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Be Aware of Stroke Symptoms and Causes
Stroke is the leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and all forms of cancer combined. According to recent accounting, stroke kills approximately 140,000 Americans each year. If you put that into a context that we can more easily understand, that means that 1 out of every 20 deaths in our nation is attributed to stroke.
Health Concerns of Using Cannabis While Breastfeeding
California law allows adults 21 and older to use, carry and grow cannabis, although federal law prohibits its use. As of Jan. 1, the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act details where California residents can use cannabis, how much can be possessed per individual and the penalties for illegal use.
April 16 is National Health Care Decision Making Day
It’s something most of us would prefer not to think about. We seem to plan so many aspects of our lives, yet when it comes to health care decision making and end-of-life decisions, we would rather avoid the issue. Few people take a proactive approach to their medical decision-making -- perhaps because getting sick is a fear for many of us, and ignoring such a thought makes it feel less likely to happen. Whatever the reason, as a medical social worker, I find that more patients don’t have an Advanced Directive than do.
Moms Facing Challenges in Breastfeeding Can Find Help
Did you know that one of the most common reasons given why new mothers discontinue breastfeeding during the first few weeks is due to sore nipples? Breastfeeding is not supposed to hurt but the fact is, most mothers will experience some degree of soreness during the early stages of breastfeeding.
LVMC Opens Outpatient Lactation Service
Lompoc Valley Medical Center (LVMC) is now offering an Outpatient Lactation Service available to all breastfeeding mothers. Appointments may be made at Lompoc Valley Medical Center:Hospital, 1515 E. Ocean Ave. The service, by appointment, is available to all breastfeeding mothers, regardless of where the baby was delivered.
10 Exercises to Improve Outcomes After Knee Replacement
As an orthopedic surgeon, I understand that total joint replacement patients are eager to get up and start using their new knee as soon as possible. During your treatment for this major surgery, we’ll talk about how you should recover, what your range of motion will be, and how you can prevent complications while building your strength after surgery.
Nutrition Month urges “Go Further with Food”
Nutritionists will tell you a simple truth: the foods you choose can make a difference in your life. It may sound simple, but for National Nutrition Month, learning about the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits is the main focus.
Lower Your Risk for the No. 1 Killer of Women
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Heart disease does not discriminate between genders – around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the United States. Some conditions and lifestyle choices increase a person’s chance for heart disease, including diabetes, being overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive alcohol use.
Have You Joined the HEAL Movement?
The idea of HEAL, or Healthy Eating Active Living, originated with Kaiser Permanente as a Community Health Initiative intending to “improve the health of individuals, families, and communities by addressing the social, economic and environmental determinants of health.”
Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby
The American Academy of Pediatrics has made it a key policy to support and encourage exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant’s life. And to further emphasize the importance of breastfeeding, the academy suggests that mothers breastfeed for the child’s first year of life and beyond, if “mutually desired” by mother and infant.