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Some myths, facts about sports-related concussions

This year the NFL raised the profile of head injuries in contact sports, highlighting the prevalence of concussions on the field and kicking off concern among parents of high school and club sports athletes. Unfortunately, some of what parents are hearing is a fumbling of the facts. While it is vital that we work to … Read More

Women's Health

Cancer Surgeon Caps Fundraiser with Haircut

Two scissors-wielding women sliced off the almost blue-black ponytail belonging to a very willing surgeon Friday, before sharing a long embrace. The emotional moment was all for charity, the capstone of a $15,000 fundraising effort by Dr. Lisa Guerra for breast cancer nonprofit Susan G. Komen of Orange County. After the haircut, Guerra stood smiling … Read More


Local Doctor and His Cancer-Surviving Patient Take the Stage at the Coach House to Promote Prostate Cancer Awareness

Irvine physician Howard Fishbein is a renowned family practice doctor by day and plays keyboards by night in a rock band along with his Bass Player patient and friend of over 25 years, Bill Black. But that’s not all they have done together. Black, a long time patient of Dr. Fishbein, went in for a … Read More

Diabetes Center

Donor Spotlight – Gifts at Work

Tom and Margaret Larkin first became involved with Hoag in 2005. Now generous benefactors and supporters of the Hoag Hospital Foundation, they’re soaring with enthusiasm for the important programs being developed at Hoag – including diabetes. “When we moved down here I began talking with (trustee) Ginny Ueberroth about becoming involved,” said Margaret, a Hoag … Read More

Diabetes Center

Give Thanks for Healthy Foods

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, you might be wondering how you can enjoy some traditional favorites while staying healthy. There are three things to remember: Control your portions, exercise and, when possible, replace fatty ingredients with healthier options in your favorite recipes. To maintain a healthy portion control be sure to fill half of … Read More

Diabetes Center

Making a Difference in the Lives of Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes

The Herbert Family Program for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes focuses on meeting the unique needs of young adults with type 1 diabetes (age 18-30). The program addresses the financial, psychological, social and physical changes that challenge not only the young adult but also their family and support system. The program provides: Social opportunities … Read More

Diabetes Center

Eating Out With Diabetes

Busy days, special occasions, holidays and social events often involve dining out, which can be intimidating if you have diabetes and are not sure what foods will be available. Plus, not everyone with diabetes has the same nutrition goals or meal plan. Cutting calories may be most important, or your dietary goals may be to … Read More


Hoag for Life | Fall 2014

At Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, we understand that providing quality care is a mission that never stops – much like the waves from the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Like the ocean, we continue to move and inspire. And we remain relentless in our quest to make sure that when you choose Hoag, you choose the best. … Read More


Emergency room nurses pay price for parked psych patients

Laura Arguija still remembers the taste of the blood in her mouth from the time she was attacked by a psychiatric patient in the emergency room of a large hospital in San Bernardino County, where she worked as a trauma nurse. “I had long hair, and she wrapped her hand in it and started wailing … Read More


Part 1: Psych patients pack emergency rooms

Two years ago, Marty Naftel felt one of his bipolar crises coming on and went straight to the hospital. The 53-year old Midway City resident had learned he had bipolar disorder 29 years earlier and had been hospitalized for it many times since. So on that day in June 2012, he knew the warning signs … Read More