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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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3 Secrets to Take the Stress Out of Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment can be stressful. Do you check the same boxes as the year before and hope for the best? Or do you dig into the details and compare plan options, co-pays and networks? The choices you make during Open Enrollment affect us and our families for the entire year. To take the guesswork out … Continued

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Why Dr. Adam Kanter Joined Hoag After 15 Years at a 40-Hospital Academic System

After 15 years at Pittsburgh-based UPMC, Adam Kanter, M.D., left the 40-hospital academic health system, where he was chief of spine surgery and a tenured professor, to become associate executive medical director of the Hoag Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute in Orange, Calif.  Dr. Kanter is a central figure in several spine societies, including the chair … Continued

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Healthgrades’ 209 Top Hospitals for Critical Care

Healthgrades named the recipients of its 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards Oct. 25, including the top hospitals for critical care.  The 209 hospitals selected demonstrated superior patient outcomes in treating pulmonary embolism, respiratory system failure, sepsis and diabetic emergencies. For a description of Healthgrades’ methodology, click here.  California Adventist Health Bakersfield Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Oakland) Alta Bates … Continued

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Science-Backed Ways to Slow Multiple Sclerosis Progression

If you have multiple sclerosis (MS), you probably know which of the four types you have: Clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting MS, secondary progressive MS, or primary progressive MS. Regardless, you might not know exactly what “progression” of the disease means, and how—or if—you might be able to do something to help halt that progression. According to … Continued

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4 Things You Need to Know About the Flu and COVID-19 Shots

  Have questions about vaccinations? Your Hoag primary care physicians have the answers! Give them a call to schedule your vaccine appointments today, and keep the following in mind: There is No Time Like the Present! Early fall is the right time for everyone six months and older to get the flu shot. This gives … Continued

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Take Steps (literally) to Prevent Dementia

A recent study out of England found that walking just under 10,000 steps a day reduces a person’s risk of developing dementia by 50 percent. Pick up the pace to a “brisk” walk (over 40 steps per minute), and that risk goes down even further. Perhaps most strikingly, the authors found that even a low number of … Continued

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