Bird-lover’s garden had a hitch

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Jean Carmichael’s raised garden beds became a hangout for daily flocks of birds, drawn to her Covington Road backyard.

Many people turned to outdoor spaces with intensified attention over the past year, seeing the little details of backyards to which they are restricted in an unprecedented way. A decade ago Los Altos resident Jean Carmichael designed her Covington Road backyard with banks of raised beds, a birdbath and a birdhouse and broad area for birdseed and it has grown into a daily passion.

Neuroscience News: How to support the transition back to school

Zoe Morgan/Town Crier File Photo
Students returned in person to Montclaire Elementary School this month. The transition required emotional thoughtfulness for the kids – and for their parents, too.

School closures a year ago forced families to develop new routines and ways of living.

Robotics program advances lung cancer diagnostics

Courtesy of El Camino Hospital
New robotic tools are extending insight into the peripheral lung.

Innovative techniques highlighted in a new study at El Camino Health found improved precision and accuracy for lung nodule biopsies using the latest in robotics technology.

Vaccine website tracks progress here and nationally

Screenshot courtesy of Jason Lin
Five classmates built a platform to show how vaccine protection against COVID-19 has expanded around the United States.

When Los Altos resident Jason Lin and fellow Harker School students Helen Li, Claire Luo, Sara Yen and Bowen Yin started working on their COVID-19 vaccine tracker website, they were united by the common goal of better educating the public.

Lin said that’s why they created – to enable people to easily access information about the progress of vaccination and herd immunity in the United States. It launched in January.

Physical therapy can help ease pelvic floor dysfunction

Courtesy of Physiofit
Weakness in the muscles supporting the pelvis can be addressed and does not have to be an inevitable result of childbirth or aging.

Struggling with problems such as urinary incontinence and pain during sex can be uncomfortable – and not just physically. Many people find it difficult to talk to their health-care providers about these kinds of symptoms. But such conditions are often treatable, especially if they are related to pelvic floor dysfunction.

Acupuncture and herbs can help heart health

Ginger and Turmeric
Courtesy of Ajale
Ginger and Turmeric are ingredients commonly used to support heart health in traditional medicine.

In the U.S., heart disease remains the leading cause of death and significantly affects quality of life for many of us. Every year, approximately 647,000 Americans die from heart disease.

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