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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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160119ResolutionsThe beginning of a new year means new resolutions. The No. 1 resolution I hear from people is their declaration to lose weight. They ask questions like, “Is there medication that can help me?” and “What is the best diet?”

Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for shedding pounds. However, reaching an ideal weight for optimal health is important. Being overweight can lead to health problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, heart attack or stroke. Here are some tips for reaching your weight loss goals and staying on track throughout the year:

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150728WhenToCall

Oak Street Medical has a provider on-call when the office is closed, including nights, weekends and holidays. Providers are available to answer urgent questions, but please be aware that providers are at home while on call. If you need to schedule or cancel an appointment, contact us during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8-5, except holidays.

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141118BloodClotsPlanning to make a trip to see relatives for the holidays? Whether you're flying or driving, it's important to stretch those legs and stay hydrated to avoid blood clots that can develop when sitting for prolonged periods of time. Even those who work at a desk all day can benefit from the following tips.

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140721osm raftingsafety smA great way to have fun and stay cool is to float the river on hot summer days. It's an enjoyable way to spend time with family and friends and a good reason to get outside and reconnect with nature.

Here are 10 tips to staying safe and being responsible on the river:

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