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Though many people complain about the feeling of being “as stuffed as a turkey,” overeating isn’t likely to land you in the Emergency Department on Thanksgiving. It’s more likely you could end up needing medical care for a common accident such as slicing your finger while carving the turkey, or burning your hand while pouring gravy.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes starts when your body is not able to make and use all the insulin it needs for pregnancy. Without enough insulin, glucose cannot leave the blood and be changed to energy. Glucose builds up in the blood to high levels. This is called hyperglycemia.

Sarah and Sharon Smith

When Sarah Smith was looking for inspiration on a future career path, she didn’t have to search very far. As a high school junior, Sarah spent a night shift shadowing her mother, Sharon, in her job as a Certified Respiratory Therapist at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. That was all it took.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

As the Thanksgiving table is filled up with dish after dish of delectable delights, why not consider eating something that’s low in fat, high in fiber, has a multitude of vitamins and can be used in everything from soups to salads?

Yvonne Cooper

When the current Lompoc Valley Medical Center was opened, Yvonne Cooper was among those who answered the call for volunteers. She’s been a “Blue Coat” volunteer for about seven years, taking the Wednesday afternoon shift.


Diabetes is a disease of altered insulin secretion and or peripheral resistance that results in hyperglycemia, or abnormally high blood glucose. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common health problem worldwide. In the United States, 8 percent of the population-- or 17.9 million -- people have been diagnosed with DM.  Despite such high numbers, the disease is under-diagnosed and it is estimated that 5.4 million people have undiagnosed diabetes. It is important to learn about diabetes, as it is estimated that 182,000 deaths annually are attributed to diabetes mellitus and its complications.

Mary Hennessy

Lompoc resident Mary Hennessy has been a patient at Lompoc Valley Medical Center: Hospital for various illnesses and procedures. She’s had a CT scan in diagnostic imaging and had her blood drawn at the laboratory, and gives high marks to both departments for her treatment.


Lung cancer comes from many different sources that can trigger a mutation. Some sources come from the environment, such as exposure to Radon. Some sources are byproducts of fossil fuels. Some come from smoking cigars, cigarettes, and second-hand smoke. Knowing your surroundings and keeping your distance from potential carcinogens can help reduce the risk of contracting many different forms of cancer.

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