• Staying Safe When You Are Celebrating at Nightclubs and Bars

    While going out and enjoying the company of friends at a local nightclub or bar can be a fun way to spend an evening, it can unfortunately come with some risk to your health. A new government report states that a large number of people are being intentionally poisoned every year, many through drugs placed in alcoholic drinks.

    This video from the experts at Good Samaritan Hospital provides some helpful advice for staying safe when out at bars and avoiding unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Watch to learn more about how to protect yourself.

    To find out more information about protecting your health and wellness, visit the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose website or contact our helpful staff by calling (408) 559-2011.

  • How to Cope with the Challenges of Breastfeeding

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    Even for highly motivated mothers, breastfeeding a new baby can come with its share of challenges. At Good Samaritan Hospital, our Maternity Services specialists help each new mother to find ways to make breastfeeding more effective and enjoyable for both mother and baby. Below are helpful tips for coping with some of the most common difficulties associated with breastfeeding.

    Nipple Soreness
    At first, it is very common for women to experience some soreness in one or both nipples. To avoid this problem, find the positions that work best for you and your baby and do your best to encourage a good latch. Change positions each time you feed the baby. Rubbing a few drops of milk on the abraded nipple after each feeding and allowing nipples to air dry can also help to minimize pain.

    Too Much Milk
    Breasts that are too full of milk can cause discomfort for both mother and child. This challenge can be overcome by offering the baby one side at each feeding. Some breastfeeding positions , such as the side-lying position, may also help with overfull breasts by reducing the force of gravity on milk ejection during feeding.

    Plugged Ducts
    Many women have problems with the milk ducts becoming plugged. This occurs when the milk does not drain effectively from the breast, causing inflammation and discomfort. To help resolve this issue, encourage the child to feed often on the affected breast—this can help to loosen the plugged duct. A warm compress may also help with allowing the milk to flow more freely.

    August is National Breastfeeding Month. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding your child and effective ways to achieve your breastfeeding goals, schedule a consultation with a lactation specialist at Good Samaritan Hospital by calling(408) 559-BABY. Our Parenting Support Services team is dedicated to helping you approach the new experiences of parenthood with confidence through classes, support groups, and expert healthcare.

  • Spotlight on Psoriasis Awareness Month

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    Psoriasis is an inflammatory disease affecting the skin, most commonly that of the scalp, elbows, trunk, and knees. While the exact cause of psoriasis is not fully known, scientists believe that the immune system becomes inadvertently activated to stimulate skin cells, increasing their growth rate to create scaly patches of skin.

    Unfortunately, there is no treatment available known to cure psoriasis. Depending on the severity of the condition, however, physicians can help psoriasis patients to better manage their symptoms with topical, pharmaceutical, or other therapies. Those at the highest risk for developing psoriasis include those with a family history of the disease, smokers, people with suppressed immune systems, or those who have suffered from certain bacterial infections.

    August is Psoriasis Awareness Month —this month, do your best to learn more about psoriasis and increase your awareness of how this chronic disease affects those diagnosed. For referral to a physician who can discuss psoriasis options with you, contact our healthcare professionals by calling (408) 559-2011 today.

  • Understanding the Health Benefits of Breastfeeding for New Moms

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    While many mothers know the benefits of breastfeeding for their babies’ health, fewer know what benefits breastfeeding can provide for the mother’s health.

    Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer

    Women who have had experience with breastfeeding appear to have a reduced risk for breast cancer later in life. The protection from breastfeeding also seems to increase with the amount of time spent breastfeeding and the number of children breastfed in a woman’s life. According to a workshop conducted by the National Cancer Institute in 2012, breastfeeding also seems to provide higher protection against the more aggressive forms of the disease, such as those due to BRCA mutations and basal-like cancers. Breastfeeding has also been connected with reduced risk for ovarian disease.

    Other Benefits of Breastfeeding

    In addition to potentially reducing your breast and ovarian cancer risk, breastfeeding can promote better health and wellness in many other ways. Milk production helps to burn calories, which can assist moms to lose extra weight gained during pregnancy. During breastfeeding, the hormone oxytocin is released. This hormone not only helps to promote strong bonding between mother and child, but also plays a role in returning the uterus to its normal, pre-birth size. Mothers who breastfeed are also able to avoid the hassle of making formula, warming the bottles, or sterilizing the nipples, allowing them more time to spend with their baby. A new but limited study in the United Kingdom established the possibility that women who breastfeed have a reduced risk of developing dementia later in life—more research is required.

    The Maternity and Parenting Support Services at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose work to provide mothers with the information and confidence they need. If you are having difficulties breastfeeding, are interested in learning more about its benefits, or would like to join a support group with other breastfeeding moms, contact our staff by calling (408) 559-BABY or visit our website for more information.

  • Is Running Safe During Pregnancy?

    Exercising regularly is an instrumental part of a healthy life and helps to reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other serious chronic illnesses. Many women wonder, however, if it is safe for a woman to continue a rigorous exercise regimen during pregnancy.

    By watching this video, you can learn more about how exercise benefits a woman’s health during pregnancy. The host discusses what exercises are great for mothers-to-be and when to contact your healthcare provider for advice.

    Before beginning any exercise regimen during pregnancy, it is important to consult with your obstetrician or primary care physician.  You’ll want to communicate often with your doctor about your exercise programs as your pregnancy continues. If you are looking for an experienced doctor in the San Jose area, call the Good Samaritan Hospital referral line at (408) 559-2011 today.

  • What Vaccinations Are Necessary for Children Returning to School in the Fall?

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    The new school year is right around the corner—along with the backpacks, pencils, and other supplies needed for learning, make sure that your child has all of his or her immunizations. Not only do the recommended vaccines help to protect your child from serious and potentially deadly illnesses, but they also help contain any outbreaks in schools and the community. Below are some of the vaccines that are necessary for different age groups returning to classes in the fall.

    Birth to Six Years of Age

    The immunizations that healthy children receive in their first years of life help to protect against illnesses such as hepatitis B, diphtheria, whooping cough, measles, and tetanus. California requires that children in private or public school be immunized for polio, DPT, MMR, Hepatitis B and Varicella. Making sure your child has protection against these illnesses also protects others who may not be able to be vaccinated, such as very young infants, cancer patients, or other immunosuppressed populations. Annual flu vaccines are also recommended for children aged six months and older to protect children against flu viruses that emerge each year.

    Seven to Eighteen Years of Age

    As children age, their immunity from past vaccinations can begin to wear off. Ask your doctor when your child may be ready for a booster vaccine to protect from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap). California requires a Tdap booster for students entering seventh grade. Teens on their way to college should also get a vaccine to protect against meningococcal meningitis, as the risk for this illness increases when living in dorm housing.

    Even if your child misses a vaccine from the recommended schedule, an experienced physician can help you to get him or her back on track for maximum protection from disease. To locate a physician in the San Jose area, contact the Good Samaritan Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line today at (408) 559-2011. Our nurses can also provide answers to many healthcare questions.