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4 Surprising Secrets to Healthy Aging that All Superheroes Know

It’s no secret that healthy lifestyle choices greatly lower your risk of dementia. But, says Aaron Ritter, M.D. the Larkin Family Endowed Chair in Integrative Brain Health and the director of the Memory & Cognitive Disorders Program at Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute, most people don’t think about the connection between diet, exercise and dementia … Continued

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How to Take GERD Off the Thanksgiving Menu

It spoils a Thanksgiving gathering as reliably as spilled gravy: gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. About 1 in 4 adults in Orange County suffer from daily chronic reflux and take a PPI (an anti-acid medication) to help control their symptoms. Add stuffing, turkey, cranberries, creamed corn, dinner rolls, rice, pumpkin pie (you get the idea), … Continued

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Hoag Welcomes Skilled Bariatric and Advanced GI Surgeon

Hoag is excited to welcome Katherine (Katie) Blevins, M.D., Ph.D. to the Digestive Health Institute and its Bariatric Weight Loss Program. Skilled in both laparoscopic and robotic techniques, Dr. Blevins is a minimally invasive surgeon with a focus in bariatric and advanced gastrointestinal surgery. She completed General Surgery residency at Stanford University, where she spent … Continued

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Hoag’s $1 Billion Irvine Expansion Will Combine Private Practice, Medical Academics

Photo by: Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register A balsa wood model under a pristine glass case in a Hoag Hospital Irvine office is the first step of a vision for a major expansion of the medical center on Sand Canyon Avenue, which will add, among other services, two specialty hospitals focused on women’s health, digestive … Continued

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Avoid Back Injury in 4 Easy Steps

Often back pain begins with something innocuous. Twisting to reach something too high, bending to lift a heavy shopping bag. It seems to come out of the blue, but in reality, it can be the culmination of a lifetime of bad habits. The good news is that back pain prevention often requires only a few … Continued

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This Year’s Flu Season is Upon Us

Dear Neighbors, This year’s flu season is underway, and reports indicate that flu and other respiratory illnesses are appearing at higher rates than normal for this time of year, placing a greater demand on our emergency departments.  While our emergency departments are always well prepared to take care of your emergent needs, Hoag also offers 15 … Continued

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10 Surgeons on the Most Controversial Trends in Spine

From medically unnecessary spine surgeries to non-surgeons performing endoscopic spine procedures to the duration and rigor of residency and fellowship programs, 10 spine leaders share what they believe are the most controversial trends in their specialty today. Question: What’s the most controversial trend in spine surgery today? Andrew Sama MD. Hospital for Special Surgery (New … Continued

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5 Signs Your Teen is in Crisis

“Help.” This simple, powerful word demands attention. And yet, when it comes to young adult mental health, too often it goes unheard. A new survey commissioned by the California Endowment found that more than three-quarters of young adults reported anxiety. If you or a loved one is in need of mental health support, Hoag offers … Continued

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Registered Dietician 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 Dietician and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist is here to allay parents’ fears of the things that go bump (and crinkle, … Continued

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4 Things Orange County Parents Need to Know About RSV Care

An alarming rise of RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) cases throughout Orange County has many parents worried. RSV can cause bronchiolitis, an infection of the lungs that causes inflammation and swelling in the small airways of young children. “We’re currently seeing a triple-demic, between COVID, flu and RSV,” said Hoag Medical Group pediatrician Jennifer Birkhauser, M.D., … Continued

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