Passion Fit: 4 tips for a healthy heart

February is American Heart Month, so it’s a good time to take stock of your heart health.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with heart disease in the past few years. And now that we’re in the midst of a pandemic, COVID-19 poses an even greater risk to the heart, given it can damage the respiratory system, which makes it even harder for the heart to work.

COVID roundup: New vaccine eligibility, new variants, new mask guidance

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A BridgePoint at Los Altos resident receives the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine last month.

Starting March 15, Californians of all ages over 16 who have disabilities or certain health conditions will be eligible to make vaccine appointments, the California Department of Public Health announced Friday afternoon. Healthcare providers will be allowed to use "their clinical judgement" to vaccinate those deemed to be at the very highest risk for morbidity and mortality from COVID-19, and those whose ability to receive care would be substantially impeded by an infection.

Staying Active: Why lengthy sitting can be risky

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Excessive sitting can lead to weaker muscles and bones, stiffer joints and impaired digestion.

Most of us have heard the phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” The implication, of course, is that sitting too much is actually harmful to your health. What might surprise you, however, is just how detrimental sitting can be.
With one in four Americans sitting for eight hours per day or more, there’s never been a better time for all of us to get up and get moving.

Lonely in lockdown? There are some COVID-safe ways to cope

As COVID-19 numbers continue to soar, and ICU capacity drops below 15%, many counties have imposed tighter quarantine restrictions. Steps taken to slow the surge in infections are having an alarming impact on the number of Americans reporting feelings of social isolation and loneliness.

LA resident secures grant for rare-disease research

A Los Altos mom in November helped procure a $500,000 grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative for a research foundation committed to finding a cure for a rare disease, FOXG1 syndrome.

‘I could hear stuff’: Recipient of hearing aid giveaway expresses gratitude

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Dawn Deardorf, left, is fitted with a free hearing aid at Los Altos-based Pacific Hearing Service last month by Dr. Brook Raguskus.

When Dawn Deardorf put on her hearing aid for the first time, she started to cry.

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