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    Researching Human Behaviors and Cancer Prevention

    Last updated 1 day 7 hours ago

    Behavioral researchers at top hospitals and other institutions across the country have been exploring the psychological and biobehavioral factors that influence health, specifically those that influence the development of cancer. For example, they examine what may motivate a person to wear sunscreen, get screened for cancer, and quit cigarettes—or, on the other hand, to not do those things. Behavioral research plays an important role in overall public health.

    You can hear more about behavioral research programs in hospitals by watching this video. You’ll hear several behavioral researchers discuss how people can manage diseases and reduce their risk of cancer within the contexts of familial and environmental influences.

    The community hospitals within the HCA Far West Division offer cancer prevention resources, including health screenings and patient education. To locate a nearby hospital, residents of California and Nevada can call (855) 422-9378.

    Cooking Delicious and Healthy Dishes at Home

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you may find it challenging to learn how to monitor your glucose levels, use your medications, and modify your diet. A diabetes care team at your community hospital can help. You might work with a dietitian to learn how to count carbohydrates properly. Counting carbs doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flavor. Watch this video for a flavorful and diabetes-friendly meal you can easily prepare in less than half an hour.

    This chef, the author of a diabetes cookbook, describes how to prepare roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and onions with just 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving. She also provides some handy tips for easy prep, rich flavor, and ingredient selection.

    The HCA Far West Division includes hospitals in the Las Vegas area and throughout California. Individuals with diabetes can learn more about counting carbohydrates by calling the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our hospital division at (855) 422-9378.

    Exploring the Basics of Burn Prevention at Home

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Certain populations are at an increased risk of suffering from burns at home, such as infants, young children, the elderly, and those with disabilities. However, everyone can benefit from improving their burn awareness and implementing safety steps for prevention. If you or a family member does suffer from a burn that appears serious or is located on a sensitive area of the body, it’s important to seek help right away at a community hospital. Healthcare providers at your local hospital can offer some tips on reducing risk of burns in the future.

    Practice Fire Safety

    One important step in keeping your family out of the burn unit of your local hospital is to practice fire safety. Install smoke detectors on every floor of your home, including in every bedroom. Replace the batteries twice per year and test the alarms each month. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and to discuss fire escape routes with each family member.

    Prevent Scalds

    Young children and the elderly may be especially susceptible to scalds from hot water. You can reduce this risk by setting your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep hot liquids out of reach of children and exercise caution when carrying hot liquids near children.

    Explore Kitchen Safety

    The kitchen can be a particularly hazardous place for young children. Always turn the pot handles toward the back of the stove while cooking. If your children are old enough to follow directions, tell them that there is a “no play” zone around the stove area. It’s also a great idea to install stove knob locks.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a burn injury, you can find the urgent care or ER services you need at a hospital within the HCA Far West Division. Our network of hospitals is located across Nevada and California. For more information about the services available at our community hospitals, reach out to our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (855) 422-9378.

    Heart Health from a Preventive Approach

    Last updated 15 days ago

    You may already know that heart disease is the leading cause of death among U.S. residents. There are actually different types of heart disease, including coronary artery disease (CAD). While not all types of heart disease are preventable, such as congenital heart defects, you can greatly improve your heart health by following some healthy lifestyle guidelines. Consider talking to a healthcare provider at your community hospital. At the hospital, you can undergo screening tests and discuss your risk factors of heart disease.

    Quit Smoking

    Quitting smoking, if applicable, is among the most significant ways you can protect your heart health. Your local hospital may offer smoking cessation resources or you might consider talking to your doctor about medications that may help you quit. Even if you don’t smoke, it’s important to be aware of the damage that secondhand smoke can cause. You can protect yourself by not allowing others to smoke in your home and car.

    Manage Medical Conditions

    If you have medical conditions that can affect your heart health, you can work with a physician at your local hospital to manage them effectively. Some examples of conditions that can adversely affect heart health include diabetes, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and obesity.

    Choose Nutritious Foods

    A heart-healthy diet plan is rich in foods that contain plenty of fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. You can also support your heart health by choosing lean protein sources like soy, poultry, and nonfat or low-fat dairy products. To prevent heart disease, physicians typically recommend choosing a diet low in sodium, excess sugar, trans fats, and saturated fats.

    The Chest Pain Centers at the hospitals within the HCA Far West Division have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to healthcare excellence, which is reflected by their accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The healthcare providers at our community hospitals in Nevada and California are dedicated to providing personalized care and exceptional patient education. To learn more about healthy lifestyle choices, call our hospital network’s Consult-A-Nurse line at (855) 422-9378. 

    Fighting the Spread of Flu in Daycares and Schools

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Schools and daycares are areas where the flu can spread quickly over a large population, because kids are in close proximity to one another, and they may not take steps to prevent germs from spreading. As this video explains, the first line of defense against flu is the flu shot. Kids who are showing signs of the flu should stay home as soon as symptoms begin. Hand washing can prevent the spread of germs already in the classroom, so kids should learn how to wash their hands correctly or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

    The hospitals of the HCA Far West Division can provide your whole family with the medical care you need to get through flu season and stay healthy at home. Call (855) 422-9378 or visit our website to connect with a hospital in your neighborhood. 

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