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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.
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.”
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 about Complementary Medicine: Is It for You?
Probiotics are touted as a way to ensure good health – but what are they and should you be taking them? Probiotics are tiny living bacteria and yeasts that are found naturally in your body, mainly in your digestive system. Our bodies contain trillions of “good” or “helpful” and sometimes “bad” or “harmful” bacteria. Probiotics are considered the good guys and can help you stay healthy.
“Probiotics are particularly important for maintaining normal bowel function, good digestive and oral health and keeping the immune system strong,” says Bruce Eisendorf, M.D., a Palo Alto Medical Foundation family medicine doctor. Read More about Probiotics: Can They Improve Health?
Crawling, walking and talking are just a few of a child’s developmental milestones parents eagerly anticipate. But an overabundance of developmental details just a click away on the Internet and other parents touting their children’s advances can make parents anxious about their own child’s progress. So when should you be concerned? Brian Tang, M.D., a specialist in behavioral and developmental pediatrics at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers questions parents frequently ask about their child’s development. Read More about A Look at Early Child Development
Today, many people spend hours each day sitting in front of a computer screen. Once you get in the flow, you may not take a break for several hours. When you finally do turn away, your eyes may feel tired and perhaps your vision is a bit blurry.
“Digital eye strain is increasingly common,” says Marianne Ghatta, O.D., an optometrist with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “Many of my patients come in with eye strain and blurred vision, simply from staring at the computer for too long, too often.”