Your Health

Your Health

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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Sweet Potato Pie

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without a great dessert to accompany that turkey.

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Flu Fighter

Protect yourself and your family from the flu. 

Far from being just a cold on steroids, the flu is a virus that kills thousands of people a year in the United States. In fact, the greatest modern disease pandemic was caused by a flu that wiped out a third of the world’s population. While that event represents the worst-case scenario, it’s always smart to guard against catching this disease.

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Myth vs. Fact: Stress Causes Gray Hair

Legend has it that stress caused Marie Antoinette’s hair to turn white the night before she took that fateful march to the guillotine in Paris in 1793. 

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The Empowered Patient

Knowledge, as they say, is power. This is certainly true when it comes to health. It’s not only healthcare professionals who need to stay in the know. Patients, too, can and should arm themselves with knowledge as a way of becoming more proactive about their own care. An increasing number of people are doing so.

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