Your Health

Your Health

Keep Safe on July 4

What would July 4 be without a great fireworks show?

It might be tempting to celebrate with your own fireworks at home, but doing so can be dangerous and is against the law in most Bay Area cities. Additionally, high winds and dry weather are a bad combination and can lead to dangerous and destructive fires. 

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June is National Men's Health Month

June is National Men's Health Month. And while it is valuable to observe a health awareness month so that we remember the importance of good health for men, it's easy to practice healthy habits throughout the year. Here are a few tips that can do wonders to lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and weight.

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Summer Sun Lifts Your Spirits, but Don't Forget the Sunblock!

Summer is here!  Time at the beach or pool with family and friends always guarantees a good time – but don't forget the sunblock!

Too much sun is, of course, damaging and a main cause of skin cancer. However, without sun, our bodies have hard time producing Vitamin D. Both Vitamin D and sunlight have profoundly positive effects on our bodies.

So what do we do? Like with most things, moderation is the answer. Enjoying the sun safely this summer is a fun way to:

Lift your spirits

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Walk the Talk

Literally speaking, an awful lot of folks are making great strides nowadays and with good reason. Simple as it is to do, walking has a significant pay­off. Brisk walking is considered to be moderate-intensity activity, and “if done on a regular basis, it’s known to provide health benefits, in terms of prevention of chronic diseases and weight management,” says Patty Freedson, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst professor and chair of kinesiology and member of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Hospice Program Provides Support

Brown & Toland has developed a hospice program to raise awareness of the benefits of hospice and to help patients and their families better understand hospice’s holistic model of care when appropriate, during end-of-life care planning. 

Hospice is often a misunderstood and potentially frightening concept for many because it is associated with end-of-life,” said Susan Huang, M.D., medical director at Brown & Toland. “But many do not understand the benefits of hospice and how it can help patients and families.”

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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

Ingredients

  • 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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