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Check out this list of informative podcasts from a variety of MarinHealth experts. Topics range from prevention and wellness to care for illness and injury.

Check out this list of informative podcasts from a variety of MarinHealth experts. Topics range from prevention and wellness to care for illness and injury.
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Check out this list of informative podcasts from a variety of MarinHealth experts. Topics range from prevention and wellness to care for illness and injury.




Help For Pelvic Prolapse

Most women experience pregnancy at least once, and all women eventually go through menopause – two “facts of life” that increase your risk for pelvic organ prolapse. This occurs when the muscles and tissues supporting the uterus, bladder or rectum become weak or loose and one or more of the pelvic organs drop or press into or out of the vagina. While pelvic prolapse is no threat to your health, it can be a distressing quality of life issue. Dr. Robert Chan, a Urologist at Marin Health...


MarinHealth: Your Gateway to Excellent Care

How did MarinHealth come to be? What are the components of MarinHealth? How will it change healthcare for the North Bay community? How was the new brand created? Get the answer to these questions – and more – in this interview with Lee Domanico, Chief Executive Officer, MarinHealth. In addition to explaining the genesis of this comprehensive healthcare resource, Mr. Domanico shares his vision for the future of the MarinHealth Medical Network and MarinHealth Medical Center.


Immunizations: The right thing to do for the whole community

Immunizations don’t just protect your child’s health – they help protect the entire community. Thanks to vaccines, we have eliminated smallpox from the face of the earth and are well on our way to eradicating polio. According to the CDC, since the year 2000, the measles vaccine has prevented 20.4 million deaths globally. So why is there still so much controversy and misinformation around these potentially life-saving immunizations? Dr. Nelson Branco, a pediatrician at Tamalpais...


Audio Relaxation Exercise

Life can be a little hectic, and enjoying this 20-minute guided imagery audio file can help you relax and recharge. Guided relaxation is a powerful tool that helps manage stress, find inner peace, and improve mental function. It can also cultivate self-awareness, compassion, and empathy.


Endometriosis: Individualized treatment for a complex condition

Each woman with endometriosis has her own unique combination of symptoms. While many suffer severe or even debilitating menstrual pain, a small percentage of women experience little or even no discomfort. Some women experience pain during sex. Although many have fertility issues, others have no problem conceiving and giving birth. In this podcast, Dr. David Galland, an OB-GYN at Marin General Hospital, discusses the symptoms, causes, and treatment of endometriosis. Listen to learn more...


Dealing with Distal Fractures

The radius is the most commonly broken bone in the arm. When the break occurs at the wrist, the injury is known as a distal radius fracture. Some of these fractures are “lucky breaks” in that there is no bone displacement. In such cases, the arm can heal nicely with just a cast to support and immobilize the break. However, when bone is shattered or displaced, surgery will be needed to restore normal function to the arm. Orthopedist Dr. David Nelson, a hand surgeon with Marin General...


Healthcare Directives, POLST and Planning for Your Future Care

The Advanced Healthcare Directive and POLST form are essential documents for planning your future care should you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself. Filling them out and selecting someone to be your “agent” are essential steps in ensuring that your preferences will be honored. At the Marin Healthcare District’s new Supportive Care Center, staff is available for consultation and assistance in filling out your POLST and Advanced Healthcare Directive. Sarah Chow,...

Benefits of Breastfeeding

The American Academy of Pediatrics has long recommended breastfeeding as the healthiest form of nutrition for babies up to at least 12 months. Breastfeeding is natural, inexpensive, and promotes bonding between mother and baby. What’s more, breastfeeding boosts a baby’s immune system and reduces the infant’s risk of developing a variety of ailments, raging from ear infections to sudden infant death syndrome. A Lactation Consultant at Marin General Hospital, Anne Hauss Davies helps new...


Keep your employees happy and healthy with Marin General Hospital’s wellness program

There’s a reason Marin General Hospital has been recognized as Marin’s “Healthiest Employer” and “the Healthiest Company in the North Bay” by the SF Business Times. The hospital has developed a robust wellness program to support the physical, mental, spiritual, and social health of their employees. Now, the hospital is sharing its landmark wellness program with businesses in the community. Terese O'Malley, Manager of Wellness Programs at Marin General Hospital, reveals the positive impact...


The Cardiovascular Performance Center: Exercise, Athletics, and Heart Health

Marin General Hospital’s renowned cardiology program has expanded its expertise to include the growing discipline of Sports Cardiology. This new medical specialty helps active people of all ages and proficiency levels, from weekend warriors to professional athletes, perform at their peak while protecting their cardiovascular health. In this podcast, Medical Director Brian Keeffe MD provides an overview of the Cardiovascular Performance Center at Marin General Hospital, including...


Multimodal-pain Management

The opioid crisis has caused many physicians to rethink pain management and stop turning to opioids as the default solution. Surgeons are increasingly turning to multimodal solutions including setting patient expectations through preoperative education, ice, elevation, pre-operative blocks, and over-the-counter analgesics. Board-certified in orthopedics, Dr. David Nelson is the only hand surgeon in the US to hold a membership in the International Association for the Study of Pain. Dr....


Child Life Specialists: Helping kids feel safe and comfortable at the hospital

Illness, hospitalization, and medical procedures are frightening enough for adults, but these experiences can be downright terrifying for a child. That’s why Marin General Hospital has a Child Life Specialist Program, to help calm, soothe, and distract children and explain their care to them in an age-appropriate way. In this interview, Marin General Hospital Child Life Specialist Amanda Suhrke discusses how she helps sick or injured children and their families adjust to hospitalization....


The Healing Power of Essential Oils

Whether it’s freshly mown grass, brownies in the oven, or a whiff of your mom’s favorite perfume, scents can invoke pleasant memories and have an immediate and powerful effect on our emotions. This is the basis for essential oils therapy, an ancient healing art now being offered by Marin General Hospital to help calm, relax, uplift, or invigorate their patients. Stephanie Carver, a registered nurse and health consultant at Marin General Hospital, has special training in essential oil...


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 are...


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 benefits,...


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...