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Top Four Screenings You Should Get Every Year

Feeling good? Great! Keep it up by getting the routine screenings and exams that your doctors recommend every year. Why get a checkup if you’re not feeling sick? Routine tests, screenings and exams give you and your doctor a baseline for your health and can help identify any looming medical issues. Make an appointment with … Continued

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5 Reasons Your Body Loves Dark Chocolate

If your love runs deep, rich and delectable, let your Valentine know it with a gift of dark chocolate. Unlike its milky cousin, dark chocolate generally contains higher amounts of cacao, which is rich in the kinds of  substances that lets your Valentine know your relationship is a healthy one: Heart disease and blood pressure. … Continued

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3 Things About the Mind-Gut Connection That Will Surprise You

Did you know your brain and digestive system talk to each other? “The ‘mind-gut connection’ influences how you think and feel – and that communication is a two-way street,” said Elizabeth Raskin, M.D., surgical director for the Margolis Family Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program within Hoag’s Digestive Health Institute. “Think of the marathon runner so … Continued

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3 Reasons to Get Your Flu Shot Right Now

Colds, flu and COVID-19 continue to make their way around this time of year. Some may think it’s too late to get the flu shot now, right? Wrong. “Soon after getting a flu vaccine, a person’s antibodies rocket skyward, conferring protection against infection and disease. But three months later, the effect of the vaccine has … Continued

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What Lisa Marie’s Death Teaches Us About Heart Health

“She was so much like her daddy, it was uncanny.” When friends and fans poured out their shock and love for Lisa Marie Presley, 54, the only child of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, who died this week of cardiac arrest, many inevitably noted the similarities between father and daughter. Like Elvis, Lisa Marie reportedly died … Continued

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How to Save Three Lives in an Hour

Blood donation is the gift of life. Three lives, actually. Did you know: Four types of transfusable products can be derived from one pint of blood, red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Usually two or three of these are produced from a pint of blood, so one donation can save up to three lives. January … Continued

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3 Ways to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Stick

You’ve made a New Year’s resolution? Good for you! Don’t be deterred by the fact that only 19% of people stick to their resolutions. Those high failure rates can’t affect you! Right? Right! The key to sticking with your New Year’s resolutions is planning, accountability and setting realistic goals. You can lose weight. You can … Continued

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Dear Neighbor, As the New Year approaches, I am filled with a sense of gratitude for the relationship Hoag holds with our community. Your trust in us pushes us to be better every day. Not just to adopt the most advanced technologies and procedures, but also to help create them. Your unwavering support during an … Continued

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3 Holiday Travel Tips From a Travel Medicine Expert

The pictures on Instagram showcase your family in matching PJs. Snowy afternoon walks. Steaming cups of hot chocolate. The tree. The menorah. The joy. What those pictures don’t capture are those other holiday gatherings, the microscopic, germy icky ones: The influenza virus bopping around the crowded airport security line. The Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) offering … 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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