Health advice and news from Sutter Health’s Northern California experts. The latest on fitness, nutrition, menopause, disease prevention and more.
You may have seen recent announcements that genetic testing is now available through some companies by simply submitting a saliva sample and receiving your own results – no doctor visits or insurance companies involved.
It’s a brave new world we are entering, where genetic markers and mutations may be able to identify a person’s tendency to develop certain diseases. Angelina Jolie’s discovery that she has a BRCA1 mutation, which indicates a high risk for breast and ovarian cancer, certainly raised public awareness of this topic.
It’s spring and the farmer’s market bounty has begun. Here are some ideas for using stone fruits - apricots, peaches, cherries, plums, nectarines – in interesting new ways.
• Stone fruits have a short season. For the freshest fruit, purchase from May to July.
• Can’t eat all the fruit now? Pit and halve stone fruit. Freeze in a single layer to avoid clumping then transfer into a freezer bag.
• Make a fruit salad with cut up stone fruit, part skim ricotta cheese, and chunks of avocado. Sprinkle with nuts and drizzle with olive oil.
The harmful effects of the sun on the skin have only become widely understood in recent years. For many, that means we realized too late the amount of damage we may have accumulated from time in the sun.
The good news is that while past damage can’t be undone, there are treatments that can minimize the signs of sun-damaged skin. Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular options. David White, M.D., and Heidi Kessis, MPA, PA-C of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Cosmetic Surgery Center explain more.
Couples who experience infertility and begin treatment face a host of physical and practical challenges - doctor appointments, procedures, and demanding schedules. They can also experience deep and profound stress and can end up feeling overwhelmed.
Janetti Marotta, Ph.D., works with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Fertility Program. Here, she offers thoughts and suggestions to deal with the mental and emotional strain that often accompanies infertility treatment.
Infertility represents a life-crisis and is typically experienced as the most stressful event yet encountered in life. Infertility impacts the most important areas of our lives: our relationships, our careers, our finances, even our sense of self.
Here are some more ways you can effectively reduce the impact of chronic stress on your body. Some of them are familiar – you have heard these tips before. But if you take their role in stress relief seriously, and you may finally be convinced of their overall benefits to your health.
Exercise has many, many health benefits and relieving the body of the effects of chronic stress is one of those benefits. So, what to do?
Increase your basic activity level every day, and reduce the amount of time you sit. You can do this in sneaky ways, like walking more around the office, finding the furthest parking space wherever you go, or standing while watching TV, folding laundry, etc.