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Keep Your Health In Check This Holiday Season

Between Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner and holiday parties, it’s hard not to indulge on your favorite holiday foods.  From turkey smothered in gravy, to macaroni & cheese, to cups of eggnog, eating these fattening foods can potentially increase your cholesterol levels.  Foods that are heavy in saturated fats and trans fat have a huge impact […]

Avoid Getting the Flu

You may experience a hoarse cough, a stuffy nose, and feel sore even though you’re long overdue for a workout.  Are you experiencing a cold, or do you have the flu? The symptoms of the common cold and the flu are very similar.  Some of the similarities include: Dry cough Runny or stuffy nose Watery […]

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

Living in an area that is highly susceptible to earthquakes mean being prepared, at all times.  Earthquakes can happen at any given moment, with no warning.  With this in mind, it is important to have a plan of what to do in the case of a disaster emergency. Before Consult with a professional to determine […]

Winter Illness Guide

Winter’s approaching, and with the cold weather, winter’s bringing a host of illnesses with it. Each week, you probably notice more and more people around you sneezing and coughing. Common winter illnesses include influenza, bronchitis, the common cold, strep throat and pneumonia. Because all of these illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be easy to […]

The Benefits of Seeing a Primary Care Physician

Why should I see a doctor if I feel perfectly healthy? Too many people ask this question to justify not seeing a physician on an annual basis. The big problem with this rationale is that by avoiding the doctor’s office, you’re preventing a medical professional from detecting a potentially serious medical condition in its early […]

The Healthiest (and Least Healthy) Halloween Candy

Here at AFC Urgent Care Portland, we don’t want to spoil the fun this Halloween, however, as a medical center, it is our job to let our patients know what is, and what isn’t good for their health. While candy isn’t necessarily healthy, there are certain brands of candy that are less unhealthy than others. Surprisingly, […]

Debunking Flu Shot Myths

While the start of October marks the arrival of fall’s many wonderful elements, such as apple picking, gorgeous weather and the start of the Trailblazers’ season, it unfortunately also means the start of flu season. Although flu season doesn’t peak until mid-winter, there have already been a number of cases reported throughout the United States. […]

Explaining Oregon’s Shockingly High Skin Cancer Rates

With Fall beginning this week, a discussion about skin cancer seems a season too late. Yet if there’s one thing to know about skin cancer, it’s that it is always a threat, regardless of the season and regardless of where you live in the country. Nothing illustrates this more than Oregon’s disproportionately high rate of […]

Fall Into Health With AFC Urgent Care Portland

Summer might be fun, and spring is lovely, but the best season has got to be fall. The changing leaves, the brisk winds and the warm fires bring everyone closer, and the leisure activities can’t be beat. Over a third of Americans list fall as their favorite season, blowing all of the other seasons out of the […]

Antibacterials: Pros vs. Cons

With flu season just a month away, it’s important to remember to wash your hands frequently. But which soaps should you be washing your hands with?  The conversation surrounding the benefits and dangers of antibacterial soap use has recently evolved into a hot button issue in the health care world. Long ago, the only places […]