Prevention and Wellness

What Is Palliative Care?



Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps people who are facing a serious health crisis, whether chronic or terminal, at any stage. The word palliative comes from the Latin verb “palliare,” which means to put a cloak around someone — a simple gesture offering physical comfort and support.

“In the purest sense, the concept of palliative care is to be present, attentive and emotionally supportive, physically providing comfort and accepting a person for who and where they are,” says Suzanne Pertsch, M.D., medical director of Palliative Care at Mills-Peninsula. Read More

Flu Season: Time to Get Vaccinated



The flu (influenza) is serious business. Worse than a cold, the flu is highly contagious and can result in a severe illness with a high fever, cough, achiness, fatigue and sore throat. Every year the flu results in many hospitalizations and deaths. It is especially dangerous for the elderly, people with weakened immune systems or chronic health issues, pregnant women and babies. Read More

Sunscreen 101: What to Know

Sunscreen bottles boast an overwhelming list of features and ingredients. But which ones truly matter when it comes to effective sun protection? In this blog post,  Lisa Hladik, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician explains.

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Sun Protection Tips

Woman applying sunscreen.

It’s summer. The days are longer, the warm light of the sun beckons outside. But that mood-boosting brightness has a dark side. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, every year more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States. The vast majority – 90 percent – are caused by the sun. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) A and B rays are also the main culprit when it comes to visible skin damage such as wrinkles, discoloration and sagging that can make you look older.

“Nearly all skin cancers are preventable if you take the right precautions,” says Lisa Hladik, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician. “With our sunny climate in California, good daily sun protection is a must. It’s your best defense against skin cancer and is more effective than any anti-aging product you could buy at keeping your skin looking youthful.” Read More

Can Activity Trackers Improve Health?


Most of us are always seeking ways to exercise more, lose weight, stress less and improve our health. The latest digital health apps and activity trackers promise an innovative solution. But do they really work, or are they just the latest health fad soon to be abandoned like the exercise equipment gathering dust in the garage?

“The first step in making any change to improve your health is gaining awareness,” Tarini Anand, M.D., a Mills-Peninsula internal medicine physician, says. “A proven strategy is to keep a daily log of the exercise you are doing, or each meal or snack you have eaten. Apps and activity devices are excellent trackers. They can help make you more mindful of what you are doing daily and help you jump-start healthy changes.” Read More

8 Top Tips for Wellness


Many causes of health problems and major illnesses can be prevented by choosing a healthy lifestyle. Help keep your body and mind healthy with these top wellness tips from Mills-Peninsula doctors.

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