Prevention & Wellness

How Mindfulness Can Help at Work


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

Get Vaccinated for Best Flu Protection


A high fever, aches all over, a severe cough and sore throat – these are some of the uncomfortable symptoms of the flu that may last for days. The flu can make you feel miserable, but that’s not all. Highly contagious, the flu can lead to pneumonia, ear and sinus infections, dehydration, hospitalization and even death. It’s particularly dangerous to babies, young children, pregnant women and the elderly, as well as people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Nobody wants to get the flu – so how can you protect yourself and your family?

“The single best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is to get vaccinated every year,” says Charles Weiss, M.D., MPH, chair of PAMF’s Infectious Diseases Committee. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination.” Read More

Is It Depression or Just the Blues?



Feeling sad on occasion is a normal part of life, but how do you know when a blue mood has crossed into depression?

“Depression is a very common condition, especially in women,” Kimberly Jong, M.D., a Palo Alto Medical Foundation internal medicine physician, says. “One in five women will have depression at some point in their lives.”

Symptoms of depression include low mood, sleep deficit or excessive sleep, lethargy and fatigue, loss of interest in usual activities, inability to concentrate and feelings of worthlessness or guilt. The key to knowing the difference between the normal ups and downs of life and clinical depression is persistence of symptoms. The technical diagnosis for depression is when symptoms last longer than two weeks. Read More

Tips for Good Health at Every Age


Although there may not be a fountain of youth, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your chances for a long, healthy life.

Follow this expert advice from our Palo Alto Medical Foundation primary care doctors to do the best for your health at each life stage. Read More

Heart Disease: What to Know

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Despite its prevalence in our society, heart disease myths persist. One of the biggest heart disease myths is that it strikes only men and older adults. In fact, heart disease is also the No. 1 killer of women and it’s more deadly for women than all kinds of cancer combined.

Yet, “it’s been drilled into our culture that heart disease is a male disease,” Tania Nanevicz, M.D.,  a cardiologist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation says. “So women themselves don’t always recognize what’s happening.”

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Complementary Medicine: Is It for You?


Complementary medicine is used together with mainstream medical care. An example, according to the National Institutes of Health, is using acupuncture to help with side effects of cancer treatment. When health care providers and facilities offer both types of care, it is called integrative medicine.

Complementary medicine is growing in the U.S. Americans spend about $34 billion annually on treatments such as acupuncture and herbal supplements, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics. Read More