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Common foot problems can be prevented through care

One foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments. We cram this intricate structure into a narrow shoe. We pound it running, jumping or just by standing all day. Is it any surprise that most people have foot pain at some point in their lives?

People go out and often buy expensive shoes, spending a lot of money, but we don’t really think about the health of our feet – until they hurt.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Making sex comfortable again after menopause

Menopause brings changes, some welcome and some not. Many women experience few or no problems. Others feel capsized by waves of hot flashes, night sweats and disrupted sleep.

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