El Camino Health CEO talks numbers, preparation as the area’s COVID-19 cases rise

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Two men approach a tent outside the El Camino Hospital emergency room Friday afternoon. Two tents have been erected to treat patients who are suffering from respiratory symptoms that could be related to coronavirus. 

Updated March 30 at approximately 11:30 a.m.

El Camino Health CEO Dan Woods is proud of his team’s preparation for a possible uptick in patient visits as the number of coronavirus cases climbs in Santa Clara County. Woods expressed optimism as the health-care system’s testing data hints that local residents are complying with the shelter-in-place order, and he told the Town Crier that the network’s Mountain View and Los Gatos hospitals are doing “just fine.”

New survey for COVID-19 screening and testing online

Google subsidiary Verily's Project Baseline has introduced a website today offering an online survey for COVID-19 screening and testing. The service is only for Santa Clara and San Mateo county residents. Participants, 18 and older, can fill out information based on guidelines from public health officials. 

"Based on responses and testing appointment availability, you will learn whether you qualify for testing through this program at this time," the company said. 

To view the survey, click here.

3 questions and answers to help manage severe asthma

The majority of the more than 25 million Americans living with asthma enjoy active, healthy lives. But for others, despite using high-dose asthma medicines and avoiding triggers, severe symptoms are a part of daily life.

If this describes your experience, it could be severe asthma, a type of asthma that affects approximately 5-10% of those with the condition. Severe asthma is dangerous, increasing the risk of death, illness and depression, and limiting one’s ability to work or go to school.

Get outside this spring for proven health benefits


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Communing with nature, whether it be a bike ride, a hike or meditating alone among the redwoods, can reduce depressive symptoms as well as provide significant and wide-ranging health benefits, according to researchers.

 

Enjoying the great outdoors may be the easiest way to improve your mental and physical health. Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with your partner, squeezing into the coming spring’s extra daylight hours and vacations some blanket time at a park, hiking a trail or sharing a sunset.

10-year study reveals ongoing success of JumpstartMD's weight-loss program


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Dr. Sean Bourke, co-founder and CEO of JumpstartMD, recently released JumpstartMD’s 10-year study touting the benefits of his commercial weight-loss program compared with others.

JumpstartMD, a medical weight-loss company with 12 Bay Area clinics – including one in Mountain View – recently published a 10-year study in the Journal of Obesity that shows its methods work better than other commercial weight-loss programs.

The study, with more than 22,000 participants, focused on JumpstartMD’s low-carbohydrate real-food diet and personalized guidance program. It revealed that after three months, more than 80% of the patients achieved 5% weight loss and more than 45% of them lost at least 10%. That’s greater weight-loss success than competing programs such as Weight Watchers, Nutrisystem and Jenny Craig have produced, according to the study.

You don't need to shoulder the pain


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Applying ice or heat, hugging a pillow while sleeping and undergoing physical therapy are the best ways to cure shoulder pain, according to physical therapist Kim Gladfelter.

Shoulder pain is an extremely common problem these days. The shoulder is a complicated joint with movement in all directions. Use of modern technology is a great contributing factor because of the poor posture and increased compensation it creates.

There are several different reasons why your shoulder may be hurting, including:


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