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November 2017 Blogs

Why I Quit Smoking

Cdr. Brian Burt, PA-C, Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Indian Health Service

November 16, 2017
by Cdr. Brian Burt, PA-C, Phoenix Indian Medical Center, Department of Surgery, Indian Health Service

It was college. I was a young and impressionable freshman, living away from home for the first time. I was making new friends and living a new routine. I had never smoked a cigarette, but a bunch of my friends would smoke at parties. Not that frequently, just on the weekends while hanging ... Continue reading


Supporting Those Who Care for Elders with Dementia

Bruce Finke, MD, Elder Health Consultant, Indian Health Service

November 15, 2017
by Bruce Finke, MD, Elder Health Consultant, Indian Health Service

During the month of November, we observe National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. There are many different causes of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common. All causes of dementia share common features of difficulty with memory, gradual progression, and difficulties ... Continue reading


Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Dena Wilson, MD, FACC, DDTP Clinical Consultant, Indian Health Service

November 1, 2017
by Dena Wilson, MD, FACC, DDTP Clinical Consultant, Indian Health Service

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, a great time to raise awareness of the connection between diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Diabetes is one of the major risk factors for the development of CVD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov , ... Continue reading