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Ready or not – Flu season is coming!

Ready or not – Flu season is coming!

South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you to come in and get your flu shot soon.

While everyone can benefit, there are special benefits with immunizing children and adolescents. According to the Journal of American Medicine: “Children and adolescents appear to play an important role in the transmission of influenza. Selectively vaccinating youngsters against influenza may interrupt virus transmission and protect those not immunized.”

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Nine ways to reduce your dementia risk

Nine ways to reduce your dementia risk

The Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care’s report identifies nine risk factors in early, mid- and late life that increase the likelihood of developing dementia. About 35 percent of dementia — one in three cases — is attributable to these risk factors, the report says.

By increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, hypertension and obesity in midlife, the incidence of dementia could be reduced by as much as 20 percent, combined. Read more from this article here.

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What’s in your garden?

What’s in your garden?

South Tabor Family Physicians knows that there are many different ways to get outside and enjoy the nice summer weather. Many people are enjoying their gardens and fresh produce this time of year. If that is you, what are you growing in your garden this year? Have you learned anything new that might be helpful to others? How about favorite recipes with fresh garden veggies? Share away in the comments on our Facebook page here!

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Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States.

Most cases of melanoma, the deadliest kind of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. To lower your skin cancer risk, protect your skin from the sun and avoid indoor tanning. Here are some other basic tips and more resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Seek shade, especially during midday hours.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck.
  • Wear sunglasses that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible.
  • Use sunscreen with broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) protection and a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher.
  • Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours and after swimming, sweating, or toweling off.
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June is Men’s Health Month!

June is Men’s Health Month!

South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind and encourage men to schedule a physical and receive preventive care services this June.

Men are typically 70% less likely to go to the doctor than women. Seven out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases (such as cancer and heart disease), and almost one out of every two adults has at least one chronic illness, many of which are preventable.

Preventive healthcare is important! Give us a call today, 503-261-7200!

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Great time to commit!

Great time to commit!

South Tabor Family Physicians wants to remind you that this is a great time of year to renew your commitment to a healthy, active lifestyle.

For ideas on how to bring more activity into your life, check out this link: https://www.hhs.gov/fitness/index.html

We live in an amazing area for exploring the outdoors. Many places are accessible and just as beautiful, even when the weather is wet.

Check out our Japanese Gardens (https://japanesegarden.org/).
Forest Park is great for a walk or run with a friend too. (https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm?action=ViewPark&PropertyID=127)

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Good Day Sunshine!

Good Day Sunshine!

Did you know that your body is designed to get the vitamin D it needs by producing it when your bare skin is exposed to sunlight? You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food so you need supplements or some sun exposure!

* Remember, always be sensible when it comes to sun exposure. Never get a sunburn; always protect your face; but do expose your arms, legs, abdomen, and/or back. The optimal amount of sun you need depends upon your skin type, location, time of day, and season.

Interesting fact: Unlike humans, cats can’t make vitamin D in the sun, so they must get the nutrient from food. At the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a study of 99 pet cats found that higher vitamin D levels in food helped the felines recover from virtually any type of illness. However, too much vitamin D can be toxic to cats, so stick to food-based sources of the vitamin.

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We appreciate our patients!

We appreciate our patients!

Below are two examples of some of the great reviews South Tabor Family Medical has received! If you would like to submit your own testimonial, we would love to hear from you. Select this link to do so now!

Been going here for approx 2-3 years now. Love all the staff I have dealt with. Starting to feel comfortable w my doc now and I am happy that I finally found family doctor and pain management under the same roof. Always return my calls quick and easy sweet friendly gals and employees. Thanks everyone!:)” – Jennifer N.

This is a great group of people.  Professional, knowledgeable, and great about asking the right questions.  From nurses to MD staff, everyone is thoughtful, and I don’t feel hurried and rushed out the door!” – Lisa R.

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Spring forward into healthy living!

Spring forward into healthy living!

A few tips from South Tabor Family Physicians to get your spring off to a great start this year: 1. Get outside and walk, talk with your neighbors and/or plant something. We might not always see the sun, but we know it’s up there somewhere and it can’t hide forever. 2. Schedule those screenings and doctors appointments you have been putting off. (You know who you are!) 3. Sort and and clean up that medicine cabinet. Old medications loses its potency. Did you know that Aspirin smells like vinegar when it gets old? 4. Spring cleaning can be much more than just the garage and windows. Re-home clothes you don’t wear or that don’t flatter you. Giving away stuff you don’t use or want anymore can be a great way of improving your happiness as well as helping someone else out! 5. Stop and appreciate how beautiful the blooming cherry trees are right now and remember to stop and smell the lilac when it blooms.

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