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Teaching Your Child Resilience

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Although parents naturally to want to protect their children from the ups and downs of life, it’s not always possible, especially as kids get older. Accordingly, one of the most important things you can do is to help your child develop the resilience, confidence and skills they need to handle problems and setbacks successfully. In this blog post, Manisha Panchal, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers these common questions and offers tips to help parents teach their kids how to stay healthy and balanced even when the going gets tough. Read More

Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer

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Colon cancer, also called colorectal cancer, this is a cancer that  begins in the colon (large intestine) or the rectum. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths. Most colorectal cancers start as abnormal growths in the lining of the colon or rectum called polyps. Over time, some polyps can turn into cancer.

Colorectal cancer is a largely a preventable type of cancer,” says Brennan Scott, M.D., Chair of Gastroenterology at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “We have tests that detect many different types of cancer, but colon cancer can be prevented by doing a screening test to find polyps and removing them before they have a chance to become cancerous.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at least 60 percent of deaths from colorectal cancer could be avoided by regular screening tests. At PAMF, the odds may be even better. New outcomes studies show that Dr. Scott and his team have surpassed national benchmarks for early tumor detection.

In this blog post, Dr. Scott answers common questions about colorectal cancer and explains how you can reduce your risk. Read More

What to Know About Heart Failure

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According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people in the United States have heart failure and that number is expected to rise to nearly 8 million in 2030. So what is heart failure and how can you avoid it?

“If you have heart failure, it means that your heart is unable to provide the support your body needs to function normally,” says Jared J. Herr, M.D., a cardiologist specializing in heart failure at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “It can’t keep up with pumping blood rich in nutrients and oxygen to all the organs in the body.” Read More

Naps: What’s Right for Your Child?

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Nap: these three letters together sound very sweet to most parents. “These daytime shut-eye sessions let your child process the learning and growth he or she is experiencing during the day and provide an important opportunity to rest and recuperate,” says Audrey Hall, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. Naps also ensure that your child doesn’t get overtired and cranky, and give parents chance to recharge their batteries, too. To determine your child’s optimal nap schedule, Dr. Hall offers these helpful tips.

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How Mindfulness Can Help at Work

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Many of us rush through the day with only a vague recollection of what breakfast or lunch tasted like, the daily commute, the many work projects and meetings just a blur. The result: stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. But you don’t need to feel powerless. Practicing mindfulness can help.

Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are experiencing right now with genuine interest and a willingness to accept that experience, says Kaveri S. Patel, D.O., a family medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “The health benefits are many. Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, and provides us with a sense of well-being and the ability to notice the joyful moments in life. It also helps us relate to each other from a kinder place, making work a more positive experience and giving us tools to better cope with challenges.” Read More

The Facts About Puberty

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Puberty – it’s a time of many changes for your child. While kids often struggle with the timing of physical changes as compared to their peers, parents may find the emotional changes to be the most challenging. “One minute your child is yearning for independence, the next he or she wants to be close to you. It’s a time of constant rebalancing,” says Robin Drucker, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In this blog post, Dr. Drucker answers common questions parents have about puberty.  Read More

Why Sleep Is So Important for Kids

sleepWhile sleeping children look peaceful and still, their brains actually hard at work processing everything they learned during the day and replenishing energy stores in preparation for the next day. “Children who get enough sleep feel great during the day, do better in school and tend to have fewer behavioral problems,” says Paul Protter, M.D., a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. In this blog post, Dr. Protter explains how you can support your child’s health by making sure he or she regularly gets sufficient quality sleep. Read More