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Obama visits Los Altos area

Obama visits Los Altos area

President Obama made a fundraising stop today at a private residence in Los Altos Hills, an appearance that spurred traffic disruptions, helicopters scouting overhead and protesters. In the wake of his visit, unknown persons, apparently no fans of Ob...

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Schools

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall

MVLA rolls out laptop integration this fall


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Starting in the fall, daily use of laptops in the classroom will be standard operating procedure for students at Los Altos and Mountain View high schools as the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District launches a pil...

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Community

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'

Generations blend behind the scenes at 'Wizard of Oz'


Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.” ELIZA RIDGEWAY/ TOWN CRIER

A massive troupe of young people and grownups gathered in Los Altos this summer to stage the latest iteration of a childhood sta...

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Sports

Football in July

Football in July


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Mountain View High’s Anthony Avery is among the nine local players slated to play in tonight’s Silicon Valley Youth Classic.

Tonight’s 40th annual Silicon Valley Youth Classic – also known as the Charlie...

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Comment

Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support...

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Special Sections

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas

Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Dr. Trang Ly, left, reviews blood sugar readings on a smartphone with Los Altos resident Tia Geri, right, and fellow participant Noa Simon during a closed-loop artificial pancreas study for Type 1 diabetics.
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Business

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main

Palo Alto law firm coming to 400 Main


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Longtime Palo Alto law firm Thoits, Love, Hershberger & McClean plans to open an office at 400 Main St. in Los Altos after construction is complete in November.

A longtime Palo Alto law firm plans to expand into L...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

RICHARD PATRICK BRENNAN

Resident of Palo Alto

Richard Patrick Brennan, journalist, editor, author, adventurer, died at his Palo Alto home on July 4, 2014 at age 92. He led a full life, professionally and personally. He was born and raised in San Francisco, joined the Arm...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

PYT stages 'Shrek'

PYT stages 'Shrek'


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Dana Cullinane plays Fiona in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical.”

Peninsula Youth Theatre presents “Shrek The Musical” Saturday through Aug. 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts...

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Spiritual Life

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting

Foothills Congregational: 100 years and counting


Courtesy of Carolyn Barnes
The newly built Los Altos church in 1914 featured a bell tower and an arched front window. Both continue as elements of the building as it stands today.

Foothills Congregational Church – the oldest church building ...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


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The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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The fountain of youth: How to look your age or younger

As human beings, we’re on a constant quest for the fountain of youth. So far we haven’t figured out how to reverse the aging process, but there are ways we can slow it down and maintain our energy, vitality and health as we approach our golden years.

We know exercise and a healthful diet can help prevent diseases and age-related complications. Now we also understand more about a chemical marker for aging that, true to this topic, is called Advanced Glycation End (AGE).

Glycation is the process by which sugar is added to proteins. Proteins drive important biochemical reactions in our bodies, and they’re the building blocks for our muscles, blood vessels and organs. Proteins also form collagen, which maintains our cartilage, bone and skin. When collagen starts breaking down, we look older as our skin starts to wrinkle, and we feel older as the cartilage wears away in our joints and causes arthritis.

When sugar, or glucose, exists in normal amounts in our bloodstream, it interacts harmlessly with life-sustaining proteins. However, when sugar levels are excessive, glucose latches onto proteins and prevents them from carrying out their normal functions.

AGEs are basically dysfunctional glucose-protein complexes that result from too much sugar in your blood. This is a direct result of the foods you eat. AGEs increase your risk of developing the following health conditions.

• Cancer

• Heart disease and stroke

• Type II diabetes

• Alzheimer’s disease

• Kidney disease

• Atherosclerosis

• High blood pressure

• Visual impairment

• Nerve damage

The bottom line is that eating too much sugar and other foods that raise glucose excessively can accelerate aging. Unfortunately, the low-fat diet craze has introduced processed sugars into virtually every type of food we consume. Foods labeled “healthful” and “low-fat” often have excessive amounts of hidden sugar that trigger AGE production.

Following are some tips on foods to avoid.

• Beware of browning foods and processed brown foods. Foods such as brown cookies and brown beans undergo a caramelizing process that increases sugars. Cooking meats at high temperature (like a broiled or well-done piece of meat) can increase AGEs as well. Try to eat fresh, unprocessed foods and cook low and slow with water whenever you can (steaming, boiling, crockpot cooking, etc.).

• Check labels and steer clear of high-fructose corn syrup.

• Avoid excess sugars, sweets and sodas.

• Watch your total overall consumption of carbohydrates. Even consuming excessive amounts of “healthful” carbs in the form of oatmeal, grains and wheat can increase sugar levels.

• Exercise regularly to increase your metabolism of sugars.

• Try to prepare fresh foods with fresh ingredients; this is the best way to cut back on your AGE intake and slow down the aging process.

Dr. Ronesh Sinha is an internal medicine physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Los Altos Center. He also provides medical consults to high-risk South Asians.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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