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Autism: How kids fare in adulthood explored in Stanford books


A torrent of research in recent years has provided insight on how to help children with autism spectrum disorders. Less attention has gone to aiding them as they grow into teens and adults.

That has begun to change with books such as “Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders” (Springer, 2014), which gathers the best recent information to guide families coping with this challenge. Researchers Fred R. Volkmar, Brian Reichow and James C. McPartland – authorities on autism spectrum disorders affiliated with Yale University – edited the book, which features chapters written by autism research leaders in their respective areas of expertise.


Clear eyes: Optometrist gives tips for protecting your vision

Whether we wear prescription lenses or simply get eyestrain after a day on the computer, most of us would like to improve and protect our eyesight.

Los Altos toddler discovers sound through cochlear implants


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Two-year-old Natalie Su and her mother, Charlene, practice speaking and listening at Play! Los Altos.

Two-year-old Natalie Su last week toddled among her peers – exploring, talking and listening to the lively cacophony. But for Natalie, the sounds are newer; the preschooler was born with hearing loss.

When she was 10 months old, Natalie received bilateral cochlear implants, which replace the function of the damaged inner ears. Her parents, Los Altos residents David and Charlene Su, didn’t take the decision lightly as they weighed their options.

Books detail first aid for outdoor adventures, from backyard to backcountry

Summer beckons, bringing the opportunity for outdoor adventure and vacation. Whether the destination is a high-country hike or a lowland trek through the jungle, there’s one item as important to pack as a good pair of boots: a book on first aid and emergency medicine.

Teaching your child resilience

Although parents naturally want to protect their children from the ups and downs of life, it’s not always possible, especially as kids get older. One of the most important things parents can do is help their child develop the resilience, confidence and skills they need to handle problems and setbacks successfully.

Dr. Manisha Panchal, a pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, answers the following common questions and offers tips to help parents teach their kids how to remain healthy and balanced even when the going gets tough.

Choosing natural options to address chronic pain management

Like many others, I’m saddened by the recent death of an extraordinarily talented musician. While spending time listening to some favorite Prince songs, I find myself also reflecting on the problem of chronic pain. Opioid addiction is complex and not something that can be conquered through sheer willpower. But there are things we can all do to lower the chances of becoming dependent on pain medication.

MEDS supports healthful lifestyle in South Asian population


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Cesar Molina, M.D., FACC, co-founder and medical director of El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center, marks a decade of successes in education, assessment and research.

By all appearances, Nickhil Jakatdar was healthy.

The Los Altos Hills resident, 43, didn’t smoke or drink alcohol. He exercised regularly and watched what he ate. When his wife signed him up for a screening at El Camino Hospital’s South Asian Heart Center, he anticipated “stellar” results. Instead, the assessment placed him in the red.


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