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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...

Duration: 00:09:06

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...

Duration: 00:09:46

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.

Duration: 00:09:36

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...

Duration: 00:08:36

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,...

Duration: 00:09:53

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.

Duration: 00:10:00

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...

Duration: 00:06:53

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...

Duration: 00:07:34

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...

Duration: 00:10:09

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:...

Duration: 00:08:56

Ouchless’ Campaign Takes the Scare Out of Hospital Visits

Anyone who's been to the Emergency Room knows it can be a scary, anxiety-filled experience – so it's not difficult to imagine how much more terrifying it can be for a child. That's why we have introduced an "ouchless" approach in our Emergency Department. As an "Ouchless" ED, Marin General Hospital's Emergency Team incorporates child-friendly protocols that help take the anxiety and pain out of visits. In this segment, Michelle Tracy, RN, Director of Emergency & Trauma Services at Marin...

Duration: 00:09:08

Making the Most of Your Pediatrician Appointments

New parents have many questions when it comes to the health of their child. They often wonder how to best prepare for their appointment with their child's pediatrician. A recent policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that pediatric clinicians are "privileged and trusted advocates for the well-being of children." With privilege and trust comes the responsibility to foster relationships with families. At Marin General Hospital, pediatric care begins at...

Duration: 00:09:31

A Life-Extending Lifestyle: The Ornish Approach to Reversing Heart Disease

Whether you've experienced a cardiac event or are at risk for one, Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease ® is a powerful way to take charge of your health. This evidence-based program can actually reverse narrowing of the arteries and other dangerous physiological changes that contribute to cardiovascular disease. Patients often find that the Ornish lifestyle improves more than their health. Many say they feel more engaged with their loved ones, have a more positive outlook,...

Duration: 00:11:29

The Importance of Stroke Awareness

Stroke is an emergency situation in which time lost can mean brain loss. Fortunately for potential stroke victims in Marin, there is no need to cross the bridge to obtain immediate quality care. Marin General Hospital is a Designated Primary Stroke Center. In this segment, Ilkcan Cokgor, MD, discusses important information about stroke and why time is such an important factor when you suspect you or a loved on may be suffering from a stroke.

Duration: 00:10:14