5 Steps to a Northern Nevada Garden

Gardening in Northern Nevada can be tricky, but with a few tips from two seasoned green thumbs, you can enjoy the benefits of growing your own produce. A dry climate, the potential for dramatic temperature swings (sometimes on the same day), a short frost-free season, and soil that needs some work can make planting and maintaining a garden in Northern Nevada seem like an impossible task. But nothing could be further from the truth, say local gardening experts Cory King, Site Manager and Garden Educator at The Greenhouse Project, and Will Pierz, Assistant Manager at The Greenhouse Project. Here, they share five tips for gardening in the high desert. 1. Pick a Spot for Your Plot An ideal spot for …


How to Spot Concussion Symptoms

Concussions can cause serious health complications, but they don’t show up in typical imaging tests. Where should you turn for diagnosis and treatment? It happened. Your child took the field for the first time and knocked heads with another player. When you get home, you notice your little athlete seems groggy and is complaining of a headache. It’s possible your child may have a mild traumatic brain injury—also known as a concussion—that could require treatment from a specialist. Not a Mild Injury A fall, jolt, or an impact that interferes with the normal function of the brain may cause a concussion. However, the term “mild traumatic brain injury” can be misleading. “The way the injury occurs is mild—not the injury …


Carson Tahoe Health Helps Patients Overcome Barriers to Care

Need help with health insurance, finances, or transportation to appointments? Carson Tahoe Health will work with you to ensure you have access to quality healthcare. Everyone needs to go to the doctor on occasion, whether for routine checkups, chronic conditions, or more serious health problems. Paying for healthcare and navigating health insurance coverage, however, can sometimes make these visits more difficult than they should be. “The most common healthcare barrier our team encounters in an acute care setting involves a patient’s personal finances or health insurance limitations,” says Karen Durbin, BSN, MBA, Director of Integrated Care at Carson Tahoe Health. “We have a close relationship with insurance companies. We can help patients navigate their plans and determine what is and isn’t covered to …


The Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Whether dark, blonde, decaf, or espresso, your daily cup of coffee carries some unexpected health benefits. Just remember to enjoy your java in moderation. The debate has lasted for years: Is coffee actually good for you, or is it just a vehicle for cream and sugar? The truth lies somewhere in the middle. Scientists have found many health benefits linked to coffee consumption, but it’s important to keep an eye on the amount you drink each day. Joe Pros In the early 1990s, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled coffee a possible cancer-causing agent, but the agency has since changed its tune. In 2016, the IARC dropped coffee from its list of possible carcinogens after studies found the …


A How-To Guide for Fighting Obesity

Want to add years to your life? Learn how to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese. Defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater, obesity can place people at a higher risk for many serious health conditions, such as breathing problems, certain cancers, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, mental illness, sleep apnea, stroke, and Type 2 diabetes. While weight loss and maintenance can be challenging, making your health a priority can lead to a longer, happier life. A little patience and the following science-backed advice from the CDC will help you get on the …