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Blog Posts in 2016

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Helping Older Adults Prevent Fall-Related Injuries

Seniors are susceptible to disabling and life-threatening falls for several reasons. Age is often accompanied by a reduction in coordination, balance, flexibility, and vision. Seniors are also at an ...
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Staying Safe Every Way You Travel This Holiday Season

Countless Americans plan to hit the roads, board a train, or take off in a plane to visit with loved ones this holiday season. If you’re one of them, taking a few simple precautions can help you ...
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How Stress Can Make You Sick

It’s perfectly normal to experience stress now and then, such as when a major medical problem arises or when one’s schedule gets hectic. But stress isn’t always benign. Chronic ...
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What to Do If Winter Brings on Sinusitis

The human skull contains hollow cavities known as sinuses. Sometimes, the tissue lining these hollow spaces can become inflamed. This condition is called sinusitis and it is often associated with ...
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Raising Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

Pancreatic cancer accounts for about 3% of all cancers in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society, and approximately 7% of all cancer deaths. It is considered to be a particularly dangerous ...
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Is It Possible to Prevent Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating illness that robs people of their memories—and, eventually, their lives. Although there is no single way to prevent Alzheimer’s, there are ...
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How to Handle Holiday Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are common during holidays, as people light more candles, do more cooking, and experiment with things like frying turkeys. Some burns can be managed at home easily, while others require ...
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Keeping Diabetes Complications Out of Your Life

Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires lifelong management. People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes work closely with their doctors to keep their blood glucose levels under control with ...
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Food Safety Tips for Cookouts and Tailgates

Cookouts are a football Sunday tradition, but without attention to food safety, food poisoning and emergency care can also become recurrent features of your celebration. Don’t let foodborne ...
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A Look at the Most Common Sports Injuries

Sports are a great way to stay fit, but unfortunately, players are also prone to injuries. If you suffer a sports injury, it is important to get out of the game and get to the hospital for emergency ...
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Knowing When You Need to Go to the ER for Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath always has the propensity to be a medical emergency. As this West Hills Hospital & Medical Center provider explains in this video, because there are so many different potential ...
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How Much Exercise Do Women Need?

Most women know the importance of physical activity in maintaining good health, but how much is enough? Although everyone’s needs are different, there are some general guidelines that can help ...
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What to Expect Just After You Give Birth

Maternity hospitals encourage soon-to-be parents to become informed about the labor and delivery process, along with what to expect immediately after childbirth. Knowing what will happen, which ...
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Understanding How Hot Your Parked Car Can Get

Every year, dozens of children die because they were left in hot cars. Children are unable to regulate their body temperatures as well as adults and young children are unable to remove themselves from ...
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Knowing the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Driving while distracted can be just as deadly as driving while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Yet, despite public awareness campaigns and strict legislation, far too many people still ...
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How to Keep Your Family Safe on a Trampoline

Trampolines are a fun way for kids to burn off their extra energy and get some fresh air at the same time, but they can also be incredibly dangerous. In fact, over a 10-year period in the U.S., there ...
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Summer Safety Tips for More Fun in the Sun

Summertime is all about being outdoors and enjoying good times in the sunshine. However, for many people, it also ends up being about getting emergency care. ER visits skyrocket in the summer when ...
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Exploring Common Mental Health Issues in Minority Communities

Mental health is a generally less understood and accepted than physical ailments, and minority communities are particularly underserved. July is Minority Mental Health Month, a time for doctors and ...
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What Are the Most Common Sources of Burns in the Summer Season?

At West Hills Hospital’s Grossman Burn Center, we provide compassionate, life-saving care for burn injuries year round. Burn risks abound in the summer, and fast treatment reduces pain, ...
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Smart Measures for Everyday Eye Safety

It’s important to take steps each day to protect your eyes from injury and illness that could lead to long-term vision problems. If you do experience an eye injury, seek emergency care as soon ...
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Knowing When You Are Suffering from a Migraine

Migraine symptoms can be severe to the point of being debilitating, according to the West Hills Hospital neurologist featured in this video. In some cases, patients in the West Hills area might even ...
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Will Sunscreen Prevent Skin Cancer?

During the summer months, it’s common practice for supermarkets to set up special displays for sunscreen products. Unfortunately, this tends to reinforce a common misconception: that sunscreen ...
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Staying Ready for Emergencies at Home

All sorts of emergencies can occur in the home. Although it isn’t possible to predict exactly what sort of emergency your household may encounter, it is a good idea to be prepared to handle a ...
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Preventing Summertime Burns with Grilling Safety

Few activities epitomize the essence of summertime quite like grilling, even for West Hills residents who enjoy pleasant temperatures year-round. Grilling can be an enjoyable way of preparing healthy, ...
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