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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.

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 losaltosonline.com.

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

Should you take vitamins?

Many Americans regularly take vitamin supplements, but do they provide true health benefits?

Program aims to increase stroke awareness

Stroke, the No. 1 cause of adult disabilities, impacts nearly 795,000 individuals annually. To increase awareness about stroke and support stroke survivors and their family caregivers, the nonprofit Pacific Stroke Association hosts the “Here & Now” program, which offers educational and inspirational talks.

The series is scheduled on an ongoing basis at the Little House Activity Center, 800 Middle Ave., Menlo Park, in collaboration with Peninsula Volunteers Inc.

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