Mental Health

Mindfulness: A Moment of Zen for the Holidays

Yes, the holidays are a wonderful and merry time, but they are equally known for the stress it can trigger from unresolved familial issues, financial stress, loneliness and battling crowds who take over shopping malls, freeways and grocery stores.   But Hoag Hospital Wellness Consultant, Anusha Wijeyakumar, MA, CPC, E-RYT, has a simple tip for … Read More
Published On: November 22, 2023

Fun with Friends is Good for You: How Social Connections Keep the Brain Young

Can socializing with friends be as healthy as going to the gym? As far as brain health is concerned, the research says “yes.” Moreover, maintaining social connections can help a person reduce their risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Conversely, research has shown that social isolation and loneliness are as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes … Read More
Published On: November 15, 2023

Hoag Receives $50 Million Gift to Create One-of-a-Kind Center for Brain Health

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2023) – Hoag today announced a transformational $50 million gift that will establish the Richard H. Pickup Center for Brain Health, a powerhouse of innovation that will pioneer new, whole family-centered approaches to brain health and healthy aging. Long-time Newport Beach philanthropist Richard Pickup has made numerous gifts to Hoag … Read More
Published On: November 6, 2023

$50 Million Gift Will Help Hoag Hospital Transform its Care of Memory and Cognitive Disorders

Hoag Hospital officials are announcing plans for a center at the Newport Beach campus that will “pioneer new, whole family-centered approaches to brain health and healthy aging.” A “transformational” $50 million gift from Newport Beach philanthropist Richard Pickup is helping establish the center, which will not only work on research and to improve gaps in care for … Read More
Published On: November 6, 2023

3 Steps to Take Charge of Your Brain Health

The secrets of the human brain are being unlocked at an exciting pace. We now have the first FDA-approved medication to fundamentally alter the biology of Alzheimer’s disease. In the next decade, it’s possible we will have vaccines to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s by decades. While pharmaceutical research opens an incredible new future for … Read More
Published On: November 1, 2023

How to Help Families Through an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

With the rise in Alzheimer’s disease in Orange County over the last decade, there is a good chance your family has been touched by dementia or mild cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s Orange County recently estimated that the number of people facing dementia has nearly doubled since 2014 locally, from 84,000 to 164,000 people. “The new data … Read More
Published On: June 21, 2023

Mental Health Experts Share Tips with CUSD Parents in Response to ‘Catastrophic’ Increase in Child Mental Health Statistics

During a webinar presented by mental health experts from Hoag Hospital’s ASPIRE program to CUSD families, a child psychiatrist shared some recently released statistics on child mental health issues. Dr. Sina Safahieh, a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and medical director of the ASPIRE Program at Hoag in Newport Beach and Irvine, said … Read More
Published On: June 9, 2023

Despite Narcan Availability, Fentanyl Deaths Continue to Climb

By Matthew Reed, M.D. | Hoag Hospital’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute More than car accidents. More than suicide. More than gun violence. Fentanyl overdose is the leading cause of death for people ages 18-49, a startling fact that prompted the Food and Drug Administration to approve naloxone (commonly known as Narcan) for over-the-counter sales in … Read More
Published On: June 5, 2023

Revolutionizing Depression Treatment: Breaking Free from Ineffective Medications for Rapid Relief

If you want to know whether a standard-of-care medication will work to treat your depression, flip a coin. More than half of all patients treated for major depressive disorder (MDD), the clinical name for what is typically thought of as depression, don’t respond to the first treatment option prescribed to them. Even those who do … Read More
Published On: May 15, 2023