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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.
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…
Wendy Dunlap had been a caregiver for her late husband while he was suffering from dementia. She is a mother, and she had worked in healthcare and as a police officer. She had spent her life in various roles caring for others. She had not prepared to be the one in need of care. In September 2014, Dunlap visited Kingman Regional Medical Center’s emergency room with left arm numbness. She quickly learned that her right carotid artery was 98% blocked. Dunlap was sent to Phoenix, where she underwent surgery to…
KRMC Cancer Center has become the first in the region to use an innovative new cancer treatment. IMLYGIC® is an FDA-approved therapy used to treat advanced melanoma (a type of skin cancer) when it cannot be treated with surgery. “[IMLYGIC®] is a unique therapy, says Dr. Rivera, Medical Oncologist, “it delivers treatment directly to cancer cells.” Rather than an infusion treatment such as chemotherapy, IMLYGIC® is injected directly into a melanoma lesion. The Cancer Center has specially trained nurses to administer this treatment. The first two treatments are given three…
The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI) has honored KRMC’s Joshua Tree Pediatrics with three distinct awards in recognition of the practice’s immunization success. TAPI has awarded Joshua Tree with both the Daniel T. Cloud Outstanding Practice Award for both their toddler and teen vaccination rates. Joshua Tree pediatrician Dr. Lyanna LaFredo also personally received a TAPI Big Shot award for her high rates of immunization and her efforts in vaccine education within the community.
It has been almost nine months since my husband, Paul, came home from a month in KRMC. Last July my husband was rushed to the hospital with what I had first thought was a stroke. By the time he reached the ER in the ambulance (less than 5 minutes) we knew something else must be wrong. Thanks to Dr. Gochoco in the ER, they quickly pinpointed probable meningitis and started treatment for it immediately.
Most people are familiar with joint replacement surgery – a procedure which removes damaged parts of a joint and replaces them with new, man-made parts. In fact, many people find themselves considering joint replacement as they age. The procedure can help relieve pain and improve mobility. The impact of regular life and sports activity can take a toll on your joints, including hips and knees – which are the most commonly replaced joints. Arthritis and previous injuries such as fractures or ligament tears may also contribute to the need for…
April 22 - 28 is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week as recognized by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Lab Week spotlights the diligent work of medical laboratory professionals that often goes unseen. This year’s theme, “Laboratory Professionals Get Results” highlights the importance of clinical laboratory professionals in quality health care.
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