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Blog Posts in 2013

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Improving the Patient's Experience

No one really wants to be in the hospital. But when it is necessary, most patients want to feel like they are being cared for by a member of their own family. That is the biggest challenge for ...
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How to Improve Your Heart Health Through the Winter Season

Heart disease related fatalities are statistically higher in the winter, so preventive heart health is particularly important during the holidays. You may be busy with entertaining, shopping, and ...
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How to Steer Clear of Influenza This Season

Flu season has arrived, and prevention is the best policy when it comes to this common illness. Aside from the flu shot, cleanliness is the best tool for preventing the spread of the flu. This video ...
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Preparing Food Safely for the Holidays

If you are in charge of hosting holiday celebrations at home this year, knowing the basics of food safety will help you ensure a delicious but wholesome meal for your guests. This video from the FDA ...
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Exploring the Burn Hazards that May Be Lurking in Your Home This Holiday Season

As you deck the halls in preparation for the holidays, you should make sure that you are not creating unintended burn hazards that could damage your property and lead to a visit to West Hills ...
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Who Should Consider Lung Cancer Screening?

By now, virtually everyone understands the dangers of lung cancer. Still, millions of people continue to smoke one, two, or more packs of cigarettes every day. The five-year survival rate for lung ...
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Using Social Media to Stay Smoke Free

Studies show that women have a much easier time quitting smoking when they have plenty of social support. Unfortunately, work, child care, and other obligations can make it difficult to seek help. ...
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How to Calculate Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Anyone can develop breast cancer —even men. However, the disease is 100 times more common in women. Among women, there are those who are particularly susceptible to developing breast cancer. ...
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What to Expect After Successful Breast Cancer Treatment

After successful breast cancer treatment, most women assume that their lives will go back to normal. However, recovery is often a long, tough road for which women should be adequately prepared. This ...
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How Is Breast Cancer Treated?

For most women, a breast cancer diagnosis signals a major turning point in their lives. To increase the chances of defeating breast cancer, women should begin treatment as soon after diagnosis as ...
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Stephanie Mearns, M.N., R.N., Becomes New Chief Nursing Officer of West Hills Hospital

On September 1, 2013, the interim Chief Nursing Officer at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, Stephanie Mearns, M.N., R.N., advanced to the position of Chief Nursing Officer. Mearns’ new ...
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How West Hills Hospital's Diagnostic Center Can Help You Live a Healthy Life

Turing 40 is an important milestone in a women’s life. In fact, the American Cancer Society recommends that women start getting an annual mammogram at age 40. At West Hills Hospital’s ...
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Why Choose West Hills Hospital's Emergency Department?

West Hills Hospital is dedicated to ensuring that you and your family can live their lives to the fullest and enjoy every precious moment. We are a Designated STEMI Receiving Center for heart attack ...
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How Can a Goiter Impact Your Voice?

The thyroid gland sits at the front of the neck and base of the throat. There it makes many of the hormones your body requires for its numerous processes. If your thyroid begins to produce more ...
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A Look at Some of the Minimally Invasive Procedures Offered at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

Have you been told that you need surgery for a medical condition? If so, you may be surprised to learn that many surgical procedures no longer require the extensive incisions and long recovery times ...
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How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy

Though pregnant women require only 300 extra calories a day, both mothers and babies require specific nutrients for health and growth. This video discusses the foods most beneficial for expectant ...
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Ways You Can Reduce Arthritis Pain Every Day

Arthritis often reveals itself in small ways, such as when you’re making your bed in the morning or cutting up vegetables for dinner. West Hills Hospital & Medical Center understands how ...
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How to Prevent Sunburn This Summer

Lots of Southern Californians flock to beaches and pools during the summer, and after a long day of relaxing outside, many of them return home with painful sunburns. Cancer care experts caution that ...
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Foods That Every Mom-To-Be Should Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can encourage certain food cravings, and most of the time, these yearnings are harmless. Obstetricians ask only that expectant mothers steer clear of a few types of foods that may prove ...
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Tips for Preventing Arthritis

Is arthritis a nuisance in your life? This video offers some suggestions on how to manage this condition. Exercise is an important method for combating arthritis. Physical activity strengthens ...
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A Patient's Guide to Hyperparathyroidism

Structures such as the thyroid gland, testes, and ovaries produce many of the hormones that regulate bodily processes. The parathyroid glands are two other structures that monitor certain functions, ...
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The Grossman Burn Center Encourages a Burn-Safe Summer!

Fire and burn injuries do not take a summer vacation, nor do they discriminate. The recreational activities we all enjoy carry with them some of the summers’ hottest dangers. If you don’t ...
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What Is Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery?

Given the thyroid’s placement in the neck area, thyroid surgery can be a particularly delicate surgery. In the past, surgeons had to make sizeable incisions to reach the thyroid and remove ...
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How Is Skin Cancer Detected?

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center wants the greater West Hills community to become proactive in the fight against skin cancer. Skin cancer is among the more common types of cancer, and cancer ...
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Hear About the Latest NIH Research in Thyroid Cancer Treatment

Studies indicate that thyroid cancer is now the fourth most prevalent type of cancer in women. This video demonstrates the efforts being made to combat this growing problem. Cancer care researchers ...
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