You don't need to shoulder the pain


Courtesy of Kim Gladfelter
Applying ice or heat, hugging a pillow while sleeping and undergoing physical therapy are the best ways to cure shoulder pain, according to physical therapist Kim Gladfelter.

Shoulder pain is an extremely common problem these days. The shoulder is a complicated joint with movement in all directions. Use of modern technology is a great contributing factor because of the poor posture and increased compensation it creates.

There are several different reasons why your shoulder may be hurting, including:


10-year study reveals ongoing success of JumpstartMD's weight-loss program


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Dr. Sean Bourke, co-founder and CEO of JumpstartMD, recently released JumpstartMD’s 10-year study touting the benefits of his commercial weight-loss program compared with others.

JumpstartMD, a medical weight-loss company with 12 Bay Area clinics – including one in Mountain View – recently published a 10-year study in the Journal of Obesity that shows its methods work better than other commercial weight-loss programs.

The study, with more than 22,000 participants, focused on JumpstartMD’s low-carbohydrate real-food diet and personalized guidance program. It revealed that after three months, more than 80% of the patients achieved 5% weight loss and more than 45% of them lost at least 10%. That’s greater weight-loss success than competing programs such as Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig have produced, according to the study.

Get outside this spring for proven health benefits


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Communing with nature, whether it be a bike ride, a hike or meditating alone among the redwoods, can reduce depressive symptoms as well as provide significant and wide-ranging health benefits, according to researchers.

 

Enjoying the great outdoors may be the easiest way to improve your mental and physical health. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with your partner, squeezing into the coming spring’s extra daylight hours and vacations some blanket time at a park, hiking a trail or sharing a sunset.

3 questions and answers to help manage severe asthma

The majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives. But for others, despite using high-dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers, severe symptoms are a part of daily life.

If this describes your experience, it could be severe asthma, a type of asthma that affects approximately 5-10% of those with the condition. Severe asthma is dangerous, increasing the risk of death, illness and depression, and limiting one’s ability to work or go to school.

Coronavirus not spreading in county, public health department reps say


Graphic Courtesy of Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Santa Clara County Public Health Department officials urge local residents to be aware of the symptoms of novel coronavirus. The department posted the graphic on its social media sites.

Since the novel coronavirus surfaced in Silicon Valley recently, so have fears that anyone traveling to and from Asia or Europe could spread the disease even if they never contracted it. That’s a myth, a Santa Clara County Public Health Department officer told the Town Crier last week.

While novel is a new type of coronavirus – different from viruses that can cause illnesses as common as a seasonal cold – and reasonably leads residents to worry, county deputy health officer Dr. George Han said public health departments were created for this exact circumstance.


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