Cohesive Gel Breast Implants

 What are cohesive gel aka “Gummy bear” implants? After a long regulatory approval process, cohesive gel implants have finally been available in the United States outside of clinical trials for four years now. The implants are more form stable than silicone gel...

Life-Changing Hormone Therapy

 Restoring hormonal imbalance is key to your happier, healthier and more energetic life. Learn about pellet therapy. Valencia Medical Center is Santa Clarita’s only BioTe®Certified Center for restoration of hormone imbalance. Hormones play a significant role in our...

Special Dental Concerns for Women

 When it comes to oral health, women have special needs, particularly in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A primary factor affecting a woman’s oral health is shifting hormone levels throughout the various stages of life. According to the California Dental...

Meet the Surgeons at Elite Robotic Surgery Center

 Dr. Emery Chen, MD is a general surgery specialist in Palmdale and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from New York Medical College in 2001 and specializes in general surgery, surgery, and more. “I grew up in Southern California, spending my formative...

Your Hearing is Essential to Communication

 Get a baseline hearing screening during May’s Better Hearing and Speech Month! When it comes to hearing loss, people are often confused because silence is easy to ignore. It is also easy to dismiss an inability to hear on a phone or in a crowded restaurant as being...

What is Astigmatism?

People with astigmatism generally have a cornea that is more curved in one direction than the other. In other words, the cornea is elliptical instead of the normal spherical shape. As light rays enter the eye, some of the light rays are focused more strongly than...

What is the Achilles Tendon?

 A tendon is a band of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone. The Achilles tendon runs down the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Also called the “heel cord,” the Achilles tendon facilitates walking by helping to raise the heel off...

Target Therapy 101: A Primer

Cancer care has come a long way. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation have traditionally been the three pillars of cancer care, and they are still important treatments. But in recent years, newer “targeted therapies” have come on the scene. These fine-tuned treatments...

Basics of Dental Implants

A dental implant is a titanium “root” device used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges...

Denials

 Denials might be wishful thinking, but they’re usually lies. Are those giving them attempting to fool others… or fool themselves? We may want to believe we’re not something, but does declaring it make it so? The more people insist they don’t do certain things, the...

A Functional Approach to Seasonal Allergies

 April showers bring May flowers as the saying goes – and for many people the warmer weather means allergy season is back! Allergens or pollen in our environment trigger the body’s immune system to produce IgE antibodies. These antibodies cause the release of...

Heel Pain in Children

 A common problem seen by podiatrists in active children is heel pain. This condition is commonly referred to as “Growing Pains” and is usually not treated. The most common diagnosis for this is Sever’s Disease. Sever’s Disease is an inflammation of the growth plate...

Dental Disease During Pregnancy

 Many mothers have experienced gum disease, dental pain and/or tooth extraction during or shortly after their pregnancy. This is often seen as being a “normal” side effect of being pregnant. However, dental disease, which is an infection of the teeth and/or gums, is...

Communication Struggles? We Can Help

 The children and adults that we see at SCENT for speech and language challenges have various reasons for their difficulties, and we utilize treatment techniques specific to their needs. Parents often bring in young children who are not developing speech and language...

Bruxism

 Most commonly known as teeth grinding, it is the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth. It is usually an unconscious activity whether the individual is awake or asleep. Grinding your teeth is often associated with fatigue, stress, anxiety, fear or occlusion...

Benefits of Interceptive Orthodontic Treatment

 The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child have their first orthodontic examination by the age of seven. Some orthodontic conditions are simply easier to correct if they’re corrected early. And knowing that your child might need orthodontic...

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

Learn the warning signs of a stroke. Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 or press the button on your One Call Alert immediately at any sign of a stroke. Use FAST to remember the warning signs. Stroke symptoms include: SUDDEN numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg – especially...

Ultherapy: The beauty of Sound

 We are often approached by men and women wondering how to improve the sagging skin on their neck and jowls. Very few patients have such significantly lax facial and neck skin that they require plastic surgery. Most patients would benefit from a non-invasive skin...

Any Who… Go to Relay for Life

Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way; some closer than others, some have been affected on a very personal level. In March, I lost a dear friend to an aggressive form of lung cancer. She was a bright shining light in this world, a world not always as kind...

Five Health Conditions Connected with Hearing Loss

 Healthy hearing means a healthier you! Check out this list of five common health conditions related to hearing loss to see if you could be at-risk. 1. Obesity. Studies show that people who are overweight have an increased likelihood of developing hearing loss. In...

Topic – How Do Veneers Help My Smile?

 Have you been considering a cosmetic dentistry procedure to mask imperfections or gapped teeth? If so, dental veneers may be the solution you seek. With stunning, natural-looking results, you’ll flash your smile with confidence. Your dedicated team at May Conte...

Q&A with Santa Clarita Plastic Surgeon Dr. Howard Hu

 Looking and feeling your best is a trend we have seen stand the test of time, and maybe that is why it’s not really a trend anymore.  Today we have many opportunities to improve ourselves.  Dr. Hu and the staff at Valencia Plastic Surgery take great pride in...

Teeth in a Day!

 Some of our patients are at a stage in their lives where they have already lost several teeth in the upper or lower arch and the remaining teeth also have existing problems. They feel almost overwhelmed at the prospect of rebuilding their dentition, wondering how...

Prostate Cancer

 Rates will double in the next 15 to 17 years and early diagnosis is key. UCLA is a leader in prostate imaging and image guided biopsy; newest diagnostic tools now available in the Santa Clarita Valley. Men in the Santa Clarita area are now able to receive the best...

Cohesive Gel Breast Implants

 What are cohesive gel aka “Gummy bear” implants? After a long regulatory approval process, cohesive gel implants have finally been available in the United States outside of clinical trials for four years now. The implants are more form stable than silicone gel...

Life-Changing Hormone Therapy

 Restoring hormonal imbalance is key to your happier, healthier and more energetic life. Learn about pellet therapy. Valencia Medical Center is Santa Clarita’s only BioTe®Certified Center for restoration of hormone imbalance. Hormones play a significant role in our...

Dental Bytes for Seniors

 We all notice the effects of aging such as wrinkles, graying hair and a variety of aches and pains that we didn’t have before. Changes in oral health also occur with advancing age. Understanding these changes is important to maintaining good oral health and keeping...

Sinus and Allergy

 Sinus and allergy issues are a continual problem for the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley and its surrounding areas. The mixture of frequent high winds and the wide variety of grasses, trees, and weeds in the SCV create a situation where many people have...

What is the Accessory Navicular?

 The accessory navicular (os navicularum or os tibiale externum) is an extra bone or piece of cartilage located on the inner side of the foot just above the arch. It is incorporated within the posterior tibial tendon, which attaches in this area. An accessory...

Get to Know…Tinnitus

 Tinnitus is the condition of hearing noises in the ears and/or head without an external source. These noises have been described as ringing, whistling, hissing, roaring, buzzing, and humming. Causes and Diagnosis: Tinnitus is a condition generated within an...

Dry Eyes Are a Nuisance!

 The Santa Clarita Valley is plenty hot and dry! The lack of humidity causes many to suffer from dry eye syndrome, even unknowingly. The symptoms of dry eye syndrome commonly include the fluctuating vision, chronic redness, a sandy or gritty sensation, excess mucous...

Unwanted Fat

  ADVERTISE WITH US CLICK HERE Support Our Youth and Join the SCV Summer Games by The Magazine of Santa Clarita | Apr 23, 2018 | Recreation & Fitness  The Santa Clarita Summer Games is an annual Sports and Educational Event held in Santa Clarita, California. The...

Protect Against Cancer: Food as Medicine

 Cancer results from an imbalance in the body’s immune system where it cannot fight off tumors. There are many things a person can do to prevent cancer from getting to its full stage, and possibly making the body inhospitable to that cancer. Certain foods actually...

Heel Pain in Children

A common problem seen by podiatrists in active children is heel pain. This condition is commonly referred to as “Growing Pains” and is usually not treated. The most common diagnosis for this is Sever’s Disease. Sever’s Disease is an inflammation of the growth plate...

Alternatives to Dental Insurance

 There are many folks who are out there without dental insurance. Some are self-employed with just medical coverage but no dental coverage. Some employers do not provide dental insurance while they provide medical insurance. And some of us do not have any insurance at...

Does Charcoal Toothpaste Really Work?

 The use of charcoal toothpaste has been the rage all over social media now. A lot People swear by it claiming it can give you a whiter and brighter smile. Activated charcoal has been used for many things for thousands of years. Brushing with activated charcoal can...