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Flu visitor restriction to keep kids away from El Camino Hospital


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Flu shots, like the one delivered here, can help during flu season.

El Camino Hospital in Mountain View has enacted a visitor restriction during the flu season to keep children under the age of 16 from visiting the hospital, a move aimed at limiting the risk of flu from spreading within the hospital.

“It’s something we do pretty much every year when the flu season is particularly bad,” said Carol Kemper, El Camino Hospital’s medical director for infection prevention. “A lot of hospitals in the area do it. It’s not an uncommon thing to do during flu seasons.”

Home is where the heart is when aging with a chronic illness


Arthritis doesn’t have to rob people of the pleasures of life. Nor does diabetes, heart disease or asthma. Many long-term chronic illnesses can be managed so that people can still live rich and satisfying lives.

Most of us can learn the skills to make a chronic illness easier to live with so that we minimize disability, pain and emotional distress, according to “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” (Bull, 2012), written by six experts in chronic disease management. The authors take a realistic view: “You will not find any miracles or cures in these pages,” they write. “Rather, you will find hundreds of tips and ideas to make your life easier.”

Benefits of yoga extend beyond the mat

Perhaps you have never personally envisioned yourself practicing yoga. Does the idea of putting yourself in the downward-facing dog position seem too silly?

If you take a closer look at yoga, you might be impressed by the significant benefits it offers your body and long-term health.

Bad night's sleep? Nearby streetlights may be the culprit


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Streetlights compete with cars’ headlights and Christmas lights in downtown Los Altos. According to a new study, streetlights can make it difficult for city dwellers to get a good night’s sleep.

Bright nighttime streetlights may bring safer neighborhoods and highway driving, but they also have a less welcome impact: disturbing sleep.

Tips for nutritious holiday nibbling


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Holiday food does not have to be heavy. Fresh fruit and smaller portions can make even sweet treats restorative.

The holiday season is the most delicious time of the year, but it can also bring lots of extra sugar, fat and calories.

Sharing traditional holiday foods with family and friends can be one of the most pleasurable parts of the holiday season. But there’s no need to sacrifice your waistline and gain weight. By using a few simple strategies, it is possible to enjoy your favorite holiday foods without overindulging.

Keep your holiday stress level to a minimum

The stress of family holiday events and professional commitments may make you feel like you are in your own version of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While the added responsibilities of parties and school functions can turn anyone into poor George Bailey, don’t let seasonal stress steal your joy and spirit of giving.

Following are suggestions for dodging the holiday blues and staying healthy and energized.


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