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As my childhood friend Porky Pig says, “That’s all, folks.” I turned 65 this summer and have decided to retire while my wife and I are young and healthy enough to do some of the things that full-time medical practice for the last 40 years has not allowed.
It seems like talk about vaccines is everywhere these days – and rightly so, as immunizations save lives. It’s estimated that during the 2018-2019 flu season, flu shots helped prevent more than 4 million flu cases and 58,000 hospital visits.
As Spokane continues to embrace new ways of living, working and socializing, there are seasonal reminders that keep us anchored in familiar things like back to school and, of course, flu season. As we navigate daily life through the lens of recent changes, there’s comfort in knowing some things stay consistent.
When shelter in place orders went into effect in Washington, the focus was, and continues to be, curbing the spread of COVID-19. For victims of domestic violence, however, there is evidence showing more time spent at home correlates with potential for increased abuse.
If you’ve felt down recently, you’re not alone: About 40% of Washingtonians reported symptoms of depression or anxiety this summer. COVID-19 has come at a great cost to human lives, the economy and now, as research suggests, our mental health and well-being.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen COVID-19 cases spike in Spokane County, and with our beloved community events like Hoopfest getting canceled, these serve as cautionary reminders that we’re not out of the woods just yet.
Earlier this year, flavored e-cigarette products quietly returned to shelves in stores across Washington, marking the end to a temporary ban on flavored vaping products throughout the state. The ban came on the heels of newly recognized health risks associated with vaping.
My patients occasionally ask me about, and I frequently recommend moving to, a plant-based diet. During the stay-home order, many people have been experimenting for the first time with plant-based proteins rather than meat.
As a physician, I continue to tell my patients to stay on top of healthy best practices to manage COVID-19. Wash your hands. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Wear a mask when you’re in public. Stay home if you’re sick.
It’s difficult to believe that summer is drawing near. Days are getting longer, afternoons are getting warmer, and spring flowers are making way for summer vegetables. That also means many of us will be spending more time outdoors.
Now that we have more clarity on our reentry into the new normal, it’s important to make sure we continue to be safe and prepared.
I was recently having an appropriately socially distant conversation with my friend Nancy, a bright and educated professional whom I’ve known for years. She was telling me that until a recent conversation with a biologist friend, she hadn’t really understood the difference between bacteria and viruses.
We are all settling into new patterns and habits as we balance having our children at home, keeping our families healthy and working (if we are lucky) while sheltering in place. As a community, we are pulling together. As parents, we are helping our kids by providing structure, stress control and safety behaviors.
In this time of social distancing to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, medical providers and systems are shifting face-to-face medical care to “virtual care” as much as we can to keep our patients and employees as safe as possible.
Start by rubbing your palms together with soap, then interlace your fingers together with palms together and rub back and forth vigorously. Next put your right hand on top of your left with fingers interlaced and rub. Finally, switch to left on top of right with fingers interlaced.
Most of us who made New Year’s resolutions have probably left them by the wayside by now. You might be wondering why you could not keep up that determination to go to the gym five days a week or read to your kids four days a week – and you are beating yourself up over it.
I often feel like children today are faced with grief more often than I ever was as a kid, but maybe I was just lucky or my perception is skewed. Regardless, children experience the loss of people who are important in their lives through accidents, illness, suicide and catastrophic events.
For some of you, a new year might mean choosing a new primary care provider. You might be doing this because you have different insurance, your provider is retiring or no longer in your insurance network or some other reason.
Although I recommend getting vaccinated against the flu in October or November, it is not too late to get protection against influenza by getting a flu shot now. You might be wondering why a flu shot is necessary every year.
In the past decade, genetic testing has become more available and affordable as technology improves. So what can these tests tell you? What can’t they tell you? And, importantly, what should you consider before you do them?