5 Tips for the Best New Year
You know the old saying, “New Year, New You.” Every year, we promise ourselves we’ll stick to a new diet or find that dream job we’ve been searching for.
We’ve been wondering though, why is there so much pressure to come up with one big resolution? While we encourage goal setting, we prefer the idea of embracing little adjustments for a more lasting and less stressful life change.
Food to Family: Your Game Plan for Healthy Holidays
The holidays are already at our doorstep and it feels like we just took down last year’s decorations. Whether you’ll be waiting on Santa for Christmas, lighting the menorah for Hannukah, preparing that hearty Kwanzaa feast, or any other celebration, see some helpful tips on how to plan ahead for a healthy, safe, and stress-free holiday.
Prep Safe Food
The CDC says that one in six Americans get a foodborne illness each year and 128,000 are hospitalized. When preparing the meal, remember the four Cs: cleaning, cooking, chilling, and cross-contamination to ensure that you’re not unsuspectingly contributing to food poisoning.
Safe food also extends to allergies, as up to 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies. A table full of food can be deadly for those who are unsuspecting, especially when it comes to children. So be sure to ask your guests beforehand if you should make any special arrangements. When cooking with dietary concerns in mind, be sure to clean all surfaces and utensils so that there’s no cross-contamination.
Avoiding the Holiday Blues
It’s that time of year again and while you've done all the list-making and party-hopping, you're still finding yourself coping with feelings of sadness or loneliness. You're not alone. For many, the "season of joy" can feel like quite the opposite.
Research suggests that the holidays are a sure-fire trigger for symptoms of depression and anxiety. Take a look at some physical and psychological triggers, and suggestions for dealing with the not-so-merry holiday blues.
Holiday Blues or Depression?
First and foremost, it’s imperative to be able to tell the difference between a case of the holiday blues and a serious problem, and seek professional medical care when it’s truly needed.
Giving Improves Your Health
‘Tis the season to be jolly and it’s also a great opportunity to share that jolliness with others. You probably already knew this, but what you might not know, is that the act of giving back has a tangible, long-lasting impact on your physical and mental health.
Incredible, right? We thought so too. So we compiled a list of some scientifically-proven ways that aiding your community also improves your wellbeing, as well as some info and resources so you can get started right now.
Q & A: Virtual Visits 101
Sometimes, you’re just too sick to leave your bed, or too busy to leave your office. We get it. That’s why instead of having to come into one of our clinics, you can have a doctor’s appointment from the comfort of your phone or computer
Virtual Visits are part of our Your Care, Your Choice program, which offers three convenient ways to access the care you need, when you need it most. We also offer four Bay Area clinic locations andMobile Urgent Care, where our providers come to you!
How do Virtual Visits work?
We offer two types of virtual visits: Direct Virtual Consults and Direct Virtual Video Visits. During each type of visit, you can see or speak with a provider remotely through our secure, HIPAA compliant smartphone app or live video conference. Our staff is here to guide you through the process of registering and downloading what you’ll need for your visit.
If you have any questions, we’ll answer them. If you need medicine, we’ll send an electronic prescription to the pharmacy of your choice so you can pick it up without waiting.
Q & A: What’s the Deal with Mobile Urgent Care?
If you’re feeling under the weather and you can’t make it in to a clinic (or simply don’t feel like it), you can get the same medical care from the comfort of your own home. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions about how our Mobile Urgent Care or Mobile Home/Office Calls program works, and contact us today to schedule your appointment.
How does Mobile Urgent Care work?
Our system is simple. If you’re ready for a clinician to come visit you, call us or visit our website to schedule your appointment. In addition to your home, we can come to your office if you’re sick or injured at work or to your hotel if you are feeling ill on a vacation or business trip in the Bay Area.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. For most, it’s a hectic time that’s loaded with stress and activities, but it’s all well worth it for the invaluable family, fun, and food to be shared with loved ones.Did we mention the food?
However, for some of us, Thanksgiving also means a trip to the urgent care or hospital. Here’s a look at the Top 5 most common injuries and illnesses of the season, with tips on how to avoid them and keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this month.
The holidays are fast approaching! This season has many meanings to many different people. Some may hate the season, while some see it as a magical smorgasbord of food, fun, and family. However, a common sentiment is excitement with latent dread for the stress – and weight gain – that the season entails. With some proper planning and willpower, you can have your pecan pie and eat it too. Take a look at some key tips to keep in mind so that your mind and body can stay as healthy as they are the rest of the year.
You and Food Can Peacefully Coexist
Let’s not lie to ourselves: the holidays typically involve us gathering around with our loved ones, sitting or lying around, and eating. There’s nothing wrong with this, as long as we’re focused on maintaining balance. There are little ways each day that you can avoid the food coma and combat holiday weight gain.
Especially now that the holidays are around the corner, it’s easy to become bombarded by the stress of daily life. In some cases, we become completely mentally and emotionally exhausted, or feel like we’ve reached our boiling point. This is especially true for those whose stress is ingrained into their daily fabric, via scenarios like fast-paced, overworking jobs or prolonged personal issues to deal with on a daily basis. Each person is unique and there’s no magical way to wipe everyone’s mental slate clean to a brighter, simpler state of being. However, there are some simple daily steps we can take to help ease the pressure and set ourselves up to rise above stressful situations and people.
The clocks go back one hour this Sunday. To some, it’s a joyous event in which the universe has bestowed upon you one extra hour to roll around in your warm, fluffy bed. To others, this can still be a cause of stress for a number of reasons.
Fret not: Here are some steps you can take starting now to help your body adjust to the shift in your sleep cycle, as well as some “best practices” for all year round.
1. First Thing’s First – Stop Worrying
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you that stress negatively impacts your health. Unfortunately, in many cases, we’re our own worst enemies when it comes to freaking ourselves out unnecessarily. We know that this might be a stressful time, but cut yourself a break. Remember: You’ve surely survived much more drastic blows to your sleep cycle.
The Real Secret to Boosting Your Immune System
As you walk through a health store, pharmacy, or even while browsing the web, you’ll likely find a number of pills and potions claiming to boost your immune system. Some are expensive, others not so much. Well, we have good news and bad news: yes, there are certainly steps you can take to help keep your immune system strong and healthy. But no, there isn’t any magic elixir that will do the work for you.
The bottom line: Treat your body well with a nutritious diet, regular exercise, good sleep, and low stress. Get vaccinated to fend off serious threats like the flu, tetanus, and HPV.
If you make a mind-ful effort to live a healthy lifestyle, your immune system – and the rest of your body will thank you!
Fall is in full swing, and so are the seasonal joys it brings: sweaters, changing leaves, pumpkin spice everything – just to name a few. While fall is a refreshing time for many of us, we’re also familiar with its risks. As temperatures drop and we spend more time indoors, germs are a looming threat.
But you don’t have to let them beat you. Take a look at 10 tips to battle cold and flu season, so you can keep your summertime health.
The United States experiences an epidemic of influenza during certain seasons every year. The number of influenza cases generally rises between October and May, so this period is known as “flu season.”
While flu season is something that most people know about, not everyone understands just how dangerous it can be. Deaths from the flu can be difficult to track, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that anywhere between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from the virus or complications caused by the illness every year. Influenza is also highly contagious, even when treated promptly. An estimated 111 million workdays are missed each year because of the flu.
The Zika virus was first discovered in Brazil in April 2015. Since then, the virus has spread across the Americas and to other parts of the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika fever an epidemic in January of this year. Most recently, a man returning to the US from Venezuela was discovered to have spread the virus to his sexual partner—a rare case which has puzzled researchers. It is still unclear whether Zika causes microcephaly (reduced head size) in newborn infants, but public health officials suspect there is a strong correlation. The virus is poorly understood, however, and a potential vaccine is still far off. Here’s what we know so far.
Let’s discuss the management of cuts and scrapes. As an Emergency Department and Urgent Care physician, I manage and deal with horrible lacerations all the time. Here are some high yield facts to be aware of:
The location of the laceration is one of the most important factors when the DUC clinician decides whether it is safe to stitch or glue your wound closed. Believe it or not, closing cuts often INCREASES infection rates especially if the wound is old. The risk for infection increases as you go from the head/body toward the ends of your fingers and toes. We can usually safely close facial lacerations up to 24 hours or more after the injury while cuts to the fingers might need to be left open if more than 6-12 hours old.
First, some big announcements....
After 2.5 years of serving our Berkeley clients, we are now open in Mountain View. And, Oakland is due to open in the next few weeks. We are particularly excited about Oakland because the Berkeley clinic is not large enough. The Oakland site is over double the size with more rooms and the conference space we need to hold meetings and lectures.
Let’s talk about seasonal allergies....
According to the CDC, nearly 20 million Americans contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every year. Over half of new cases occur in young people, many who don’t know they have infections because they’ve never been screened. Commonly spread STIs like chlamydia and gonorrhea often present no symptoms, which is why public health officials recommend that sexually active people get regular STI tests even in the absence of symptoms. STI tests are available at urgent care centers, hospitals and public clinics like Planned Parenthood. So what can you do to keep yourself safe?
Prevention is the Key
Responding to a burn or scald depends on the cause, severity and duration of heat exposure. Some burns can be treated at home, while others require immediate medical attention. And to confuse things even further, the pain you feel doesn’t always correlate to how serious the burn is. In fact, severe third–degree burns are often painless because the pain receptors themselves have been destroyed. So what do you do? Fortunately, the initial steps for treating burns and scalds are basically the same: stop the burn, cool the burn and treat the pain. You can go to Urgent Care for first–degree burns and most second–degree burns, but third–degree burns should be treated in the Emergency Room.