Your Health

Supplementary support in reducing inflammation

Last month I reviewed the role inflammation plays in contributing to many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disease. I also discussed the foods that can worsen or improve inflammation.

If you have a chronic health condition, from acne to heart disease or cancer, the way your body responds to inflammation can determine the course your health takes. In addition to maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet, you might want to look into taking some nutritional supplements.


New PAMF CEO targets tech as tool for upping access

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Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s new CEO Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., shows the features available through the organization’s new mobile app.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s new CEO has a challenging task before her: reaching a technologically inclined population that often puts health care in the margins of a busy lifestyle.

“By the time they finish telling me what they’ve done all day, I feel exhausted,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., during a sit-down interview at her Mountain View office.


Take heart: Disease awareness can prevent problems

February is American Heart Month: a time to focus on heart health and behaviors to help prevent heart disease. It’s also a time to bring awareness to the warning signs of heart disease and the importance of letting your doctor know about any symptoms you may be experiencing.


Medicare website provides nationwide hospital comparisons

You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area?

Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare, and you can find it on the Medicare website at


What you should know about heart disease

Despite its prevalence in our society, heart disease myths persist. One of the biggest heart disease myths is that it strikes only men and older adults. In fact, heart disease is also the No. 1 killer of women, and it’s more deadly for women than all kinds of cancer combined.


'TEND' to inflammation through proper nutrition

If you’ve been paying attention to health headlines over the past few years, you probably know that inflammation has been identified as the root of evil. Or at least of most diseases.


Mindfulness in the workplace

Courtesy of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Mindfulness may reduce stress and anxiety, as well as provide a sense of well-being to cope with workplace challenges.

Many people rush through the day with only a vague recollection of what breakfast or lunch tasted like, and the daily commute, work projects and meetings are just a blur. The result: stress, burnout, anxiety and depression. But you don’t need to feel powerless. Practicing mindfulness can help.

“Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are experiencing right now with genuine interest and a willingness to accept that experience,” said Kaveri S. Patel, D.O., a family medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “The health benefits are many. Studies show that mindfulness reduces stress and anxiety, and provides us with a sense of well-being and the ability to notice the joyful moments in life. It also helps us relate to each other from a kinder place, making work a more positive experience and giving us tools to better cope with challenges.”


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