What is Interventional Radiology and Why Should You Care?

Most of us are familiar with the terms radiology and radiologist, you know those folks who can see you from the inside out! But what do you know about interventional radiology? You might be thinking “Aren’t they the same thing?” Well, no, they aren’t. The fact is that radiologists and interventional radiologists differ from one another quite a bit. A radiologist interprets images to determine how the body is functioning and to discover if there is anything wrong. Alternatively, an interventional radiologist performs minimally invasive procedures inside the body and treats disease. “Our team here at Carson Tahoe realizes that not many people know much about interventional radiology because it’s a newer field of medicine,” says Erik Maki, MD, Interventional …


Lunchbox Germs Beware

Keeping your lunchbox free from bacteria can be done in four easy steps. Do you hear the school bell ringing? That’s right parents – it’s that time of year again! The new school year has arrived, which means you’re probably preparing and packing meals for your kids. You pack their meals with love, care (and hopefully vegetables) in the morning, just to see them sticky with who knows what in the evening. It’s as if a mini hurricane struck their lunchbox– the peanut butter is smeared on the right side, the orange juice took a hit and spilled all over, and there are soggy crumbs sticking all over the top and bottom of the box. You’re probably tired after a …


The Problem With Self-Diagnosis

Although the Internet Has Answers, They May Not Be the Right Ones Have you ever “Googled” your symptoms? What about trying to self-identify a cough your loved one hasn’t been able to kick? You’re certainly not alone. Findings from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project indicate more than one-third of U.S. adults use the Internet to self-diagnose a medical condition. It is crucial to consult an expert in the field, whether it be your primary care physician, an urgent care doctor, or perhaps a specialist. Here’s why: The Internet is a place of misleading information. Yes, you can find out the common symptoms for a sinus infection. But what if those same symptoms identify a much larger medical …


Medication Education

Have you ever been at your doctor’s office and had difficulty remembering your medications? What about your health history? Knowing this information can play a vital role in taking control of your health. Because you know your medical routine best, it is highly recommended that you have your personal medication written down and kept with you at all times. Keeping an updated list of your daily prescriptions not only gives you peace of mind, but can also help a caregiver take proper precautions to ensure your safety in an emergency situation. Anna Anders, Chief Nursing Officer at Carson Tahoe Health, says having the information written down is the easiest and most efficient way to keep track of your medications. “We …


Alzheimer’s 101

June marked Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, but the recognition and education shouldn’t stop there. Did you know that complications from Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth leading cause of death in America for adults age 65 and older? Alzheimer Disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, is a progressive brain disease that causes a significant loss of cognitive functions such as memory, judgment, attention, and abstract thinking. This incurable disease begins slowly by attacking the nerve cells in the brain and eventually can become severe enough to interfere with daily activities. Just like the rest of the organs in our body, over time our brain ages, and most of us will begin to notice certain things slipping our mind. We may …