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Blog Posts in 2017

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Having a healthy pregnancy with gestational diabetes

Health is a top priority for expecting mothers. Certain conditions, like gestational diabetes, can make it more complicated to have a healthy pregnancy. That’s why the maternity team at West ...
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What you need to do to improve your lung health?

Since breathing is involuntary, most people don’t give much thought to the health of their lungs on a day-to-day basis. But by making conscious decisions to support your lung function, ...
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What is it like in the emergency room?

If you go to the emergency room for an illness or injury, it’s natural to have many questions about what to expect. If you’ve never been to the ER before, the process can seem confusing, ...
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Why your doctor will recommend physical therapy after joint surgery

After joint replacement surgery, physical therapy will begin before you leave the hospital and continue to be part of your recovery plan when you go home. The amount of physical therapy you need will ...
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Do you know how often you should see the doctor?

Many people think that they don’t have to see the doctor unless they are sick. In reality, seeing your doctor for preventive care could keep you healthy and help you avoid things like heart ...
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How volunteering can help you with depression

When you’re suffering from depression, even the most mundane activities can seem overwhelming. The idea of volunteering may sound like the last thing that could help you, but it could change ...
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Get educated about ovarian cancer

The ovaries play an essential role in human reproduction and female hormone regulation. Most often, ovarian cancer originates in the epithelial cells, which form a layer of tissue that covers the ...
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Essential infant safety tips

Infants are delicate, and new parents often feel overwhelmed with the immense responsibility of keeping their babies safe. We empathize with these challenges. At West Hills Hospital, our compassionate ...
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Women's nutrition: Understanding your unique needs

People are often confused by constantly evolving dietary information. One study might suggest that tofu is the healthiest protein, while another declares that salmon is best. The good news is that ...
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What is the role of genetic testing in cancer prevention and treatment?

You’ve probably heard before that DNA is the blueprint for what makes you “you.” Your genes dictate your eye color, hair color and blood type. You can also inherit certain genetic ...
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Managing the unique stresses of being a parent

If you’re a parent who is coping with the pressure of being pulled in all directions, then you’re not alone. Parents have a unique kind of stress that people without children can’t ...
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Facts you didn't know about breast milk

Breast is best for babies, but what is it about breast milk that makes it so unique? For starters, every breastfeeding mother produces her own unique blend, which even has its own unique smell that ...
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Stay afloat with these swim safety tips

Summer isn’t summer without swimming, but days at the beach or pool don’t come without risks. Each day in the US, approximately 10 people die in accidental drownings, and for kids between ...
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Acquaint yourself with these common knee injuries

Your knee is a weight-bearing joint, which makes it particularly susceptible to injuries. Each year, millions of patients in the U.S. seek medical care because of knee pain. If you become one of them, ...
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Busting common sun safety and skin cancer myths

Skin cancer is extremely common— one in five people in the US will get it in their lifetimes—but fortunately, it is also often curable when patients receive cancer care in the ...
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Getting to know the patient experience of visiting a cardiologist

For many patients, the first experience of meeting a cardiologist occurs in the emergency care department. Cardiologists do, however, prefer to meet with patients before a major cardiovascular event ...
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Should you be worried about painful menstrual cramps?

Many women experience cramps during their periods, but how do you know when your cramps are a sign of something serious? If you’re suffering from painful cramping during menstruation, consult ...
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How do you know when you've begun menopause?

Menopause is a journey that is experienced a little differently for every woman. Since the signs of menopause vary from person to person, it might be tricky for you to tell when you’ve entered ...
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What to do when your water breaks

If this is your first pregnancy, you might assume that it’s easy to tell when you’re going into labor. But reality can be quite different, as you’ll learn when you watch this ...
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How to find relief from migraines

Migraines can be debilitating. The symptoms may keep you out of work and away from your family, but you can regain control of your life with help from the neurologists at West Hills Hospital. Here, ...
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Common reasons men don't see the doctor

Men have a reputation for health care avoidance. But for every excuse men give for not seeing the doctor, there’s at least one compelling counterargument. If the men in your life haven’t ...
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What are the most common injuries in runners?

If you’re looking for a challenging workout that doesn’t require special equipment and that you can enjoy with friends or family, why not lace up a pair of running shoes? June 7 is Global ...
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Is your backyard pool safe for your family?

Having a backyard swimming pool means you can count on fun all summer long, as long as you have taken the appropriate measures to keep it safe. Unfortunately, swimming pools can also derail your ...
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What are the best sports for adults to take up?

Who says that kids get to have all the fun? There are plenty of sports that are ideal for adults who may have let a little time go since their last workout and even more time pass since they were last ...
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Why women may need hysterectomies

May 14 through May 20 is National Women’s Health Week this year, which creates the ideal opportunity to discuss one of the most difficult women’s health issues : hysterectomy. Having a ...
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