As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
I love this real story from a retired teacher who thought nothing could be done about her incontinence and leaking. She just kept buying pads, that is until she reconnected with her high school sweetheart.
It’s never too late to get help for incontinence. This Pelvic Health Self Assessment tool is a good place to start.
Disclosure: I’m working with El Camino Hospital to inform the community about programs that help people live healthier lives.
What is Interventional Pulmonology?
This new field is revolutionizing what we can now offer to people to diagnose and treat a variety of lung diseases. Imagine someone, like my uncle, Richard, who had several puzzling spots seen on his lungs on x-rays. He’d been told that he wasn’t well enough to have surgery or a biopsy or remove them, and the previous bronchoscopies didn’t reach them. His doctors back east were only able to give their best guess and did the best they could to treat these puzzling spots.
Uncle Richard would have been a good candidate for Interventional Pulmonology, a new way of combining various diagnostic procedures and minimally invasive techniques to reach the most remote areas of the lungs, biopsy and treat them. In his case, he may have benefited from Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy or EndoBronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) or Radial Probe Ultrasound (REBUS). All of which can help physicians gain access to hard to reach lesions while minimizing risk to the person.
Training the next wave of pulmonologists
These weren’t available for my uncle despite being in a large metropolitan are. Though there are very few hospitals in the country with an Interventional Pulmonolgy program, here in Silicon Valley, El Camino Hospital has had one of the top programs [...]