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Los Altos family backs The Big Idea

Courtesy of Chris and Jennifer Bridgman
Los Altos natives Chris and Jennifer Bridgman support The Big Idea, a clinical research project that could impact the daily lives of people suffering from spinal cord injuries.

Above all else, Chris and Jennifer Bridgman are heartened.

In the five years since Chris suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis, the Los Altos couple has pursued a cure for the injury doctors said would be permanent.


When do 'the blues' cross into depression?

It’s normal to feel sad occasionally, and most of us get “the blues” from time to time. But how can you tell when a blue mood has crossed over into depression?


Pediatric dermatologist covers common rashes and how to treat them

When an uncomfortable-looking rash suddenly develops on your child’s skin, you may immediately be concerned and consider heading to the doctor. A variety of skin rashes are common during childhood, and many can be cared for with over-the-counter medications while carefully observing your child at home.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatric dermatologist Amy Gilliam, M.D., answers questions about the most common rashes to help guide you on when you can watch and wait – and when you should head to the doctor.


Why do some women suffer more from perimenopause?

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Marina Rose, D.C., provides personalized results for women suffering from symptoms of perimenopause.

You may have heard stories about women who crank up the air conditioner in the middle of winter or cry at the drop of a hat. Stories about hormone imbalance have become so common that it’s easy to start thinking that it’s normal. But it’s not.


Stack a healthful breakfast on the light side

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Andy Kavanagh’s banana almond pancakes replaces sugar, butter and flour with protein, natural sweetener and healthy fat.

As an Irish Catholic, the thought of consuming a golden stack of maple-syrup-soaked pancakes triggers a moral guilt buried deep within me. I almost have to find the nearest confession booth and repent the time spent on such hedonistic daydreams.


Vacation's over – now to master your post-summer skincare routine

Although people’s spirits will certainly be lifted from the rejuvenating effects of a summer vacation, their skin may not be quite as happy.


Longtime PAMF CEO retires

Dr. Richard Slavin

Los Altos resident Richard Slavin, M.D., CEO of Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation, plans to retire in January.

“Dr. Slavin has been a driving force behind the clinical and operational excellence, strong financial performance and exceptional growth at PAMF for more than 15 years,” said Jeff Gerard, president of Sutter Health’s Bay Area Region. “After more than four decades as a physician and physician leader, he wishes to pursue other facets in his life.”


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