Health

The pandemic & depression in teens

Contributor: Elise Herman, MD, KVH Pediatrics We are all dealing in some way with the ravages of COVID-19 – isolation, financial hardships, personal illness or illness of loved ones, changes in education or work. Our kids are also being affected, and teens in particular have been noted to have a significant increase in mental health […]

Don’t put off skin cancer screenings

Contributor: Dr. Susan Oldenkamp, KVH Dermatology It seems unusual to be writing about skin cancer in November, but 2020 has been an unusual year! When the COVID-19 epidemic first hit, we advised patients to postpone non-essential visits to the clinic, but now that we have effective safety measures in place at KVH, we have resumed […]

Safe behavior as restrictions ease

Contributor: Dr. Elise Herman, KVH Pediatrics After what has felt like a very long time “sheltering in place” due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are on the verge of easing of some restrictions. Whew! The problem is, of course, that if people do not follow the safety rules of social distancing and wearing masks, cases […]

Caring for sensitive skin during COVID-19

Contributor: Dr. Susan Oldenkamp, KVH Dermatology While much of our community falls into the non-essential workforce during this period of shelter-in-place, some business such as grocery stores remain open to serve the community. As these essential workers follow guidelines to keep their hands and work surfaces sanitized, those with skin issues are likely seeing flare-ups […]

Healthy Holiday Eating

KVH Contributor*Nicole Norton, MDA, RDN, CDEKVH Diabetes Education The holidays are upon us and many of us are preparing for gatherings with friends and family. Although it can be a joyful time of the year to celebrate, a common worry revolves around overindulging on holiday favorites, and the potential for weight gain and elevated blood […]

More than medical care: Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Last week, some 100 forensic nurses from around the country gathered in Washington DC, seeking help with funding for research, education and prevention efforts related to sexual assault. It’s an ongoing battle to represent the needs of patients who rarely speak for themselves. Here in Kittitas County, we’re nearing […]