Fri09042015

Your Health

Women's Caucus, ECH host panel on innovators

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus and El Camino Hospital have scheduled a panel of local health innovators 6:45-8:30 p.m. today in Conference Rooms E, F and G at the hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

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Medications and your child

Every day parents come into my office with questions about how medications can safely help their children feel better when they’re sick. Following are a few of the most common questions and answers.

What’s the best way to treat my child’s fever?

Parents are often concerned when their child has a fever and think they’re treating their child’s illness by bringing the fever down. But a little fever can actually be a good thing because it’s the body’s way of fighting off a virus.

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The Forum hosts Health Fair June 6


One of more than 60 vendors at The Forum’s Health Fair last year, Anabel Pelham, from left, and Ginger Summit, representing the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence, chat with Forum resident Judie Rodda about senior programs available in Los Altos.
Courtesy of JEan NEwton

The Forum at Rancho San Antonio retirement community has scheduled its 12th annual Health Fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 in the Community Building at The Forum, 23500 Cristo Rey Drive, Cupertino.

With the theme “The Eight Dimensions of Wellness,” the event will showcase more than 60 displays and exhibits featuring information and resources for seniors. The fair will include fitness and cooking demonstrations, and The Forum’s Wellness Center will offer free cholesterol, blood-pressure and other screenings on a first-come, first-served basis. A Market Place will feature food vendors, wine tasting and music by the Toot Sweet Jazz Band.

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Hidden causes of insomnia include blood-sugar imbalance, iron levels

Insomnia is the No. 1 health-related problem in the U.S. More than one-third of the adult population has problems falling asleep or with daytime sleepiness.

Despite all the Internet advice and the prevalence of CPAP machines, the problem is getting worse, not better. The number of adults ages 20-44 using sleeping pills doubled between 2000 and 2004, and reached 56 million in 2008. The number of youth ages 1-19 who take prescription sleep remedies jumped 85 percent during the same period.

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Family of foodies promotes healthy reading


A Mountain View family provided reading resources during Food Allergy Awareness Week May 10-16. The informational poster is scheduled for display in the children’s section of the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., through Sunday.

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Fitness focus: No holds barred for Los Altos sisters


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Gillian Brotherson, kneeling at left, guides studio instructors through a workout at barre3 Los Altos.

Health is all about balance. That’s what two Los Altos natives learned as they navigated work, motherhood and wellness – and lost approximately 30 pounds each along the way.

Fed up with crash dieting and drained by consuming workouts, sisters Megan Wilson and Gillian Brotherson took their health into their own hands. The sisters, whose maiden name is Sawyer, partnered to open barre3 Los Altos fitness studio March 30 at 4758 W. El Camino Real.

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Yoga aficionados pull up a chair


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Yoga of Los Altos instructor Cheryl Acheson, left, leads a Chair Yoga class.

Yoga of Los Altos recently introduced a new class that keeps students on the edge of their seats: Chair Yoga.

According to instructor Cheryl Acheson, the class is open to anyone who may need to spend extended hours in a seated position – travelers on long airplane flights, deskbound office workers, people recovering from injuries and seniors with limited mobility.

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