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Forum addresses teen mental health

The Children’s Health Council has scheduled the presentation “It Takes a Village: A Community Meeting with Expert Panelists on Teen Anxiety, Depression and Suicide” 6:30-8 p.m. Monday at the council’s office, 650 Clark Way, Palo Alto.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Out-of-town Stanford patients welcomed HOME during treatment

Alicia Castro/Town Crier
The Assistance League of Los Altos this year funded an overhaul of the entry to the Flora Lamson Hewlett Apartments Housing of Medical Emergencies, where select Stanford Health Care patients and caretakers stay during extended treatments.

When patients and families travel to Stanford Health Care for treatment, there’s no place like HOME.

The Flora Lamson Hewlett Apartments Housing of Medical Emergencies provides temporary housing for out-of-town patients undergoing treatment for a week or more. The 42-unit facility sits on Stanford University property, close to the hospital and close to others enduring similar challenges.

STYLE '16 benefits PAMF cancer program

Doug Berenson/Special to the Town Crier
One of STYLE’s youngest shoppers peruses the jewelry on display at a past year’s fundraiser.

Style meets survivorship at a fashion event and sale supporting the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s cancer program.

Now in its 10th year, STYLE ’16 – slated April 9-10 – will showcase more than 50 independent designers selling their jewelry, accessories and textiles.

Good carbs, bad carbs: How to tell, what to choose

Not all carbs are created equal. Or, more accurately, not all carbohydrates have the same effect on blood sugar.

The measure of the effect of carbs on blood sugar is called the “glycemic index” (GI). High GI carbs like white bread, instant mashed potatoes and sugary beverages digest quickly, causing blood-sugar levels to surge. In the body, these blood-sugar spikes prompt the release of insulin, fat storage, mood swings and brain fog. Then blood sugar plummets, causing the release of the stress hormone cortisol, food cravings, fatigue and more brain fog.

Supplementary support in reducing inflammation

Last month I reviewed the role inflammation plays in contributing to many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune disease. I also discussed the foods that can worsen or improve inflammation.

If you have a chronic health condition, from acne to heart disease or cancer, the way your body responds to inflammation can determine the course your health takes. In addition to maintaining an anti-inflammatory diet, you might want to look into taking some nutritional supplements.

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