We are already seeing an increase in upper-respiratory and other types of illnesses this fall. With the start of flu season, it is important to remember how to best protect yourself from the illness and avoid spreading the disease.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others. Use your best judgment – if you feel too sick to work, you probably are. Stay home and rest to avoid spreading the illness to others and give yourself a chance to heal. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of promptly. Wash your hands frequently... Read More
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What is this new term “breast awareness”? As providers, we use this term as a way to communicate to women the importance of a broader awareness of breast health, that goes beyond the traditional monthly breast self-exam and a yearly mammogram.
Breast awareness begins with knowing your family history. Asking relatives including grandmothers, mothers, aunts, fathers, and others about their cancer history. Some cancers that are not breast cancer can be associated with an increased risk, so knowing your greater family history is important. Remember that history changes as we age, so... Read More
With the start of the new school year comes the exciting time for our children to also participate in school sports activities. Ensuring they can participate safely is important!
Did you know that an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma? For many people, exercise triggers asthma symptoms, which is referred to as “exercise induced bronchoconstriction” (EIB).
It’s always a joy to meet a newly pregnant mother (and of course her family) and to embark on the greatest of journeys as her doctor.
What I want to focus on is the pre-pregnancy time frame, during which many topics are important, but I’ll focus on a few that seem to come up frequently.Travel
Zika has been in the headlines and for good reason. Due to the nature of the infection, it is important for women and for the father of the baby to not travel to an area where there is known transmission. If travel cannot be avoided, the use of DEET and other anti-mosquito strategies... Read More
Did you know that it’s National Famer’s Market Week? Make it a point to get out doors with the family and explore the beautiful bounty of the Pacific Northwest.Fresh fruit and vegetables are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients.
People who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health and maintenance of your body.It's a great way to get your kids involved.
Let them pick out something new to try, then they can help prepare a meal or snack using these... Read More
It has been a beautiful summer in the Pacific Northwest, more than 45 days of sunshine! But, as the weekend nears with high heat advisory warnings and the sudden influx of forest fire smoke, it’s important to keep in mind that weather can be dangerous if the proper precautions aren’t taken.Be safe in the heat Don’t leave a person or animal in a parked car.
Temperatures within a vehicle rise within minutes and can reach more than 150 degrees on a hot day.Drink more water.
We dehydrate quicker in warmer weather. Have plenty of fresh, cool water to cool yourself down and... Read More
Researchers asked study participants to increase their consumption of water from five to 10 cups a day, subjects felt calmer and more satisfied with their life.#2 — Faster healing
Dehydration can delay the recovery process. Water improves the microvascular circulation in your skin.#3 — Lower stroke risk
A study from Johns Hopkins Hospital stated that people who had suffered a stroke, 44 percent were dehydrated. Dehydration may cause your blood to thicken and have a harder time passing through blood vessels.#4 — Better workout
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Did you know that the State of Washington requires children in grade 6 and up to have a sports physical prior to participating in new sports activity or season? Sports physicals help to determine whether it is safe for a child or adolescent to participate in vigorous or competitive physical activity. With the first day of school less than 2 months away, I encourage my families to get their children in for an exam at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the sports season. This allows enough time for a follow-up on health issues that may be identified during the physical.
Together we... Read More
Have you ever wanted to go back in time and not give your child their first taste of candy? Or perhaps you wished you didn’t show your child their first episode of “Thomas the Tank Engine?” As parents, we know that a treat or indulgence we’re excited to share, can end up becoming the bane of our existence and the never-ending pleas for ‘just one more’ becomes routine.
Imagine that kind of regret, but multiple it by a really big number, and that’s what can happen when parents give their child their first smartphone without laying out a clear set of rules and expectations. We must do... Read More
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