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Cardiologist discusses pacemakers

Pacemakers have been around for nearly 60 years — the first one was implanted in 1958. As with all technology it has evolved and improved.

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PRMC emergency department gets new director

It’s a good thing Becky Nissila started her medical career as a registered nurse in a “Knife & Gun Club” emergency room in Fresno, Calif. Her second day on the job as the new director of Payson Regional Medical Center’s emergency department there were 36 patients in six hours. She had yet to renew her patient care certification with the state, but she was on the floor changing bedding and doing everything else she could to help her staff manage the crush of patients.

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New imaging system enhances vascular medicine at PRMC

Payson Regional Medical Center has been using C-Arm technology for quite some time, but the new C-Arm at PRMC is equipped with an upgraded vascular package that includes a Motion Tolerant System feature.

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Getting to know Rim Country doctors

Dr. Frank Edward Waechter is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist who has been serving the Payson community since moving here in 2013 with his wife of 38 years, Betty. He and Betty have a son, Nathan. When he’s not working, he enjoys reading, golf, exercise and cars.

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Pepper – it's everywhere

The Healthy Foodie

The lowly pepper has inspired explorers, dominated economies, delighted gourmands, fascinated folk healers, bewitched the Romans, provoked Marco Polo to overstatement, boosted the economy of Vietnam — and wound up on every dinner table in North America.

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Psoriasis linked to arthritis

If you have psoriasis, an autoimmune skin condition marked by red, flaky patches on the body, you also could be at risk for a certain type of arthritis.

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Senior Circle Calendar of Events: April 21

The Senior Circle is now taking registration from members interested in taking a Windows 7 computer class.

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Persistent insomnia associated with mortality risk

An association between persistent insomnia, inflammation and mortality has been found by a University of Arizona research team led by Arizona Respiratory Center faculty members Sairam Parthasarathy, M.D., and Stefano Guerra, M.D., Ph.D., MPH.

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Health Marketplace special enrollment period announced by CMS

Eligible consumers have through April 30 to enroll in coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a special enrollment period (SEP) for individuals and families who did not have health coverage in 2014 and are subject to the fee or “shared responsibility payment” when they file their 2014 taxes in states which use the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces (FFM).

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100 donors sought for Payson Community Blood Drive

The next blood drive for the Payson area is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, April 27 at the Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane.

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Mogollon Health Alliance events

Tuesday, April 28: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Paula’s Bags and More sale at the main lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center.

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History proves I’m not alone in my love affair with fad diets

The Healthy Foodie

It only makes sense that I obsess on fad diets as a food columnist — I also have way too much personal experience, having been on one or another since adolescence.

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Graduate medical education needs update

America is suffering from a shortage of primary care physicians. And with the national patient population expanding and fewer doctors choosing to be generalists, the shortfall is only getting worse. By 2020, there will be a shortage of an estimated 45,000 primary care doctors.

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Doctor has good news for diabetics

Diabetics have been told for years they need to get their A1C number to 7 or lower. The A1C number is a blood test that shows an average of blood sugar in the system over a three-month period. Blood cells live for three months.

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Start early to prevent heart disease – especially if you have a family history

Before you skip this article, ask yourself — no matter what your age — Is there a history of heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure in your family? Have any relatives died from a stroke or a heart attack?

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