Posts made in May, 2012

What Is a High-risk Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, various medical tests help identify any potential problems that might put mom or baby at risk for complications. “A high-risk pregnancy is one in which there is a higher chance of poorer outcome than in a normal or routine pregnancy,’ says Claire Serrato, M.D., Mills-Peninsula obstetrician and gynecologist who works at the Family Birth Center.

“Twin pregnancy is one example, because with two babies you have more risk of a premature birth or growth imbalances between babies,” she says. Identifying potential problems allows doctors to more carefully monitor pregnancies, and in some cases, treat certain conditions to improve the health outcomes of mother and baby. Dr. Serrato points to some advances in prenatal testing and interesting new ways that certain problems can be treated in the womb in this video segment from Healthpoint TV.

Are You Prepared to Help in a Medical Emergency?

What’s the first thing Mills-Peninsula emergency physicians recommend in the case of a medical emergency?

“Stay calm,” says Dan Guenin, M.D. “Prepare yourself to handle minor cuts, burns and injuries by taking a first aid course. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of common medical emergencies such as a heart attack or stroke.”

Dr. Guenin and Karin Molander, M.D., vice chair of emergency medicine at Mills-Peninsula, discuss when to come to the emergency room, when to call 911 and the basic components of a first aid kit in this video segment of Healthpoint TV.

Tour the New Family Birth Center

Now you can tour the Family Birth Center at the new Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame without leaving home.

Deborah Quinn-Chen, M.D., Mills-Peninsula gynecologist and obstetrician, takes you on a video tour of a patient room in this segment from Healthpoint TV. Or you can explore the center on your own through our virtual tour, which you can find on our website.

Some highlights of the Mills-Peninsula Family Birth Center:

  • Private and spacious suites for your entire birth experience
  • Rooftop patio garden
  • Comfortable sleeping accommodations for family in every room
  • Made-to-order meals
  • Ranks tops in the country for patient satisfaction

Tips for Boosting Nutrition During Cancer Treatment

“Food is a big part of people’s lives — family time, culture and holidays,” says Debbie Kurzrock, R.D., a Mills-Peninsula registered dietitian who works in Radiation Oncology at the Dorothy E. Schneider Cancer Center in San Mateo.

Debbie Kurzrock, R.D.

“So it’s really upsetting when a person is diagnosed with cancer and suddenly they can’t eat the way they did before,” she says.

Often cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, negatively affect people’s sense of taste. Other side effects can include fatigue, nausea, difficulty swallowing or diarrhea.

“I meet with people who are going through cancer treatment and I make suggestions to help bolster nutrition or cope with loss of appetite,” Kurzrock says.

“When people are in cancer treatment, they are destroying their cells,” she explains. “So it’s very important they get the right nutrients to rebuild them.”

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Managing Pain During Labor

What do mothers-to-be want to know about labor and delivery? According to Andrew Jurow, M.D., Mills-Peninsula gynecologist and obstetrician who delivers babies at the Family Birth Center, one of the most common questions his pregnant patients have is, “Will it hurt?”

“Everyone has a different expectation of the birthing process,” he says, “and we want to accommodate that.” Some women want a medication-free delivery, while many benefit from some pain management, which can allow them to relax between contractions, he says.

Dr. Jurow discusses what women can expect in labor and the latest pain management methods in this video segment from Healthpoint TV.