Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
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Food Allergies: Which Foods Most Commonly Trigger Allergic Reactions?

Food Allergy

Your immune system is essential for fighting off the dangerous foreign substances in the environment and keeping you from getting sick. In some cases, however, this complex system can become hypersensitive to agents in the environment that are not actually infectious or dangerous, such as pollen, dust mites, or food. This increased sensitivity can lead to a variety of frustrating symptoms, from hives to severe stomach pain. In some cases, allergic reactions can lead to anaphylaxis—a severe reaction that restricts the airway and requires emergency care

Food allergies typically occur when the immune system becomes sensitive to a protein found in a food item. The foods that appear to be responsible for the majority of allergic reactions include cow’s milk, peanuts, eggs, sesame seed, wheat (gluten), fish, shellfish, tree nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, and soy.

If you think that you may be allergic to a food item, there are ways that you can prevent any symptoms of allergic reaction. Avoid any food that may have your trigger as an additive ingredient. Read all food labels very carefully and be sure to speak with your server whenever you decide to eat out. If you share utensils during a meal, ensure that it is not contaminated with any allergens before using it. If your reaction to a food is a severe, anaphylactic-type reaction, consider wearing a medical alert bracelet to inform others and speak with your doctor about carrying a dose of epinephrine with you.

An allergic reaction to peanuts, eggs, or any other food item can affect children and adults alike. If you or a loved one is ever in need of emergency medical care, visit the experts at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Our emergency room is open 24 hours per day, every day of the year to provide high-quality medical care when our Thousand Oaks community needs it most. Call us today for more information about our healthcare services: (805) 497-2727

Happy Mother's Day! from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

Happy Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society:

  • All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother. --Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
  • My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. --George Washington, U.S. President
  • There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way. --Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
  • To the world you might just be one person, but to your mother you are the world. --Author Unknown
  • There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps. --Archibald Thompson
  • Mothers can look through a child's eyes and see tomorrow.
    Mothers deserve the credit for raising value-based leaders who accept responsibility; who possess physical, mental, and spiritual strength; who possess courage and confidence; and look with optimism to the future.
    Great mothers help their children to recognize that they can achieve the impossible.
    Great mothers bring the arms of comfort to an insecure child in a world of uncertainty. --Reed Markham, American Educator

daVinci® Prostatectomy at Los Robles Hospital


In the past, most surgical procedures were performed through large, open incisions. Now, the advanced robotic arms and monitoring systems of the daVinci® robot allows many of these same procedures to be performed through incisions only centimeters long. Patients can now enjoy shorter recovery times, fewer surgical complications, reduced discomfort, and less scarring thanks to the daVinci® minimally invasive surgical approach.

One of the procedures that has benefitted from this robot-assisted surgical technology is the prostatectomy. When performed using the open surgical approach, large incisions had to be made to access the pelvic organs and provide the surgeon with the visibility necessary to extract the gland. The advanced technology of the daVinci® robotic system has the ability to eliminate these complications by providing surgeons with unparalleled precision.

The prostate is a small gland that is not only tightly confined, but is also surrounded by nerves affecting urinary continence and sexual function. With past techniques, many men experienced lengthy recoveries and some had problems with continence and erectile dysfunction. The daVinci® surgical system improves these outcomes in the following ways:

  • Faster return of function
    The robotic arms of the daVinci® surgical system have the unique ability to translate the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller ones, while also filtering out any hand tremor. The improved precision of this surgical method provides patients with a faster return of erectile function and a better chance for the return of urinary continence.
  • Shorter hospital stay
    Patients who underwent daVinci® prostatectomy had, on average, a much shorter hospital stay and a significantly faster recovery time over those who had open surgery.
  • Better control of disease
    For men suffering from prostate cancer, studies have shown that an experienced daVinci® surgeon is more likely to achieve better control over the disease and leave fewer cancer cells behind.

At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, our surgical staff understands that any urological procedure can lead to a great deal of anxiety in most men. For this reason, we offer the advanced precision and performance of the daVinci® robotic surgical system. If you would like to learn more about the many advantages of this state-of-the-art surgical approach, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center at (805) 497-2727.

Happy Nurses Week from HCA and Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center

We're fortunate have some of the best nurses around. We thank you all and wish you a Happy Nurses Week!

Have Lunch with a Robot!

2012 LR DaVinci Poster 22x28 Color (1)

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