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Practicing sun sense

It is easy to enjoy the beautiful summer weather we have here in the Bay Area. Soaking up the sunshine makes us feel good and, in the right amounts, is good for us. Too much sun, however, poses a danger to our skin.


El Camino Hospital offers new transcatheter heart valve therapy

El Camino Hospital has become one of the first facilities in the state to adopt a new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are considered high risk for surgery.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Medtronic CoreValve System to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis at high risk for surgery.


Getting right by eating right: PAMF doctor's book addresses South Asian health risks

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Dr. Ronesh Sinha, a physician at Palo Alto Medical Foundation, promotes healthful living among the South Asian population. His new book, “The South Asian Health Solution,” includes nutritious recipes.

When you think of the South Asian or Asian Indian culture, you may think of nutritious vegetarian diets and stress-reduction techniques such as yoga and meditation. But as this population’s lifestyle deviates from its ancient health wisdom and practices, chronic health issues are on the rise.

Dr. Ronesh Sinha, a Palo Alto Medical Foundation internal medicine physician and Los Altos resident, is author of the book “The South Asian Health Solution: A Culturally Tailored Guide to Lose Fat, Increase Energy and Avoid Disease” (Primal Nutrition Inc., 2014). The book provides a wellness plan for people of South Asian ancestry living in the United States, India and around the world.


Hometown product runs thriving PT practice

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Physical therapist Lance Westcott, left, watches as colleague Tricia Clark demonstrates a rehabilitation exercise.

For Lance Westcott, establishing his physical therapy center seven years ago in downtown Los Altos was more than just a stab at becoming a business owner – it was a homecoming.

Born at El Camino Hospital and raised in Los Altos, Westcott is founder of Westcott Physical Therapy at 240 Second St. – the former home of the Los Altos Coffee Shop. A former Bullis-Purissima Elementary and Egan Junior High student, Westcott conceded that he didn’t necessarily expect to call Los Altos home again when he embarked on his professional career.


Is marijuana use increasing the burden of mental illness?

Public perception of marijuana has shifted significantly over the past decade. Historical concerns about “Reefer Madness” from marijuana use have evolved into today’s near glamorization of the substance.


Energy drinks pose health risks for youth

Red Bull “gives you wings,” right? It “boosts your immune system, enhances your performance and helps you stay awake.” This is what energy drink manufacturers want us to believe, and they plaster these misleading messages all over sporting events, music venues and video games. It’s no wonder that up to 30-50 percent of adolescents and young adults have consumed energy drinks.

But are they safe for young people to drink? No. It’s important that parents educate themselves about these harmful drinks and talk to their kids about the health risks.


El Camino Hospital among best in San Jose metro area

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked El Camino Hospital as one of the top hospitals for 2014-2015 in the San Jose metropolitan area.

The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.


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