Landmark study is a step toward improved safety in professional fighting and other sports

UFC fighter Gina Mazany trains during a sparring practice at Xtreme Couture MMA in Las Vegas, Nev. on October 10, 2017. She recently participated in a brain study with the Cleveland Clinic.

While it is now well recognized that repetitive blows to the head are a risk factor for CTE, we are still in our infancy of understanding why this condition occurs in some people and not others...

Deep brain stimulation: Tracy's story

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body and most of the time, brain surgery is a major procedure that carries with it the risk of complications that can terrify anyone who must undergo it...

Anne Baldwin: A name that is 'ringing bells' for cancer survivors

In addition to being a patient of CCCN and breast cancer survivor herself, Anne Baldwin recently donated “End of Treatment Victory Bells” to all five CCCN radiation centers ...

Healing the scars on the inside

The aftermath of the Oct. 1 Route 91 Harvest festival shootings in Las Vegas will likely have a far-reaching impact for local families. The constant news reports, replayed images and discussions may spark trauma and vicarious trauma and symptoms that can last for months and can play out in many ways, especially in adolescents...

Health care looks to another industry to enhance the patient experience

Health care organizations across the country are now actively recruiting hospitality industry leaders to enhance the patient experience — no more so than in Las Vegas...

Solutions for a healthy holiday

The holidays are a time meant for family and friends, joy and togetherness, as well as fun and good food...

Nevada’s numbers lag when it comes to mental health care

Nevada is suffering from a mental health crisis...

Surviving an overdose: How one man got two second chances

Nick Zimmer woke up to two New York police officers kneeling over him. They told him his heart had stopped and he was no longer breathing...

What happens to the body during an overdose

With overdoses being the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, it is imperative that the dangers of drug overdoses — especially those involving an opioid — are understood ...

Detecting lung cancer and diseases with a new, minimally invasive technique

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 223,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer this year...

Serving up the right dietary regimen for cancer patients

Everyone has different dietary needs. And, in the cancer realm, there are a number of factors that go in to determining a proper dietary regimen for each individual patient ...

A catastrophic injury may warrant more than just a physician

Catastrophic injuries often result in a lifetime of medical treatments ...

Which young dental patients are good candidates for sedation?

There are some common misconceptions when it comes to sedation for dental work, especially when sedating children ...

Flu season — To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in an average year, the flu causes 30,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations in the United States ...

Prostate cancer: To screen or not to screen

The word cancer strikes at least some fear in everyone. One thing that makes cancer so intimidating is that there is still so much we do not know about it. As doctors and patients, we do not like the unknown. We like specific outlines and rules that tell us exactly what to do. Unfortunately, these guidelines are not always so clear cut when it comes to cancer. This is especially the case with prostate cancer...

How the performing arts can help individuals with autism

Challenges with daily life can be common among individuals with autism, a complex neurodevelopment condition often diagnosed in childhood. Varying on individuals’ position on the autism spectrum, they might struggle with holding a conversation or even breaking daily routine...

First responders and trauma: The people responsible for saving our lives face special challenges

Summertime in Las Vegas. For some that means vacation, for others, it means hiding out in air conditioned buildings; for first responders, it means an increase in child drownings. Word of a child drowning is devastating for the average person. Despite the training and support first responders have, the child’s drowning can be just as devastating. Some crews see multiple children drown in a month, in a week, or even in a shift...

Know your asthma triggers and have a plan

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that involves inflammation and constriction of airways in the lungs. A common disease in children and adults, asthma can vary in terms of severity and control. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning...

How close are we to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?

Every 66 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and by 2030, it’s estimated that 75 million people worldwide will be affected...

Movement for improvement: What happens in the mind is just as important as what happens to the body

Close your eyes and picture this: more than 750 people moving in a smooth, unified yoga flow with the only sound to be heard is coming from palm trees swaying softly in the warm summer wind...

What happens after a cancer diagnosis?

Nearly 1.7 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society. And a cancer diagnosis not only affects those battling the disease themselves, but the loved ones who are there alongside them every step of the way...

Mistakes people make when enrolling in Medicare

According to the Pew Research Center, 10,000 people become eligible to enroll in Medicare every day. If you or a loved one are turning 65, enrolling in Medicare may seem like an intimidating process — but it doesn’t have to be...

Changing regulations limit the amount of pain medicine young dental patients can receive

Like many adults, children require medication to deal with the pain associated with having dental work done, such as early extractions and cavity fillings. Now, under a new law by the Federal Drug Administration, patients younger than 12 have limited options when it comes to prescription pain medication...

What parents and young adults need to know about Nevada’s meningitis mandate

Once the school year returns, a new mandate will take effect that parents need to be aware of. Starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, all students entering seventh grade will be required to show proof of the Menactra or Menveo vaccines, more commonly known as meningitis vaccinations...

Ways to halt pre-diabetes in its tracks

Until a cure is found, people with the disease have to watch what they eat, measure their blood sugar and take medication each day...

Introducing Health Care Quarterly's 2017 Top Doctors

Introducing Health Care Quarterly's 2017 Top Doctors

Any time you have the chance to make more educated decisions about you or your family’s health, you should take advantage of it. Health Care Quarterly is proud to bring you its 2017 Top Doctors ...

The battle: CCCN's research role in the enduring war against cancer

CCCN is partnering with Wet‘n’Wild Las Vegas, the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team and Penta Building Group to provide skin safety tips as well as complimentary SPF 30 sunscreen to visitors and employees of each establishment.

Call Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada what you may in the war effort against cancer: A general. A lieutenant. A soldier...

Colorectal cancer is showing up in an unsuspecting population

The devastating consequences of colorectal cancer are often underestimated early on by the patients and families that endure ...

Early cancer detection is the key to life

Family is very important to Johnny Smith. Like many men his age, he traveled and made sacrifices ...

Baby talk: Questions all new parents have

First-time parents are bombarded with well-meaning advice from family, friends, social media and even strangers...

A vital tool in the fight against opioid overdoses

In the past five to 10 years there has been a drastic increase in fatal opioid overdoses in the United States, making it vital to find a solution. Fortunately, the life-saving medication Naloxone, available under various trade names, is now available...

Smart oral hygiene can help keep the Tooth Fairy from visiting too soon

Parents of toddlers and infants, especially first-time parents, have enough to worry about when it comes to their child’s health and well-being...

Revolutionizing the fight against movement disorders

I am thrilled to join the elite staff at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health as new section head of the Nevada Movement Disorders Program and Lee Pascal Parkinson’s Disease Scholar ...

Tips when searching for a senior living community

The baby boomer population is reaching their “golden years.” The kids have moved out, and that big house — once ideal for a family of five or six — is too much to maintain ...

Don’t let a diagnosis of diabetes overwhelm you

According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.9 percent of seniors age 65 and over have Type II diabetes...

Volunteer Profile: Brandee Newsom

Brandee Newsom

Brandee Newsom understands firsthand the precarious nature of health insurance. In 2007, her mother, Ellen, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Three years later, while in remission, she lost her health insurance; medications and her follow-up doctor’s appointments and mammograms became ...

Tips to help workers stay healthy in the workplace

Did you know the average office worker sits 10 hours a day?

Meet the nurse: Dionne Bolderoff

Dionne Bolderoff, a registered nurse at Southwest Medical, has been working in urgent care for nearly 14 years, currently at SMA’s Siena Health Care Center location. While patients benefit from Dionne’s personal attention and professional expertise at the health care center, she recently had the opportunity to put her medicals skills to work far outside the care center walls ...

A Nevada first: Cardiologist implants world’s smallest pacemaker at UMC

Dr. Arjun Gururaj holds the Micra Transcatheter Pacing System, the world’s smallest pacemaker.

UMC broke new ground in Nevada earlier this year when Dr. Arjun Gururaj performed the state’s first procedure to ...

Blind Center helps musician and mentor grow

Gus Garcia sings with the Blind Center's all-blind band "Broken Spectacles" during a rehearsal on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

But like anything, you learn to adapt and adjust...