Bringing Good Health Home with Acti-Kare and Lori Renaud, R.N., BSN

All the jokes my husband makes about potentially living under the same roof as his mother-in-law aside, my 84-year-old mother knows she can always move in with our family if or when the time arrives when she needs extra help in her daily life. I recently learned about Acti-Kare, thinking forward about what options were […]

Seven Causes that Lead to Obesity & How to Avoid Them

In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a disease. A committee set up to study the matter advised that obesity’s classification should not be changed, but the delegates at the association’s annual meeting overrode their recommendation. It was a controversial decision, to say the least. Dr. Patrice Harris, an AMA board […]


I have just been treated for prostate cancer.  This is my personal story.  My prostate cancer was diagnosed last year.   My internist, as part of my annual check-up, ordered a PSA blood test and I requested that a “free” PSA be added to the total PSA level that is typically done. The next step […]

Hearing loss does not just affect your ability to understand speech, it affects all aspects of your life

Do you have difficulty understanding conversation especially in the presence of background noise?  Do you complain that your spouse mumbles? You may be suffering from hearing loss. A condition, that if left untreated, results in more than missing conversations that can result in feelings of social isolation, depression and risk of falls. Seniors with untreated […]

Is government policy making you (and your kids) fat? Part 3 of 3 on the Documentary Fed Up

In May 2012, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the “Portion Cap Rule.” Bloomberg’s proposed amendment to the New York City Health Code would require food service establishments to cap the size of the cups used to provide sugary beverages at 16 oz. The reaction was swift. Beverage companies, independent bottlers, and distributors all opposed […]

Australian Swim School Celebrating 40 Years of Swim Safety in Orange County!

I’m going to be honest: It is my dream to see my daughters swim in the Olympics. When running through the list of activities that they would do as children, swimming was at the top of my list – way above dance class, soccer practice and piano lessons. So, when we found Australian Swim School’s […]

Women’s Heart Screening at Orange Coast Memorial

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women over the age of 25. Orange Coast Memorial is dedicated to keeping your heart healthy with our Women’s Cardiac Health Program. We offer an $85 comprehensive cardiac screening just for women, which includes: Complete medical and family history and health risk assessment survey Blood pressure, […]

Live, Laugh, Leak? Stop limiting your activities. Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation can help!

Did you know that approximately 1 of every 2 women experiences some form of urine leakage? This should never be considered a normal part of aging. Oftentimes, it can be treated non-surgically and without bladder control medication. Evans Tran, PA, at Pacific Coast Urology Medical Center’s Women’s Bladder Control Center, discusses this embarrassing condition and […]

Addiction: How will I know?

Is it a phase? How much is more than “normal”? Is it an addiction? How can I tell? To help you answer some of those questions, the American Psychiatric Association defines substance use disorders as a problematic pattern of use leading to significant impairment or distress. This is generally identifiable when at least two of […]

Sugar: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

You wake up. You’re in a hurry to get out the door so you decide to microwave one of those Quaker Instant Oatmeal Maple and Brown Sugar packets (with water) for breakfast. \You’ve checked the Nutrition Facts on the box…12 grams of sugar. You’re willing to live with starting your day off with that amount […]