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Recreation-related concussions on the rise in children

Children are getting more sports- and recreation-related concussions than ever before. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of concussions in children has risen 60 percent during the past decade. Each year, more than 173,000 children and adolescents are treated in emergency rooms for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.


Coping with chronic illness

Receiving a diagnosis of a chronic illness means that your life is changed, perhaps forever. It can be frightening and daunting to face the challenges ahead. By learning more about your condition and doing what you can to manage it, you can feel stronger and more able to take it all in stride.


Just the beginning: Teen eating-disorder program celebrates anniversary, aims for broader reach

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The Healthy Teen Project includes, from left, staff members Dr. Jennifer Zumarraga; Katie Bell, nurse practitioner; Sharon Stafanson, director of clinical development; and Theresa Chesnut, clinical director.

The people behind a Los Altos-based program to help teens recover from eating disorders hope to make an even greater impact in its second year of operation.

The Healthy Teen Project (HTP), celebrating its first anniversary this month, held an open house in late May to spread awareness of its services for local teens ages 13-18 struggling with eating disorders. HTP is located at 919 Fremont Ave.


Sexy and savvy for all seasons: A local approach to menopause

Every woman has a story of what she wished she had known going into menopause. Some are nuanced – for instance, the ways in which physical changes can affect emotional relationships. Others are strategic – watch for a drop in bone density so that you can start addressing the problem before it becomes osteoporosis.

Barb Dehn, the nurse practitioner based in Mountain View known as “Nurse Barb” in the clinic and on TV health segments, just published “The Hot Guide to a Cool Sexy Menopause” (Basic Health Publications, 2014). Her goal: to offer straightforward advice on what to expect and how to weigh your options.


Insomnia: How to improve sleep habits

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Restless legs syndrome is among a host of factors that contribute to insomnia. Nationally, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from a sleep disorder.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, approximately 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep or wakefulness disorders that result in more than 5,000 car crashes and a loss of productivity totaling nearly $50 billion annually. A related disorder – sleep apnea (temporary cessation of breathing while asleep) – affects 12 million to 18 million Americans.


How to find drug information in print and on the Internet

Before taking any medicine, over-the-counter or prescription, you may have questions – about how it will help, how to take it, potential side effects and ways to avoid complications. Should you take it with meals or on an empty stomach? Will it make you sleepy or unable to sleep? Which side effects are serious and which will go away in time?


ECH launches defibrillator locator app

El Camino Hospital earlier this month launched the PulsePoint AED (automated external defibrillator) app, designed to build the most comprehensive registry of public AEDs available during sudden cardiac emergencies.

Santa Clara County is the first to roll out the new app – a collaborative effort by the hospital and the San Francisco-based PulsePoint Foundation. The app is available for free download from the iTunes Store and Google Play.


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