- All News
Cancer patient concerned about multiple CT scans
Risk versus reward is a debate in the medical community over a common test, frequently ordered by doctors. Fears of too much radiation exposure
How Clinton's Blood Clot Might Have Been Prevented
Dehydration is one of the prime risk factors for blood clots, seen most commonly in the leg. Vomiting and diarrhea bring on
Carve out "me time" to avoid the holidays blues
As chief of psychiatry liaison services at Hoag Hospital, I can't stop your aunt from inciting an ugly political debate or keep your nephew from flinging mashed potatoes at the cat. But I can offer five tips to enjoying a healthy and truly happy holiday season.
There is a fungus among us
"I've seen the needle and the damage done," sang Neil Young in his '60s anthem about drug abuse. Steroid injections by doctors for back pain don't compare to the destructive types of pain relief used by junkies, but as the above lyric went on, "a little bit of it in everyone." As I have previously written in this column, pain and methods used to relieve it are a huge health problem in our country.
Doctor's own tumor led him to take up scalpel
Though common, thyroidectomies require surgical precision and patience. Surgeons must carve around a nerve that controls the vocal cords while avoiding puncturing two carotid arteries, which supply blood to the head and neck, and also work around the jugular. If the surgeon fails to avoid the nerve or the arteries or the jugular, consequences for the patient could be dire.
New Generation Alzheimer's Drugs: Do They Work?
We've all been hopeful that a new class of Alzheimer's drugs (monoclonal antibodies) would soon bring effective treatment to the growing number of Alzheimer's patients.
Wired for Action: Nine Inch Nails in your brain
Ever wish you could put your brain on remote control? Some people have to.
Our brain's activity comes from certain chemicals released by nerve cells. Their release sends an electrical current down the cells' extensions. That activity is triggered in two ways. The first is voluntary. I tell my fingers to type this. The second is automatic. My fingertips signal back the feel and the pressure of the keys.
'Friend' or foe: An Army psychiatrist says Facebook hurts our troops
Our soldiers are being devastated on an unexpected front: Facebook.
Troops who have survived shellings and shootings can find themselves emotionally wounded by online photos of spouses partying with strangers and innuendo-laden updates that betray a very different “status” than that of a devoted girlfriend back home.
Hoag Health - Brain Matters: When the Joker is Wild
Riddle me this: How common is mental illness? Nearly one-third of U.S. adults and one-fifth of children had a diagnosable substance or mental health problem last year.
Brain Matters: When brain surgery is nothing more than a bad hair day
You may have seen an "infotainment" TV piece of some third world psychic surgeon removing tumors with his bare hands and not leaving a scar, often accompanied by a gory picture of some bloody handful of stuff.
Brain Matters: The Pain That's in Your Brain
"Quit your bellyaching, that pain's all in your head!" Mom would say: No skipping school that day. Pain can serve certain needs. It has many causes, some clear, others not. We've all sprained an ankle.
On the Back Roads, by the Rivers of My Memory …
Today's title from Glen Campbell's hit, "Gentle on My Mind," highlights this country music legend's battle with Alzheimer's. How can he perform on his current "Farewell Tour" while slowly losing his mind to the devastation of Alzheimer's?
Hoag Participating in Clinical Trial for Aggressive Brain Cancer
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian today announced that its Neurosciences Institute is the first Orange County-based center to begin enrolling patients in ....
Psychiatrist reports Facebook hurts troop morale
Dr. Valeh Karimkhani and I sit at a Starbucks discussing the dark side of Facebook, and our focus isn't the company's poor IPO showing.
Spark of Innovation
Editor's note: Some of the best jobs require skills in math, science, technology and engineering, but local business leaders and educators are concerned whether there will be enough students interested in those subjects to meet demand. These skills are vital in Orange County, home to many rising and established technology companies.
FDA issues warning about controversial MS treatment
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued a safety alert about an experimental treatment for multiple sclerosis a year after a Canadian woman died from the procedure in Orange County.
Minimally invasive aneurysm surgery saves lives
Your brain is where you live, where you tuck away your memories. It moves you, both figuratively – with your aspirations and big ideas – and literally, by directing you to place one foot in front of the other.
Understanding a Multple Sclerosis diagnosis
A diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is not always easy to understand and manage on your own.
Are those memory lapses a sign of something serious?
The other day I was looking for something in my office. I couldn't remember where I put it. Granted my office is a bit messy, and some level of absent-mindedness is expected these days. I'm multi-tasking like crazy so isn't an occasional brain-fart normal?
Dr. Ali Makki explains trigeminal neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia (TGN), also called Tic Douloureux (French for painful tic) is a disorder of the nervous system that presents as very severe one-sided facial or mouth pain.
Healing families as they overcome addiction
While speaking out and seeking help for chemical dependency can at first seem difficult, families quickly find they are not alone.
Hoag's Orange County Vital Aging Program Data
“Changing the proactive approach of the medical and non-medical communities to ADRD healthcare is a substantial yet achievable challenge, and comprehensive education.....
Ask The Doctor: Is the pain in my face “TMJ” or something else?
First, the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is a part of your body, not a disease. It connects the jaw to the skull bones enabling you to talk, chew, swallow, and yawn.
Orange County Vital Aging Program: delaying the impact of Alzheimer’s disease in our community
California Alzheimer’s disease data report published in 2009 estimated that in Orange County, approximately 46,000 people had Alzheimer’s disease in 2008, a number expected to grow by 99 percent by 2030.
Judy & Richard Voltmer Sleep Center opens: Serving the growing need in Orange County with comfort and style
Sleep loss is impacting the physical and emotional health of our country.