Health and Wellness



It’s not often that a new sport is called “life-changing,” but that’s how many new players are describing pickleball, one the fastest growing sports in the country.

October 4, 2017 2:15 p.m. read more..

Laser surgery addresses near vision

There’s good news for people who depend upon reading glasses, and are tired of carrying them around the neck, on top of the head or in the car. It can be frustrating. Yet, loss of close-up vision, called presbyopia, is a natural, universal sign of aging that occurs for both men and women around the age of 45. This loss of near-sight vision is the result of loss of flexibility in the eye’s lens, and the ability to focus on objects like books, newspapers and computers becomes a problem. It happens to everyone.

October 1, 2017 midnight read more..

New treatment for enlarged prostate

For men, more frequent trips to the bathroom may be a part of aging but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. It is common for the prostate to continue to grow throughout a man’s life, but as the prostate enlarges it can cause urinary problems and a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

September 28, 2017 2:17 p.m. read more..

Interesting facts about weight, diabetes

The good news: A new study shows that not all overweight people have heart disease risk factors. The bad news: These individuals can still develop risk factors for heart and other diseases.

September 8, 2017 3:01 p.m. read more..

Make your end of life wishes known

When a 92-year-old patient of mine came to my office to discuss end-of-life wishes, he already had an idea to ensure that his plans would be respected. He said he would have “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest in large letters so when paramedics came to revive him, they would see the message and stop their efforts.

September 5, 2017 3 p.m. read more..

Conscious aging: Research supports a ‘plasticity’ of the brain that we can learn from

We all know we’re getting older, don’t we? After all, it’s hard not to wake up in the morning and realize you’re a day older. The physical changes become more obvious, and there are mental changes as well — it can be depressing. Eugene’s Emily Rice, 62, and Nancy Sawtelle, 60, have been helping women navigate these changes through a series of “conscious aging” workshops, which focus on the mental and spiritual aspects of the aging process.

August 25, 2017 10:36 a.m. read more..

Red Cross needs platelet donations

For the first time, people wanting to make a lifesaving difference in the Salem area can donate platelets at the American Red Cross Salem Blood Donation Center.

May 22, 2017 7:27 a.m. read more..

Serving our veterans

With the downsizing of the Armed Forces in 2008 and 2014, Veterans Affairs has been inundated with an influx of veterans. Along with this influx, Veterans Affairs reported in 2012 that veterans’ suicide rates have increased with 22 veterans committing suicide each day. Seeing the great need, Samaritan Health Services has launched a program that provides advocacy to our veterans and their families.

May 12, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

What are Microgreens?

Food fads seem to take up a large portion of today’s conversations about eating. There are trends seeking fusion cuisines, massive numbers of people taking photos of their food, and blogs discussing foods and fads.

May 12, 2017 12:48 p.m. read more..