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Taking Steps in Conquering Arthritis With May being recognized as National Arthritis Awareness Month, let’s give a spotlight to this chronic illness that has affected over 500 million Americans. Arthritis occurs when there is an inflammation of one or more joints in the body, causing pain and stiffness. While many may assume that arthritis is an old person disease, arthritis comes in many ...
Three Low-Sugar Desserts with Spring Fruits The flowers are blooming, trees and plants are becoming lush, and the temperature is beginning to rise. Spring is really here—and so are the best tasting fruits and vegetables. If you are looking for inspiration on how to make the most out of this season’s produce, you may want to start with some desserts. Who doesn’t love desserts, ...
Your Guide to Your Baby’s Tummy Time Tummy time is the term used when parents position their babies on their stomach while supervised. This is an important activity that can help your baby develop stronger neck, backs, arms, and legs. While there is no exact age or time for your baby to start tummy time, it is recommended that parents get it going early. For many parents, two weeks old is ...
Importance of Meditation Let’s face it, life is stressful most of the time. If you have those moments when you feel like you just want to get away or disconnect from all your worries, you may want to try meditation. Meditation is a higher form of concentration where you try to just empty your mind for a few minutes. It helps relaxes your mind and body while giving you a deeper understanding ...
If you have been consistently getting the sniffles, you may have already caught the common cold. According to the CDC, adults are expected to have at least two to three colds a year. But no matter how common this illness is, there is still no known cure for it. There are only some cold remedies you can try to help ease your symptoms. We list down some of our tried and test home remedies to help ...
As winter brings in the dry, cold air, your skin may be feeling dry and dull as well. With low temperatures, the moisture from our skin tends to evaporate more quickly, leaving us with dry, tight, and flaky skin. While there is not much we can do about the weather outside, there are several things we can do to keep our skin protected from the harsh effects of winter. Below are some helpful tips on ...
What You Can Do For Your Loved One Recovering From Stroke According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is not a rarity. In fact, there are nearly seven million Americans who have survived this type of brain injury. Stroke recovery, however, is a lifelong process. Stroke survivors usually suffer from a wide variety of physical and emotional symptoms based on the part of the brain that is ...
Hospital’s Pediatric Sub-Acute Care Unit Scores High in All Categories 5 Years in a Row Whittier Hospital Medical Center’s 22-bed pediatric sub-acute care unit has received national accolades in the eighth annual Best Nursing Homes ratings by U.S. News & World Report. Whittier Hospital Medical Center is ranked among the top nursing facilities in all of California. This is the fifth ...
Gain Weight Safely During Your Pregnancy Weight gain is normal during pregnancy, but too much weight can increase your chances of complications during your labor and delivery. Eating for two may be true when you’re pregnant, but keep in mind that the quality of the food you eat is more important than quantity. The most important thing is to give your baby the nutrients he or she needs to ...
If you are heading to the mountains to go skiing or snowboarding, make sure that you don’t get altitude sickness. Regardless of your fitness level, altitude sickness can happen to anyone when they reach at least 8,000 feet or higher. Altitude sickness occurs when your body experiences oxygen deprivation, as the air is thinner at higher levels. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, loss of ...
Have you thought about attending a Zumba class or trying Yoga, but get cold feet when the time actually comes? You’re not alone! It is always intimidating being the new person in a room full of strangers, especially when you throw in squats or cha-chas. When you combine people’s embarrassment of their current physique with the awkwardness of doing unfamiliar exercise routines, ...
Family Comes First ‘Tis the season for family, friends, and loads of festivities. It’s definitely not the best time to get sick, but it happens. Regardless if you have been planning your holiday celebrations for months or even a year, when one of your family members suddenly falls ill, their health always has to come first. Make Them Feel Included Your family member may feel that they ...
The holidays are upon us! For most diabetics, the holiday season can be the most tempting time of the year with the all the festivities that can disrupt your usual routine. But that doesn’t mean that you have to lock yourself in a room and just waiting for the holiday seasons to past. After all, holidays are for family, friends, and celebrations. We list five sweet tips to help you manage ...
When autumn comes, it usually knocks with a pumpkin in tow. Pumpkin has been the unofficial flavor of the season for the longest time. From drinks to easy desserts and complex meals, pumpkin’s in a class of its own. Aside from its great taste, pumpkin also has many health benefits. It’s high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which boost immunity and promote good vision. Pumpkin is also ...
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to find a person who doesn’t own a pair of earbuds. Listening to music and making hands-free calls are just some of the reasons why we use earbuds. Whether we admit it or not, there are times that we wear our earbuds for long periods of time. Some doctors warn against this and suggest headphone usage instead. But are earbuds really that bad for the ...
We all know that we should drink more water – something of which both moms and doctors like to us. However, in a sea of fancy juices and sodas, switching to plain water can be anticlimactic. At Whittier Hospital Medical Center, we don’t believe you should compromise on taste to stay hydrated. Water can be just as delicious, if not more so, than other drinks if you know how to amplify ...
For some, it’s a great feeling: Waking up the day after a fantastic workout and feeling the exertion in your muscles. You know you exercised and did something good for your body. However, the muscle soreness can be pretty severe—at times it can even be very limiting. Muscle soreness is usually caused by strenuous activity or working out new muscles. Don’t worry: You’re not ...
Insomnia FAQ
Aug 15
General statistics show that over 30% of the U.S. suffers from insomnia. Many Americans experience some form of short-term insomnia due to stress or anxiety; however, deeper medical problems can also cause long-term insomnia. While a lack of sleep seems like a minor health issue, it can lead to problems such as falling asleep while driving or even more serious health problems like weight gain. At ...
With clear skies and clear schedules, summer is a favorite time for many to head outdoors and spend the weekend hiking and exploring. Even in climates better known for their triple-digit summer temperatures, like Southern California, hiking can be an enjoyable pastime as long as hikers take steps to ensure their own safety. These safety measures go beyond the basic “tell someone where ...
Nothing says summer quite like a good barbeque. As the weather warms up, grills across the nation are firing up, bringing families and friends together. When you are trying to watch what you eat and manage your weight, a BBQ can seem like a dangerous temptation. Much of this anguish arises from the side dishes that accompany the grilled meat. From rich potato salads to hearty pastas, you consume ...
When you hear the word arthritis, you may think of your parents or grandparents and their aching joints. However, arthritis is a disease that is often incorrectly associated with age. The disease is far more complex than most people are aware of. With different variations, symptoms, and causes, arthritis can be a pain that many individuals aren’t prepared to deal with. Did you know that more ...
Driving on the road can be dangerous, especially because you can’t control what other drivers do. However, you can control what happens in your own vehicle. Adhering to car seat regulations can help reduce the risks of injury and death among young children. The California Department of Public Health estimates that over 1,000 children, between the ages of 1 and 12, die each year because of ...
The majority of individuals struggling with type 2 diabetes have cells that don’t react correctly to insulin—the hormone that allows the body’s cells to absorb glucose. They also may not have enough insulin to keep their blood sugar levels balanced. One of the most efficient ways to control this is by monitoring carb intake. When it comes to raising blood sugar levels, ...
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease accounts for over 17.3 million deaths per year around the globe, making it the leading cause of death worldwide. The number of yearly deaths due to cardiovascular disease is projected to grow in upcoming years. Each day, nearly 2,200 Americans die from some variation of heart disease or stroke. With cardiovascular disease as a ...
As summer rolls around, many individuals re-dedicate themselves to a fitness routine. January’s resolutions may have faded away, but the warm weather calls for a re-examination of fitness levels and personal improvement. Before investing in just any local gym, it’s a good idea to do a bit of research first. Here, our Whittier Hospital Medical Center experts have compiled a list of ...