Benefits of Interventional Radiology

Outpatient procedures using interventional radiology often offer patients precision treatment with same-day recovery. Interventional radiology is a form of minimally invasive treatment, which uses radiologic imaging, such as CT, MRI, and ultrasound, to navigate instruments through organs and blood vessels. Through incisions a centimeter long, doctors can biopsy or treat tumors, clear blocked arteries and add stents, and address kidney or liver problems. Interventional Radiology vs. Conventional Surgery Compared to conventional open surgery, interventional radiology offers less pain, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, and faster recovery time. Those who are at higher risk from anesthesia will also benefit from interventional radiology, as interventionalists use only a moderate sedation. “The biggest benefit for patients treated by interventional radiologists is …


4 Ways to Improve Your Memory

Try some of these neuroscientist-approved ways to improve your memory. The Center for Teaching & Learning at UC Berkeley explains that the brain processes information in three steps: encoding (learning new information), storage (keeping information), and retrieval (remembering information you’ve already stored). To encode new information and retrieve it more easily: Talk with your hands. A study published in Frontiers of Psychology found that retelling stories or facts with gestures may help you remember them more easily. Your brain makes a connection between the movement and the words you speak, helping you retrieve the information. Color your world. The Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences published a study that discovered memories were easier to recall when colors were included. You can …


The Why, What, and How of Your Medication History

Do you have a medication history card in your purse or wallet? You should. Knowing your medication history can save time—and maybe even your life—when you need medical care. “It’s all about peace of mind,” says Anna Anders, MSN, RN, CENP, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Carson Tahoe Health. “Bringing that medication list helps the caregiver take proper precautions to ensure patient safety.” Why do you need a medication history card? Bringing a medication card to healthcare providers during a routine appointment or an unexpected emergency room visit can prevent them from prescribing treatments that could interfere with your current medication regimen. “Emergency room nurses can spend more than an hour trying to assemble an accurate medication history …


Minimally Invasive Surgery at Carson Tahoe Health

Carson Tahoe Health offers the da Vinci® Xi™ Surgical System to help patients undergoing surgery experience less pain, faster recovery, and more. Surgeons at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center use the da Vinci Xi’s precise movements for a multitude of general surgeries, as well as gynecological and urologic procedures. Prostatectomies, kidney reconstruction, and kidney tumor removal were just some of the 161 robotic-assisted surgeries performed at Carson Tahoe in 2018. Surgeons use the da Vinci Xi to perform laparoscopic, or minimally invasive, procedures with extreme precision. The system has four robotic arms, including one with a camera, which surgeons direct using finger controls and foot pedals. The robotic arms even have flexible “wrists” that can bend and twist, even greater than those …


8 Prompts to Start Writing Your Memoir

Discover eight memoir-writing prompts for older adults. Writing a memoir is a great way to share your life story, even if you never publish it. Not only will it give whomever you choose to share it with a recorded history of your unique experiences, but it will help you remember those same experiences as you age. A study shared by the American Psychological Association found that reviewing information you have already learned helps you remember it more clearly. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry published another study that specifically looked at the effect of autobiography writing in older adults and found similar results. In this study, participating adults ages 62 to 84 showed improvement in both their attention and verbal …