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Downey officials encourage pool safety

DOWNEY – In an effort to promote pool safety and help prevent child drownings this summer, the City of Downey has officially proclaimed July 14- July 20 as […]

Paging Dr. Frischer – Desk Jobs

For those of you who spend part or all of your day sitting at a desk, have you considered that you might be living a dangerous lifestyle? The […]

New anti-smoking campaign to air this summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching “hard-hitting ads” for its 2014 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign. Beginning July 7, these ads will run nationwide for […]

Men: take stock of your health

June is Men’s Health Month, a reminder for men to do the things that they generally don’t do as well as women: getting screened for conditions that, detected […]

Paging Dr. Frischer - Yawn

What is Bigfoot? Is there life on other planets? Let’s tackle another age-old mystery: Why do we yawn, and why is it so darn contagious? The average yawn […]

Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus

SANTA FE SPRINGS – Fires are not the only thing affecting public health this week. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed the first […]

Paging Dr. Frischer - Coconut water

A “new” beverage has started to show up everywhere – not only at my marathons and at health food stores, but also in practically every mainstream grocery store. […]

Kaiser hospital gets “A” grade

DOWNEY – Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, as well as the other 13 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California, received an “A” on the Hospital Safety Score from […]

Downey Adult School’s Pharmacy Technician program

Students from Downey Adult School’s Pharmacy Technician program volunteered at a prescription drug take-back event April 26 at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. The students helped collect 440 […]

Paging Dr. Frischer - Colonics

A long-time patient recently informed me that was going to have a colonic.  Lacking enough knowledge to offer advice, I simply told her to be cautious, use common […]

5K run at Rancho hospital Saturday

DOWNEY – Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is hosting its annual Roll Around the Ranch Health and Wellness Fair this Saturday, May 10, from 7:30 a.m. to […]

Some parents still decline measles vaccine

LOS ANGELES – The CDC estimates that vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the last 20 years, according to […]

PIH Health named one of nation’s top 100 hospitals

WHITTIER – PIH Health was recently named one of the nation’s 100 top hospitals for the second consecutive year by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information […]

Paging Dr. Frischer - Cellphones

It’s time to revisit a controversial subject…cellphones and our health. I last wrote on this topic in 2007, and disagreement over cellphone safety continues. In recent years a […]

Birth: in defense of delayed cord cutting

Waiting to cut the umbilical cord can result in a healthier baby, research shows.

Grateful hospital patient donates Hot Wheels collection

Fritz Filz donates nearly 500 Hot Wheels after hospital saves his life.

Paging Dr. Frischer - Medical facts and factoids

Let’s focus on ten more of those always fascinating medical facts and factoids.  Every day, my patients bring more to me.  Are they true or false? Is it […]

Mayor Fernando Vasquez and PIH Health

Mayor Fernando Vasquez hosted administrators from PIH Health this week. PIH officials said they plan to invest $22 million into the Downey hospital.   “As the largest industry […]

Paging Dr. Frischer - Cellulite

Today let’s look into a medical condition that is not harmful…except, perhaps, to the ego. It is by far most common among women. When looking in the mirror, […]

St. Francis opens STEMI center for heart attack patients

DOWNEY − St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC) announced the opening of its new STEMI Receiving Center at a press conference on March 4. This new service, which began […]