• Upcoming Events: Baby Care Basics

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    Knowing how to bathe or swaddle a baby is not a skill that comes naturally to many parents. If you are expecting a baby, being able to carry out these tasks is essential. Good Samaritan Hospital recognizes that whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned one, taking a class on baby care basics can provide peace of mind before your little one arrives. That’s why we offer this class for expectant parents at our San Jose maternity hospital. Our newborn experts guide participating couples through the fundamentals of baby care, including how to feed and diaper a newborn. To ensure that each of our students receives the comprehensive guidance they require, we limit the size of our classes. If you would like to be part of our next event, contact Good Samaritan Hospital today for more information.

    Could you use some practice diapering and swaddling? Go to our website today to pre-register for our baby basics class. To speak with a Good Samaritan Hospital representative about other upcoming events, call our Parenting and Breastfeeding Service line at 408-599-BABY (2229)!

  • A Look at the Process of Rehabilitation Following Stroke

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    Stroke can be a life-changing event with several physical complications. Depending on the area of the brain impacted by a stroke, side effects such as speech impairment and limb paralysis may occur. The stroke care center at Good Samaritan Hospital offers comprehensive treatment and support for stroke victims. From administering emergency care to providing ongoing rehabilitation services, our San Jose facility can help you or a loved one recuperate from stroke. The following article discusses rehabilitation techniques that can facilitate stroke recovery.

    Speech Therapy
    Some individuals who experience stroke may develop aphasia, a condition that obstructs language and communication. Aphasia can be further broken down into more specific ailments, each of which involves a person’s inability to properly read, write, or speak . Speech therapy can identify the particular nature of a patient’s aphasia and address it with exercises that recondition the brain to correctly use language.

    Physical Therapy
    Stroke frequently affects an individual’s motor coordination and mobility. In more severe cases, it may cause partial paralysis on one side of the body. Physical therapy, like speech therapy, aims to retrain the brain. By encouraging repetitive exercises, physical therapists can help patients relearn how to use their bodies for activities such as standing, walking, and moving their arms.

    Group Therapy
    Rehabilitation from stroke encompasses more than simply remedying the physical effects of this condition. Stroke can be an emotionally challenging experience that group therapy can address. By attending classes with other individuals contending with the same obstacles, stroke victims can rely on the support of fellow therapy patients as they learn to regain their independence and former quality of life.

    To learn more about stroke rehabilitation , call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011 to be referred to a physician. Patients and their loved ones can also view our website for more information.

  • What You Need to Know About Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

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    Summertime means days spent barbequing, swimming, and enjoying the warm weather. It’s during these long summer days that incidences of heat illness also increase. Good Samaritan Hospital aims to reduce the number of individuals who need emergency care for conditions such as heat stroke and dehydration. To make sure that you and your family stay safe from extreme heat, consider these helpful suggestions:

    Stay Where It’s Cool
    Preventing your body’s core temperature from increasing is central to avoiding heat stroke. As summertime temperatures reach San Jose, assess your home air conditioning features. If your air conditioning malfunctions or proves insufficient, do not suffer through extreme temperatures. Seek shelter at public facilities that have ample air conditioning.

    Look After Your Loved Ones
    When temperatures spike, it’s important to monitor the wellbeing of friends and family who may be susceptible to heat illness. If you allow your children to play outside during warm weather, dress them in light, loose layers and have them take frequent breaks indoors. Make sure that elderly relatives have air conditioning units in proper working order. Also, know the signs of heat stroke and dehydration. If you have a loved one who becomes irritable, fatigued, or confused, he or she may be suffering from a heat illness. Consult an emergency care expert should such an occasion arise.

    Don’t Forget Hydration
    Drinking enough water on hot summer days is key to your health and that of your loved ones. Have fluids on hand wherever you go, especially if you must be outside for extended periods of time. Also, keep in mind that not all beverages are equally beneficial. Alcohol and coffee can actually induce dehydration.

    If you sense that a friend or family member is experiencing dehydration, don’t wait for his or her symptoms to go away. Call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011 to speak with a representative about your healthcare options. Patients can also take advantage of our iTriage Symptom Checker when they seek emergency care.

  • Taking in the Summer Sun Without Burning Your Skin

    Summer is here; is your skin ready for it? This video discusses the proper precautions to take so your skin may remain free from burns and skin cancer.

    Sunscreen is a mandatory part of enjoying California summers. Even when it appears overcast, having sunscreen on all exposed body parts is key to avoiding skin damage. Wear sunscreen that provides protection from both UVB and UVA rays for comprehensive coverage. Your clothing can also prove essential for blocking dangerous sunrays. Tightly woven clothing offers the best protection from sun exposure. Putting on a hat and sunglasses can also ward off sun damage to your scalp, ears, and neck.

    Good Samaritan Hospital encourages our San Jose residents to look after their skin safety. For more information on minimizing your risk for skin cancer, call (408) 559-2011.

  • A Look at Good Samaritan’s Colorectal Cancer Support Group

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    Have you been diagnosed with colorectal cancer? Whether you are newly diagnosed, receiving treatment, or in remission, Good Samaritan Hospital wants you to know that support is available as you go through this challenging time. Our colorectal cancer support group gathers at the American Cancer Society every other Tuesday. At this bimonthly event, you can meet other colorectal cancer patients. Within this encouraging environment, you can voice your feelings about your condition and seek support from peers who keenly understand your position. This ongoing event is part of Good Samaritan Hospital’s Health to You, or H2U, program. The H2U program strives to help the greater San Jose community with their health needs and impart useful information for greater wellness and life satisfaction.

    Would you like to learn more about the colorectal cancer support group? Call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011 for event times. Our hospital provides a wide range of ongoing classes and events for San Jose area residents.

  • Understanding How to Prevent Prostate Cancer

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    As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. If you are an adult male, it’s not too early to begin thinking about your prostate cancer risk. Though this disease primarily affects older men, your behavior now can have a significant impact on your health as you age. Good Samaritan Hospital encourages patients to take control of their prostate health by following these helpful guidelines:

    Maintain a Healthy Weight
    Research indicates that excessive weight can negatively affect multiple aspects of a person’s health. Being overweight or obese can heighten your risk for many types of cancer, including prostate cancer. To determine if you have a weight concern, consult your physician about your body mass index, or BMI. If your BMI is too high, your doctor can suggest ways to lower it, such as eating a lower calorie diet and increasing your amount of exercise.

    Monitor What You Eat
    Watching your diet is essential for regulating your weight. The food you eat can also influence your risk for prostate cancer . Studies have found that men who eat high amounts of dairy generally suffer from prostate cancer more often than individuals with lower dairy intake. In contrast, incorporating foods with ample amounts of folate has been shown to lower the incidence of prostate cancer.

    Get a Prostate Cancer Screening
    You should consult a physician about your need for a prostate cancer screening once you turn 50, or earlier if you have preexisting risk factors. Though a screening can only detect cancer and won’t prevent it, it allows you the opportunity to speak with your doctor about other lifestyle habits that may be contributing to an increased risk for prostate cancer.

    For referral to a physician who can help you understand prostate cancer, call Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. Our San Jose healthcare experts would be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your prostate cancer risk. Patients can also find out more about the services that our hospital provides by visiting our website.