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Jacob Towery, MD, has observed an increase in depression and anxiety his own practice. Screen time, for example, has been negatively affecting teens’ sleep and attention. He offers parents concrete advice around modeling behavior and managing screen time.

He is Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford University Department of Psychiatry, and author of The Anti-Depressant Book: A Practical Guide for Teens and Young Adults to Overcome Depression and Stay Healthy. Books, Inc. will be selling, and Dr. Towery will be signing, his book at this event, which takes place on Wednesday Nov. 8 at 6:30 p, at the Hillview PAC. The program is geared towards parents/adults and open to the wider community

Read more about children and mental health, including a multi-angled article from teens for teens, written by the student journalists at M-A.

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Newest tool in Sheri Sobrato Brisson’s Digging Deep Project is mobile game, Shadow’s Edge

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We first interviewed Atherton resident Sheri Sobrato Brisson when she had just published her journaling book for ill children, Digging Deep, now out of print after 35,000 copies were distributed. We returned to talk to her about the just released, free mobile game, Shadow’s Edge, the latest Digging Deep Project tool.  “I was really forced […]

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Active Living Expo at Little House Aug. 21-26

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Little House (800 Middle Avenue) is hosting an Active Living Expo from August 21st to 26th. During that week, classes are available free of charge. Come experience fitness classes, art classes, cultural classes and technology classes. There is also a luau planned for Thursday August 25th from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The complete schedule is […]

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Free Jazzercise classes in Menlo Park for young women during 2017

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Young women ages 16 to 21 are invited to take exercise classes at Menlo Park Jazzercise at no charge for the rest of 2017. Dubbed “GirlForce,” the program aims to empower young women by giving them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and find a place they belong in their communities, free of charge. […]

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Psychologists Lori and Tom Plante co-author book to help college students graduate with honor

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Menlo Park residents Lori and Tom Plante have enjoyed separate careers in the field of psychology, she as a clinician with a practice downtown and he as a member of the faculty at the Santa Clara University. Now they’ve come together to co-author a book that may prove helpful to parents of college-age or college-bound kids as well as college […]

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New Ronald McDonald House along Sand Hill Road previewed today

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The new Ronald McDonald House at Stanford (RMHS), consisting of a renovated house renamed Taube Family Center and a new building called the Arrillaga Family Center,  was previewed to the media with doors expected to open to families in June. The combined facilities will operate as one campus and will house 123 families every night, making it […]

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Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital hosts Lunch & Learn fundraiser on March 15

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The Ambassadors for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital is hosting its 10th annual Lunch & Learn on March 15 at the Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club in Menlo Park. The keynote speaker is Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, MD, FACP,  who is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, […]

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Dr. B. J. Miller to speak in Menlo Park as part of Bay Area Cancer Connections spring benefit on March 7

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Palliative care pioneer Dr. B.J. Miller will speak at the Bay Area Cancer Connections ninth annual Spring Benefit Breakfast in Menlo Park on Tuesday, March 7. Dr. Miller is an advocate for a healthcare system that minimizes unnecessary suffering and maximizes quality of life. An Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San […]

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Menlo Park resident Giselle Mari teaches and practices yoga

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For Giselle Mari, it was  love-at-first-sight when it came to yoga. She recalls watching yoga on PBS as a youngster with her mother and took her first class in the early 90s. “I liked it immediately,”she says. “It felt good. I was a former gymnast so it undoubtedly appealed with some similar movements.” The Menlo […]

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Learn about palliative care at Little House on Feb. 9

“Everything you wanted to know about palliative care” is the topic presented by Seniors at Home at Little House (800 Middle Ave.) on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Participating panelists incude Dr. Gary Pasternak, Medical Director, Mission Hospice & Home Care; Martha Kay (MK) Nelson, Director of Spiritual Care for Mission Hospice […]

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Sheri Sobrato Brisson and Eric Brisson join Cancer Commons to find better treatment options for children with brain cancer

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Cancer Commons, a not-for-profit network of patients, physicians, and scientists that help identify the best options for treating an individual’s cancer, announced the launch of a new program to identify personalized treatment options for children with brain cancer. The program is funded by a generous lead gift from Atherton resident Sheri Sobrato Brisson, a pediatric brain tumor […]

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