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Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016

According to the National Cancer Institute, women today have about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed at some point with breast cancer. SoFHA physicians want you to know that while you cannot change some risk factors such as family history and aging, some things are within your control. The list of tips below shares…

Are You Just Feeling Sad or Is It Something More?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2016

Everyone knows life has its ups and downs. Things happen. Accidents, unexpected illness and the death of loved ones can lead to feeling sadness, stress and worry. Under these circumstances, feeling down is natural and normal. However, if your sad feelings persist for more than a couple of weeks or months then you might be…

Tips for Staying Healthier This Fall and Winter

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

Tip One: Get Your Flu Shot SoFHA physicians want you to know that getting vaccinated is your best bet for avoiding contracting the virus this upcoming 2016-2017 season. It takes approximately two weeks for your body’s immune response to fully respond after receiving the vaccination. According to the CDC, people should get their flu shot…

Get a Handle on Tumbles

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

It could impact your long-term quality of life. The numbers don’t lie: Adults age 65 and over are tending to fall more than ever, according to a study published last year (2015) by the University of Michigan Health System. Falls are already the most frequent cause of injury among older adults – about a third…

Avoid Making School Time, Sick Time at Home

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016

While the start of a school year is an exciting time for kids – they’re anticipating new friends and adventures – it’s also when they encounter a multitude of illness-causing organisms in their classroom environments. Notably, germs that cause colds and flu have the capacity to survive on common surfaces in classrooms for up to…

Brave Up and Get Your Shots: It Could Save Your Life

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016

Few of us think much about vaccinations. But their value was made starkly clear in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released last year (August 28, 2015) by the CDC. The report stated that childhood vaccinations given from 1994 through 2013 (a 20-year period) in the United States will be preventing 732,000 early deaths, in…

Five Tips to Make Your Summer Safer

Posted by on Jul 15, 2016

Summer is prime time for vacations and fun, but it can also be a hotbed for trouble and misery if the right planning isn’t done or if precautions aren’t taken. Below are five tips to make summer road trips healthier and happier for everyone involved. Visit your local mechanic for a tune-up before you leave….

To Take a Daily Low-dose Aspirin or Not: That’s the Question!

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016

If you’re an older adult, is taking a low-dose of aspirin every day good for you or asking for trouble? Historically, research has suggested that taking a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) daily helps prevent blood clots in the arteries, possibly preventing heart attacks and strokes. Currently, nearly 40 percent of American adults ages 50 and…

Your Skin, Your Life: An Update

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016

With more sun and fun ahead this season, remember that protecting your skin from sun damage is of utmost importance. Always apply about an ounce of sunscreen to exposed areas 20 minutes before going outside. Make sure your product has at least a 15 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and protects from both ultraviolet A (UVA)…

We’re in a “Pollen Superblast.”

Posted by on May 26, 2016

SoFHA physicians want patients to be aware that spring 2016 is bringing more than just blooming daffodils and nesting robins. A “pollen superblast” is underway due to the unusually warm temperatures and irregular weather patterns that occurred in the recent winter season. According to reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our 2015-16 winter…