The sun is out and the heat is on. Proper hydration is critical for keeping cool and maintaining optimal health this summer. The human body consists of up to 75% water, or about 10 to 12 gallons, so replenishing your body’s water supply is the essential ingredient for proper body function.
If you remember having chicken pox as a child, as most of us baby boomers did in the days before a vaccine was available, you are at risk of developing shingles as an adult. That’s because the virus that causes chicken pox, herpes zoster, lies dormant in your nerve roots for the rest of your life. In most people, the virus remains dormant. But for others, the virus reactivates as shingles, causing a rash and intense pain.
By: Sarah Scher
As we transition into a new year, we look forward to expanded healthcare opportunities through continued federal and state implementation of Health Care Reform. Among the many changes created through the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 is the formalizing and incentivizing of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative defines a PCMH – also referred to as Patient Centered Health Home – as an approach to providing comprehensive primary care for children, youth and adults. The PCMH is a health care setting that facilitates partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians and, when appropriate, the patient’s family.
Starting With Five New Year’s Resolutions That Can Change Your Life
Submitted on behalf of the American Cancer Society by Elizabeth Monteadora
Keeping your New Year’s resolutions throughout the year is easier when you get support. The American Cancer Society – which provides free services and is creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays – offers many free resources to help Californians attain their New Year’s goals and change their life.
By James Cotter, MD, Physician in Charge, Napa Medical Offices
Santa is not the only one who puts on weight eating all those cookies during the holidays. It’s no myth that people pack on the pounds. Most of us have a tendency to overeat–going to holiday parties and enjoying eggnog and festive fare. We load our plates to the brim with all the holiday trimmings—appetizers, baked goods, mashed potatoes, candied yams, ham, stuffing, turkey smothered in gravy, and then loosen our belts to make room for the fruit cake, pumpkin pie, cookies, and other treats.
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