Vaping: The Flavor of Addiction

A recent sudden lung illness outbreak from vaping has affected more than a thousand people; the youngest is 13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Teens are nearly 7x more likely to vape nicotine than adults. American College of Physicians 4 out of 5 kids who vape nicotine use flavors National Institutes of Health Kids [...]

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New Year, New Tobacco-Free You You already know you should quit. More help for 2020!

It’s not just about quitting smoking. It’s the chewing, dipping, and vaping. But there is room for hope. HPSJ Chief Medical Officer Lakshmi Dhanvanthari, MD, said: “Millions of people have quit tobacco over the years. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) tells us slightly more than 34 percent of American adults used tobacco [...]

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Burned out on diabetes? Get answers—and get help

Diabetes is a needy disease—living with it isn't always easy. You may have a lot on your plate each day and a lot on your mind sometimes. “Of course, all people with diabetes have a bad day now and then. But burnout is a lot. If you have it, it may put your health at [...]

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Flu Season is Coming – It’s best to get your flu shot early

At last! We are getting a break from all of that summer heat. That can mean only one thing: It’s almost flu season. “Flu can be harmful for kids and households. According to the federal Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), between 6,000 and 26,000 children younger than 5 are sent to the hospital [...]

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Test your cholesterol smarts

Across the country, September is Cholesterol Teaching Month. Do you know what you should about cholesterol—how to keep it at a healthy level to help stop heart disease? “These FIVE MUST-KNOW facts about cholesterol can help you get started,” says HPSJ Health Education Specialist Jessica Nila. 1. Your body needs cholesterol. This waxy substance is […]

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Summer Safety Sense – Avoiding Deadly Heat Sicknesses

It’s getting hot in the Central Valley. With summer heat comes heat-linked sicknesses and they can be deadly. High temperatures cause more than 600 deaths each year1. Causes include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rash. But these deaths can be prevented. For starters, observe the Summer HEAT SAFETY Rule of Five: Drink […]

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With Measles Cases Rising, Advice from Health Plan of San Joaquin

Health Plan of San Joaquin’s Chief Medical Officer, Lakshmi Dhanvanthari, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician. Dr. Lakshmi has an important message for all parents, whether or not they are members of HPSJ, the largest local, non-profit public health plan – “Measles is making a comeback because people are traveling to and returning from countries that […]

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Adult Vaccines: 7 reasons to roll up your sleeve

ADULT VACCINES: 7 REASONS TO ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE (French Camp, CA) – Health Plan of San Joaquin wants San Joaquin and Stanislaus county adults to know that shots are not just for kids. “Check out this list of reasons why you shouldn’t skimp on adult vaccinations,” said HPSJ Health Education Manager Matthew Boga, MPH. […]

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