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Helping hands: Book details treating problems with critical appendage

It’s easy to take our hands for granted, but when something goes wrong with them, we realize what amazing instruments they are.

One of the most productive and sophisticated structures of the human body is also one of the most essential for daily life. It’s hard to imagine getting through a day without the use of our hands. From opening doors to typing on computers, brushing teeth and driving cars, hands are how we make our way through the world.

Sleep your way to a happier, healthier and thinner you

Do you often feel grumpy and sluggish? If so, it may have something to do with how well you sleep. Research shows that quality of sleep has a huge impact on mood, energy level and body weight.

Acid test: What everyone should know about heartburn

The mainstream medical approach to treating heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease involves taking acid-blocking drugs that reduce the symptoms.

El Camino Cancer Center expands services and programs

Photos Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
Hospital officials cutting the ribbon for the new center include, from left, hospital President and CEO Tomi Ryba, Cancer Center medical directors Dr. Shane Dormady and Dr. Shyamli Singhal, and Cancer Center Executive Director Dolores Esparza.

The thousands of cancer patients treated annually at El Camino Hospital will soon have expanded options with the upgraded Cancer Center, scheduled to open this month in a new location.

The $5.5 million expansion in Oak Pavilion on South Drive in Mountain View nearly doubles the size of the center’s current 6,000-square-foot suite in Melchor Pavilion, down the street.

Peninsula Wellness Centre breaks ice with cryotherapy treatment

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Chris Watson, D.C., right, of Peninsula Wellness Centre observes as patient Frank Kohlweiss undergoes a whole body cryotherapy treatment for psoriatic arthritis.

Chiropractor Chris Watson welcomed a new addition to his Peninsula Wellness Centre in Mountain View in November – a Juka cryotherapy machine designed to help people with myriad health problems from arthritis to sports injuries.

After trying the Juka unit himself, Watson began allowing patients into the cylindrical chamber and now has approximately 50 patients using the treatment, which employs extreme cold temperatures to help reduce inflammation and pain. The process, known as whole body cryotherapy, uses nitrogen gas in a round chamber to cool the body for two and a half to three minutes, dropping temperatures inside from -150 to -300 F.

Early diagnosis of skin cancers boosts cure rates

Courtesy of Patti Wong, M.D.
Precancers can develop on the lip, indicated by the whitish rough area on the side of the lower lip.

It can be difficult to determine when a pimple is not a pimple or when a skin growth should no longer be ignored. Sometimes the signs are subtle, with the only clues a change on the skin, the persistence of a growth or an area that won’t heal.

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