Grateful hearts: local transplant patients encourage organ donation


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Los Altos resident Susan Roberts holds the Stanford heart pillow she received after her transplant.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. adult heart transplant, spearheaded by Norman Shumway, M.D., at Stanford Hospital Jan. 6, 1968. Since then, the procedure has saved more than 60,000 lives, including that of Los Altos resident Susan Roberts, chairwoman of Stanford’s Heart Transplant Patient and Family Advisory Council.

Tips aim to help busy moms claim some 'me time'

According to a study on WebMD, many people, especially women, are less happy than they were 40 years ago due to a lack of time for themselves.

Moms, in particular, struggle with finding balance because they’re so busy meeting work and/or volunteer deadlines and tending to the needs of their families and homes.

Explore the transformational power of Pilates


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Pilates instructors use the Trapeze Table to prepare clients for mat classes, which some people think are more difficult. The Trapeze Table supports shoulder girdle strength and alignment through hanging excercises.

For years now, people ranging from health experts to celebrities have touted the benefits of Pilates, singing the praise of how the regimen sculpts the body without the bulk of weightlifting.

But there are many advantages beyond that toned behind. Following are a few reasons you should consider trying a Pilates class.

Research shows happy romantic relationships boast physical health benefits

We don’t need science to tell us that love makes us happier, but thanks to a new body of research, it’s clear that a healthy relationship is good for your physical well-being.

Love sounds like a magic bullet: A healthy relationship can make you happier, live longer, age more gracefully, reduce stress, improve mental health, reduce pain, prevent a heart attack, improve your sleep and heal faster, according to Business Insider. Skeptical? Let’s look at some of the research.

New children's hospital building puts care at child's height


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Child-centered design choices at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital fill the space with opportunities to touch and explore.

Pediatric patients started filling rooms at the new Lucile Packard Children's Hospital earlier this month, five years after its groundbreaking.

The Palo Alto-based enterprise draws specialty cases from around the world but also continues to fulfill a key local function. Nearly 3,000 children and pregnant mothers from Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View passed through the hospital over the past year.

3 simple ways to stay healthy during the holidays

Based on research conducted by Stanford University’s BeWell program, Americans on average gain one pound per year during the holidays.


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