January: Cervical Health Awareness Month

Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But over the last 30 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50%. The main reason for this change is the increased use of screening tests. Screening can find changes in the cervix before […]

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The Health Benefits of Laughter

Laughter is a key component of a happy life, and it has powerful physical and mental benefits. No matter what you’re facing, you can learn to laugh and benefit from its healing ways. Funny movies, sitcoms, cute toddlers, and a good friend’s jokes can all offer one of the most powerful, natural stress relievers out there: laughter. […]

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The Smoke and Mirrors of Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an incredible journey through one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. Though no one argues how miraculous pregnancy is, I still hear of women fearing the physical changes that happen during pregnancy: ● Getting fat ● Forming a diastasis recti ● Getting fat ● Butt getting big ● Getting fat […]

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Your Health During Menopause

Plummeting estrogen levels can change your health in surprising ways. Find out more to be better prepared for menopause. When menopause sets in and estrogen levels go into decline, the imperviousness of your bones, heart, energy levels, and libido goes down, too. And while replacing estrogen and/or progesterone with synthetic hormones can alleviate some of […]

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November is American Diabetes Month: Diabetes & Pregnancy

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. How much do you know about diabetes during pregnancy? Check your knowledge below! Diabetes can affect women during their childbearing years. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose (blood sugar) levels are above normal. Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

Once A Month Adult women of all ages are encouraged to perform breast self-exams at least once a month.  Johns Hopkins Medical center states, “Forty percent of diagnosed breast cancers are detected by women who feel a lump, so establishing a regular breast self-exam is very important.” While mammograms can help you to detect cancer […]

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2017 Flu Season Update

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses, and is characterized by symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle/body aches, headaches, and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea. Receiving the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and your community from […]

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Your baby’s kidneys: Hydronephrosis/Pelviectasis

A common source of stress and anxiety in pregnancy is an abnormal finding on a prenatal ultrasound examination. One of the more common findings we deal with is dilatation of the renal collecting system, or hydronephrosis, in the fetus. Hydronephrosis is seen in 1-4% of all pregnancies and occurs more commonly in males. As part […]

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Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improves Outcomes – A UCSF Event

You Are Invited! Considering BRCA Genes: Knowledge Improved Outcomes UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Byers Auditorium, Genentech Hall, 600 16th Street San Francisco, CA Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. Parking is located at the Community Center Garage at 1675 Owens Street Presented by UCSF Imaging and the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive […]

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Primary Care Highlight: Discover Health

From the moment of birth, our children are scheduled for frequent check-ups with a pediatrician who weighs, measures and examines from head-to-toe.  As children get older, visit intervals increase from months to twice yearly, to preventative well-visits just once a year. But what happens when we enter adulthood? We all remember when we outgrew our […]

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