to heatstroke, including very young children and elderly people.
June is National Safety Month— a good time to think about protecting your well-being by preventing falls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, one out of five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or head trauma. Furthermore, falls are the third leading cause of death due to unintentional injury in the United States. Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling.
If you have diabetes, it’s very important to take care of your feet. Even minor cuts or sores can become serious wounds that could lead to amputation. In fact, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 73,000 amputations of lower limbs are performed every year in the U.S. on people with diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetes can affect blood flow to your feet. If you have any type of injury to your foot, it may not heal on its own because the healing process requires an adequate supply of oxygen-rich…
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