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Smokers Are Better Off After They Quit Even if They Gain Weight Aug 16th, 2018

People who gain weight after quitting smoking have a temporary increase in type 2 diabetes risk, but this is offset by long-lasting reductions in mortality, a New England Journal of Medicine study finds.   Researchers examined rates of diabetes and mortality after smoking cessation in three large cohorts of U.S. health professionals....

Heart and Stroke Groups Issue Advisory on Optimal Brain Health Feb 1st, 2018

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have issued an advisory on defining and maintaining optimal brain health. Published in Stroke, the advisory emphasizes seven factors that may optimize brain health in adults: Nonsmoking status Regular physical activity Body-mass index below 25 Healthy diet (e.g., DASH or Mediterranean diet) Untreated...

FCS scored high on California’s 2017 Patient Assessment Survey Sep 16th, 2017

The results of California’s annual Patient Assessment Survey (PAS) are in, and Family Care Specialists has scored well in four important areas:   Family Care Specialists Statewide Average Overall rating of doctor (PCP) 80% 73.4% Doctor Explanations are easy to understand 82.0% 82.4% Doctor listens carefully 82.5% 82.1% Doctor shows...

Do you have questions about Medicare and Medi-Cal for 2019? Sep 11th, 2017

Family Care Specialists can help you understand the details and changes for Medicare and Medi-Cal for 2019! This year, the open enrollment period for Medicare will be starting on October 15th and ending December 7th, 2019. If you would like more information on your plan options, please contact Liz Gutierrez at...

Juice Shouldn’t Be Offered to Infants, Says Pediatrics Group Jun 8th, 2017

The American Academy of Pediatrics has expanded its recommendation against offering juice to all infants 12 months and under because it offers no nutritional benefit. Previously, the group advised against juice consumption in infants 6 months and younger. Among the group’s other recommendations, published in Pediatrics: When a pediatrician deems juice...

Advice About Eating Fish for Pregnant Women and Children Jan 23rd, 2017

The FDA and Environmental Protection Agency have broken down which fish are safest to eat — based on mercury levels — for young children and women of childbearing age, particularly those who are breast-feeding or pregnant. Consistent with other dietary guidelines, the agencies recommend that women of childbearing age eat...

New Children’s Media Use Guidelines Oct 23rd, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a pair of policy statements to help guide parents and pediatric providers on children’s media use. Among the recommendations: For children aged 18 months and under, the AAP recommends no screen time apart from video-chatting. For parents who choose to introduce screen time...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Oct 1st, 2016

The Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease.   The Best Protection is Early Detection All women can get breast cancer even those with...

Quality Improvement at the Family Health Center Jan 14th, 2016

Family Care Specialists-Family Health Center (FCS-FHC) is dedicated to continually improving its patient quality of care. Our clinic site participates in the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) accreditation. This nationwide initiative is a rigorous accreditation that looks at over 170 areas of clinic operations. PCMH has a strong focus on...

Family Physician Describes Dying Patient’s Complications from Measles Jun 11th, 2015

The testimony of Catherine Sonquist Forest, MD, MPH was read in this afternoon’s Assembly Health Committee hearing on Senate Bill (SB) 277, a bill to eliminate the state’s personal belief exemption for childhood immunizations. Dr. Forest, a California Academy of Family Physicians’ (CAFP) member, described the case of her four-year-old...

FCS Medical Director Hector Flores, M.D., on KPCC AirTalk May 22nd, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown’s new budget estimate accounts for a significant rise in the portion of the population enrolled in Medi-Cal. By 2015, 30 percent of Californians will be enrolled, about 11.5 million people. Governor Brown’s budget added $1.2 billion to account for the increase, giving a total $2.4 billion to...

U.S. Breast-Feeding Rates Up Oct 2nd, 2013

More U.S. mothers are breast-feeding their newborns than were nursing roughly a decade ago. A national survey shows that as of 2008, 75 percent of babies born that year were breast-fed, compared with 70 percent in 2000. And more babies are being breast-fed to a later age. The benefits of...