Are opioids considered unsafe when prescribed for chronic pain?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, even when patients take prescribed opioid pain medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, Vicodin and methadone exactly as their physician recommends, there is still a risk of potentially fatal respiratory depression.

Exercise holds many benefits for children

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Kids should get 60 minutes or more of exercise daily to ensure optimal health. Childhood obesity rates have quadrupled in the past 30 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Kids need to move. From school-age up through young adulthood, kids should get at least 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Unfortunately, most kids aren’t getting the recommended amount of daily exercise.

The result? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

Los Altos couple's cancer walk surpasses fundraising goal

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Los Altos resident Leah Nichols cuts the ribbon at the starting line of the inaugural Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk Oct. 1 at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. The event generated more than $54,000.

After exceeding their fundraising goal, Los Altos residents Aaron and Leah Nichols deemed their inaugural event to fight pancreatic cancer a success.

The 2016 Silicon Valley Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk, held Oct. 1 at Mountain View’s Shoreline Park, raised more than $54,000. The Nichols said their initial goal was $20,000, with a stretch goal of $50,000. The night before the event, a $5,000 donation put them over the top.

Dose matters: Flu shot for older adults

Seniors can choose between two flu shots this season, Fluzone and Fluad.

The routine wisdom for most people, young and old, is to get flu shots early. Many people head to the nearest clinic or pharmacy and roll up their sleeves, no questions asked.

Healing the heel: Top solutions for mitigating foot pain

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The plantar fascia can become inflamed, stressed or damaged when the soft tissues of the foot are overused, causing heel pain.

We live in a fast-paced and busy world. Taking time off for an illness or injury can be stressful or even panic-inducing. When people wake up and discover sudden heel pain disrupting their ability to walk comfortably, they often think, “How fast can I get pain relief and walk freely again?”

Mental health problems rampant among 'friends'


The average Facebook user has 338 Facebook friends. Generally speaking, these are 338 people with whom a user is at least passingly acquainted.

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