Your Health

Your Health

Adults, Be Smart About Your Annual Physical

With the new year approaching, it's prime time to safeguard your health

Never underestimate the benefits of your annual checkup: It’s your chance as a patient to get one solid block of time alone with your doctor, when you can ask all the questions about your health that you’re wondering about and get a personalized care plan that can keep you healthy. According to some medical experts, those annual visits also improve the detection of early illness, which could help prevent complications down the line.

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Why Eating Out Can Pack On Pounds

U.S. restaurants routinely serve too much, study shows

Sit-down, takeout, drive-thru—no matter what kind of restaurant you like to frequent, it’s likely you’re eating too much when you go out, researchers say.

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Butternut Squash Soup Shooters

If you're looking for a large appetizer for your upcoming party, look no further then this soup recipe that feeds 35.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 to 6 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs, leaves removed    
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 cup stock
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives or roasted pepitas, for garnish

Directions

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Totally Tea

Everything newbies need to know to buy, brew and savor the global favorite 

It is the world’s most commonly quaffed beverage, trailing only plain water. It’s been hailed for centuries as a health wonder. But the novice tea drinker can be easily overwhelmed by the undertaking—what with the multitude of tea types, purported best brewing methods and general surplus of tea-related info to sift through.

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It's Crab Season!

Crab season, which marks the arrival of the holidays, is a treasured Bay Area tradition

Looking for new ways to savor the sweet meat of Dungeness crab? For inspiration, we turned to Allen Kuehn, owner and founder of the San Francisco Fish Company at the Ferry Building Marketplace, where the crab breakfast burrito is a top seller. Read on for Kuehn’s tips for making the most of San Francisco’s crab season, which lasts through June.

What’s your favorite way to prepare Dungeness crab?

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Butt Out!

If you’re motivated to stop your cigarette habit, here’s how to start

It’s never too late to quit smoking. No matter how long you’ve smoked, or your age when you decide to quit, you will be doing yourself—and those around you—an enormous favor when you do. 

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In Good Hands: Prenatal Visits

Congratulations! Now that you’re pregnant, you’ll be seeing your OB/GYN regularly. Here’s what to expect at your routine checkups.

The First Visit

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Family Medicine Cabinet

A round-up of suggested items to have on hand to keep you and your children healthy

  • Digital thermometer - Especially important if you have a baby; for infants, a rectal reading is the most accurate.
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Antibiotic ointment for cuts and scrapes - Toss the tube and buy a new one if it touches an infected cut.
  • Scissors - One sharp pair plus a pair of safety manicure scissors.
  • Tweezers for removing ticks and splinters.
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Stay Healthy During Menopause

Simple tips to help you feel at your best

Menopause, the permanent end of a woman’s periods, can have an upside for your overall well-being, experts say. The onset of menopause is a perfect time “to take stock and determine where you’re at in terms of your health,” says Margery Gass, M.D., executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS).

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Is Laughter Good Medicine?

Nearly every study on the connection between laughter and health has shown at least some positive results, according to an exhaustive study of the medical literature published in Canadian Family Physician. Laughter is a documented remedy for stress relief, but researchers are also exploring some other unexpected effects. For example, laughter may:
    •    Boost immunity. Some studies have shown that using humor may boost the body’s levels of infection-fighting antibodies and immune cells.

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