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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.”


Health Briefs

Yoga classes stretch beyond self

Downtown Los Altos

Yoga fans can strengthen their bones and breath – and donate funds for a cause – at Mark McCracken’s September yoga sessions at the American Legion Hall of Honor, 347 First St., Los Altos.


Stanford offers lecture, books on living with multiple sclerosis

The human nervous system is a complex system that includes the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. The nervous system works in conjunction with other body systems to keep us breathing, walking, talking and performing other vital functions.


Back-to-school vaccination rules the same – for now

Courtesy of Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Beginning in January, only doctors will be able to authorize a child’s exemption from immunization.

Los Altos School District nurses Sarah Bolter and Monica Sidher have had a hectic back-to-school week, nailing down health-care plans, meeting with teachers regarding specific student health-care concerns in their classrooms and discussing with parents everything from seizures to asthma and food allergies.

All new students in the district – particularly the incoming batch of kindergartners – must bring vaccination documents as part of their health-care record. For a final time, personal-belief exemptions can take the place of immunization records. Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 277 requiring vaccination for all children in child care and public and private schools in June, but it doesn’t take effect until January. That means a last generation of new kindergartners are entering under the old rules.


Think about rewiring your brain to develop positive patterns

By Carmen Huddleston


Gut instincts: How food affects the stomach

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Marina Rose, D.C., performs various tests on patients to determine the cause of stomach problems.

This is the second in a two-part series on stomach pains and problems. To read Part 1, visit


Get your brownie fix with a healthful recipe

Andy Kavanagh/Special to the Town Crier
Andy Kavanagh’s back-to-basics brownie recipe includes natural ingredients – light in sugar and high in protein.

By Andy Kavanagh


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