West Nile Virus Alert

Epidemiologist, Doris Dimmitt lays down the facts about the West Nile virus.


Staying Healthy During a Tough Economy

When money is tight, our tendency is to cut costs in every aspect of life. However, we need to remind the community to continue to make good health a priority. The economic downturn has meant real pain for families and communities. For many, a pink slip also means losing vital health coverage and represents tough choices about family healthcare.


Pertussis in Today’s News?

Pertussis? What do you mean there is a pertussis epidemic in California? Weren’t we all vaccinated as kids for pertussis? What the heck is going on?


Cancer Patients Have a Home in Carson City

The Merriner Cottages are 15 units that provide restful nights for out-of-town cancer patients. They are provided at no cost to those who qualify. On June 28, a fundraiser was held at Adele’s Restaurant to raise funds for the operating expenses of the Merriner Cottages. Brenda Chapman has been involved in this event for the past four years. The following is her story: Most of you know that George and I have had a tough time with our health over the years. We’ve been to doctors, pharmacies, clinics, labs, hospitals, universities – you name it, we’ve been there. With my obscure health issues and George’s cancer, the two of us should be poster children for universal healthcare! During George’s treatment …


Cholesterol By the Numbers

When it comes to reviewing your cholesterol panel, there is so much more to know than just the total cholesterol. Total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dl. The other sections of the cholesterol panel that are important factors in your overall health are triglycerides, high density lipoprotein or ‘good cholesterol,’ and low density lipoprotein or ‘bad cholesterol’.