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5 facts you might not know about skin cancer

June 21, 2017 — Your skin has many important jobs, such as protecting your body, helping to maintain your temperature, and generating vitamin D. Yet sometimes your skin doesn't get the care and protection it needs. While some sun exposure helps the body make vitamin D and improve your […]

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Caring for a loved one? Care for yourself, too

June 19, 2017 — Michael Sloss' mother was diagnosed with dementia about five years ago, and his father a year after that. Now Sloss and his brother care for both parents, ages 83 and 85, whose personalities have been transformed by the decline in their mental and physical health. […]

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Simple tricks to satisfy picky eaters

June 14, 2017 — Family mealtime can be challenging for a variety of reasons, including the varying taste buds of moms, dads and their kids. Although there is no consistent definition of picky eating, according to a report published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, the term is generally […]

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Barton Health offers safety tips for swimming in Lake Tahoe

May 26, 2017 — A plunge into Lake Tahoe can literally take your breath away. It may be warm outside, but the lake can be dangerously cold. Lake Tahoe's average surface temperature in the summer is 63 degrees Fahrenheit, and can drop to 53 degrees Fahrenheit just 18 inches […]

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Healthy Tahoe: Talking to your teen about stress

May 24, 2017 — Any parent will tell you raising teenagers is a stressful time! Are you in that stage? Talk to your teenager about it. Your stress may be similar stress for your teen. An American Psychological Association (APA) online survey shows today's teenagers experience greater levels of […]

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Heart health tips for women

May 8, 2017 — Heart disease may be something most commonly associated with men, but it can be deadly for women as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is to blame for one in every four female deaths in the United States. Recognizing […]

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Report card: Barton Hospital in South Lake Tahoe receives an A for patient safety

April 28, 2017 — Nearly half of California hospitals received a grade of C or lower for patient safety on a national report card aimed at prodding medical centers to do more to prevent injuries and deaths. Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe was an exception, earning an […]

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Healthy Tahoe: Quick workouts carry surprising benefits

April 25, 2017 — Don't have time to exercise? According to recent research, a four-minute workout might be better than 30 minutes on the treadmill. Sounds almost too good to be true, but according to fitness researchers, it's not. Regular exercise improves your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many […]

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Common asthma triggers and causes

April 12, 2017 — Asthma, a chronic lung disease that results in inflamed and narrowed air passages, affects millions of people around the world. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute notes that more than 25 million people in the United States have asthma. When airways narrow and swell, […]

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Barton Health CEO: Hoping for bipartisan health care solution

April 8, 2017 — The Republican Party's decision on March 24 to pull the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was met with disappointment and relief. While backers of the newly proposed legislation were disappointed that they could not find sufficient support, residents who depend on the […]

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Healthy Tahoe: Debunking 10 common myths about aging

March 29, 2017 — Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting and productive lives well into their later years. Instead of hearing about it, the emphasis is often on the limitations people experience from problems as varied as falls, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. This creates a bleak picture of […]

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Healthy Tahoe: Breastfeeding — just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s easy

March 21, 2017 — Most mothers in the U.S. intend to breastfeed their children exclusively for at least three months, but only a third of them reach their goal. Low breastfeeding outcomes are not due to lack of desire; it is usually because of lack of support. One question […]

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Healthy Tahoe: The nutritional power of phytonutrients

March 15, 2017 — Hippocrates, a physician and philosopher of health, said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Food is often underestimated as an effective medicine. One collection of ingredients gaining attention are phytonutrients. Phytonutrients, sometimes called phytochemicals, are nutrients found in plants that contribute […]

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A winter cold: Not inevitable

March 8, 2017 — Catching the common cold can feel like a common part of winter. Children can get three to eight colds a year; adults can get two to four. A cold is a viral infection affecting the mucus in the lining of the nose and throat. It […]

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Health law’s 10 essential benefits: A look at what’s at risk in GOP overhaul

March 7, 2017 — As Republicans look at ways to replace or repair the health law, many suggest shrinking the list of services insurers are required to offer in individual and small group plans would reduce costs and increase flexibility. That option came to the forefront last week when […]

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Promoting healthy kidneys

March 1, 2017 — Kidney disease is a widespread issue made all the more disconcerting by the fact that many people are unaware they have it. According to the National Kidney Foundation, 26 million American adults have kidney disease, and most don't know it. And the problem of kidney […]

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Nine ways to avoid self-care mistakes

March 1, 2017 — Have a fever? Feel a sniffle? You don't want to call your doctor over every little thing. However, you want to be confident you're making wise health care choices. Here are some steps you can take to avoid some common self-care mistakes. 1. Watch the […]

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Carbs got a bad rap

February 18, 2017 — Carbohydrates are seen as the enemy by many people looking to lose weight, but that reputation is ill-deserved for certain types of carbs. Carbohydrates referred to as "smart carbs" can boost energy and mood and help people, even dieters, maintain healthy weights. Smart carbs, which […]

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Barton Hospital receives national award

February 17, 2017 — Barton Memorial Hospital's capnography program was recently recognized by The Joint Commission, a nonprofit accreditation and certification organization, for "best clinical application." Of 60 abstracts submitted, Barton received one of three national awards, according to a press release from Barton. A capnography machine is a […]

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5 juices to promote good health this winter

February 16, 2017 — During the winter months when your body is working overtime to keep you warm while you're out on the mountain — and as germs and viruses abound in public spaces — it's no time to slack on getting your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. […]

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