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When the Blues Becomes Depression


Feeling sad is a normal part of life, but sometimes a passing case of the blues crosses into another territory: depression.

“Depression is a very common condition, especially in women,” Kimberly Jong, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine doctor, says. “One in five women will have depression at some point in their lives.”

Getting Help

If you’ve been struggling with lingering feelings of sadness and despair, but you aren’t sure whether to manage it on your own or seek help, the best place to start is with your primary care or family medicine doctor.

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The Do-It-Yourself Diabetes Cure


Diabetes and its precursor, prediabetes, are becoming major health problems in the United States. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 40 percent of Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes at some point in their lifetime.

The health complications associated with the disease can be devastating: heart disease, stroke, loss of vision, kidney failure and nerve damage that can lead to limb amputation.

But a diagnosis of prediabetes or type 2 diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean a lifetime of insulin injections and medications. Diabetes is one disease that can be controlled and sometimes even completely reversed through healthy changes to diet and exercise. Read More

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips


Traditional holiday food — such as turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, wine and all the fixings – contains an astounding 2,500 to 3,000 calories and 229 grams of fat per serving. That’s more calories and fat than adults should have in an entire day.

No wonder the average American gains one to two pounds over the holidays. More troubling, most of us never lose that extra weight, says Leah Groppo, R.D, a nutritionist with the CardioMetabolic Program located at Mills-Peninsula Health Services. Over the years, accumulated holiday weight gain can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity and more.

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When Is Urgent Care the Right Choice?


If you have an accident or if illness strikes unexpectedly, when should you head straight to the ER, or when is the local urgent care center the right choice?

“The emergency room is set up to deal with true life-or-death issues,” Jesus Saucedo, M.D., associate chief medical officer for the Mills-Peninsula Division of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and lead physician at the new Urgent Care Center at Mills Health Center in San Mateo, says. “For many illnesses that require quick attention, an urgent care center can provide you with the right level of care.” Read More

3D Mammography: Fighting Breast Cancer with New Tools

Harriet Borofsky, M.D., medical director of the Mills-Peninsula Women's Center, reviews mammograms using  3D mammography, also called tomosynthesis.

Harriet Borofsky, M.D., medical director of the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center, reviews mammograms using 3D mammography technology, also called tomosynthesis.

Every year more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Women whose cancer is detected early by mammogram are less likely to die of the disease. Studies indicate there are 30 to 40 percent fewer deaths among women screened with mammography. But traditional mammograms can’t detect all tumors, and some are hidden behind overlapping breast tissue. 3D mammography is changing that. Read More

Top Tips to Maintain Eye Health


Eye health isn’t always top of mind when our vision is functioning normally. But as we age, our eyes become more susceptible to diseases that can lead to vision impairment or loss. Some age-related eye diseases run in families and can’t be entirely prevented, but following basic rules for eye health can ward off problems. Robert Filer, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, suggests the following tips to keep your eyes healthy for life. Read More

Stay Healthy During Flu Season


During the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 to 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 60.8 million people got the flu, almost 275,000 were hospitalized and about 12,500 died from flu complications. While it’s hard to predict how bad this year’s flu season will be, it’s always best to be prepared. Read More