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It’s that time of year. Darker and often wetter days, especially in the Pacific Northwest, lead to seasonal mood swings. Here’s how to cope:Stay Active. Keep moving. Exercise helps all. Get Outside. Step into the daylight, breathe in the fresh air. You can feel confined to your space during the winter. Avoid alcohol & Don’t overindulge. When you indulge it can be harder to check in with your internal self. Make time for the important things like being together and enjoying the moment. Be present. Try to notice 5 new things each day and say them aloud to yourself. Turn on the... Read More
These four simple, regular activities can help to keep your brain active and young. It doesn’t matter your age.Exercise Keep active. Go on a walk. Stay Social – Go out and see friends and visit with your family. Read more Play memory games such as crossword puzzles, sudoku, and puzzles. Practice things to keep your mind active as you age. Keeping Your Brain Young - Sharon Stowe, Behavioral Health Video of Keeping Your Brain Young - Sharon Stowe, Behavioral Health
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Hoarseness is a very common problem and refers to abnormal voice changes. Hoarseness is a symptom, not a disease and one-third of the US population experiences this symptom at some point in their lives. Hoarseness is more common in those with significant voice strains, such as construction workers, teachers and telephone operators. All ages can be affected, from newborns to seniors. Women are typically affected more often than men. If you are experiencing hoarseness, you should see a healthcare provider for evaluation and care, whether medical or surgical.
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As most allergy sufferers will tell you, allergy symptoms can always be bothersome, turning any time of year into sneezing season. A runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat can arise as the days get shorter and the leaves begin to change.
The fall can be especially difficult for people who are sensitive to mold and ragweed pollen (more prevalent in Eastern Washington). But these seasonal elements aren’t the only triggers that can make symptoms worse this time of year. There are also a few lesser known triggers. Here are four things you might not know about fall allergies,... Read More
We are already seeing an increase in upper-respiratory and other types of illnesses this fall. With the start of flu season, it is important to remember how to best protect yourself from the illness and avoid spreading the disease.Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others. Use your best judgment – if you feel too sick to work, you probably are. Stay home and rest to avoid spreading the illness to others and give yourself a chance to heal. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of promptly. Wash your hands frequently... Read More
What is this new term “breast awareness”? As providers, we use this term as a way to communicate to women the importance of a broader awareness of breast health, that goes beyond the traditional monthly breast self-exam and a yearly mammogram.
Breast awareness begins with knowing your family history. Asking relatives including grandmothers, mothers, aunts, fathers, and others about their cancer history. Some cancers that are not breast cancer can be associated with an increased risk, so knowing your greater family history is important. Remember that history changes as we age, so... Read More
With the start of the new school year comes the exciting time for our children to also participate in school sports activities. Ensuring they can participate safely is important!
Did you know that an estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma? For many people, exercise triggers asthma symptoms, which is referred to as “exercise induced bronchoconstriction” (EIB).
It’s always a joy to meet a newly pregnant mother (and of course her family) and to embark on the greatest of journeys as her doctor.
What I want to focus on is the pre-pregnancy time frame, during which many topics are important, but I’ll focus on a few that seem to come up frequently.Travel
Zika has been in the headlines and for good reason. Due to the nature of the infection, it is important for women and for the father of the baby to not travel to an area where there is known transmission. If travel cannot be avoided, the use of DEET and other anti-mosquito strategies... Read More
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