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SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues

SPLAT targets data, outreach as airplane noise continues


Graphic courtesy of Don Gardner
Activists claim that a new SFO flight path leaves a “sound shadow” that impacts Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

Sky Posse Los Altos Team – more simply known as SPLAT – seeks to squelch the noise...

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Schools

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'

Los Altos High student-run charity plans '5 Gallon Gala'


Courtesy of Lia Evard
Water by Youth members gave Egan students a chance to carry a 40-pound Jerry can, to see how difficult it is to obtain water in developing nations.

Water by Youth, a club at Los Altos High School, is making a splash by pla...

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Community

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage

What would you do with a box of cookies? Local Girls Scouts help Tanzanian orphanage


Courtesy of Alicia Madden
Sales of local Girl Scout cookies support service projects, such as funding an orphanage in the village of Mto wa Mbu in Tanzania.

Girl Scout cookies – whether you think of them as a treat, a tradition or a diet comp...

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Sports

Scoreless spells sink LA boys

Scoreless spells sink LA boys


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos High point guard Nolan Brennan attempts a shot in Friday’s game versus Palo Alto. He scored eight points in the loss.

There have been several games this season in which the Los Altos High boys basketball t...

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New 'York' values

New 'York' values


Hughes

 

As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve wa...

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Special Sections

Getting a charge  out of the Volt

Getting a charge out of the Volt


Courtesy of Chevrolet
The 2016 Chevrolet Volt can be driven up to 50 miles on the power stored in its batteries.

Just five years ago, we wondered in this column what the power supply would be for the car of the future. Gasoline, diesel, electric ba...

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Business

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats

Nearing V-Day: Shops stock sweets, treats


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Ella Roosakos, 11, with her mother, Gail, puzzles over which Gourmet Works sweets to buy as a valentine for Ella’s friend.

The gift-buying rush isn’t exclusive to Christmas. It may jump over...

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People

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

ALAN RODNEY MILLS

Alan Rodney Mills, PhD, 83, of Los Altos passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. He was born in Rochdale, England in 1933 and came to California in 1962. He was a proud alumni of Manchester Grammar in England, University of Liverpoo...

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Stepping Out

PYT 'Gets Famous'

PYT 'Gets Famous'


Lyn Flaim Healy/Spotlight Moments Photography
Renee Vetter of Palo Alto, left, and Megan Foreman of Los Altos star in Peninsula Youth Theatre’s “Judy Moody Gets Famous.” Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday.

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Spiritual Life

A time to prepare: Fasting for Lent isn't limited to food

 

Today is Ash Wednesday, which in the Christian calendar marks the beginning of Lent – the 40 days of preparation for Resurrection Sunday, otherwise known as Easter.

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Inside Mountain View

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters

New right-to-lease ordinance promises relief for renters


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Residents gather in the fall to protest Mountain View’s rising rents. Rent relief is on the way in the form of a new ordinance.

A controversial Mountain View law requiring landlords to provide lease opt...

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Sweet dreams: Researchers explore the mysteries of sleep


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It may be the least understood aspect of our human experience, but we all spend approximately one-third of our lives doing it. Without it, we are not only miserable, we can’t even live very long. We know we need it, but leading scientists who have devoted their lives to studying it don’t entirely understand its function.

Sleep is as important to our lives as eating and breathing. As the subject of scientific inquiry, it is just beginning to be understood. Fifty years ago, sleep was thought to be a simple process in which the brain got some rest. Now we know that sleep is a complex process that affects every aspect of our lives. More than 75 different sleep disorders have been identified and treated.

A new book explores the mysteries of sleep and the state of the science associated with slumber. “Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep” (W.W. Norton, 2012) by David K. Randall is hard to put down – you may want to forgo sleep to stay up all night reading.

Randall began exploring sleep after a personal sleepwalking experience. In “Dreamland,” he delves into a gamut of sleep-related issues. From dreams to sleeping with baby, snoring and crimes committed during sleep, Randall’s book proves an informative and entertaining read. This is not a how-to book that will help readers find answers to their sleep problems. Rather, it is popular science for those who want to understand what goes on when we close our eyes at night.

For those looking for that how-to book, Dr. Barry Krakow’s “Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: 7 Keys to Sleeping through the Night” (John Wiley & Sons, 2007) may be just the book for you. Krakow offers a seven-step program he named “Sleep Dynamic Therapy” (SDT). SDT addresses both mind and body issues that impact sleep and sleep quality.

“Sound Sleep, Sound Mind” includes a number of self-assessment tools and other questionnaires to measure problems and monitor progress. Krakow, a well-known sleep specialist, advocates drug-free solutions to sleep problems. A chapter on breathing issues associated with sleep, including allergies and apnea, is especially encouraging.

For readers who really want to dig in deep and read the same research as doctors, consider “Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine” (Elsevier Saunders, 2011). Specialists consider this fifth edition the gold standard for medical textbooks on the subject. One of its three editors is William C. Dement, M.D., a Stanford University professor often called the “Father of Sleep Medicine.” The other editors include renowned sleep researchers Meir Kryger, M.D., and Thomas Roth, M.D.

“Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine” provides a thorough review of current sleep research and clinical practice. According to the editors, when beginning work on the first edition 25 years ago, there was concern that there simply wasn’t enough information available for a book. More than two decades and 1,700 pages later, the explosive growth of sleep research is evident.

The Stanford University Sleep Center, which opened in 1970, was the first university-based sleep center and a pioneer in sleep research. Still one of the premier sleep laboratories in the world, the team at Stanford changed the way the world studied sleep and sleep disorders.

For more information on sleep and sleep disorders, visit Stanford Health Library’s website at healthlibrary.stanford.edu/resources/bodysystems/neuro_sleep.html. The library carries two excellent videos featuring Stanford professor Rachel Manber, “Sleeping Well as We Age” and “Desperately Seeking Sleep,” also available online at healthlibrary.stanford.edu/videolibrary/neuro.html.

Stanford Health Library has a new location. The branch formerly located at Stanford Shopping Center has relocated across the street to the newly renovated Hoover Pavilion at 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Other branches are located on the first floor of Stanford Hospital and on the main level of Stanford’s Cancer Center.

Nancy Dickenson is head librarian at Stanford Health Library. For more information, call 725-8400, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit healthlibrary.stanford.edu.

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