Last updated 5 days ago
Sedentary lifestyles are becoming increasingly common among America’s youth. This type of lifestyle can harm the joints and bones, so you may need to encourage your child to get up and get moving for his or her future bone health.
As this video explains, childhood is a critical period for bone and joint development. Allowing your child to watch television, play video games, and spend time on the computer for entertainment may hinder healthier activities like walking, playing sports, and spending time outdoors.
The HCA Far West Division hospitals in Nevada and California can help you encourage better health for your children with pediatric care and free health education classes. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 or visit our website to explore our complete list of hospitals and surgical centers.
Last updated 6 days ago
If you have children or young relatives, toy shopping will probably be a chore on your holiday to-do list. As you shop for the hottest toys of the season, there are some critical safety guidelines to follow so that your child does not become injured during playtime. Here are some qualities to look for in toys to ensure that they are safe and age-appropriate from the HCA Far West Division.
Fabric toys should be flame-retardant to cut down on the risk for accidental ignition and burns. New toys will have clearly marked labels indicating flame-resistant or flame-retardant qualities. Older toys were not made to the same safety standards, so they may not be the best choices for children to play with.
Young children tend to explore new objects thoroughly, and they often put new toys in their mouths. You will want to look for non-toxic materials and ingredients that will not cause any damage if accidentally ingested. You should also be sure that toys do not have small parts that could present a choking hazard.
Easily washable surfaces
Cleanliness is important for children’s toys, because toy surfaces could harbor germs and bacteria that could make your child sick. Plush toys should be machine washable, and plastics should be able to be cleaned with soap and warm water. Toys that are shared should be cleaned frequently—particularly during cold and flu season.
Soft sounds and edges
You will want to test any toy that produces sound, as these can be very loud and damaging to a child’s ears. Sharp edges are another dangerous feature to look out for, since these can cause scratches or other wounds.
HCA Far West Division can keep your family in good health this season with nine California and Nevada hospitals and seven surgical centers. You can find more information about our specialized services and health education classes on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378.
Last updated 2 months ago
Mammograms in combination with clinical breast exams remain the most effective method of detecting the early stages of breast cancer. Annual screening is recommended for women over age 40, though there are risk factors that can influence individual breast cancer risk and screening guidelines. Below is a closer look at what mammograms do and how they can prevent breast cancer:
Screening and Diagnostic Mammograms
Annual screening mammograms are designed to pinpoint any abnormalities that commonly indicate the early stages of breast cancer. If any abnormalities are present, the patient will be called back for a diagnostic mammogram, which takes several more images of the breast for a closer look at any problem areas. A doctor may also order a biopsy or other tests to identify cancer cells.
Accuracy of Mammograms
Mammograms are effective at detecting breast cancer because they can accurately identify slight abnormalities in the breast tissue. However, breast tissue is not uniform between different individuals, and it isn’t uncommon for benign calcifications to appear in breast tissue. For this reason, false positives are not uncommon in women who have regular mammograms over a long period of time. The Susan G. Komen Foundation estimates that the chances of receiving a false positive over a 10-year period of annual mammograms are approximately 50 to 60 percent.
Mammogram screening recommendations also apply to women with breast implants. Women should notify their radiologist of any implants, as it requires special skill to take accurate images of breast tissue behind the implants. Mammograms do use small amounts of radiation, so pregnant women should ask their doctor about mammograms beforehand.
The HCA Far West Division consists of several nationally accredited hospitals and surgical centers throughout California and Nevada. To find an accredited Breast Care Center nearest you, contact us at (855) 422-9378 today.
Last updated 2 months ago
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., and it affects approximately 14 million people every year. This brief video clip explores the danger of HPV-related cancers.
Although most people do not develop noticeable health problems from HPV, over 9,000 men and 14,000 women develop cases of HPV-related cancer every year. As a result, over 4,000 women die of HPV-related cancers annually.
Most HPV health issues are preventable with a simple vaccination at one of several HCA Far West Division accredited hospitals in California and Nevada. To contact a hospital nearest you and schedule a vaccination for your child, visit us online or call (855) 422-9378.
Last updated 3 months ago
Although many new mothers know the benefits that breastfeeding can provide to their newborn baby, some are unaware of how the practice may improve their own health. In fact, breastfeeding may help to reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
According to a major study published in 2002, every twelve months that a woman spends breastfeeding, her risk of cancer decreased by about four percent when compared with women who did not breastfeed. Risk also decreased by about three percent with each child that was breastfed. A 2012 workshop sponsored by the National Cancer Institute found that breastfeeding appeared to be more protective against the most aggressive forms of the disease, including those due to BRCA mutations.
If you are expecting a child, consult with your obstetrician or primary care physician to learn more about the many benefits of breastfeeding. The HCA Far West Division family of hospitals is proud to provide compassionate, patient-centered care to new mothers and their families. You can learn more about our maternity services, lactation counselors, and more by visiting our website or calling (855) 422-9378 today.