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Blog Posts in 2015

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When Does a Headache Need to Be Treated in the ER?

In many cases, a headache does not require emergency care, although a patient may seek relief of symptoms from a primary headache, such as a tension-type, migraine, or cluster headache. However, ...
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Spotting the Early Symptoms of the Flu

The flu is more serious than you might think. While many people experience only mild to moderate symptoms, others suffer from severe flu symptoms and may develop life-threatening complications that ...
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Reasons to Choose the ER Over Urgent Care

Although the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, there are significant differences between emergency care and urgent care. Urgent care clinics, which are typically freestanding, do provide ...
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Managing Stress in the Holiday Season

For many families, the holiday season conjures up images of family get-togethers, delicious meals, and excited children eager to unwrap their gifts. Unfortunately, the season can also be stressful, ...
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Holiday Fire Safety Tips to Follow This Season

Thousands of fires occur during the holiday season, many of which result in serious injuries, loss of life, and property destruction. While you’re entertaining your family and friends this ...
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What Are the Possible Complications of Flu?

Receiving an annual flu shot is the most effective way to protect yourself from this viral infection and its potential complications. Consider visiting your local hospital to inquire about receiving a ...
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How to Assess the Severity of Fever Symptoms

When your body senses an illness, your body temperature can increase. A higher body temperature than normal isn’t usually cause for alarm. However, it’s a good idea to learn how to assess ...
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Traveling Safely on the Road for the Holidays

Preparing for a road trip this holiday season should involve more than selecting gifts and packing personal items. You should be aware that the nation’s highways become particularly busy during ...
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Busting Myths About Mammography

Many people are aware that mammograms are an essential health screening for women. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of misconceptions about mammography and its role in facilitating early cancer ...
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What Are Some of the Most Common Risk Factors for Cancer?

Through lifestyle choices and medical management of health issues, it is possible for an individual to reduce his or her risk of developing cancer. Certain risk factors, such as tobacco use and ...
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Elderly Safety Spotlight: Tips for Avoiding Falls

Millions of seniors are rushed to emergency care departments each year because of serious injuries sustained in falls. Older adults are at a heightened risk of falling because of health issues such as ...
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Ensuring You Get the Care You Need in a Medical Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency, it’s essential that you seek qualified care immediately. If you are in need of emergency care, the skilled staff at West Hills Hospital can provide you with ...
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A Look at Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

If a baby is born prematurely, or if a problem develops in the first hours of life, quick and capable medical care is essential. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at West Hills Hospital offers ...
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She's Our Pearl:

Devoted ED volunteer Pearl Essner, a long-time and beloved friend to patients and staff at West Hills Hospital, is Volunteer of the Month, according to Senator Fran Pavley who, each month, selects one ...
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Home Safety Tips to Minimize ER Visits

Home safety should be a priority for every family, especially for those with young children or elderly individuals. One way to minimize visits to the emergency care department is to take a tour of ...
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What to Expect When Your Baby Is in the NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at a maternity hospital is a special nursery that provides specialized care for premature and micro-premature babies, and those who display other health ...
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Taking a Closer Look at ER Wait Times

Although physicians do try to see patients as quickly as possible, emergency care departments are notorious for having long wait times. However, some hospitals, such as West Hills Hospital and other ...
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Can You Be Too Young for Joint Replacement?

When it comes to joint replacement, you might imagine that the average patient is over the age of 65 and leads a fairly inactive lifestyle. In recent years, however, there has been a big shift in ...
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How Teens Can Stay Healthy in the New School Year

Teenagers face greater challenges than younger children during the school year, because they are coping with more difficult curriculum, personal hurdles, and busier schedules. Therefore, your teen may ...
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What You Need to Know About Knee Replacement Surgery

The knee joints suffer a substantial amount of stress throughout a lifetime, and many adults will experience chronic knee pain and stiffness as a result. If you are among the hundreds of thousands of ...
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Tips for Helping Your Child Stay Healthy in the Classroom

With the school year starting soon, you may be scheduling back-to-school checkups with the doctor and thinking about ways to keep your child healthy in the classroom environment. Children spend most ...
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Why Are Burn Injuries More Common in the Summer?

Burn injuries can happen anywhere at any time due to causes as diverse as scalding hot liquids to malfunctioning electrical appliances. However, burn injuries are particularly prevalent during the ...
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Ways to Stay Hydrated Beyond Drinking Water

During the hot summer months, it’s particularly important to pay attention to your body’s need for water. If you don’t replace the water you lose every day, you’ll become ...
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Insect Protection Tips for Your Outdoor Recreation

Unless you’re allergic to them, insect bites may be little more than a nuisance to you. However, the diseases that may be transmitted through insect bites may cause serious symptoms and require ...
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How to Spot Heat Illness in Your Child

Physicians at community hospitals support outdoor play for children because it encourages better health through an active lifestyle. However, when the temperatures rise, it’s important for ...
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