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Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoThe El Camino Hospital Foundation’s fourth annual “Sapphire Soirée” fundraiser drew 470 guests to the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton May 31.

The benefit included a performance by the Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies, a live auction and a chance to win a pair of pink sapphire earrings donated by Darren McClung Estate & Precious Jewelry. The event raised nearly $600,000 to establish a cancer survivorship program at El Camino Hospital’s Cancer Center.


KGO-ABC 7 An ingenious technology that's saving lives in the Bay Area is now getting even more powerful. It's a smartphone-based app that's getting emergency care to heart attack victims much more quickly. For ambulance crews, racing cardiac patients to the hospital is a life-saving routine. But often, it's the first moments after a heart attack that make the difference.


Kaiser Health News --It is perhaps the biggest men's health craze since Rogaine or Viagra: so-called low testosterone clinics, which have rapidly grown in cities and suburbs all across the country. But these “low T” clinics have also drawn the ire of leading urologists and endocrinologists who question the clinics’ safety.

Testosterone prescriptions in the U.S. more than tripled in the last decade, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. But researchers suspect much of the testosterone dispensed at low T clinics isn’t tracked since it’s often bought with cash. This unfettered flow of testosterone—officially a controlled substance—has raised concerns among doctors who specialize in hormonal problems.

"In most doctor's offices, you don’t see a big shingle over their door saying, ‘Get your testosterone here!’” says Dr. Edward Karpman, a board certified urologist and the medical director of the Men’s Health Center at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif. Karpman says low T clinics aren’t in the business of treating the complex medical problems that often masquerade as low energy and decreased sex drive. Those can include sleep apnea, depression and, perhaps most importantly, heart disease.

The new, two-story facility will replace the current old and inadequate behavioral health facility at the hospital, according to Michael Fitzgerald, executive director of behavioral health services at El Camino Hospital. He said the current facility was built to be used for 30 years, and it's going on 52.
El Camino Hospital is banking more land for future growth, buying up a number of medical office buildings near its Los Gatos facility in recent weeks with an eye on the long term.

The deals are the latest in a long string of real estate moves by health care providers in the West Valley that have turned the area into a health care hot spot. In the last year or so, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Stanford Hospitals & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have all moved into the Los Gatos-area market or expanded their presence there. Nearby, on the Los Gatos/San Jose border, Samaritan Medical Center is moving forward with development plans for a 64,650-square-foot medical office building.


First Warning Systems, the Reno, Nevada-based company that’s working on wearable sensors for early detection of breast cancer, has raised $560,000, according to CEO Rob Royea. Steven Welch, a private investor and former COO of BP (not to be confused with DreamIt Health founder Steve Welch) led the round with a $300,000 contribution. The rest came from a syndicate of investors in Singapore, where First Warning intends to launch its product in early 2015...Starting in July, two clinical trials will be conducted with the device. Dr. William Farrar, will lead one study at the JamesCare Breast Center at The Ohio State University. The other study, led by Dr. Josh Ellenhorn at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, will be a multisite study, that also includes El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California.


Monica Kough has known both the sorrows and joys of motherhood. Her sorrow came from losing her firstborn son, Ty, in her 23rd week of pregnancy four years ago. Her joy came from celebrating her son Eli's second birthday on April 1 of this year. When Kough and her husband, Danny Kaea, were expecting Ty in 2010, she remembers it as a "very exciting" time. However, when they lost their son, she says, "You leave the hospital without your baby and you ask, 'Where do I turn? Where do I go next?'"

Image of Los Altos Town Crier logoEl Camino Hospital and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation are collaborating with the UC San Francisco Fellowship Program to offer the first interventional pulmonology fellowships on the West Coast.Interventional pulmonology 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.

Image of MV Voice Online LogoTuberculosis rates are on the decline throughout the U.S., but in Santa Clara County the numbers remain high. With more cases of tuberculosis per year than most states, county officials are looking to shift the approach to fighting the spread of the disease, starting with a revamp in the way patients are tested for the disease. … Dr. Daniel Shin, infectious disease specialist at El Camino Hospital, said he agrees with the county's decision to move away from universal screening of children entering school. "The new approach is more accurate," Shin said. "It's better to get a risk assessment and test students at high risk instead of testing every student."

New York Times - On Saturday mornings, Cyndi Mariner puts on her Nikes, grabs a hat, and heads for Shoreline Park in Mountain View, Calif. Joining a handful of other people caring for elderly parents, she walks for an hour along San Francisco Bay. The walkers watch the kayaks and sailboats on the water, notice the hummingbirds buzzing across the trail. And they talk about things like how not to scream when your loved one with dementia has asked you the same question five times in a row.