3 questions and answers to help manage severe asthma

The majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives. But for others, despite using high-dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers, severe symptoms are a part of daily life.

If this describes your experience, it could be severe asthma, a type of asthma that affects approximately 5-10% of those with the condition. Severe asthma is dangerous, increasing the risk of death, illness and depression, and limiting one’s ability to work or go to school.

Get outside this spring for proven health benefits


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Communing with nature, whether it be a bike ride, a hike or meditating alone among the redwoods, can reduce depressive symptoms as well as provide significant and wide-ranging health benefits, according to researchers.

 

Enjoying the great outdoors may be the easiest way to improve your mental and physical health. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with your partner, squeezing into the coming spring’s extra daylight hours and vacations some blanket time at a park, hiking a trail or sharing a sunset.

10-year study reveals ongoing success of JumpstartMD's weight-loss program


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Dr. Sean Bourke, co-founder and CEO of JumpstartMD, recently released JumpstartMD’s 10-year study touting the benefits of his commercial weight-loss program compared with others.

JumpstartMD, a medical weight-loss company with 12 Bay Area clinics – including one in Mountain View – recently published a 10-year study in the Journal of Obesity that shows its methods work better than other commercial weight-loss programs.

The study, with more than 22,000 participants, focused on JumpstartMD’s low-carbohydrate real-food diet and personalized guidance program. It revealed that after three months, more than 80% of the patients achieved 5% weight loss and more than 45% of them lost at least 10%. That’s greater weight-loss success than competing programs such as Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig have produced, according to the study.

You don't need to shoulder the pain


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Applying ice or heat, hugging a pillow while sleeping and undergoing physical therapy are the best ways to cure shoulder pain, according to physical therapist Kim Gladfelter.

Shoulder pain is an extremely common problem these days. The shoulder is a complicated joint with movement in all directions. Use of modern technology is a great contributing factor because of the poor posture and increased compensation it creates.

There are several different reasons why your shoulder may be hurting, including:

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby ...


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows that the U.S. divorce rate is down, despite narratives from television and movies like “Marriage Story.” Experts credit the decline to parents wanting to protect their children, who often suffer lifelong impacts such as reduced life expectancy and chronic stress when divorce occurs.

 

Director Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed movie “Marriage Story,” starring Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, depicts a family navigating its way through the anguish of divorce. The acting is extraordinary, emotive and mesmerizing; it may even lead you to believe that the U.S. is a country where divorce is endemic.

Understanding your feet benefits the entire body


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People need the best possible support for all three arches in the foot to relieve and prevent pain, optimize their posture and help them stay active. PhysioFit offers complimentary foot scans, with no appointment necessary.

 

The health of your feet can make a big impact on the health and function of your entire body – quite literally from head to toe.


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