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Blog Posts in 2014

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Why Is Prostate Cancer More Prevalent in African-American Men?

The risk of prostate cancer among African-American men is about 35 percent higher than the risk for Caucasian men. Additionally, African-American men who are diagnosed with prostate cancer have a ...
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What You Need to Know About Diagnostic Imaging

Imaging scans are an important component of the diagnostic process. Diagnostic imaging allows your physician to view your body’s structures and evaluate its function. Your community hospital may ...
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A Closer Look at Third Degree Burns

Third-degree burns are a serious medical condition that involves the destruction of the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin, and the dermis, which is the deeper layer underneath the epidermis. ...
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What Is GERD?

Usually, the muscle at the end of the esophagus closes to prevent the contents of the stomach from flowing backward up the esophagus. When this fails to occur and the stomach contents do reflux, it is ...
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Understanding the Possible Causes for Your Chest Pain

Chest pain is characterized by pain, discomfort, or pressure that can occur in the area between the neck and upper abdomen. Chest pain is a common medical concern with a wide range of possible causes. ...
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Exploring the Best Strategies for Flu Prevention

Influenza, or the flu, is an upper respiratory tract infection. This highly contagious viral infection is spread from person to person when an infected person sneezes, coughs, or speaks. These actions ...
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Could You Be Suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints and certain organs. RA is an autoimmune disorder that is believed to occur when the immune system mistakenly ...
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Enter the Holiday Season with Smarter Eating Habits

It’s all too easy to gain a few extra pounds during the holiday season, since many holiday social activities emphasize the sharing of delicious foods. If you have a medical condition that ...
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Getting on the Right Path to Quitting Smoking for Good

If you’re trying to quit smoking, setting a date can be helpful and empowering. Consider making your quit date the third Thursday of November, which is the date of the annual Great American ...
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How Walkable Neighborhoods Can Reduce Obesity

The lifestyle choices an individual makes on a daily basis have a significant effect on that person’s waistline and overall wellness. However, some scientific studies have also demonstrated the ...
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How to Maintain Your Brain Health As You Get Older

Although Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive decline are prevalent among seniors, these conditions are not inevitable. You can take steps now to protect your brain health as you age ...
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A Look at the Devastation of Genetic Disease

Muscular dystrophy, including myotonic muscular dystrophy, is a type of inherited disorder that affects the muscles and other parts of the body. As you’ll learn by watching this video, people ...
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Combating Wintertime Arthritis with Physical Activity

The pain and inflammation associated with arthritis often leads to reduced physical activity. However, staying physically active when you have arthritis can actually help you manage your symptoms. ...
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Why Early Diabetes Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Your Health

Type 2 diabetes doesn’t develop overnight. Often, individuals have early diabetes, or pre-diabetes, for years before developing type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to know if ...
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Movember Health Tips for All Men to Remember

Each Movember (November), the Movember Foundation launches a global challenge for men to raise funds toward men’s healthcare costs by growing mustaches and requesting donations for the ...
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Shopping Smarter for Your Heart Health

For the first time in generations, kids are not expected to have longer life spans than their parents. A big reason for this trend is obesity, which is caused by widespread poor eating habits and ...
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Stay Connected with West Hills Hospital's ER through our Text Services

You may not always see a medical emergency coming, but it’s important to stay prepared so that you get the care you need right away. If you are facing an emergency situation, you can get the ...
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Tips for Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

The decision to get weight loss surgery may take a significant amount of time, because this surgery does mark the beginning of some big, permanent lifestyle changes. Weight loss surgery has been shown ...
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What Happens If You Are Diagnosed with Breast Cancer During Pregnancy?

The thought of a cancer diagnosis during pregnancy may sound like a nightmare, but it is a possibility—especially as women are getting pregnant later and later in their childbearing years. While ...
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How to Improve Your Lung Health

Lung cancer and COPD are both high on the list of the leading causes of death in the United States, and this is in large part due to the lingering effects of industrial pollution and irresponsible ...
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A Quick Overview of Common Liver Diseases

The liver is a hardworking organ that allows you to digest food properly, store energy, and filter toxins from certain foods, drugs, and alcohol. While you may not think about your liver much, it ...
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What You Need to Know to Manage Your Breast Health

With Breast Cancer Awareness events taking place throughout the month of October, you may be concerned about the ways you can manage your breast health and prevent breast cancer in your own life. ...
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Nutritional Guidelines to Follow During Breast Cancer Treatment

If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and you are beginning your treatment of chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation therapy, your primary focus should be on staying strong and healthy through ...
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Why That Indoor Tan May Not Be Worth the Risk

Wearing sunscreen is an important part of skin cancer prevention. As this video points out, avoiding indoor tanning beds is also key for protecting your skin. Cancer care experts caution the public to ...
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Understanding the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

West Hills Hospital strives to provide patients with the most effective treatment options available. Among our many advanced care services, we offer minimally invasive surgery in place of several ...
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