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Depression: A Complex, Common Condition

More than 15 million people in the US have some degree of depression. Yet many either don’t recognize that they have depression or don’t realize how treatable it is. What’s more, their loved ones don’t necessarily know how to help or what to say. As a licensed clinical social worker at Marin General Hospital, Kristin Wolcott Farese works with clinically depressed people every day. Here, she shares her knowledge regarding the causes, symptoms, and treatment of depression. She also touches...


Marin General Hospital Talks Safety

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States. To reverse this trend, hospitals are borrowing high reliability principles from other industries such as naval aviation, commercial airlines, and nuclear power where persistent mindfulness, systems thinking, psychological safety, and continuous learning drive a culture of safety. A high reliability organization (HRO) is one that operates in complex, high-hazard domains for extended periods of time without serious...


A Shot At Better Health

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), measles was considered to have been eradicated in the United States in 2000. But in 2014, the disease made a comeback: The CDC tracked 644 cases. More recently, there was a large outbreak of 380 cases in a religious community in Ohio, where vaccination was opposed. While some parents still question the benefits of vaccinating their children, research has shown that illnesses such as measles, whooping cough, and meningitis...


Postpartum Mood Disorders

Is it the “baby blues” or postpartum depression? Only time can tell. After giving birth, 80% of women respond to the sudden hormone change with mood swings and anxiety. If, however, this moodiness lasts more than two or three weeks, the cause could be postpartum depression or anxiety. Gina Borelli Moore, MFT, is the facilitator of Pathways, a postpartum support group offered at Marin General Hospital. In this podcast, Gina discusses perinatal mood issues and how to tell when symptoms...


TAVR: The Minimally Invasive Aortic Stenosis Treatment

Aortic stenosis is a progressive narrowing of the aortic valve opening. This constriction forces the heart to pump harder in order to get blood through the valve and out to the body. Over time, aortic stenosis can damage the heart and lead to heart failure. Until recently, the only treatment option was open-heart surgery for patients. In this podcast, Dr. Ramon Partida, an Interventional Cardiologist at Marin General Hospital, describes a new and minimally invasive procedure called...


Fad Diets: Are They Right For People With Diabetes?

While there are established guidelines for a diabetic diet, many people with diabetes are tempted to try other options – mainly Keto, Paleo, and the Mediterranean diet. But are these good options for managing diabetes long term? Katy McDermott, RDN, CDE, Outpatient Dietitcian and Diabetes Educator at Marin General Hospital's Braden Diabetes Center, weighs in on the pros and cons of these popular ways of eating for people with diabetes. Each of these three diets can have short-term...


WATCHMAN: An Alternative to Blood Thinners for AFib Patients

Blood thinners have traditionally been the default method for reducing stroke risk in patients with Atrial Fibrillation, or AFib. Unfortunately, not everyone tolerates these medications well. The WATCHMAN implant allows people with AFib to get off blood thinners around 6 weeks after they have the minimally invasive WATCHMAN procedure. Marin General Hospital interventional cardiologist Arun Raghupathy, MD, FACC, has performed numerous WATCHMAN procedures. In this podcast, he discusses who...


Preventative Care for Busy Women

Between work, home, kids, and elderly parents, many women are too busy caring for others to pay attention to their own health. They may think they are just fatigued when they are in fact sleep-deprived and nutritionally, physically, and emotionally depleted. In this podcast, endocrinologist Dr. Linda Gaudiani, Medical Director of the Braden Diabetes Center and Inpatient Diabetes Care Program at Marin General Hospital, offers plenty of sound advice for women who do too much. She clues us...


Identifying Suicide Risk: The Best Ways to Help a Loved One

Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in California, with one person successfully taking his or her own life every two hours. In fact, more than twice as many people die by suicide in in our state annually than from homicide. Kristin Wolcott Farese, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) at Marin General Hospital, has counseled suicidal individuals, survivors of suicide attempts, and heartbroken friends and families who’s loved ones committed suicide. In this podcast, she...


First Five Minutes: An All-Hands Approach to Treating Cardiac Arrest

The first five minutes of cardiac arrest is a crucial window that can make the difference between life and death. While most cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital, patients do sometimes experience arrest while hospitalized. First Five Minutes is Marin General Hospital’s new program to ensure that all medical personnel can immediately respond to a cardiac arrest, no matter where in the hospital it occurs. In this podcast, you can learn more about Bridget Peterson, Clinical RN at...


Yes, You CAN Quit Smoking

Still smoking? Don’t despair – many people try to quit the habit 20 to 30 times before they are finally successful. The fact is nicotine reaches the brain in less than ten seconds – faster than cocaine or heroin. And it’s just as addictive. In this podcast, Paige Brown-Kelly, a Registered Respiratory Therapist at Marin General Hospital, discusses the risks of cigarette smoking and what you can do to kick the habit. It’s important to understand your triggers – the stresses or activities...


Traveling Well - With Diabetes

You may not be able to take a vacation from your diabetes, but you can certainly treat yourself while on vacation. All it takes is a little advance planning. Endocrinologist Dr. Linda Gaudiani, Medical Director of the Braden Diabetes Center and Inpatient Diabetes Care Program at Marin General Hospital, offers some sensible advice for managing your diabetes while on vacation. This informative podcast covers everything from health and safety precautions to managing diet and alcohol while...


Protecting Against Low Bone Density

No matter how much milk you drank when you were little, somewhere between ages 30 and 40, your bone mass will begin to decline. It’s a natural part of aging. However, for people with certain risk factors, bone loss leads to ostopoenia and osteoporosis, conditions that put older people at risk for serious fractures. Marin General Hospital endocrinologist Dr. Alexander Uihlein explains the biology of bone loss and what you can do to maintain your bone density. Learn about medical conditions...


The Use – and Misuse – of Opioids

For centuries, people have used various types of opioids for pain relief. These powerful drugs are very effective for acute pain from a broken leg, bad burn, or recent surgery. Unfortunately, opioids are often overused, or misused for lesser aches and pains, or abused as recreational drugs. As we have learned from America’s raging opioid crisis, these drugs can be extremely addictive. In this podcast, Dr. Ramanu Naidu, Medical Director of Pain Management at Marin General Hospital talks...


Understanding Arthritis

We commonly use the name Arthritis as a way to refer to a broad spectrum of conditions that cause joint deterioration and pain. However, according to the Arthritis Foundation, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions! Sometimes, a family physician can help, but in more severe cases, patients will be referred to a rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon, depending on the type of arthritis. In this podcast, rheumatologist Dr. Arundathi Malladi gives a concise...


Immunotherapy: Harnessing the Body’s Own Healing Power to Fight Cancer

One of the most promising tools in an oncologist’s toolbox is immunotherapy. This treatment boosts the body’s own immune system so it can effectively destroy cancer cells. Immunotherapy has proven very effective in certain cancers, such as some melanomas and lung tumors. While immunotherapy is still unavailable at many community hospitals, it has been prescribed at Marin General Hospital for several years, with encouraging results. Learn more as Marin General Hospital oncologist Dr. Barbara...


How to Keep the Flu From Finding You

While senior citizens and children younger than five are at greatest risk, anybody can get the flu. Symptom severity is what differentiates the flu from the common cold. Both can cause a sore throat and runny nose, but the flu puts you to bed with a fever, chills, muscle aches, and even “the shakes.” In this podcast, Alexander Evens, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and an infectious disease specialist at Marin General Hospital, offers tips on how to protect your self and your loved ones...


Safe and Secure: Protect Your Medical Information

As many learn the hard way, the “Information Age” is also the age of information theft. So how do you protect your personal medical information? What are the signs that you may have been hacked? And what is that scary sounding “dark web”, anyway? This helpful overview, provided by Marin General Hospital’s Manager of Information Security and Customer Experience, Jason Johnson, answers all these questions and more. Find out how to protect your privacy on your cell phone and computer and what...


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...