Posts made in June, 2011

Tips to Select a Primary Care Doctor

Selecting a good primary care physician is one of the best things you can do for your health. Think of your primary care physician as a partner focused on keeping you healthy for life. This is the person who knows your personal health history and schedules routine screening tests that frequently help prevent and detect diseases such as heart attack, cancer and diabetes.

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Computers and Eye Strain

As computers become part of our everyday lives, more and more people are experiencing a variety of ocular (eye) symptoms related to computer use. These include eyestrain, tired eyes, irritation, redness, blurred vision, and double vision – collectively referred to as computer vision syndrome. The visual effects of various display characteristics such as lighting, glare, display quality, refresh rates, and radiation affect how your eyes feel. Offices tend to keep the humidity low to protect the computers, however the dry air irritates the eyes. Indeed, the major contributor to computer vision syndrome symptoms by far appears to be dry eye.

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Tips for a Healthy Summer

Summer equals fun – whether it’s a trip to the beach, a hike among soaring redwoods or firing up the barbecue with friends in your backyard. In this blog post, Terry Hollenbeck, M.D., from PAMF’s Scotts Valley Urgent Care Department, shares his top tips for staying healthy and safe while enjoying your favorite summer activities.

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Cancer Tests for Men

According to the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries statistics, men are more likely than women to develop cancer. In addition, men face a higher risk of dying from cancer than women.

Despite this, studies show that men are less likely than women to get routine preventive care, including cancer screening. June is national Men’s Health Month and a perfect time to raise awareness about cancer in men.

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Save Lives – Give Blood This Year!


PAMF employees donate at blood drives.

There is no substitute for human blood.  Much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.  Every three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion.  Whether it’s a premature infant, a child being treated for cancer, a father injured in a serious car accident, or an elderly woman needing heart surgery, everyday, hundreds of people in our communities need blood.

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