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Tips for nutritious holiday nibbling

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Holiday food does not have to be heavy. Fresh fruit and smaller portions can make even sweet treats restorative.

The holiday season is the most delicious time of the year, but it can also bring lots of extra sugar, fat and calories.

Sharing traditional holiday foods with family and friends can be one of the most pleasurable parts of the holiday season. But there’s no need to sacrifice your waistline and gain weight. By using a few simple strategies, it is possible to enjoy your favorite holiday foods without overindulging.

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Streetlights compete with cars’ headlights and Christmas lights in downtown Los Altos. According to a new study, streetlights can make it difficult for city dwellers to get a good night’s sleep.

Bright nighttime streetlights may bring safer neighborhoods and highway driving, but they also have a less welcome impact: disturbing sleep.

Common foot problems can be prevented through care

One foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. We cram this intricate structure into a narrow shoe. We pound it running, jumping or just by standing all day. Is it any surprise that most people have foot pain at some point in their lives?

People go out and often buy expensive shoes, spending a lot of money, but we don’t really think about the health of our feet – until they hurt.

Why and how doctors can treat ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder of childhood and adolescence. It is a controversial subject for multiple reasons, including concerns about overdiagnosing the disorder, excessively medicating young children, why the prevalence is different among various countries and whether it is a real diagnosis.

The primary medications used to treat ADHD, methylphenidates and amphetamines, are controlled substances and can be abused, further exacerbating the controversy and concerns.

Relieving pain without opioid drugs

Prescription opioid drugs are among the most powerful painkillers when used after surgery or a severe injury. But when used for chronic, long-term pain, their impact fades.

Many people estimate that opioids reduce chronic pain by 75 percent or more, but the reality is closer to 25-30 percent, studies show.

Secrets to keeping fit with a bad back

Courtesy of Physiofit
Kim Gladfelter, right, instructs clients as they perform back-strengthening exercises in her Fremont Avenue studio. Pilates can help people with back pain function better in their daily lives.

This question came to me at the clinic, and I wanted to share it with you:

“Kim, I’m desperate to get back into shape after suffering with a bad back for a long time. Can you continue to stay fit and active when long-standing back pain still gets in the way? Physical therapy is a great help, but I want to do more by myself while I’m receiving treatment. I’m just scared, a bit nervous and don’t know what type of exercise is safe.” – Melissa, 49

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