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    Food Safety Tips for Expecting Moms

    Last updated 5 days ago

    When people come into contact with food-borne bacteria, many individuals may experience no ill side effects, as their immune systems can readily fight off these dangerous germs. As this video explains, pregnant women must take special precautions to avoid food-borne illnesses.

    Pregnant women have suppressed immune systems, which make it more difficult to combat food-borne bacteria. As a result, germs lurking in certain foods can cause serious side effects in expecting mothers and their unborn children. To avoid prenatal complications, healthcare experts recommend that pregnant women eat only thoroughly cooked meals and properly refrigerated dishes. Avoiding non-pasteurized products can also help to reduce food-borne illnesses.

    Do you have more food safety questions? The Consult-A-Nurse Hotline at Los Robles Hospital in Thousand Oaks can help. Call (877) 888-5746 to speak with a knowledgeable associate. 

    Should You Be Seeking Professional Care for Your Back Pain?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Back pain affects the overwhelming majority of adults in the United States. In some cases, a sports injury might cause a temporary muscle strain that eventually recovers on its own. Under other circumstances, a day of moving boxes might result in discomfort that rest gradually remedies. Yet for many people, back pain persists for weeks. It might also develop for unknown reasons, frustrating efforts to address it. Knowing when to see a professional for back pain depends on several factors. Individuals should initially assess how their discomfort affects their normal abilities. People with pain so severe that it limits their capacity to walk, sit, or sleep should consider a professional evaluation. If pain gets in the way of work responsibilities or social engagements, medical treatment might also be necessary.

    You don’t have to suffer from chronic back pain. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center offers an online questionnaire that can help back pain sufferers better assess the severity of their symptoms. For more information on our questionnaire or back pain services, call our Thousand Oaks hospital at (877) 888-5746.

    What to Expect During a Bone Scan

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Has your doctor recommended that you undergo a bone scan? This convenient, safe, and effective diagnostic procedure can quickly alert your physician to any skeletal problems that may indicate osteoporosis. For individuals with osteoporosis, getting a bone scan can prove critical to addressing bone density issues before a debilitating bone break occurs.

    A bone scan practitioner can complete your procedure in just a few minutes. As the device evaluates bone mass in certain regions of the body, you can lie comfortably on the imaging table. So that the data collected from your procedure is accurate, you may be asked to lie still for the duration of the bone scan. However, as many patients can attest, the test is painless and swift, letting you return to your everyday activities immediately after it is done.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can address additional questions or concerns that you may have about your upcoming bone scan procedure. Call our Thousand Oaks hospital at (877) 888-5746 to speak with one of our representatives. You can also go to our website for more information on our diagnostic services. 

    What Is the Gamma Knife and When Is It Used for Neurological Care?

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Surgery is a common treatment option for a wide range of neurological conditions. However, when a tumor or other condition presents in a difficult-to-access region of the brain, neurologists may find it too dangerous to attempt surgical intervention. In the past, such circumstances may have limited care options for patients. That is why Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is proud to offer Gamma Knife services for eligible Thousand Oaks residents. With this innovative treatment, patients with complex neurological conditions can still receive the comprehensive care they deserve.

    How the Gamma Knife Works

    Some individuals might mistake the Gamma Knife for a surgical procedure due to its name. On the contrary, patients who undergo this advanced treatment measure never receive a single incision. Instead, the Gamma Knife relies on powerfully concentrated radiation beams to eradicate malignant cells from specific sites in the brain. At the same time, the configuration of the radiation beams prevents unnecessary trauma to surrounding healthy tissues, making the Gamma Knife a highly effective and safe surgery alternative. As they undergo treatment, patients are alert and comfortable while they lie on the treatment table.

    Why It Can Aid Neurological Care

    Though a powerful organ, the brain is also a fragile one that can quickly incur trauma. In circumstances where surgery may pose injury to the brain, patients can suffer potentially disabling postoperative side effects. The Gamma Knife eliminates the risks that can come with some types of surgical care. Brain surgery can also present the possibility of extensive recovery times for patients, which may preclude them from being able to work or attend to other obligations for weeks or even months. Gamma Knife treatment allows patients to undergo treatment in quick and convenient sessions so that they may return to their professional and personal responsibilities as quickly as possible.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center wants you to have access to the most comprehensive treatment options within the greater Thousand Oaks community. If you have more questions about our Gamma Knife services, call (877) 888-5746. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare representatives would be happy to address your inquiries. 

    Recognizing the Signs of Food Poisoning

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Food poisoning is a serious medical problem that can necessitate emergency room care when severe symptoms present. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center urges Thousand Oaks residents to familiarize themselves with the more common signs of food poisoning, which can occur from any number of circumstances, including the consumption of allergens or expired food. With immediate action, individuals can prevent critical complications that may prove fatal if left untreated.

    Digestive Issues

    When the body comes into contact with unhealthy foods, it can react aggressively to eliminate them from its system. So when a person suffers from food poisoning, they may vomit their meal. Some individuals may experience diarrhea. In some cases, those with food poisoning may have both symptoms, which can together or separately dehydrate the body. The sudden loss of fluids and electrolytes can prove dangerous for a food poisoning victim, making immediate ER treatment essential for their recovery and wellbeing.

    Stomach Discomfort

    Even when a person does not display such evident signs of food poisoning, they may still suffer from stomach pain. Such discomfort can be sudden and acute, making it difficult for victims to continue with their normal activities. Some people may experience what they consider stomach cramps. No matter the type of discomfort, it can warrant a trip to emergency care for further evaluation.

    Head Pain

    One symptom of food poisoning that some people may overlook is head pain. Headaches can occur as the result of the food poisoning itself or from the dehydration that may develop from diarrhea or vomiting problems. Especially when head pain presents in conjunction with other food poisoning warning signs, individuals may want to contact their nearest emergency room department.

    Warm temperatures and outdoor activities can lead to spoiled food and spikes in food poisoning cases. To avoid this serious health emergency, take all necessary precautions to protect your food from bacteria infestation. You can call Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks today at (877) 888-5746 to learn more about how you can protect yourself and your family from food poisoning this summer.

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