• Regional Medical Center Physicians Talk About Epilepsy

    Epilepsy is a condition in which patients experience multiple seizures that affects about 1-2% of the world’s population. It is the second most common neurological disorder behind stroke that may be caused by genetic abnormalities, structured disease in the brain, or unknown sources. With this video, you can learn more about what happens during epileptic seizures and what can be done to treat them. Effective treatment begins with an accurate diagnosis, which requires brain monitoring through EG scanning. Once epilepsy is diagnosed, treatment might include medication, surgery, and electrical pulse therapy through a vagus nerve stimulator.

    If you or a loved one is in need of specialized neurological care, connect with Regional Medical Center for access to the most state-of-the-art treatments available. You can reach us online or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 259-4000 for a physician referral.

  • Minimally Invasive Stenosis Treatment at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Back pain is not an unfamiliar problem for Americans, as it is a leading cause of missed work days and long-term disability. In many cases of back pain, stenosis, or a narrowing of the spinal canal, is to blame for the irritation. Traditionally, treatment for stenosis has been limited to open surgery called laminectomy. While this surgery can successfully decompress pinched spinal nerves, it has a number of serious risks, including limited spinal stability and painful after effects. Regional Medical Center presents an alternative with modern, minimally invasive surgery that creates openings thorough existing muscle fibers rather than cutting through them. Surgery is equally effective with this less invasive approach, but it has far fewer risks and a much shorter recovery time.

    Regional Medical Center is fully dedicated to providing patients with superior care through better technologies and innovative surgical solutions. To learn more about how we make a difference for our patients in San Jose, visit our website or call us at (408) 259-4000.

  • Should Your Child Really Be Taking Antibiotics

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    The discovery of antibiotic medication is perhaps one of the most significant developments that led to the advances of modern medicine, but these drugs are far from a cure-all. In fact, the United States is facing a huge problem of antibiotic resistance that is in part caused by over-prescribing these medications to children.

    Antibiotics only work when there is a bacterial infection present; they will have no effect on viruses and other illnesses. Even when bacterial infections are a problem, antibiotics may not be needed, as the infection might clear up on its own. This is most often the case with ear infections, a frequent problem encountered in young children. Because antibiotics are used in situations where they are not needed, they might not be effective when bacteria is the culprit behind your child’s symptoms. Therefore, you should always be cautious of antibiotics and make sure that your child’s pediatrician is prescribing them for the right reasons.

    To get the facts about antibiotic resistance and the right treatments for common childhood illnesses, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is a leading healthcare provider in the Bay Area offering expertise in a wide range of care specialties through our state-of-the-art facilities. 

  • What Role Does the Liver Have in Your Body?

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    Saying that the liver is an important organ is a bit of an understatement, considering that the liver is responsible for filtering harmful substances out of the bloodstream, producing enzymes and hormones that assist in digestion, and converting food into usable energy. Without the liver, your body could not carry out the most basic of functions, so it is essential to care for this organ by minimizing its workload with a more nutritious diet and responsible drinking habits. The liver is the second largest organ in your body, and it may be affected by a number of conditions that impair its function. The worst habits for your liver health are consuming a high-fat diet, heavy drinking, drug use, and sharing needles, so you will want to avoid these habits to keep this vital organ intact.

    During Liver Awareness Month in October, you can get tips for improving your liver and digestive health with Regional Medical Center of San Jose . Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 to take advantage of our free advice and information from registered nurses available 24/7. 

  • Recognizing Depression as a Medical Concern

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    More than 19 million Americans are suffering from clinical depression, but despite the staggering number of patients, there is still a big misunderstanding about how serious this mental illness is. Depression is not just a personality flaw or the result of a few bad days at the office, it is a physical and mental illness that must be addressed through clinical and psychiatric care so that symptoms can be managed effectively. Many people with depression suffer in silence, but a greater recognition of this serious medical illness may inspire more patients to take action and overcome clinical depression. Here is a look at the often overlooked characteristics of depression that make it such a big problem for an individual’s health.

    Physical symptoms

    More than feelings of sadness or hopelessness, depression can cause physical pain in the body, chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and unexpected weight loss or gain. These more tangible symptoms of depression allow physicians to make a more definitive diagnosis in patients, but they also make depression much more difficult to cope with. Depression may also aggravate existing physical conditions such as chronic pain or heart problems, so in some cases a dual-diagnosis may be the most effective measure for treatment.

    Changes in brain chemistry

    There are chemicals naturally released in the brain caused neurotransmitters, which are linked to clinical depression. When neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine are thrown off balance by hormonal changes or other causes, symptoms of depression may appear and worsen over time without medical intervention.

    Depression risks

    When an individual is affected by depression, he or she may be more likely to make suicide attempts or participate in other self-destructive habits such as drug use or alcohol abuse. Along with the temptation to harm oneself, someone suffering from depression may also lose enjoyment from once beloved activities.

    Depression may be a serious medical problem, but it is not one you have to live with. Regional Medical Center of San Jose can let you reach out for help through our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

  • Know Which Habits May Affect Your Cancer Risk

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    When you combine the most common types of cancer diagnosed in the United States , they collectively account for the second-highest number of fatalities among adults, topped only by heart disease. While cancer treatment is improving all the time—especially for some of the more prevalent cancers in the nation—prevention remains the best way for patients to fight cancer. You cannot control all risk factors, but there are a handful of habits you can change to minimize your cancer risk as much as possible.


    The obesity epidemic has had a big impact on cancer, because individuals who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for many different types of cancer. One of the most significant challenges in fighting obesity is changing the eating habits of the average American. Americans are drawn to high-calorie, high-fat, high-sugar foods that are seriously lacking in nutritional value. Changing your diet to include more fresh fruits and vegetables while cutting out fatty foods and excess sugar can minimize cell damage in the body that might lead to cancer.

    Physical activity

    Exercise is not only helpful for weight management, but it is also critical for your immune health. Physical activity regulates hormone levels and keeps your immune system strong, so you should avoid thinking about it as an optional part of your routine.

    Alcohol use

    Alcohol consumption promotes cell damage and mutation, so alcohol should be limited, if consumed at all. For women, the limit should be one drink per day. Men can get away with two drinks daily, as their bodies metabolize alcohol faster than women’s.

    You can start making the positive changes you need to establish a cancer-free future with the support of Regional Medical Center of San Jose. We strive to provide every patient with high-quality care by investing in the newest treatment and screening options as well as clinical trial access. To learn more about our expert cancer care and prevention services, visit our website or call (408) 259-4000 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

  • Exploring the Myths About Breast Cancer and Its Treatment

    Breast cancer is a disease that all women should be aware of, but the long list of myths surrounding breast cancer may keep you from making informed decisions about your breast care. Despite popular belief, antiperspirants don’t cause breast cancer, breast cancer isn’t contagious, and a family history of breast cancer does not necessarily mean that you will  face a diagnosis . Below you can get a look at a few more popular breast cancer myths along with some important facts so that you are not likely to miss out on the care and screenings you need.

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    Myth: Cell phones cause breast cancer

    Recent news of young women who kept cell phones in their bras and are now facing breast cancer diagnoses has created some confusion about the safety of cell phones. This is not the first time that cell phones have been blamed for cancerous growths , but the evidence is not strong enough to conclude that cell phones are the cause for these breast cancer cases. More well-known causes of breast cancer include excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, and hormonal abnormalities.

    Myth: All breast lumps care cancerous

    Any women who has performed a self-breast exam knows that breast tissue is naturally lumpy, so the presence of a particularly hard or large lump might not be indicative of any type of cancer. Sometimes benign tumors or fatty deposits form and can be felt beneath the skin, but they might not be cancerous. Therefore, women should rely on more detailed imaging methods and biopsy procedures before panicking about the possibility of breast cancer.

    Myth: Breast cancer will require a full mastectomy to treat

    While it is true that mastectomy is a viable treatment option for many breast cancer cases, this surgical treatment may not be the only solution available to you. Treatment options will depend on the stage at which the cancer is diagnosed. Early stage cancers may require no surgical treatment or allow for preservation of more of the breast tissue. This means that annual mammograms may prevent you from undergoing a mastectomy procedure, which might also require breast reconstruction surgery.

    To sort through more of the myths and misconceptions surrounding breast cancer, call Regional Medical Center of San Jose through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. We have created a comfortable, state-of-the-art facility for breast care in San Jose where women can find the latest technologies for their screening and treatment. 

  • What Is the Future for Breast Cancer Diagnosis?

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    Mammograms are typically considered the gold standard for breast cancer screening and with today’s sophisticated digital technologies , mammography is more reliable than ever as a screening tool. However, it does have its setbacks. While the dose of radiation delivered through a mammogram has been significantly reduced through the years, radiation exposure is still a potential risk of the procedure. Additionally, women with dense breast tissue may not have accurate results from a mammogram because images are distorted by the density of the breasts. This issue leaves room for technology to continue improving and facilitate earlier diagnoses for higher survival rates. Here is a look at some of the potential diagnostic tools on the horizon for breast cancer care that you may see implemented over the next decade.

    Electronic skin

    A clinical breast examination in which a physician will feel the breast to look for any lumps or abnormalities is a commonly used screening for breast cancer, but there is a significant drawback even when the exam is performed by the most trained hands. Physicians can only detect lumps that are 21 mm in length or longer. This means that smaller, earlier stage cancers might not be discovered right away. Electronic skin is a possible solution made from nanoparticles and polymers that will take a detailed exam of the breast tissue without the discomfort of mammography.

    Improved mammograms

    Digital imaging and 3D imaging have both rendered more reliable results from mammograms, but the technology is not perfect. It is not likely that mammograms will go out of use any time soon, but they may see some changes to continue improving patient comfort and image clarity.

    Minimally invasive biopsy

    Because there is no way to tell for sure if a growth spotted through a mammogram is cancerous based on sight alone, biopsies are needed to test the abnormal tissue for cancerous cells. It is likely that these tests will continue to shift in the direction of needle aspirations and other minimally invasive techniques that do not cause patients undue surgical risks.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we remain on the cutting edge of cancer care to ensure the highest chances of survivorship among our patients. To schedule your annual mammogram screening with us or discover new additions to our Cancer Care Center, visit our website or call us at (408) 259-4000.