It’s that time of year again: the days are shorter, the air is colder, and snow is on the ground. Another winter in Tacoma, WA! As the seasons change from fall to winter, flu season begins to peak. In fact, flu season is at it’s height between December and March. But what can you do to protect yourself from the flu? Primary Care Northwest has a few suggestions:
Get a flu vaccine
Getting an annual flu vaccine is the best way to protect you and your family from catching the flu. Not only does the flu vaccination prevent the flu, but it will keep you from missing too much work or school. The more people that get vaccinated, the more people that will be protected from the flu, thus slowing down the spread of the virus.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick…and stay home if you’re feeling under the weather!
Obviously, if someone isn’t feeling well, you don’t want to expose yourself to those germs. Protect your immune system by limiting contact with those who have contracted the flu. And if you’re the one not feeling well, stay home! It’s important to contain germs when you’re sick to avoid spreading them to other people in your house, office, or elsewhere.
Wash your hands
It’s very important to keep your hands clean! Germs are transmitted both through the air and by physical contact. These germs infect us when our contaminated hands touch more vulnerable parts of our bodies, including eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid touching these areas during flu season, and if you do touch these areas, be sure to wash your hands first!
Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing
If you catch a cold and have lots of sneezing and coughing, be sure to cover your mouth! This is prevent the spread of germs through the air and keep others around you from getting sick. The best way to contain your sneeze or cough is to do it in the crux of your arm by the elbow, or cover up with a tissue.
Observe a healthy lifestyle
It’s no surprise that one of the best ways to beat the flu is to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to get plenty of sleep each night, drink plenty of water, and eat lots of fruit and vegetables. You can even take probiotics or vitamins throughout the year to boost your immune system and keep your body healthy.
If you have any questions or concerns about flu season, contact Primary Care Northwest! We offer flu vaccines, checkups, and more throughout Tacoma, WA. Call our family practice today to learn more about the different health services we offer!
With the holidays in full swing it’s never too late to take a look in the mirror or a step on the scale and see what kind of health one is in. According to the Disease Control and Prevention Centers, more than 35% of US adults are obese and not willing to discuss certain weight loss interventions. Investigators from the Obesity Action Coalition and The Obesity Society conducted studies consisting of two consumer surveys, questioning 1,009 adults and surveying 501 physicians. The results indicated that only 56% of overweight patients discussed the issue with their doctor.
92% of all medical center doctors surveyed said that they bring up the issue of BMI or the Body Mass Index ; however patients have reportedly disregarded the information. The BMI of an individual can answer the questions needed to know about how much that person should weigh for his or her age and height. Also, BMI factors into account your bone density and muscle fat. Your professional physicians at Primary Care Northwest in Tacoma, Washington are here to help explain all the details of the BMI and how it can affect your health. To help you understand what your medical center is discussing with you, here is a breakdown of how BMI correlates its data:
A joint BYU-Utah research team has been working on a new technique for screening patients for breast cancer, that could be up to 5 times more accurate than current methods. This new technique should help reduce the number of false positives that current methods are causing.
In contrast to a mammogram or proton MRI scans, the new device will scan the sodium levels in patients. Sodium levels are thought to rise when malignant tumors are present. This additional information could provide more accurate analysis from MRI's, preventing false positives and reducing the need for more invasive confirmation procedures.
Read the full article here: New imaging technique could cut down on false positives in breast cancer screening - Medical News Today .
If you're at risk for breast cancer or a survivor of breast cancer, make sure you get professional scans and check-ups to monitor your condition. Make an appointment with Primary Care Northwest when you're concerned about your health.
Stanford University School of Medicine researchers have found that an existing anti-depressant could have a secondary purpose for treating specific forms of lung cancer. With the drug already FDA-approved for human use, barriers for further research and the cost of researching this new potential have been significantly lowered.
Early research is showing that the anti-depressant can trigger a "self-destruct" command in the lung cancer cells, which is where its ability lies in treatment. Also, it was observed that the drug could have this effect on cancer cells have previously been exposed to, and become resistant to, chemotherapy.
Read the entire article here: Deadly form of lung cancer may be treatable with FDA-approved antidepressant - Medical News Today .
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have developed a macromolecule that could prevent the HIV virus from physical entering other people. While this may not treat those already afflicted with the virus, it can help them with managing the risk to others.
Read the full article here: Synthetic polymer could stop the spread of HIV - Medical News Today .
If you have HIV, or are at risk for HIV, make sure you are consulting with your physician about properly managing your condition. Come to Primary Care Northwest to speak with professional physicians who can help you properly maintain your health.
New research is showing that a protein created by stress plays a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The stress-related protein can be produced from anxiety and depression related disorders, and could accelerate Alzheimer's in people.
Read the full article here: Stress-related protein speeds progression of Alzheimer's disease - Medical News Today .
Make sure you take the time to get diagnosed professionally for any stress-related disorders and that you are properly treating your affliction should you be affected. Living healthy includes reducing stress in your life. Make an appointment with Primary Care Northwest if you're concerned about your health and stress levels.
A new consensus report is showing results that indicate the risk of stroke has increased significantly for younger people.
Read the full article here: 'Higher stroke risk' in young people - Medical News Today .
It's important to start living a healthy life style when you're young and build a foundation for a healthy future. Get check-ups regularly and make sure you aren't at risk for any genetic disorders you may have inherited. Make an appointment with Primary Care Northwest and get on the healthy track.
Pregnant women know that there are certain substances they should avoid to insure their babies are healthy. A new study shows that excessive intake of sugary and fatty foods during pregnancy could lead to the children growing up to have alcohol and drug problems.
The study was performed on pregnant rats by Dr. Nicole Avena and a team of researchers at the University of Florida. It was found that rat mothers who were fed high fat and sugar diets during pregnancy, ended up with pups who consumed greater amounts of alcohol and stronger responses to drugs that humans typically abuse.
According to Dr. Avena’s teams’ findings, this data is correlating the current information about more overweight mothers and rising childhood obesity and younger abusers of drugs and alcohol.
Read the full article here: ‘Pregnancy food link’ to offspring addiction risk – Medical News Today .
It’s very important that current and prospective mothers take care of their health and properly diet when planning on having a child. Understand what foods and substances will have a positive impact during your terms and what could be negative for you and your baby.
Make an appointment with Primary Care Northwest to consult with a physician while planning your pregnancy.
It’s very important to have an open line of communication with your general physician. If you have continuing health problems, or interested in preventive care for yourself, you’ll want to ask your doctor as many helpful questions as possible to get the best information.
How do you know what to ask your doctor? There are many medical issues out there. Few of them are simple and self-explanatory. NPS Medicinewise has developed an online tool that is designed to help patients look up their illness and form the best questions they should be asking their doctors about their condition.
Try the online tool here: Questions to Ask your Doctor – NPS Medicinewise .
Use the tool and bring your questions to Primary Care Northwest. Let us know what your questions are and let us help you figure out what’s the most important information. We are dedicated to helping you with your health. Let us know how we can better provide you with information.