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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 10/28/20 4:33 PM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase education and awareness around a disease that affects women of all ages and ethnicities. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S., second only to skin cancer. Close to 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. 

Joelle Jakobsen, MD, FACS, a general surgeon and breast cancer specialist with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group in Folsom, and Carmichael Calif. and Daniel Herron, MD, director of Women’s Imaging at Mercy Imaging Center, shared helpful information on breast cancer and mammograms.

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Protect Your Child’s Health This Flu Season With Vaccinations

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 10/6/20 4:52 PM

Health officials in California are concerned about this year’s flu season as vaccinations among children up to 18 years of age have plummeted by more than 40% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, now more than ever, parents should consult their child’s pediatrician to ensure their child is vaccinated and protected.

Danton Kono, MD, a pediatrician with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group in Citrus Heights, shared some valuable information on vaccines and why a flu shot is especially important this year.

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Do You Need an Aortic Valve Replacement?

Posted by Nichole Baxter on 9/18/20 4:40 PM

For people with underlying heart conditions, monitoring your health is incredibly important, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group clinics are safe and open for in-person visits so you don't need to delay your cardiac care.

Zachary Brewer, MD, a cardiac surgeon with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group explains how to identify one of the most common and serious heart valve problems, aortic valve disease, or aortic stenosis. Aortic valve disease refers to severe narrowing or restriction of the aortic heart valve’s opening, reducing blood flow in the heart.

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Distance Learning and Kids' Eye Health

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 9/16/20 3:23 PM

Distance learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic means kids are spending more and more time in front of a computer these days, a phenomenon that has parents wondering if all the extra screen time is harming kids’ eyes. Robert Bellinoff, MD, an ophthalmologist with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group, explains how parents can help kids reduce negative effects of increased screen time, and monitor their children’s eye health.

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Keeping Your Community Safe During COVID-19

Posted by Sarah Tyre on 9/9/20 9:13 AM

There is a heightened sense of concern among people trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Many are trying to balance enjoying activities, running routine errands and more, while keeping themselves, their families and their communities safe. Sukhjinder Sandhu, MD, a family medicine physician with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group in Rocklin, is sharing health safety tips and guidelines to keep yourself and your community safe during the pandemic.

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