Postpartum depression fairly common in new mothers

Motherhood – we romanticize it and expect each new mother and baby to bask in its golden glow. But for one in seven mothers, depression and anxiety during pregnancy or baby’s first year are an unexpected and unwelcome part of becoming a mom.

What are postpartum depression and anxiety? What are the symptoms and causes? How are they different from the “baby blues”?

Helping seniors improve balance and reduce the number of falls

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Physical therapist Kim Gladfelter helps a patient with strength and core excercises, a regimen she said can help seniors with balance.

Seniors are more susceptible to falls than younger people. A variety of factors contribute to the increased danger of older adults losing their balance and taking a tumble that could cause a broken bone or head injury.

The following information aims to help family members make a senior’s environment safer and learn to ask the right questions when visiting a doctor.

The heart-mending doctor El Camino surgeon uses new device to save lives

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Dr. Dan Kaiser, a cardiac electrophysiologist, treats patients who have irregular heartbeats or are experiencing heart failure.

His heart gave out and his car lost control, causing him to break several bones in the serious accident. A device in the man’s heart brought him back to life, but it wasn’t a long-term solution.

That’s when Daniel Kaiser, M.D., of El Camino Hospital stepped in. He helped save the man’s life earlier this summer by implanting a new device that should enable him to live a normal life.

Local woman makes 155-mile journey to raise money to fight Lyme Disease

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Debbie Nelson, center in green, takes a break from her fundraising hike along the Camino Portugués. For part of her journey, she hiked with three supporters of Lyme disease research from Denmark.

Mountain View resident Debbie Nelson recently turned her vacation in Spain and Portugal into a mission, walking a 155-mile stretch of the Camino Portugués last month while raising money for and educating people about Lyme disease.

“I was planning to do this as a vacation, and then as I was thinking about it, I thought, ‘If I could raise money doing this for Lyme disease, I’m going to do it,’” she said. “And then I also wanted to talk to people from different parts of the world to see what they’re doing for it.”

It's 3 a.m., you're nursing alone, but you're not alone

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Bay Area breastfeeding aficionados – like Camille Fisher and her daughter, Lara Belle, above – invite local families to Berkeley 10 a.m. Saturday to celebrate black breastfeeding.

When I returned to work in downtown Los Altos as a new mother, I regularly asked myself what professional repercussions I’d experience from noncovert breastfeeding. Some of you probably saw me nursing the baby at the library, in front of Linden Tree Books and once – during an epic meeting that stretched into a designated “lunch break” – while interviewing what turned out to be a supremely supportive grandmother.

Committing fully to both a chosen career and nursing my daughter was a privilege, more than worth anxiety and awkward moments along the way. And I’ve learned how to ask for help to an unprecedented degree as a new mother. As I interview other new moms in Los Altos and Mountain View, I hear this over and over about feeding a baby and returning to work: It is so much harder than we expected. But with cheerleaders and role models, we’re figuring it out.

Making connections: Audiologists hear the call for help locally and abroad

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Pacific Hearing Service audiologists Jane Baxter, back, from left, and Deborah Clark bring their audiology services pro bono to communities around the world such as Zambia, above.

Multiple celebrations are in order for Pacific Hearing Service.

As the business celebrates its 40th year at 496 First St. in Los Altos, it is expanding into the office space next door and its new nonprofit organization is up and running.

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