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Miller Geer & Associates is a public relations & marketing communications firm specializing in health.
Miller Geer & Associates is a public relations & marketing communications firm specializing in health.

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Do you have trouble waking up? It might be tempting to hit the snooze button every morning, but hitting snooze can interfere with your sleep quality, says Dr. Peter A. Fotinakes, medical director of the St. Joseph Hospital of Orange Sleep Center. Going to bed the same time every night and timing your sleep stages can help. Read the article for sleep tips! ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎HealthTips‬

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Opioids and painkillers are getting easier to order via the Internet without a prescription. Addiction specialist Dr. Stuart Finkelstein warns that a combination of drugs can be deadly--such as Vicodin and Fentanyl. Read the article at KABC-TV. ‪#‎Opioids‬ ‪#‎PrescriptionDrugAbuse‬ ‪#‎Addiction‬

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Having a heart attack can be scary, but having one without the telltale symptoms can be even scarier. The subtle symptoms of a silent heart attack include shortness of breath, nausea and weakness. Robert A. Kloner, M.D., Ph.D., director of cardiovascular research at Huntington Medical Research Institutes, weighs in. Read more at SELF Magazine. ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎SilentHeartAttack‬

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For the past five years, Latino cancer patients in Los Angeles and Orange Counties have been coming to a support group called Entre Amigos that makes dealing with cancer a bit easier at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange's Cancer Center. Angela Acevedo Malouf, a nurse at St. Joseph's who runs the group, says Latinos are more likely to take charge of their care when they feel understood. Read more about this inspiring story at KPCC! ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎CancerSupport‬

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Are you having trouble losing the pounds? It might be that you're not getting enough sleep! Research shows that sleep deprivation will decrease the "satiety" hormone, leptin, thus making you hungrier. Brian Quebbemann, M.D., president of The N.E.W. Program, says this explains why people with sleep disorders battle with their weight. To learn more about weight loss and your hormones, read the article at Women's Health! ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎WeightLoss‬ ‪#‎HealthTips‬

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Don't miss the excitement this weekend in Huntington Beach! During the 24th annual Duck-a-thon, the ocean will turn into a sea of yellow as thousands of rubber ducks race to shore to benefit AltaMed Health Services' Huntington Beach Clinic, which provides health care services for the underinsured and underserved. Read more about this unique annual tradition in the Huntington Beach Independent! ‪#‎Duckathon‬ ‪#‎AltaMed‬ ‪#‎HuntingtonBeach‬ ‪#‎HB‬ ‪#‎Client‬

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Value-based payment models for physicians are replacing fee-for-service models. MACRA, a new law enacted by Congress last year, may see a redesign in payment reform. Value-based payment is expanding in the healthcare industry, and it is here to stay, says Bill Kramer, MBA, executive director for national health policy at the Pacific Business Group on Health. To read the article, visit HealthLeaders Media. ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎PaymentReform‬

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The Mother-Baby Unit at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange was lively on Mother's Day weekend! One couple gave birth to a set of fraternal twins and another couple had an early delivery surprise. Read the heartwarming story at the Orange County Register! ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎MothersDay‬

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People with ulcerative colitis may have mild to severe pain. One woman shares tips that helped her find relief from stomach cramps and other ailments. Hardeep M. Singh, MD, a gastroenterologist at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, says that those who experience stomach pain should see their doctor right away. To read the self-care tips, visit Everyday Health. ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎UlcerativeColitis‬

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A woman's menstrual cycle may keep kidney tissue healthy, according to a recent study. Estrogen may help to replace damaged kidney cells, but it is not the only reason fewer women contract kidney disease. Dr. Marie Csete, president and chief scientist of Huntington Medical Research Institutes - HMRI, weighs in on the effects of ‪#‎estrogen‬. Read the article at Medical Daily. ‪#‎Client‬ ‪#‎KidneyFailure‬ ‪#‎KidneyHealth‬
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