Feeling unsteady? How to recognize signs of a balance disorder

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With everything going on in the course of the day, balance is not often a focus until someone points out that something could be off. Physical therapist Kim Gladfelter says that a certain amount of balance is vital to living a healthy life. For seniors, seeking guidance could help prevent serious falls.

You bump into furniture often. You’ve stubbed your little toe more times than you can count. Are you a little clumsy? Just signs of aging? Or could your balance problem be something bigger?

Most of us rarely realize we have a problem with balance until it’s pointed out and made obvious to us.

El Camino awards $50K to county's drug redistribution pharmacy

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A Mountain View Police Department employee collects unused and expired drugs from a local resident and properly disposes of the pills at the agency’s drug takeback event Oct. 26. The county’s Better Health Pharmacy received a grant that enables it to redistribute surplus medications to low-income residents.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department’s Better Health Pharmacy received a $50,000 grant last month from the El Camino Hospital and El Camino Healthcare District Community Benefit Program.

According to Joe Simitian, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and chairman of the county’s Health and Hospital Committee, the grant will enable the pharmacy to help more residents access drugs they need at no cost.

Sense of belonging: An effective antidote to bullying

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With statistics revealing that 25% of U.S. schoolchildren experience bullying at some point, creating a sense of belonging can mitigate the negative impacts by promoting a feeling of connection with school, peers, community and family.

School districts have multiple resources and strategies in place to prevent bullying, yet the National Center for Educational Statistics reports that 1 in 4 American children experience bullying at some point during their schooling, and 1 in 2 LGBTQ children. The U.S. Department of Justice revealed that 160,000 children daily skip school for fear of being bullied.

Pumpkin packs surprising nutritional benefits

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According to Passion Fit’s Reena Vokoun, pumpkins are not only festive, they also are rich in antioxidants and beta-carotene.

Now that Halloween and Thanksgiving are on the horizon, pumpkin season is officially here. While many people simply think of it as a treat to enjoy in pies, ice cream and spiced lattes, or a decoration to carve and put out on the porch, pumpkin, a type of winter squash, is considered a superfood.

Pumpkin has many surprising nutritional and health benefits you may not be aware of. Be sure to check with your doctor for any dietary restrictions, but following are five benefits to take note of that may encourage you to add more pumpkin into your life all year long.

Coffee linked to reduced suicide risk, serves as effective antidepressant

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Coffee is the most widely used psychoactive substance in the world, with more than 80% of the world’s population drinking coffee daily. Despite reports encouraging people to reduce their coffee intake, multiple studies have reported on the health benefits of caffeine. Statistica reports that coffee remains one of the most popular beverages in the U.S., with 100 million Americans drinking coffee every day.

Americans 60 years old and up typically drink three times as many cups of coffee as those ages 18-24. That’s good news for baby boomers, as coffee has been associated with increased cognitive performance and lower risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Is it normal for knees to hurt during squats?

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People experiencing knee pain when they squat can work with a specialist to identify what’s going wrong, whether it’s an existing injury, an insufficient warm-up or improper form.


The short answer to the question of whether it’s normal for the knees to hurt while squatting is “no.”

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