Self-exams, mammograms can lead to early detection
Catching cancers early helps save lives. Screening mammograms can help catch breast cancer in its early stages when it is easier to treat.
Most are safe and effective for pain relief when taken as directed
It can be overwhelming deciding which over the counter (OTC) pain medicine to take for different aches and pains. There are many to choose from at your local drug store. The most appropriate usually depends on the type of pain you’re experiencing and your health.
Five tips to help relieve ear infection symptoms at home
If your little one is cranky, unusually fussy and tugging at his or her ear or is feverish and having difficulty sleeping, chances are it may be due to an ear infection.
Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain
Think you have to spend hours at the gym or switch to a stringent diet to improve your health?
While you may believe that big changes are the only way to achieve results, small lifestyle changes can actually make a big difference to your overall health and well-being.
“When changes are too drastic, they may be overwhelming,” says Lina Dajani, MD, an internal medicine physician at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. “Small lifestyle changes are easier to achieve and maintain. They are more likely to become habits and lead you to success.”
4 tips to help men take their health more seriously
Too busy. Too tired. No need to go. You may hear all these excuses and more from the man in your life when you ask him about going to the doctor. Men tend to go to the doctor less often than women for a variety of reasons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Differences between emergency and non-emergency care
All too often, illness or injury appears out of the blue: You wake up in the middle of the night with intense abdominal pain. You stumble while carrying groceries up a flight of stairs, and cannot put weight on your swollen ankle. Or your baby spikes a high fever on the weekend.
Dangers can be reduced by teaching healthy habits at early age
It’s no secret that many Americans are severely overweight, and our children are no exception. In fact, there is growing concern about obesity in children and adolescents.
Learn proven methods for first aid for minor injuries and illnesses
Minor injuries and illnesses are usually treated at home, often with the help of a well-stocked first-aid kit and knowing what to do. The best outcomes come from using proven first aid methods.
Swimming pool safety rules parents of little children should know
When the weather gets hot, it’s nice to have a pool in the backyard where the kids can play and cool off. With proper preparation, pools can be both fun and very safe. Without it, accidents can happen. Young children are most at risk. Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death in children younger than 4, right after car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of these drownings unfortunately happen with unsupervised children.
Learn the acronym BE FAST, for signs of a stroke and what to do
Every year about 800,000 people suffer a stroke in the United States. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted. It is the No. 5 cause of death and leading cause of disability in the US.
Telehealth services are convenient and easy to use
Taking advantage of virtual care services to manage your health care can be a good option. Also known as telehealth or telemedicine, virtual care is widely available.
Common hand and wrist problem can be prevented and treated
You wake in the night with a painful tingling sensation in your fingers — or no sensation at all.
As your condition advances, you have trouble holding the steering wheel to drive or typing on your computer keyboard. You experience weakness in your hand and begin dropping small objects.
If these signs and symptoms sounds familiar, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a very common problem. The condition is often associated with overuse of the hands and wrist and other factors.
By District Attorney Summer Stephan
As California continues to set records for the number of people testing positive for the omicron variant of the coronavirus, you may find yourself becoming desperate to find an at-home test to avoid long lines at testing sites.
US News ranks healthy diet as best in several categories
US News & World Report recently weighed in on the best diets for 2022. The Mediterranean diet topped the scale as the best diet overall in the annual best diet rankings for the fifth consecutive year.
Home remedies for nausea relief
Most people have experienced nausea, that queasy feeling that often comes on suddenly. While nausea is not usually serious, it can be acutely uncomfortable. “Nausea is an uneasiness of the stomach that is often accompanied by an urge to vomit,” says Erin Lester, MD, a family medicine physician at Scripps Coastal Medical Center Solana Beach. “Anyone can experience nausea, and the symptoms are straightforward. You feel like you’re going to vomit, although you may not actually do so.”
It’s National Influenza Week, a national awareness campaign to highlight the importance of influenza vaccination. It comes right in the middle of that time of year when the flu bug is hitting our diverse communities. Here are 8 things people should know about flu shots if they haven’t gotten their flu shot yet. Doctors from TrueCare™ are available for questions and interviews. TrueCare is a nonprofit health care provider for those who are underserved in North San Diego County and Riverside County.
People at high risk for skin cancer should have regular skin exams
Skin cancer is an ongoing health problem in the United States. More than two people die of skin cancer in the US every hour. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.
6 things to know about dietary supplements before taking them
Walk down the vitamin and mineral aisle of your local drugstore. You’ll see rows of capsules, liquids and powders listed as dietary supplements. Their labels claim they can help improve your health and well-being. But are dietary supplements necessary for your health.
Prepare questions, follow COVID protocols, use patient portal and more
You’ve waited several weeks to see your doctor, but after you leave the office you still have questions, and you don’t quite understand your diagnosis. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to improve your relationship with your physician.
A good patient-physician relationship can go a long way in helping you stay healthy — and getting the care you need when you’re not feeling well.
Provided By Dr. Gene Ma, Chief Medical Officer, Tri-City Medical Cente
“My dad had a stroke and he can’t speak but there’s nothing more that can be done.”
These were the helpless words of a friend who called to share with me that his dad had lost valuable time wandering around his wholesale membership warehouse store because he had suddenly been unable to communicate. By the time he was taken to his local hospital, it was too late to treat him with a clot-busting medication often used in severe stroke cases.
“Ask the doctor if there’s a thrombectomy capable stroke center in the region and if there is, request an immediate transfer,” I responded.
Stroke care has evolved dramatically since I started practicing emergency medicine almost 25 years ago. What remains a constant, however, is that time is critical. Delays in seeking care can be catastrophic, as would have been the case here. I’ve witnessed time and again the miraculous recovery after a stroke victim arrives paralyzed on one side of the body and is treated with tissue plasminogen activator(tPA). For patients who seek care within 3 hours of a stroke, this life-altering, clot-busting medication helps open up a clogged artery in the brain responsible for loss of function.
My friend’s experience impressed upon me how important it is for patients to recognize that stroke care no longer stops at 3 hours. Fortunately, for his dad, a regional Thrombectomy Capable Stroke Center was nearby. As the human brain is exquisitely intolerant of diminished oxygen flow from a stroke, he was expeditiously transferred to the regional facility where specialized doctors called neuro-interventional radiologists used a small artery to tunnel a catheter into the arteries in his brain and retrieved the blood clot. Thanks to the skill of those specialists at that advanced stroke center, he recovered almost immediately and today, you would never know he was almost left with what would have been a disastrous, life-altering deficit.
The data is irrefutable. People are waiting too long at home to seek emergency care when needed, for fear of COVID. We as emergency physicians are witnessing devastating strokes, heart attacks, infections, diabetic complications and many other preventable illnesses because of delays in seeking medical help during this pandemic. The reality is that COVID isn’t contracted in hospitals, but out in the community when we let down our guard(and our masks). Yet heart attacks and strokes lack the courtesy to wait out the pandemic.
Here’s what you can do to ensure the best possible outcomes for yourself and your family during these trying times:
About The Author
Dr. Gene Ma has served as an emergency department physician at Tri-City Medical Center for over 19 years and is Tri-City’s Chief Medical Officer.
For nearly 60 years, Tri-City Medical Center has provided high quality healthcare services for the sick and injured of our region. Located adjacent to Highway 78 at the intersection of the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad and Vista—the “Tri” in Tri-City—the medical center is renowned for its heart attack, stroke care and orthopedics programs, a testament to the incredibly talented and dedicated individuals who choose to work there and serve patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Get the skinny on CBD from a medical professional
You might have noticed it touted as an ingredient in drinks, lip balms, lotions, drops, or even candies. CBD is all the rage right now and readily available at your neighborhood health store, coffee shop, or spa.
By Trey Triplette with 3natural Bionutrition
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You may have heard the name or seen an article mentioning a new type of fitness program and wondered, “What is Medical Integration?” Medical Integration (MI), at its foundation, is small-group fitness training developed from evidence based research and led by nationally certified personal trainers with specialized certifications. This enables them to modify workouts for individual needs. It is the missing link between healthcare and fitness and only found at Tri-City Wellness & Fitness Center.
Dr. Hussna Wakily is an award winning, board certified general surgeon who takes care of all issues related to the colon and rectum, including hemorrhoids. Recently voted as Top Doctor 2019 for general and breast surgery. To learn more about Dr. Wakily or make an appointment, visit Tricitymed.org or call 855.222.8262.