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Tips for Staying Healthy During Holiday Travel

Traveling for the holidays can be stressful, not just because you are dealing with crowds, parking and getting to your destination without the trials and tribulations of weather, but also because it’s the peak of flu season. It’s during fall and winter that viruses are swirling everywhere, this includes the flu, Covid-19, and RSV illnesses. … Read More
Published On: December 18, 2023

I Felt a Lump. Now What?

Discovering a lump in your breast can be an alarming experience, one that often triggers a wave of worry and concern. This initial shock can lead to numerous questions and doubts, but it is important to remember you are not alone. About 40% of breast lumps are detected by women during a breast self-exam. This … Read More
Published On: November 27, 2023

The 4 Wise Steps of EOY Deductibles

‘Twas the month before New Year’s when all through your mind, you realized: You’ve reached your deductible! Now is the time! Make your appointments, order your pills. And know that your health plan may pick up the bill. Your deductible is how much of your medical costs you pay (excluding premiums and copays or coinsurance) … Read More
Published On: November 20, 2023

Hoag Earns Straight “A’s” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., November 6, 2023 — Hoag has once again been awarded straight “A’s” by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for its hospitals in Newport Beach and Irvine. Achieving the nation’s top honor for patient safety, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rates a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and … Read More
Published On: November 6, 2023

Is it Pregnancy or PMS?

Cramping. Fatigue. Breast tenderness. The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome mimic those of pregnancy so well, it can be difficult to tell the difference. Hoag OB/Gyn, Nura S. Sobhanian, M.D., offers some helpful tips to help you decode what your body is trying to tell you. “PMS symptoms overlap with symptoms of pregnancy, so when it … Read More
Published On: November 2, 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

Most People are Unaware They Have Mild Cognitive Impairment: The Common Symptoms

Small, everyday forgetfulness – not remembering why you walked into a room or not being able to find your phone – may seem to many like the normal process of aging. However, these lapses can sometimes be symptomatic of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which itself can be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Since it’s considered normal by … Read More
Published On: October 25, 2023

31 Top Nurse-Friendly Hospitals

Seymour, Ind.-based Schneck Medical Center was named the most nurse-friendly hospital by TopRNtoBSN, an independent nurse education website. The ranking used U.S. News & World Report, CMS, the National Database of Nurse Quality Indicators, the American Nurses Credential Center Magnet Recognition Program, and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Patient Survey to determine the … Read More
Published On: October 23, 2023

Registered Dietitian Offers 3 Essential Halloween Tips for Parents

Halloween is designed to terrify us. The ghouls! The goblins! The attempts to teach children about portion control while they’re holding pillowcases stuffed with candy! Thankfully, Meghan Gonzalez, R.D., C.D.C.E.S, a Hoag registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist is here to allay parents’ fears of the things that go bump (and crinkle, … Read More
Published On: October 19, 2023

5 Tips to Reduce Salt for a Healthy Heart

Americans sure do heart salt. Nearly 90% of adults and children in the U.S. consume too much of the stuff. Unfortunately, our love affair with sodium comes at a cost: high blood pressure, which leads to heart disease. “The body needs sodium to function properly, but too much sodium can raise blood pressure, which is … Read More
Published On: September 25, 2023