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• Measles is a serious viral infection that presents with fever, respiratory symptoms and rash.

• The measles virus is highly contagious and can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing.

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Annual 'Scarlet Night' fundraiser benefits South Asian Heart Center

The South Asian Heart Center at El Camino Hospital has scheduled its seventh annual “Scarlet Night: An Affair of the Heart” fundraiser 6-11 p.m. March 14 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

Proceeds from the event, which includes dinner, a casino, an auction and dancing, support programs aimed at helping the South Asian population prevent heart attacks and early-onset diabetes.

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You are what you eat: Cookbooks offer nutritious recipes

You are what you eat. It turns out that old adage is true. Eating well is important at all stages of our lives, but as we get older, past indulgence can creep up on us in the form of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint pain, cancer and more. Chronic illness made worse by a bad diet not only shortens lives, it also makes the time we have more difficult.

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A flexible career: Longtime fitness instructor retires


photo by Eliza Ridgeway/ Town Crier
Barbara Klee conducts her final Stretch & Flex class. After class, Klee’s students honored her with a reception.

After Barbara Klee taught her last class at Los Altos’ Hillview Community Center in December, current and former students flooded in, baked goods in hand, to celebrate the longtime teacher.

Even after years watching Klee in action, they still wanted to know her secrets – How old is this local dynamo? What keeps her ticking?

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More than a resolution: Broaching topics with aging parents


Courtesy of Greg Hartwell
Tackling difficult topics with a parent may be easier if the adult child views it as opportunity to confront challenging health and financial questions together.

A close friend with an aging father who lives out of state recently asked me for advice on how to broach the topic of his care.

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Take responsibility for your health by creating a baseline

It’s a brand-new year. Whether your health insurance has changed or you have simply made some resolutions, it may be time to consider the state of your health and your relationship with your doctor. Many of us take the path of least resistance and treat our own health with benign neglect. Health care becomes “sick care,” and doctor visits are only about fixing something that is wrong.

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Starting the year by detoxing? Take a few precautions

The word “detox” has gotten trendy lately. It used to refer to expensive programs for those addicted to drugs or alcohol, but recently it has been promoted as a remedy for overindulging over the holidays or as a way to lose weight.

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