Posts made in April, 2012

What To Do About Ulcers

Is that pain in your stomach an ulcer? About 5 million ulcers were reported in the United States last year, according to Vino Verghese, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula gastroenterologist. “There are many types of ulcers, most commonly occurring in the stomach or small intestine,” he says. “People with an ulcer may experience stomach pain that is relieved by eating or taking antacids. But some ulcers can be completely painless.”

Contrary to popular belief, ulcers are not caused by stress, the doctor says. “Stressful behaviors like smoking or drinking alcohol may predispose people to ulcers, but almost 80 percent of ulcers are caused by a bacterial infection.”

Watch this video segment from Healthpoint TV to find out how ulcers are detected and treated. Read More

Disasters Can Happen – How To Plan

Do you know what you and your family will do in the case of an earthquake, fire or other disaster? Earthquakes are common in the Bay Area, but disasters of all kinds can be best navigated with an emergency plan.

Deborah Tauscher, Mills-Peninsula emergency preparedness coordinator, gives you tips on how to plan ahead in the first of a series of video segments from Healthpoint TV on emergency preparedness.

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Tuscan-Styled Grilled Chicken Kebabs

Spring and summer are great seasons for healthy eating, with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and great weather for grilling. In this blog post, Cathy Hazlewood, a Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian, shares a nutritious, low-fat chicken kebab recipe from the American Heart Association enhanced with the flavors of sunny Tuscany – lemon, rosemary, garlic and oregano.  Serve it with instant brown rice studded with sun-dried tomatoes (included in the recipe) for a rustic, easy-to-prepare and satisfying dinner.

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High-tech Operating Room Tour

Before high-speed Internet in the OR, surgeons used to feel like they were “operating in a box,” says Andrea Metkus, M.D., Mills-Peninsula general surgeon and medical director at the Women’s Center in San Mateo.

Today, surgeons like Dr. Metkus are connected to information and medical experts around the globe.

“The new integrated operating room system allows us to access test results and lab X-rays on multiple high-definition monitors around the spacious OR,” she says “We can talk to or even show images to a doctor in the next operating room or somewhere else in the world.”

In this video segment from Healthpoint TV, Dr. Metkus takes you on a tour of a high-tech operating suite at the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame. Read More

Disaster Preparedness – Create an Evacuation Plan

Deborah Tausher, emergency preparedness coordinator, Mills-Peninsula Health Services

In our monthly series of articles about emergency preparedness, Deborah Tauscher, emergency preparedness coordinator at Mills Peninsula Health Services, and Jim Schweikhard, Sutter Health Peninsula Coastal Region environmental health and safety manager, break down disaster preparation into manageable, monthly steps. This month’s task is to develop an evacuation plan.

Envision your escape

The first step is to look for two quick escape routes from each room in your home. In addition to the obvious exit paths, such as doorways, keep in mind that the best escape route in an emergency may be through a window. Also consider whether you will need a ladder or other special equipment to escape.

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