Prevention & Wellness

Top Tips for Good Health


There are simple ways you can help keep your body and mind healthy. How many are you doing already? See these tips from Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) doctors for good health. It can be a checklist for you – or a conversation starter for you and your family – and your health care team, to determine goals and wellness steps that are specific to you.

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Tips for a Healthier Living Environment


With warnings about environmental hazards and harmful chemicals in the daily news, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by potential health threats. Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatrician Paul Protter, M.D., offers these simple steps you can take to help create a safer and healthier environment for your family.

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Give Yourself the Gift of Mindfulness

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Why give yourself the gift of mindfulness?

“Mindfulness invites you to notice when you’re being pulled into past regrets or future worries and return to where you actually are, in the present moment,” says Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., a psychologist who teaches mindfulness classes  at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the author of the book 50 Mindful Steps to Self-Esteem.”

“How often do we miss out on everyday events or special times because we’re daydreaming, obsessing, judging or worrying. Being aware of the present moment that mindfulness cultivates, shifts your focus from what’s wrong to what’s not wrong – one of the many “presents” of mindfulness.”

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Flu Facts and Fiction


Each year 5 to 20 percent of Americans get the flu (influenza) and more than 200,000 end up in hospital due to flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To stay healthy, the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receives a flu vaccine. However, when it comes to the flu, several myths and tales persist. Test your flu facts and fiction knowledge with this quiz from the CDC. Read More

When Depression Prompts Thoughts of Suicide


The recent death of actor Robin Williams is prompting many people to take a hard look at depression and suicide. Suicide rates among middle-age Americans – once the least likely age group to commit suicide – is rising sharply. In fact, the rate of suicide among people age 35-64 rose 28 percent between 1999 and 2010.

There are many theories: Baby Boomers facing retirement may be under financial stress. People may struggle to care for both aging parents and their children. Or they may be affected by the growing use of strong pain medicine for age-related conditions such as arthritis.

Meg Durbin, M.D., an Internal Medicine doctor and pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, offers these insights into depression, and tips on how to help someone at risk for suicide.

What puts someone at risk for suicide?
People who have a diagnosed mental disorder such as depression or bipolar disease are at higher risk of suicide. Substance abuse is also closely tied to suicidal thoughts, as is a family history of attempted or completed suicide. Suicide risk is also higher when someone has a serious medical history, prolonged pain and major life losses. The risk of suicide also increases in people who have a close association with another person’s suicide, and have access to the tools required to take their lives in a moment of despair. Read More

How to Prevent Common Foot Problems


Did you know one foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments? It does. We cram this intricate structure into a narrow shoe. We pound it running, jumping, or just by standing all day. Is it any surprise that most people have foot pain at some point in their lives?

“People go out and often buy expensive shoes, spending a lot of money,” says Jeffrey M. Gregori, DPM, a podiatrist at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “But we don’t really think about the health of our feet – until they hurt.”

Dr. Gregori has these tips for three of the most common foot problems: bunions, flat feet and plantar fasciitis.

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