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Anxiety in children: Early warning signs and gentle fixes to help them thrive

Anxiety is normal – until it’s not. All children feel nervous about something: monsters under the bed, bad storms, giving a speech. Increasingly, though, anxiety is spiraling to debilitating, even dangerous, degrees in children and teens. And often their struggles get worse before they’re noticed and helped.

A big reason anxiety simmers under the radar is that these kids tend to get good grades and are liked by others, according to psychologist Brendan Pratt, Ph.D., of the Pratt Center in Los Altos.


Mountain View family gives $1M for mental health care facility at El Camino


Photo courtesy of the Satake family
The Satake family donated funds to improve mental health services locally in honor of their parents, James and Akiko Satake.

The Satake family purchased 36 acres of farmland in Mountain View Dec. 2, 1941. When Pearl Harbor was attacked five days later, their family business took a detour.

With forced internment for Americans of Japanese ancestry approaching, the Satakes secured a permit to voluntarily relocate inland to Nevada and then Utah – ending up in a town near Topaz, a camp where their Japanese friends and neighbors from the Bay Area were interned. James Satake, then a senior at Palo Alto High School, ultimately enlisted in the U.S. Army, served in Germany and returned to Mountain View with his family years later. His parents, Shinajiro and Shimano Satake, started a farm that over the years transformed into the long-running Satake Nursery on Marilyn Drive.

PAMF names internist, medical group president as new CEO

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation recently named Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., its new CEO.

Vilardo succeeds Richard Slavin, M.D., who serves as CEO emeritus until his retirement in January.

What your cravings say – and don't say – about health

 

’Tis the season to put even the best good-diet intentions to the test. Even if you typically eat foods high in nutrient density and whole foods – and you’ve seen the improvement in energy, sleep, mood and blood sugar – being surrounded by tempting treats can stir up cravings.

Do you need vitamins to supplement a well-rounded diet?

Many people take vitamin supplements in an attempt to make up for what might be missing health-wise from daily diets. But is this a good health practice?


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