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160913PetsGoodHealth-325For years, I've heard about how pets can help lower stress, which can improve your body and your mind. And I've always wondered, is this really true?

In my personal experience, I have found that having pets at home does decrease my stress, gets me out of the house to walk, gives me joy when I see them play—and I just adore coming home to someone so excited to see me. Seeing the wagging tail and hearing the happy sounds my dog makes when I return is really comforting, and it always brings a smile to my weary face.

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160830HiddenFoodAllergies-325Going out to eat when you have a food allergy can be a little like "Where's Waldo?"—your food allergen could be hiding in anything. Here are a few things to consider.

Be aware of hidden ingredients

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160726VitaminD-300Many who live in the Northwest are vitamin D deficient. This is due to many reasons. One, is that we do not get enough sunlight to help produce enough vitamin D, often because many people have indoor jobs.

Common symptoms include muscle or joint pain, weakness, tiredness and fatigue, and possibly depression. There is a blood test to determine vitamin D deficiency, however, most insurance companies don’t cover it.

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160712Eczema-200Babies and children with eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, often have a family history of eczema, asthma or allergies. They also have a much higher chance of developing environmental and food allergies, as well as asthma.

In fact, a 2003 study published in the journal Pediatrics showed up to 80 percent of children with eczema go on to develop allergies and/or asthma, while up to 30 percent of patients with eczema may also have a food allergy, compared to 1-3 percent in the general population. This progression of developing eczema in infancy, followed by allergies and asthma as the child gets older, has been dubbed the "atopic march."

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GeneticTesting-325When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, one of my first thoughts, after the initial shock, was who else in my family had been stricken with cancer?

Patients who have had family members diagnosed with cancer often worry about their own cancer risk, or the risk of their children. At Oak Street Medical, we have recently started a program to help patients better understand their family risks of developing certain types of cancer, which can be passed down by gene mutations.

The types of cancers we are most often confronted with in a primary care clinic are breast, ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, colon, melanoma and endometrial/uterine. A person's risk level for developing any of these cancers depends on many factors, including the person's lifestyle.

We're helping our patients understand how their level of risk changes in relation to their family history. Risk categories include: general population, familial risk or hereditary risk. A person's risk can vary dramatically, depending on which category you fall into.

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