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Getting up close and personal about halitosis

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Using a tongue scraper to clean the back one-third of the tongue can help rid the mouth of bacteria that causes halitosis.

If people always seem be in a hurry when you try to socialize or you notice that acquaintances back up as you move closer to converse, there may be a reason.


Knee-habilitation: A common-sense approach to handling pain

Courtesy of Ted Ray
Patellofemoral Syndrome is a common cause of knee pain due to overuse.

In the early 1990s, I used to run extensively at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with my friend Garrett Akahoshi. Logging upward of 50 miles per week, we ran easily and were in great shape. Fast forward 20 years and we both are involved in helping people recover from running and sports injuries – Garrett runs Peak Physical Therapy in Cupertino.

Now in our early 40s, we must stretch, occasionally ice and be constantly vigilant to keep our formerly pain-free bodies functioning. The same is true for many readers of this column.


Prepare for traveling with young children

If you have young children, you may be hesitant to take adventurous family vacations. But with proper planning, they can be enriching learning opportunities, not to mention a lot of fun.


Books detail methods to manage effects of lymphedema

Lymphedema, a common condition that causes chronic swelling of the limbs, presents an ongoing challenge for more than 1 million Americans. Lymphedema is uncomfortable and may cause pain. It can lead to permanent disfigurement and cause serious infections like cellulitis or, in rare instances, even


El Camino Hospital receives surgical accolades

The Norma Melchor Heart & Vascular Institute at El Camino Hospital last month received a three-star rating for aortic valve replacement outcomes from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons National Database.

The rating, based on outcomes between July 2010 and June 2013, is the highest the Society of Thoracic Surgeons awards. The distinction ranks El Camino Hospital in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationally for outstanding performance and outcomes in aortic valve replacement.


Healing with Tehila: ECH cancer patients express themselves through art

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Barbara Capron, above, shows husband Bruce artwork from Tehila Eisenstat’s Creative Expressions class at El Camino Hospital.

A crowd of friends, family members and staff at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center gathered last week to kick off the Symphony of Color Art Show.

The exhibition – on display in the hospital’s Piano Lobby through February – is a collection of paintings created by El Camino Hospital cancer patients, all students of art therapist Tehila Eisenstat, who has offered her Creative Expressions painting class for the past 12 years on the hospital campus.


Pilates: A friend in cancer recovery

courtesy of Kim Gladfelter
For those battling cancer, Pilates can help patients regain strength and mobility, while also increasing energy.

As a physical therapist and wellness professional, I have always been aware of the vast health benefits of Pilates. Recently, however, my own personal experience has opened my eyes to the integral role this exercise form can play in life’s greatest challenges.


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