senior woman getting fitted for an alert device

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Most of you have probably seen the television commercial where a woman falls and says, “I have fallen and can’t get up!” That ad illustrates that we often think we do not need help until we actually really need help.

First Responder

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Early next month, residents of Lompoc can learn the basic skills to keep people with potentially life-threatening injuries alive until professional help arrives. The Lompoc Hospital District Foundation has asked me to present FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) training called “Stop the Bleed.” The lecture and training will be given from 6 to 8 pm September 4, but reservations are required by August 31. The class will be held in the Ocean’s Seven Café at Lompoc Valley Medical Center.

teenagers playing on their phones

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In their counseling sessions, parents often have questions for me, or other counselors, regarding social media and how it’s affecting their children.

diagram of Cholesterol in arteries

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Cholesterol can be confusing. You may hear your primary care physician talk to you about your “cholesterol numbers,” but what do they really mean? And do you know that the foods you eat can change your levels? The Centers for Disease Control wants to make sure you know the difference between myths and facts when it concerns cholesterol. It’s important to commit to getting your cholesterol checked annually, so you can learn more about your risks of heart disease and stroke. 

doctor examining patients skin

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Skin cancer is a malignant tumor from cells of the skin. More than 2 million Americans are diagnosed with it every year, making it one of the most common forms of cancer diagnosed in the U.S.

mother feeding her baby food

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As the 6-month mark approaches, many moms have questions about how to balance starting solid foods while maintaining their breastfeeding relationship. It’s important to note that although your baby’s intake is going to start expanding to a variety of table foods, your breast milk remains a very important component of their diet during the first year and beyond.

woman checking her blood sugar

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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, and people are at higher risk if they are African American, Latino, Native American, or Asian American/Pacific Islanders. 

father playing with kids

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Being overweight and the reason for it is not as simple as we once thought,it is a lifelong challenge many people face. Weight loss surgery, or Bariatric Surgery, can give someone the tools needed to begin to change their life for the better. A person with severe obesity is at a significantly higher risk of early death, according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Weight loss surgery may be the answer a person needs to change their quality of life.

doctor examining patient's eye

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As people say, “The eyes are the window to our soul.” However, what happens when that window looks a little aged or tired appearing?

child covering his ears

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Tourette syndrome is a medical condition that may be widely recognized, but there remain many misbeliefs about it. Tourette syndrome is a condition that affects the brain and nerves, causing people to make repeated movements and sounds, also known as motor and vocal tics, that they cannot control.

apple coleslaw

in Healthy Eating

This sweet and crunchy coleslaw is a healthy take on the summer stand-by. Use cabbage, carrots, apples and green pepper for a colorful side dish to bring to those summer picnics and potlucks. Depending on your personal taste, you can make it with or without mayonnaise.

breast pump

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Pumping breast milk can be a great tool for mothers that need to be separated from their babies or wish to express their breast milk by an alternate method than nursing at the breast.

vegetables in grocery store

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Living with a healthy lifestyle involves making many personal choices — including whether to follow a balanced diet or a healthy eating plan. But do you know how to choose a healthy eating plan? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015–2020” determine that a healthy eating plan:

mother breastfeeding baby

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As a lactation consultant, one of the most common worries I hear mothers express is a concern about their milk supply being too low or too high. When I was a new mother, I had these worries too. If you are experiencing concerns about milk production or infant growth, it’s very important to seek out skilled help from an experienced lactation consultant as well as working hand-in-hand with your baby’s pediatrician. This blog includes some general tips as a starting point for managing your milk production.

rendering of lupus infection

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in different parts of the body. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks itself.