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Have you gotten your flu shot yet?

The single best thing you can do to prevent getting the flu is get vaccinated every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get an annual flu vaccination.

A flu vaccination takes approximately two weeks to take full effect in your body, so don’t wait until the flu season is well underway before getting your vaccine. Act now for your best chance to avoid contracting the flu, characterized by a high fever, all-over body aches and severe cough and sore throat.

Vitamin D helps your mood and fights the flu

Vitamin D helps improve cognitive function, stabilize mood and regulate hormones. Several studies show that the powerful ally also reduces risk of heart disease, colon cancer, prostate or breast cancer, and plays a role in preventing multiple sclerosis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

Hospital reduces patient falls using tech

El Camino Hospital embarked on a mission last year to reach the ultimate goal of patient safety: zero falls.

The hospital partnered with Mountain View-based technology company analyticsMD Inc. to monitor patients’ movements and predict falls. Within the program’s first six months, it reduced patient falls by 39 percent.

Protect yourself against Medicare fraud during Open Enrollment season

It’s an unfortunate truth, but health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the system.

Blazing Saddles Brownies: Mischief in the making

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Andy Kavanagh/Special to the Town Crier 
Blazing Saddle Brownies combine the tasty appeal of chocolate with protein-rich black beans for a snack that sticks.

Black beans and chocolate aren’t what most people would consider the makings of a tasty snack. In fact, I imagine that your children’s response to a sweet bean recipe would land somewhere between horror and bemusement.

Local breast cancer survivor honors sister, champions prevention

Courtesy of Kaki Moyce
Mountain View resident Kaki Moyce celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with an annual hike up Mount Tamalpais, decked out in pink to honor her late sister Emily Saxon.

Los Altos native Emily Anne Saxon loved being outdoors.

To commemorate her legacy, more than 60 hikers gathered earlier this month to hike Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. The “Em the Gem” trek – now in its 20th year – honors the life of the woman who died of breast cancer at age 35.

Survivors, supporters use their feet to defeat cancer

Courtesy of Linda Folkman
Participants in the inaugural Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk raised more than $4,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year’s event is scheduled Sunday.

Residents interested in taking strides toward breast cancer awareness and research have an upcoming opportunity to join the effort.

The second Los Altos Community Pink Ribbon 5K Run/Walk is scheduled 9 a.m. Sunday, starting and finishing at On Your Mark, the running shoe/apparel shop at 378 Main St.

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