Doc Talk Archives - Carson Tahoe Health

Busting Myths for Organ Donor Month

Did you know: More than 100,000 people are waiting for a lifesaving transplant, according to Donate Life America? With spring in full bloom, it brings with it a renewed sense of hope, making it the perfect time to register to be an organ donor. As April is National Donate Life Month, you can offer the gift of life, and even encourage others to register as an organ, eye, and tissue donor, while also taking this time to honor those that have saved lives through their gift of donation. We know the topic of organ donation can be a difficult one (both emotionally and spiritually). To make it even harder, there are many misconceptions out there about becoming an organ donor. …


Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse

April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which serves to recognize the importance of communities working together to help prevent child maltreatment, and help them thrive. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 1 in 7 children in the US has experienced child abuse and/or neglect in the past year, which can leave lasting trauma. Neglect is the most common form of child abuse … think leaving a young child at home alone for the day without the proper care or even food … think ignoring a child’s unique needs. Other types of child maltreatment include sexual, physical, and emotional or mental abuse. Many identify with the heartbreak that’s associated with young children growing up …


The Kidney Stone Prevention Diet

These five diet tips can help prevent you from developing this common kidney condition. Kidney stones can be incredibly painful. In fact, they’re painful enough to send more than half a million Americans to the emergency room every year seeking relief. They’re also more common than you might think. Roughly one in 10 people get a kidney stone at some point in their lives. In Carson Tahoe Health’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment, kidney issues was identified as one of the top health concerns in the greater Carson City community. You can protect yourself from developing kidney stones by incorporating more water and healthy foods into your diet. According to the National Kidney Foundation, you should: Drink more fluid …


The Art of Having A Healthy Heart

When it comes to our cars, we make sure it has gas before we hit the road (… for the most part. It may be safe to say we have all, at one point in time, held our breathe making it to the gas station). We also make sure to schedule regular oil changes and get our tires rotated. That type of care and attention should also be directed to another important engine: your heart. When it comes to heart disease, one of the biggest killers in the U.S., as cardiologist Nathan Ho, DO with Carson Tahoe Health explains, much like that dreaded ‘check engine’ light going off on your dashboard, there are also signs and symptoms of heart disease …


Care About Your Self-Care

Incorporating acts of self-care into your routine can help alleviate stress. The stress response is part of a healthy brain. When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones that cause your brain to become more alert. When your body is exposed to these hormones in short bursts, it can be helpful to complete tasks, such as meeting deadlines or problem- solving. But when no immediate danger is present and your body stays alert, it can damage your health in the long run. By practicing self-care, you are training your body and mind how to respond to stress. You are working to avoid the long-term health complications chronic stress can cause, and you are building resilience for difficult situations you may face …