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All About Autism

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report stating that the prevalence of autism has increased 78 percent in the past six years. According to the report, one in every 88 children is now diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. In this video, you can learn more about the symptoms of autism and how to recognize the behavioral, communicative, and social signs.  

As more children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, it becomes more important to raise awareness and promote the development of better diagnostic, treatment, and therapy tools for families affected by the disorder. You can learn more about autism by visiting our website or by contacting Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (408) 559-2011. 

Spotlight on Women's Health: What is Endometriosis?

Women's Health

Many women in the United States suffer from a condition known as endometriosis, a problem with the uterine tissue that can arise during the childbearing years. Although the condition is not typically dangerous and may not lead to symptoms, many women can experience pain and other serious complications as a result of the condition.

Every month, a woman’s body releases specific hormones that cause the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, to thicken in preparation for the implantation of a fertilized egg. Once prepared, the endometrium acts as a nourishing layer upon which the egg can begin to grow. If the egg is not fertilized, the endometrium is shed during a woman’s menstrual period to prepare for another cycle.

Women with endometriosis have endometrial tissue that escapes the uterus and grows outside of it during the menstrual cycle. Just like the normal endometrium inside of the uterus, the “implants” are stimulated to grow and break down at the same times, getting thicker and breaking down along with the normal tissue. Since these implants are outside of the uterus, however, they cannot exit the body as they break down and bleed, and instead, will often become quite irritated and painful. In many cases, they will form scar tissue or cysts, which can inhibit conception.

The most common symptoms associated with endometriosis include:

  • Pain in the area of the implants, which will differ from woman to woman; pain can occur in the lower back, rectum, or lower abdomen, especially during ovulation and during a menstrual period
  • Abnormal or intermittent bleeding, which can include heavy bleeding, or spotting and bleeding in between periods
  • Infertility, which can often be the only symptom that women experience

Although the cause of endometriosis is not known, there are therapies that can help with the condition. To find an experienced specialty physician in the San Jose area, contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011.

The Importance of Healthy Eating Habits

A healthy, balanced diet will provide the body with the nutrition that it needs to function normally. In this video, you can learn more about one of the American Heart Association’s guidelines for following a more heart-healthy diet.  In addition to discussing the recommended servings of each food group per week, the host also provides information about which foods to avoid in order to maintain a strong, healthy heart.

Eating healthy will not only help to prevent heart disease—it will also help to keep you from developing other serious conditions, such as stroke and diabetes. You can learn more ways to stay healthy by contacting the experts at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose at (408) 559-2011.

NICU ACCESS at Good Sam—A Caring Community of Education, Services, and Support

Infant in NICU

When a child is born prematurely or with special medical needs, they are often transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU, for specialized care. Unfortunately for many parents with children in the NICU, worrying about the health of their child is not their only cause of distress; transportation or financial problems can also present challenges for new parents. As a way for Good Samaritan Hospital to help alleviate these concerns, our healthcare team has developed NICU ACCESS (A Caring Community of Education, Services, and Support), a program that helps families spend more time with their babies, worry less, and learn the skills that they may need to care for their children when they come home.

Some of the main support services that Good Samaritan provides to the families of critically ill babies include:

  • Child-care assistance for the siblings of patients in the NICU while parents are with their new baby
  • In-unit educational resources to allow families to bond with their child while learning to care for their special medical needs, with educational materials in many languages so parents do not have to leave the unit
  • Food and transportation for families that may be taken away from their work during their child’s stay at the NICU or who may be unable to drive
  • Home stays for families whose babies may need further treatment after their stay at the NICU; this also includes emergency hotel stays if needed

Good Samaritan Hospital’s NICU ACCESS Program is funded solely through donations from the men and women in our community. If you would like to learn more about the ACCESS Program, contact the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011—we are happy to answer your questions.

Tips for Preserving Your Visual Acuity

Eye Chart

Our eyes are one of the most important ways that we interact with our world, helping us to recognize faces, appreciate works of art, and view beautiful sunsets. For many men and women, maintaining good vision during the aging process is a huge concern. Fortunately, there are things that everyone can do to promote health and maintain good visual acuity throughout life. Read on to learn a few ways to keep your vision clear.

  • Get regular eye exams
    One of the best ways to keep your eyes at optimal performance is to see your eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams. Your ophthalmologist can not only help to keep your eyeglass or contact lens prescription current, but he or she can also detect serious eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, before they can become symptomatic and threaten your vision.
  • Eat the right foods
    Foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon and other seafood, have shown to have protective effects against degenerative eye conditions (these foods are also good for your heart!). Eating foods high in antioxidants may also reduce your risk for developing cataracts, which cause clouding of the lenses of the eyes.
  • Live a healthy life
    Keeping your body healthy can also help to keep your eyes (and vision) healthy. A recent study performed at the University of Wisconsin found that men and women who participated in healthy behaviors—such as regular exercise, healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco use—were found to have a 71 percent decreased risk for developing a serious degenerative eye condition called age-related macular degeneration.

Would you like to learn more ways to maintain excellent overall health? The experts at Good Samaritan Hospital are dedicated to the continued wellness of our San Jose community—contact us at (408) 559-2011 to get answers to your health-related questions.

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