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Raise Your Hand if You Have Hand Issues. Advice from a Hand Specialist

The human hand consists of 29 bones, 29 joints, 34 muscles, and 123 ligaments. That’s a lot of interconnected moving parts, and an issue with even one of them could lead to numbness, pain, and mobility problems. In this podcast, Marin General Hospital hand surgeon Dr. Thomas Kim shares his concern that too many people postpone seeking help from a hand specialist until their problem has gotten worse. From hand arthritis to carpal tunnel, many hand conditions can be treated non-surgically if...


Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Yes, You Can

Once upon a time, the prevailing wisdom was “once a cesarean, always a cesarean.” Thankfully, those days are long gone, but the rate of successful VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) still differs widely from one hospital to the next. That’s why it’s so important to choose the right hospital for your special delivery. A passionate advocate for lowering cesarean rates, Marin General Hospital OB/GYN Dr. Lizellen La Follette talks about the hospital’s pro-woman, patient-centric approach to...


Fall Prevention: Don’t Let Fear of Falling Slow You Down

According to the National Council on Aging, an older adult dies from a fall-related injury every 19 minutes. What’s more, over 70%of Emergency Department visits among those 65 years and older were related to falls. The fear of falling can limit independence and have a negative impact on an older adult’s quality of life. In this podcast, Meaghan Carroll, MSN, RN, CEN, CNL, TCRN, Trauma Program Manager at Marin General Hospital, and Beverly Winsor, Fall Prevention Coordinator at Marin...


Rx Safe Marin: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic at a Local Level

11,300,413 opioid pills were prescribed in Marin County last year alone. That’s roughly 44 pills for every man, woman, and child in Marin. It’s clear that even here, in one of the nation’s healthiest counties, we are not immune to the opioid epidemic. This interview with Dr. Mathew Willis, Public Health Officer for Marin County, provides a clear-eyed perspective on Marin’s opioid problem. Dr. Willis also talks about RX Safe Marin, an innovative community wide coalition to address the...


BE FAST – To Identify Stroke and Save a Life

As an award-winning stroke center certified by the Joint Commission, Marin General Hospital has the expert team and advanced technologies to aggressively treat stroke. But the longer a stroke victim waits to go to the emergency room, the lower their chance of a satisfactory recovery. That’s why it’s so important to know and understand the warning signs of stroke. In this podcast, Maureen Stull, RN, and Stroke Program Coordinator at Marin General Hospital, explains the six components of BE...


A Life Saving Test: Early Screening for Lung Cancer

You can quit smoking today, but it takes years to quit worrying about lung cancer. That’s why smokers and ex-smokers are increasingly getting proactively screened, to catch tumors while they are still small and easier to treat. Marin General Hospital oncologist Dr. Alex Metzger is a strong supporter of early screening for lung cancer. In this podcast, he discusses the reasons for screening, who is eligible, environmental causes of lung cancer, and lung health in general.


Now You’re Tracking! Manage Your Family’s Health with the Wildflower Mobile App

Are you the “Family Health Officer”? Beyond managing your ownhealth do you watch over your children’s health, urge your spouse to go to the doctor, or make sure your parents get their flu and shingles shots? If this sounds like you, then the Wildflower Family Health Organizer App is just the mobile health management tool you need. In this podcast, Wildflower Health CEO and founder, Leah Sparks, provides an overview of the Wildflower app’s uses, benefits and impressive capabilities. Unlike...


Erectile Dysfunction: A Warning Sign for Men

Some urologists call erectile dysfunction (ED) the "canary in a coal mine" of men's health. ED is often the harbinger of cardiovascular health issues due to diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Urologist Patrick Bennett, MD discusses the link between sexual health and overall health, including risk factors, important screenings, and prevention. Dr. Bennett explains how, depending on the individual patient, treating ED may require collaboration between an urologist and...


Heart Health for Women

In the movies, heart attacks are easy to diagnose. The patient clutches their chest and falls over. In real life, heart attack symptoms may not be so clear-cut – especially in women. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or light-headedness are sometimes misdiagnosed, or even dismissed, with potentially severe consequences. Hear Electrophysiologist Sujoya Dey, MD discuss heart health for women and how natural life stages like pregnancy or menopause can increase a woman's risk of developing...


Preventing Hip Problems Before They Start

Most of us associate arthritic hip pain with age and wear and tear. The truth is hip pain is often the result of minor skeletal abnormalities such as excess bone, or shallow hip sockets. Over time, these anatomical differences can cause damage to soft tissues, arthritis pain, and impaired mobility. Dr. Michael Hellman explains the prevention philosophy behind "hip preservation." The idea is to diagnose future hip problems through imaging, before they start. Learn why a bit of prevention...


More Zzzzzzs, Please! Sleep Tips for New Parents

New parents often get teased about sleep deprivation, but it's no joke when you're the one stumbling around in a fog. Not getting enough sleep can make you short tempered and affect your cognition and short term memory. There's no getting around the fact that newborns cycle in and out of sleep faster than older children and adults. And when they wake up, they want to be fed. So what's a tired parent to do? In this segment, OBGYN Jennifer Voss shares a few tips to help new moms and their...


The Benefits of Robotic Assisted Surgery for the Treatment of Hernias

Surgery isn't what it used to be, and that's a good thing. When Marin General Hospital first opened its doors, most surgeries were open (invasive) and required general anesthesia and a hospital stay. Today, thanks to technological advances like laparoscopy, computer guidance, interventional radiology, and the da Vinci® robotic surgical system, many procedures that used to require open surgery can be performed minimally invasively. That means less anesthesia, smaller incisions, and less...


Hospital Quality Ratings: What They Do and Don’t Mean

What do those hospital quality ratings mean? How are they calculated? Should you factor them into your care choices? Many people turn to consumer reviews on the web, but just how reliable are they? Renowned cardiologist Dr. Joel Sklar answers these questions and more as he explains quality ratings and what they mean to the consumer.


When To Go To Your Doctor vs The Emergency Department

Our Emergency Department (ED) offers a comprehensive range of services, including many that are simply unavailable anywhere else in the county. Local residents look to us for all kinds of emergency care, from minor injuries and illnesses to lifesaving intervention for major injuries, heart attack, and stroke. In this segment, Michelle Tracy, RN, Director of Emergency & Trauma Services at Marin General Hospital, discusses what you need to know about when to go to the doctor and when you...


AFib Sufferers: Take Heart There's Help!

Atrial fibrillation or AFib is the most common heart rhythm disturbance in the U.S. It is typically characterized by irregular electrical activity in the upper chambers of the heart. This chaotic beating can cause a range of symptoms, including breathing issues, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, palpitations, chest pain, and light headedness. AFib in itself is not life threatening, but it can put patients at risk for a stroke or heart failure if it remains untreated. Listen in as Sujoya Dey,...


Understanding Palliative Care

The purpose of palliative care is to improve the quality of life for patients with a chronic and/or life-threatening illness. Our Palliative Care team includes a physician, a nurse practitioner, a licensed clinical social worker, and chaplains. In this segment, Matthew Katics, DO, explains how Marin General Hospitals' Palliative Care team also helps patients and their loved ones navigate this difficult process and understand their options for comfort or for end-of-life care.


Advancements in Personalizing Breast Screening

When it comes to breast health, early detection is your best protection. Mammography is a standard component of the annual checkup for American women over 40. At the Breast Health Center, we recognize that mammograms can be stressful for some women and we strive to make your mammography visit as comfortable and convenient as possible. Beyond diagnostic mammography, the Marin General Hospital Breast Health Center offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic techniques that put us at the...


Your Health, Your Choice: What to Consider When Choosing a Physician

Choosing a physician is both a logical and emotional decision. It's sensible to start with the basics, like board certification or hospital affiliations. However, people also want a doctor they instinctively trust – someone who takes the time to really listen to them. In addition, the considerations are a little different depending on whether you're searching for a primary care physician to help you manage your health over time or a specialist to perform a specific procedure. Renowned...


Pediatric Diabetes: Symptoms, Risks, and Resources

Helping a child travel well through life with diabetes takes a team approach, including clinicians, diabetes educators, dietitians, and in some cases, counselors or psychologists. Family is an integral part of that care team, responsible for the day-to-day management of the child's blood glucose and general health. To bring specialized care to Marin children with diabetes, the Braden Diabetes Center at Marin General Hospital forged a collaboration with UCSF's renowned Madison Clinic for...


Breast Cancer in Marin

Marin breast cancer rates have historically been higher than the rest of the the United States. We've built a world-class program to help combat it. Tremendous advances in medical technology continue to give us more sophisticated tools to detect and treat breast cancer. Listen in as Leah Kelley, MD, an award winning physician specializing in breast and gynecologic surgery, discusses breast cancer in Marin County and how At Marin General Hospital, we offer women the best of both worlds:...


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