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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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New PAMF CEO targets tech as tool for upping access


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s new CEO Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., shows the features available through the organization’s new mobile app.

Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s new CEO has a challenging task before her: reaching a technologically inclined population that often puts health care in the margins of a busy lifestyle.

“By the time they finish telling me what they’ve done all day, I feel exhausted,” said Elizabeth Vilardo, M.D., during a sit-down interview at her Mountain View office.

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Take heart: Disease awareness can prevent problems

February is American Heart Month: a time to focus on heart health and behaviors to help prevent heart disease. It’s also a time to bring awareness to the warning signs of heart disease and the importance of letting your doctor know about any symptoms you may be experiencing.

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Medicare website provides nationwide hospital comparisons

You’ve probably read a restaurant guide or review before going out for a special dinner. And you’ve probably scanned a consumer review or two before buying a new or used car. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a place where you could get information on the quality of hospitals in your area?

Well, there is. It’s called Hospital Compare, and you can find it on the Medicare website at medicare.gov.

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