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 these symptoms, many women are hesitant to start hormone replacement […] Read More

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 use for energy. The pancreas, an organ that lies near […] Read More

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 before you can feel a lump, breast self-exams help you […] Read More

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 the flu. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for […] Read More

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 Cancer Center We invite you to join the following distinguished […] Read More

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 pediatrician’s office, but for many of us, there has been […] Read More

Coping with Early Pregnancy Loss

Miscarriage, or early pregnancy loss, is defined as a pregnancy that ends on its own within the first 20 weeks of gestation. One of the most common forms of miscarriage is called a “missed miscarriage”. This relates to the fact that it is often discovered early in pregnancy without any obvious symptoms of loss. Other times, bleeding and cramping in early pregnancy can be a […] Read More

Postpartum Changes

Some of the most significant changes that can happen to a woman’s body are associated with pregnancy and the birth experience.  After delivery of a child, whether it is a vaginal birth or by cesarean section, a new mother can expect a range of physical and psychological changes. This article is intended to provide some general information regarding what is normal and some basic strategies […] Read More

World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week will be held this year from April 24th-30th. This year’s global campaign focuses on closing the immunization gap and reaching equity in immunization levels by providing universal access to vaccines. Here in the United States, we are lucky to have access to life saving vaccines – many of which are covered by insurance. Many routine immunizations are administered during childhood, and most […] Read More

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer, more commonly referred to as colon cancer, is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the United States. On average, the lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about one in 20 (5%), but individual risk can vary widely according to your age and family history. Over 90% of new colon cancer diagnoses occur in individuals over the age of 50, […] Read More


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