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5 things your yawns are trying to tell you

March 27, 2017
People tend to write off the occasional yawn as just being tired, but your yawns might be trying tell you more.

Be a wise health consumer: How to avoid fraud and scams

March 22, 2017
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Fraudulent and unproven health products and services are a common problem, and billions of dollars are spent every year to promote them. What can you do to avoid scams? Here are some common red flags to watch for.

Don't suffer postpartum depression in silence - there's help

March 22, 2017

Model Chrissy Teigen started a conversation recently when she opened up about her battle with postpartum depression. Depression after having a baby can cause fears and anxieties that make it hard for new moms to bond with their babies. But postpartum depression is very treatable. Here’s when and how to seek help so you can get back to normal and enjoy having a baby.

The worst lies you tell your doctor

March 20, 2017
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Going to the doctor can be scary or embarrassing for patients -- and this can sometimes lead them to lie to their physician. A little lie can't hurt, can it? When it comes to your health, it certainly can. You could be preventing an accurate diagnosis and hurting your chances for a longer, healthier life.

More teens using pot: What parents should know

March 17, 2017
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A recent study found that more eighth- and 10th-graders are using pot since Washington legalized marijuana. And more kids don’t think pot is harmful. But marijuana can hurt teens in lasting ways. Think IQ. Here are some signs your child might be using pot and how to respond.

How to help your child deal with stress

March 14, 2017
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A recent survey by the American Psychological Association says children are more stressed than parents realize, and that stress is affecting kids at younger and younger ages. Here are some signs that could mean your child is stressed and how you can help.

Not sleeping well? Here's what to do

March 08, 2017
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This is National Sleep Awareness Week, so it's a good time to review healthy sleep habits. I see a lot of adults and teens in my clinic who are chronically tired and have trouble sleeping — both falling asleep and staying asleep. Here are some tips for a better night’s sleep.

How to help your picky eater learn to enjoy new foods

February 28, 2017
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Busy parents are familiar with this scenario: After a hectic day working and taking care of the kids, you throw together a meal that is quick and healthy. You’re immediately met with resistance by your little ones. While there is no “right” way to handle picky eating, some general guidelines may help you keep this unfortunate hassle from escalating into a more significant problem. 

Liver disease: My story as a cautionary tale for parents

February 21, 2017
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We’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that continues to grow and, because of this, we’re now seeing children – some as young as 3 and 4 years old – with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Here’s how I  beat this disease and some friendly advice for parents trying to raise healthy kids.

Swedish Express Care can help you beat the flu

February 02, 2017

Think you have the flu? Visit an Express Care clinic or schedule a home or virtual visit.This season’s flu outbreak is a doozy. If you think you may have it – or just a severe cold - you now have an alternative to the overcrowded emergency room.