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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Courtesy of Debbie Clark
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.

Good Medicine: How to troubleshoot osteoarthritis

Among geriatric conditions that increase with age is a common chief complaint of knee pain that affects mobility. For the “oldest old,” getting around is the most common problem. Difficulty doing errands alone and mobility-related limitations are the two most common types of disability for those over age 90, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Staying Active: Workout mistakes to avoid during forced lockdowns

Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean you can’t stay active. In fact, exercise is more important than ever now that we’re in the middle of cold and flu – and COVID-19 – season.

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