Local doctor honored on 'Today' show for saving son's life


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Grady Hofmann, 14, left, nominated his father, Dr. Rusty Hofmann, as a "Phenomenal Father" after he saved Grady’s life by donating his bone marrow.

On Father’s Day, Rusty Hofmann, M.D., was not only celebrated as a great dad by his family, he also was recognized nationally on the “Today” show.

The Los Altos resident was one of the dads featured on the NBC morning show’s “Phenomenal Fathers” segment. His 14-year-old son Grady nominated Hofmann for the honor – and with good reason. Hofmann saved Grady’s life by donating bone marrow to him.

Treating individual depression with relationship counseling

Depression. Just the word can cast a pall even if you are not depressed. To a person suffering from depression, life may be colored by a gray or even black cloud.

Out of joint: What you should know about knee pain

If you are one of the 23.7 million Americans experiencing knee pain that affects your ability to walk comfortably, turn or bend, there are treatments that can help you postpone knee or hip replacement surgery while you continue to exercise and enjoy an active life.

The most common cause of knee pain disabilities in the U.S. is arthritis. Statistics from Tufts Medical Center reveal that at least 31 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, a condition in which joint cartilage wears out and breaks down, causing the rubbing of bone against bone. Another 5 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

LA resident organizes fundraiser for rare metabolic disease


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More than 100 guests attended the organization’s Family Day in the Garden House at Shoup Park.

For young people coming to grips with a rare disease, Los Altos’ Shoup Park proved a haven of sorts June 17.

The California Coalition for PKU and Allied Disorders hosted approximately 90 guests, including 25 with PKU (phenylketonuria), at a Family Day fund- raiser and picnic.

Sports tips emphasize kids' safety


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Encouraging children to walk or bicycle to school can instill lifelong healthy habits.

Establishing healthy exercise habits for children is more important now than ever before.

Obesity has more than doubled in children – and quadrupled in adolescents – over the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.

PhysioFit offers relief for mothers with blocked milk ducts


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Ultrasound therapy and massage can help relieve blocked milk ducts in breastfeeding mothers.

More than 200,000 cases of blocked milk ducts occur annually in nursing mothers in the U.S., according to WebMD.


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