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Los Altos area aims to head off measles before it starts


Above Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Below Image Courtesy of CDC
A sign at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation warns visitors of measles risks.

Measles is ferociously infectious, and local health-care providers are working to make sure that the disease doesn’t get a foothold in the Los Altos area.

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Oh, my aching feet: Combating common conditions

Most people experience foot pain at some point in their lives. This is understandable, because a foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. Plus, we jam our feet into narrow shoes and then run, jump or stand on them all day.

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What can you do?

Get educated

• Measles is a serious viral infection that presents with fever, respiratory symptoms and rash.

• The measles virus is highly contagious and can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

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Annual 'Scarlet Night' fundraiser benefits South Asian Heart Center

The South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital has scheduled its seventh annual “Scarlet Night: An Affair of the Heart” fundraiser 6-11 p.m. March 14 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

Proceeds from the event, which includes dinner, a casino, an auction and dancing, support programs aimed at helping the South Asian population prevent heart attacks and early-onset diabetes.

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You are what you eat: Cookbooks offer nutritious recipes

You are what you eat. It turns out that old adage is true. Eating well is important at all stages of our lives, but as we get older, past indulgence can creep up on us in the form of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint pain, cancer and more. Chronic illness made worse by a bad diet not only shortens lives, it also makes the time we have more difficult.

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A flexible career: Longtime fitness instructor retires


photo by Eliza Ridgeway/ Town Crier
Barbara Klee conducts her final Stretch & Flex class. After class, Klee’s students honored her with a reception.

After Barbara Klee taught her last class at Los Altos’ Hillview Community Center in December, current and former students flooded in, baked goods in hand, to celebrate the longtime teacher.

Even after years watching Klee in action, they still wanted to know her secrets – How old is this local dynamo? What keeps her ticking?

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More than a resolution: Broaching topics with aging parents


Courtesy of Greg Hartwell
Tackling difficult topics with a parent may be easier if the adult child views it as opportunity to confront challenging health and financial questions together.

A close friend with an aging father who lives out of state recently asked me for advice on how to broach the topic of his care.

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