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Event Helps Seniors Keep Connected Through Technology
Thanks to Tech Day for Seniors, a day-long learning event on May 17, 2014 organized by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s (PAMF) David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation, more than 60 older adults from the Bay Area improved their ability to use personal computing devices and online communications services and tools. The Innovation Center hosted this unique event together with the Los Altos Recreation Department at the Los Altos Senior Center. Other partners included the Egan Junior High School PTA, the Bullis Charter School Booster Club, the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence (CAFE), all based in Los Altos, and the Stanford Alumni Association, Palo Alto. Read More about PAMF Innovation Center Hosts Tech Day for Seniors
PAMF, El Camino Hospital Provide Minimally Invasive Procedures, More Comprehensive Care in Silicon Valley
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital announced today an expansion of the hospital’s Neuroscience Institute to now include neurointerventional services. Patients at the hospital’s Mountain View campus can now receive treatment for a wider range of diseases of the brain and spine and enhanced offerings for stroke-related care, neuro-oncology and neuro-critical care and comprehensive spine care.
To provide patients with the greatest breadth of expertise, this partnership brings together El Camino Hospital’s clinical expertise with that of Palo Alto Medical Foundation and independent physicians to benefit patients and families across the Silicon Valley area.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has awarded the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) a $1.7M three-year grant (R01HL119845) to study a new way to measure the effects of a disease and its treatment on patients’ lives. The study will focus on asthma to test the new approach.
Many tools already exist to help physicians and scientists measure patients’ symptoms, physical limitations and emotional well-being. However, “These measures alone don’t tell physicians caring for patients or scientists developing new medical treatments how the patient feels their quality of life is being affected, says , PAMFRI senior scientist and the study’s principal investigator. “Getting that information requires a new type of measure.”
Study on Benefits of Strength Training Regimen for Normal Weight Diabetics
Researchers at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) have been awarded a $3M grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to study the benefits of strength training for people with type 2 diabetes who are at normal weight.
With type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use insulin properly to control blood sugar levels. Regular physical activity has been shown to help control blood sugar levels, and current guidelines emphasize aerobic exercise and weight loss for overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes. However, up to one in five people with type 2 diabetes are at normal weight, with a body mass index (BMI) under 25. They may not need to lose weight. For these individuals, best exercise regimen is not yet known. There is evidence that strength training, which improves muscle mass while decreasing body fat, may be more beneficial for normal weight diabetics than other types of exercise. Read More about NIH Awards $3M Grant to PAMF Research Institute
Ronesh (Ron) Sinha, M.D., an internal medicine doctor at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF), co-creator of PAMF’s South Asian Health program, and medical director of PAMF’s mobile medical clinic, has written a new book, The South Asian Health Solution.
Published in March 2014, The South Asian Health Solution provides a health-based wellness plan culturally tailored to South Asians. Dr. Sinha provides evidence-based case studies and patient success stories, as well as a comprehensive family-oriented approach to lifestyle changes that can make positive health impacts.
“The epidemic of obesity and insulin resistance is a global crisis, and this book is an effort to educate and motivate South Asians who don’t find current books and resources culturally tailored to their traditions and lifestyle preferences,” said Dr. Sinha. “I share the most effective strategies for achieving health goals learned from my South Asian medical consult practice and my corporate wellness programs.”
Dr. Sinha is a recipient of the 2013 Silicon Valley Business Journal Health Care hero award, and he specializes in helping patients of South Asian heritage moderate heart disease risk factors and obesity trends with a comprehensive lifestyle modification approach that has delivered evidence-based results. He also works closely with employers in Silicon Valley to help reduce heart disease and diabetes risk in their employee communities, and gives corporate health lectures to promote wellness in the workplace. He hosts a bi-monthly radio program on South Asian health and wellness, and blogs at southasianhealthsolution.org.
Watch Dr. Sinha discuss South Asian health tips:
Program is one of only 15 nationwide to offer innovative, minimally invasive treatment options for complex pulmonary diseases
El Camino Hospital and Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Fellowship Program to be the first West Coast sites to offer interventional pulmonology fellowships for pulmonary fellows.
Interventional pulmonology (IP) is an emerging field within pulmonary medicine that focuses on the use of advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques to treat patients with lung cancer, airway disorders and pleural (lung) diseases.
Ganesh Krishna, M.D., an interventional pulmonologist at Palo Alto Medical Foundation and El Camino Hospital, is the chair of the fellowship search and director of the fellowship program. The joint IP program is the leading program on the West Coast and one of only 15 nationwide providing diagnostic and therapeutic services and cutting-edge treatment in pulmonary medicine.
Seventy-four percent of employers who offer health insurance also offer an employee wellness program. Options such as smoking cessation groups and walking programs encourage employees to set and achieve health goals in exchange for discounted health insurance premiums. In January 2014, the government allowed employers to increase the incentive discount, from 20 percent to 30 percent of the total health insurance premium cost.
But do employee wellness programs actually work? The Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) recently published a commentary in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on this question.
According to Lenard Lesser, M.D., MSHS, PAMFRI Assistant Research Physician, while monetary incentives may help employees start to make changes, sustaining those changes in the long term is far more challenging.