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Sciatica: How physical therapy can help

It is not unusual for people to visit my clinic with sciatica, limping in pain and favoring their back or legs.

YMCA proves a quiet ally in lifelong health for all ages


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Students in the El Camino YMCA EnhanceFitness class undergo their exercise regimen.

In the El Camino YMCA’s EnhanceFitness classes, students ages 60 and up get their exercise whether they use a wheelchair or not. On one recent Tuesday, a handful of students braved the storm to visit the Y and boost their heart rates.

“This low-impact class is for individuals who want to start out or enhance their fitness levels,” said the instructor, who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s great having it at the Y because we’re a community. It’s more than just a gym – everyone interacts with one another.”

Planning for end-of-life care

When facing the end of life, most people fear the multiple ways they may suffer from losing their health, according to Atul Gawande, M.D., a Harvard University physician.

Even more than that, they fear isolation from others who have given their lives meaning and losing control of how they will spend their last days.

Mountain View teen won't let diabetes sink her fun


Courtesy of the Sorenson Family
Cipriana Sorenson, right, with brother Kai and parents Holt and Beth, maintains an active lifestyle despite her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis.

Studies show that approximately 1.25 million Americans are living with Type 1 diabetes, and Mountain View resident Cipriana Sorenson is among them. The teen was diagnosed four years ago – just as she and younger brother Kai were training for their scuba diving certification.

Their mom, Beth Sorenson, wondered if Cipriana would able to continue scuba diving. Her doctor told them she could do that and everything else she had done before her diagnosis.

What does heart rate say about health?

Your heart rate is a measure of how many times your heart beats in a minute. For most people, a healthy resting heart rate is between 50 and 90 beats per minute (bpm), but this number can vary depending on factors such as medication and fitness level.

Many people are familiar with how fast their hearts beat when they exercise, through the use of common monitoring devices. But how much do you know about your resting heart rate? This important number is one of the simplest ways to monitor your heart health. It can even help with stress management.

Health care on demand from Mountain View service


Courtesy of Direct Urgent Care
Dr. Ceasar Djavaherian is the president of Direct Urgent Care.

For most doctors in Silicon Valley, melding technology and medicine means cutting-edge machines performing high-powered work backed by Sand Hill Road venture capital. But for Caesar Djavaherian, M.D., medical technology means a smart phone.

Djavaherian is president and co-founder of Direct Urgent Care, a 3-year-old health service with an office in Mountain View that aims to make health care accessible and complete with current-day conveniences.


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