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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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Hoag Hospital Receives Awards for Heart Failure Care

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach has received the American Heart Association’s GOLD PLUS Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure quality achievement award. The national accolade recognizes Hoag’s Jeffrey M. Carlton Heart & Vascular Institute for its commitment to improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, meaning reduced readmissions and more healthy days at … Continued

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How the Mind-Gut Connection Affects Total Health

As a colorectal surgeon, I address complex intestinal issues with state-of-the-art interventions. Fortunately for most people, the key to a healthy digestive system isn’t that complicated. A proper diet, regular exercise, and stress reduction all help create a healthier and happier gut. The “mind-gut connection” influences how you think and feel. Imagine a marathon runner … Continued

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What Digital Strategy is Transforming the Delivery of Care & Patient Experience?

Healthcare is an extremely emotional business, whether you’re on the providing side or you’re on the receiving end. Kathy Azeez-Narain, Vice President and CDO discusses Hoag’s digital strategy which has transformed and innovated the delivery of both the highest quality care and exceptional patient experiences. How did her experience at AMEX translate to the healthcare … Continued

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3 Doctor’s Appointment Hacks You’ll Wish You Learned Earlier

Martin Fee, M.D., knows his way around a doctor’s office. In addition to being an infectious disease expert and the CEO of Hoag Medical Group (HMG), Dr. Fee is the son of a physician, the husband of a physician and the father of a physician. So, he’s learned a few tricks for scheduling doctor’s visits … Continued

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How Having MS Can Impact Your Driving

Driving is synonymous with freedom and independence for many of us. With a set of keys and our GPS app of choice, we can go where we want, whenever we want. In the United States—where public transportation is often limited, and about 88% of people own a car, according to a 2015 Pew Research Center survey—the ability to drive … Continued

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Katie Couric’s Cancer Diagnosis: 3 Things You Need to Know

Photo courtesy: Andrew Eccles/KCM Katie Couric’s recent revelation that she survived breast cancer has people wondering about their own health. And that’s a good thing. As Couric wrote on her blog: “to reap the benefits of modern medicine, we need to stay on top of our screenings, advocate for ourselves, and make sure everyone has … Continued

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Gut Check: You Really Are What You Eat

When it comes to improving your overall health, listen to your gut. The Hoag Digestive Health Institute highlights a few ways in which your gastrointestinal health affects your overall wellbeing. Immunity. Our gastrointestinal tracts are host to a universe of microbiota, including bacteria and fungi. The better we eat, the happier our gut microbiome becomes, … Continued

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Artists Bring ‘Hidden Truths’ of Epilepsy to Light in Art Exhibition at Marina Park

Photo courtesy: James Carbone A unique art show in Newport Beach last weekend sought to promote awareness of epilepsy and to empower individuals living with the neurological disorder that causes seizures. Held at the Marina Park Community Center, “1:26 The Art of Epilepsy” was hosted by the Hidden Truths Project, founded by Dr. Julie Thompson-Dobkin. She … Continued

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Health Systems Expanding Into Hospice Could Disrupt Competitive Playing Field

As health and hospital systems show a growing interest in home-based care, the competitive landscape for hospices could change — both in terms of market share and staff recruitment. A leading concern is that hospices will see dips in their referral streams, admissions and ultimately their bottom lines, according to YoloCares CEO Craig Dresang. “In … Continued

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