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Blog Posts in 2017

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How to get more exercise with your kids and grandkids

Getting active with your kids and grandkids is good for the whole family. It helps you protect your heart and orthopedic health, and it helps them get into the habit of incorporating exercise into ...
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Should you worry if you're called back to discuss screening results?

When you’ve had a cancer screening test, getting a call to come back in to discuss your results can be unnerving. However, the most important thing you can do if you receive such a call is to ...
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Is it safe to have toys in your baby's crib?

When you return home from the maternity hospital with your new baby, it’s natural to feel anxious about making sure your newborn’s environment is as safe as possible. One area that can ...
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Knowing if you have a cold or the flu

When cold and flu season hits, every sniffle and cough could have you wondering which infection you have. Generally, telling the difference between the two based on the symptoms is difficult, and you ...
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Distinguishing between age-related memory loss and dementia

While a person’s intelligence will remain the same their entire lives, cognitive function can change as we age. Memory changes are also common with advanced age. Because age-related declines ...
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Keep your hands safe this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be the same without a turkey on the dinner table. If you’re responsible for carving the bird, keep in mind some basic safety precautions to protect yourself from ...
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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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