Your Health

Your Health

Use Medications Safely

Are you among the U.S. adults who take at least one medication or those who take five or more? 

Experts call them “adverse drug events”—when someone has been harmed by a medicine—and they’re a serious public health problem. These mishaps account for an estimated 1 million visits to U.S. emergency departments each year and 125,000 hospitalizations. To help you use your medications safely, here are a few simple tips:

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Pecan-Crusted Salmon with Wild Rice


  • 1 cup wild rice

  • 2 cups water

  • ¾ cup pecan pieces (raw)

  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill

  • 2¾ teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste, divided

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (approximately 1-inch thick)

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 lemon wedges, for garnish


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From A to ZZZZZs

Top tips for getting a good night’s sleep

About 10 percent Americans experience frequent or extended bouts of insomnia every year. If you’re among them, you probably know the vicious cycle of anxiety that lack of sleep can create: The more you worry about it, the harder it is to sleep.

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Power Eating for Kids

Regular family meals can reduce children’s risks for nutritional problems

Gathering together for a meal can give the modern family an opportunity for some quality time and a break from the rush and frenzy of life in the fast lane. Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have documented more tangible benefits. 

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Spice It Up!

Bay Area locations make it easy to add herbs and spices to your diet

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March is National Nutrition Month; Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

What is “good nutrition”? And how do you know you’re getting what you need?

March is National Nutrition Month, and is a good time to assess your nutritional habits for ways to improve. Nutrition is “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.” However, good nutrition means getting the proper amount of nutrients to achieve optimum health, which is a key to lowering your risk of chronic disease.

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Spiced Winter Fruit Compote with Raisin Balsamic Syrup


Fruit Compote

  • 1 medium sweet apple peeled, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 slightly firm pears peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup black or golden California raisins
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/2 cup spiced cider


  • 1/2 cup raisins black or golden
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • water to thin if needed


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“Weigh” More Than a Number

Everyone has had negative thoughts about his or her body at some point. Male or female, young or old, short or tall, we’ve all felt the occasional insecurities. Society tends to emphasize the number on a scale rather than how we feel. However, a healthy (or unhealthy) weight is unique to every person and can involve many factors.

First, let’s look at a few key components of healthy weight. This trio, when we make them habits, can effect gradual, lasting change:

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For Women: A Heart-to-Heart Talk

Knowledge about gender differences in heart disease can help you protect your health 

When you think about the steps that women can take to safeguard their health, which ones come to mind? Mammograms? Pap smears?

As important as those tests are, thinking about your ticker is just as crucial. “It’s a common misconception that cancer is the most serious problem for women to worry about, but heart disease is the No. 1 killer in America,” says cardiologist Peter Hui, M.D., a cardiologist and Brown & Toland physician with the California Pacific Medical Center. 

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