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Pinterest Pin ItHelping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Helping Your Baby Get the Best Start Possible

Posted on 02/01/2016  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Nearly one baby out of every 33 U.S. births arrives in this world with a birth defect. Birth defects can impact almost any body part, affect how a body part looks and/or functions, and can affect your baby’s life span. In fact, birth defects account for 20 percent of all infant deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although not all birth defects can be prevented, you can increase the chances of having a healthy baby by planning ahead and adopting certain habits during the nine months you carry your child. We spoke with San Francisco obstetrician Tirun Gopal, M.D., of California Pacific Medical Center, to learn more about what you can do to prevent birth defects and have the healthiest pregnancy possible.


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Pinterest Pin ItThe Party’s Over?

The Party’s Over?

Posted on 11/19/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Just days before Halloween, foodies got bad news that was neither a trick nor a treat.

The World Health Organization’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), classified eating red meat – beef, veal, pork, lamb – as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” This new classification puts steak and pork chops in Group 2A, the same group as inorganic lead compounds and malaria.


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Pinterest Pin ItOne Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

One Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 11/17/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million Americans and is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that damages the brain, causes mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The disease gets worse over time, and there are no treatments to prevent it or reverse it. But Sutter researchers may have discovered a way to slow down its onset through an innovative clinical trial using blood plasma infusions.

Sutter Institute of Medical Research conducted a study – in partnership with Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Neuroradiology – that investigated the effects of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions administered during the pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Pinterest Pin ItNew Mammogram Guidelines: What You Should Know

New Mammogram Guidelines: What You Should Know

Posted on 10/27/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

If you’re confused about when you should start getting mammograms, you’re not alone. The American Cancer Society’s new guidelines recommend women begin having mammograms at the age of 45. However, this doesn’t align with the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s recommendation of 50 years old or the American College of Radiology’s recommendation of 40 years old.


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Pinterest Pin ItGenetic Research and Cancer - A Promising Future

Genetic Research and Cancer - A Promising Future

Posted on 10/22/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

There is a growing public awareness that our genes may play a role in determining whether or not we develop cancer. Angelina Jolie’s very public announcement that she carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, and that she had prophylactic surgeries to reduce her cancer risk, made the genetic risk of cancer something personal, understandable, and frightening for many women.

What should you know about genetics and cancer risk?

We talked with three genetics experts at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation about this rapidly evolving field of medicine.


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