Sun04202014

Your Health

Exploring alternative approaches to hypertension

Elevated blood pressure, commonly known as hypertension, affects nearly one in three Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Most people can suffer from the condition without knowing it, so it’s important to check your blood pressure at least annually and more often upon your doctor’s recommendation.

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Lose weight and keep it off

Nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population is overweight or obese, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Being overweight can cause a wide range of health problems, from type 2 diabetes and gallstones to coronary disease and strokes.

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PAMF receives four stars from Office of Patient Advocate

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation recently received a four-star rating for patient experience from the California Office of the Patient Advocate’s 2014 Quality of Care Report Card.

The statewide report scored more than 200 medical groups in categories including how patients rated their care. PAMF received top ratings for patient experience throughout its service areas of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Santa Cruz and Alameda counties.

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PAMF linkAges program receives $714,000 grant

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Innovation Center’s linkAges program received a three-year grant of $714,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fund development of systems that support seniors aging in the community.

The grant will support development and evaluation of linkAges Connect, part of the broader linkAges platform that fosters multigenerational community support for seniors living independently in their homes. To complement traditional health care’s role in delivering high-quality medical care, the Innovation Center is focusing on nonmedical aspects of health.

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PAMF announces walk-in flu vaccine clinic hours

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation recently reinstituted its walk-in flu vaccine clinics at some locations while demand or vaccine supplies last.

The vaccine covers this year’s primary strain of flu circulating (H1N1) and is highly recommended by local health officials.

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Abilities United announces retirement of executive director

Abilities United Board of Directors Executive Director Lynda Steele recently announced her retirement, effective at the end of June, triggering a leadership transition that will be implemented over the next six months.

“Lynda Steele has been an influential leader and strong champion in our community for the rights of people with disabilities,” said Karen Moore, president of the board. “She has dedicated her professional life to helping children and their parents, and worked with our community to find ways to ensure full inclusion and contribution.”

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El Camino Hospital institutes restrictions to protect patients, visitors from influenza


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Town Crier Recently enacted visitation restrictions protect patients and visitors during flu season.

A robust flu season has led El Camino Hospital to take additional steps to protect its patients and visitors.

Hospital officials last week enacted visitation restrictions at its Mountain View and Los Gatos campuses prohibiting children under the age of 16 from visiting patients. Dr. Caroline Stratz, who practices at the hospital’s adult and senior health clinics, told the Town Crier that the restrictions were instituted to help combat the spread of influenza by young visitors.

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