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Looking for life without lows, local diabetic tests artificial pancreas


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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.

Tia Geri can’t wait to bring her new golden retriever, Nonna, home to Los Altos this month. Her diabetic alert dog will not only become a new family friend, but also a lifesaving companion if her blood sugar drops too low.

Geri, 14, suffers from Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes. She and her parents live with the fear of hypoglycemia – low blood sugar. Waking up to a diabetic who has become comatose during the night because of low blood sugar is not just scary, it can be life-threatening. Research shows that between 2 and 6 percent of Type 1 diabetics under the age of 40 who die, pass away from low blood sugar while sleeping.

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Fitness Halpers: Local trainer makes an impact with seniors


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Adam Halper of Fitness Halpers, right, customizes workouts for clients like Charlie Golden, left.

It’s never too late to get back in shape.

Los Altos resident Adam Halper launches his “Senior Bootcamp” sessions in the fall through the Los Altos Recreation Department at Hillview Community Center and Los Altos Hills Town Hall. The classes are part of his fitness brand and company – Fitness Halpers, which specializes in personal training, boot camps, weight loss, balance training, posture alignment and high-intensity interval training.

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Local business offers smartphone-compatible hearing aid


Courtesy of Pacific Hearing Service
Pacific Hearing Service in Los Altos now offers the LiNX hearing device, left. Users can wear the hearing aid while adjusting its volume and geotagging sound settings through some Apple-compatible devices, including the iPhone 5.

A downtown Los Altos business is offering a hearing device that can be controlled with the touch of a smartphone.

Pacific Hearing Service at 496 First St., Suite 120, is now featuring the LiNX hearing device, the creation of Danish company ReSound. LiNX, according to company officials, allows users with hearing loss to use Apple devices, such as the iPhone 5 and some newer versions of the iPad, to find and adjust the hearing device – and even directly stream phone calls into them.

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Recreation-related concussions on the rise in children

Children are getting more sports- and recreation-related concussions than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of concussions in children has risen 60 percent during the past decade. Each year, more than 173,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

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Coping with chronic illness


Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic illness means that your life is changed, perhaps forever. It can be frightening and daunting to face the challenges ahead. By learning more about your condition and doing what you can to manage it, you can feel stronger and more able to take it all in stride.

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Just the beginning: Teen eating-disorder program celebrates anniversary, aims for broader reach


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The Healthy Teen Project includes, from left, staff members Dr. Jennifer Zumarraga; Katie Bell, nurse practitioner; Sharon Stafanson, director of clinical development; and Theresa Chesnut, clinical director.

The people behind a Los Altos-based program to help teens recover from eating disorders hope to make an even greater impact in its second year of operation.

The Healthy Teen Project (HTP), celebrating its first anniversary this month, held an open house in late May to spread awareness of its services for local teens ages 13-18 struggling with eating disorders. HTP is located at 919 Fremont Ave.

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Sexy and savvy for all seasons: A local approach to menopause


Every woman has a story of what she wished she had known going into menopause. Some are nuanced – for instance, the ways in which physical changes can affect emotional relationships. Others are strategic – watch for a drop in bone density so that you can start addressing the problem before it becomes osteoporosis.

Barb Dehn, the nurse practitioner based in Mountain View known as “Nurse Barb” in the clinic and on TV health segments, just published “The Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause” (Basic Health Publications, 2014). Her goal: to offer straightforward advice on what to expect and how to weigh your options.

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