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Teamwork benefits patients in health care

October 23, 2018

Teamwork benefits patients in health care

By uclahealth uclahealth

Health care today is a complex enterprise, best delivered by a team. And at the head of this team is a primary care physician, or PCP, who acts as head coach. In this important role, PCPs maintain an open and collaborative relationship with their patients. They also coordinate their patients’ care, and manage internal communication […]

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Tags: annual physical, care coordination, Family Medicine, healthy living, pcp, prevention, preventive care, primary care, primary care physician, teamwork, The Checkup, wellness


October 23, 2018

Protect yourself from the flu – get vaccinated now

By uclahealth uclahealth

Influenza, or the flu, is a contagious viral illness that infects the nose, throat and lungs. It can be mild to severe, and even lead to hospitalization or death. As we head into flu season the best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the annual flu vaccine—available in all of our […]

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Tags: flu, flu prevention, preventive medicine, primary care, vaccine


Does Activated Charcoal Help with Gas and Bloating?

October 22, 2018

Does Activated Charcoal Help with Gas and Bloating?

By uclahealth uclahealth

One-third of patients, more commonly women, complain of bloating. Bloating is an uncomfortable pressure in the abdomen caused by excess gas. What causes gas and bloating? In certain foods, small sugars can quickly move through the gut. The good bacteria that live there ferment the sugars, creating symptoms of gas and bloating. FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, […]

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Tags: activated charcoal, bloating, diet, dietitian, FODMAP, GI disease, UCLA Digestive Health and Nutrition


Do I need parathyroid surgery?

October 22, 2018

Do I need parathyroid surgery?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: When does a person require parathyroid surgery? I’ve heard it discussed but don’t know much about it.    As their name implies, the parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid gland.  You have four of them, two on each side, behind the thyroid gland in the neck.  The parathyroid glands help regulate […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid cancer, parathyroid glands, parathyroid hormone, parathyroid surgery


When does a person need parathyroid surgery?

October 22, 2018

When does a person need parathyroid surgery?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: When does a person require parathyroid surgery? I’ve heard it discussed but don’t know much about it.    As their name implies, the parathyroid glands are located next to the thyroid gland.  You have four of them, two on each side, behind the thyroid gland in the neck.  The parathyroid glands help regulate […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Robert Ashley, hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid glands, parathyroid hormone, parathyroid levels, primary hyperparathyroidism, surgery


How can I get the most out of my doctor appointment?

October 19, 2018

How can I get the most out of my doctor appointment?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: How do I get the most out of my relationship with my primary care physician? The appointments are so short these days and I want to be smart about the way I use the time. That’s a great question. As fellow patients who see our own physicians, we share your concerns. And as […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, doctor appointments, doctor-patient relationship, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, primary care physician


Can turmeric reduce inflammation?

October 18, 2018

Can turmeric reduce inflammation?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I have heard that turmeric supplements work quite well as an anti-inflammatory agent, with less risk than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What are your thoughts on turmeric as an anti-inflammatory supplement? The turmeric powder found in spice racks – and the component of it found in supplements – comes from the underground stem of […]

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Tags: Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid deposits, Ask the Doctors, curcumin, Dr. Robert Ashley, inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, turmeric


The Link Between Exercise and Mental Health

October 17, 2018

The Link Between Exercise and Mental Health

By uclahealth uclahealth

A new study suggests moderate exercise is not just good for your body but improves mental health as well. Researchers concluded this after analyzing the responses of 1.2 million adults who participated in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey. Physical activity improves mental health The study, which appeared in the peer-reviewed medical […]

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Tags: exercise, mental health, mental health benefits, mindfulness, mood, physical activity


What's the best type of exercise?

October 17, 2018

What’s the best type of exercise?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: What’s the best type of exercise? I’ve been reading that high-intensity interval training can actually slow down the aging process. Really? Why? I’m not too keen on this approach but I do walk at least a mile every day. First, congratulations on exercising regularly. Last year 81 million Americans didn’t take part in […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, high-intensity interval training, HIIT, mitochondria


Should I take probiotics? Do they work?

October 16, 2018

Should I take probiotics? Do they work?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: Can you explain probiotics? Who should take them and are they harmful in any way? They seem helpful to me in calming my stomach. For many generations, society feared bacteria, seeing only the devastation that bacterial disease created. Today, with the advent of antibiotics, we have been able to cure infections that once […]

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Tags: antibiotics, Ask the Doctors, Bifidobacterium, Clostridium, Crohn's Disease, Dr. Robert Ashley, Lactobacillis, Probiotics, Streptococcus, ulcerative colitis