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 …


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Local Organizations Collaborate to Build Bee Hotel It’s not easy ‘beeing’ green. Or is it? We’ve teamed up with several other Carson City entities to ensure pollinators have an extra cozy place to land this spring. The Carson City Chamber Leadership class has chosen the development (from the planning to the populating) of a bee habitat at our very own Foothill Garden. “Bee populations are declining at an alarming rate,” says Christopher Gray, Carson City Leadership team member. “Since 1 in every 3 bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination, our class decided on a project that would reflect Carson City’s important commitment to the health of bee populations and therefore, the health of our community.” In …


March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and the Perfect Time to Get Screened.

Did you know that colorectal cancer or ‘colon cancer’ is the second leading cause of cancer death among both men and women nationally? Though this is a scary statistic, the good news is through screening and early detection, colon cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers. Colorectal cancer is often referred to as a silent killer because there are often no indications of a problem. Usually by the time symptoms appear, the cancer is already at an advanced stage. Because of this, the American Cancer Society recommends that all men and women with no family history begin screenings at the age of 45. If there is family history, or certain symptoms appear such as: a change in …


An Hour for Oneself, An Hour for Healing: No-Cost Massage & Reiki Therapy Expanded at the Cancer Resource Center

Healing, Expertise. Comfort. People come to the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center for many reasons. While world-class cancer treatment is at the top of the list, what they receive at the Center is so much more: access to education, support groups, and resources of all kinds, including no-cost complementary therapies, all of which greatly enhance the healing capacity of any treatment plan. Thanks to a grant from the Safeway Foundation, the Cancer Resource Center is expanding their reach, helping more patients than ever before. While expert massage therapists have been donating therapy hours since the opening of the Center in 2006, the funds from the Safeway grant will support over 200 additional hours of massage therapy this year. Additionally, Reiki will …